GROOMS DAY FASHION BEST
LOCATIONS TO HONEYMOON
EGYPT, AUSTRALIA, SRI LANKA, HARBIN, CALIFORNIA, NORTH CAROLINA & MORE
WHAT TO WEAR
EXPERIAN EXECUTIVE GIVES CREDIT TIPS
REAL BRIDE. REAL BEAUTY
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CONTENTS REAL WORLD BRIDES 16 JUANITA & THERON SLAPPY
Love is SlapTastic. When I reconnected with Theron and saved his name in my phone, I saved it as SlapTastic.
18 PRSHANT & CHANDNI BATRA
Prshant and Chandni got married in Delhi, India. They had a three day Indian wedding.
22 FASHION FOWARD GROOMS
Style is an individual form of expression. What inspires one may not have the same effect on the other.
DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT 24 JUSTIN ALEXANDER
Justin Alexander continues on the legacy they have built their name on since they ﬁrst entered the fashion scene in 1946.
26 PETER LANGNER
Opulence, elegance, sexy are a few choice words that can best describe this season’s collection.
DATE NIGHT WITH WBM
The new age of bridal fashion has drastically changed for the fashion forward bride—with her red carpet visions.
Join WBM Editors For Date Night This Fall.
FINANCE 30 MONEY TALKS
Before you say I do, check your beloved’s credit, Experian executive gives credit tips.
DETAILS 34 INVITATIONS
In this day and age where people do everything on-line, is it still important to send wedding invitations...
Each design is custom, so I tailor everything to the aesthetics of the reception.
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Even a splashof color can invoke an entirely different ambiance...
BEAUTY 38 EDITORS CHOICE
Gone are the day where you have to hire professionals...
46 AROUND THE WORLD BEAUTY
I’ve always had a deep connection to the Indian culture.
PLANNING 52 VENUE
When planning your wedding you have options D.I.Y or All Inclusive.
54 THE PROFESSIONAL
Putting together a fantastic go-to vendor team is something that has been 15+ years in the making
58 BRIDAL BEAUTY
REAL BRIDES. REAL BEAUTY Meet the winners of Real Brides, Real Beauty contest.
74 WEAR WHAT WHERE
From the bride to the guest you’ll never run out of options to wear.
80 GIFTS & GIVING
The gifts from a loved one are always the most important.
82 LOVER’S PARADISE
When you honeymoon in paradise you should honeymoon in style...
ENTERTAINMENT 98 ASSOULINE
With every page of each book you relive those wonderful moments...
99 THE ART OF LOVE
Love doesn’t have an expiration date. It comes when it comes, and ready or not it’s here.
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opportunity to be featured in our next Real Bride Real Beauty Contest.
100 A LOOK INSIDE
REAL BRIDES REAL BEAUTY
Every room in your home has a purpose. Being a homeowner myself, I am constantly looking for new ways to improve...
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102 GUESS WHO’S COMING TO
DINNER Each culture has its own je ne sais quoi...
104 JOIE DE VEIRVIE: VERAVIA
Mind, body, and spirit. These qualities are the trinity of living a goodlife.
108 JOIE DE VEIRVIE: DEERFIELD
Wanting to lose weight before the big day is a common themein weddingpreparation.
The winners of Real Brides, Real Beauty contest hosted by World Bride Magazine
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112 HIDDEN TRESURES: BEAUFORT
Consider the paradise views of The Crystal Coast.
114 PORT OF CALL: SRI LANKA
I had heard rumblings about this new place called Tri Lanka.
118 PORT OF CALL: AUSTRALIA
Sometimes we need to give you the story to get you in the vibe.
126 HIDDEN TREASURES: EGYPT
Discover the history of Egypt in the lap of luxury.
TRAVEL WORLD DESTINATIONS 130 TOP TEN HOTELS
Find luxury around the world
POUR HOMME 136 IT’S A MAN’S WORLD
David Yurman is synonymous with luxury, elegance and craftsmanship.
There are some things in life that are just about timing.
138 MAN ON THE MOVE
As the saying goes, “pay attention to details”.
We’ve heard the term a scent of a woman countless of times.
142 JOSEPH ABBOUND RUNWAY
From travel attire to his wedding we have looks that can make that transition for the man.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
e are super excited
help you face some of the biggest
about this issue. It
challenges in marriage: finances.
is our greatest la-
We had a great conversation with
bor of love. We put our soul into
credit expert, educator, of Expe-
this issue. We found some of the
rian and got some great tips on
most amazing women, with the
not only knowing the power of
most amazing stories, both beau-
credit, but the necessary conver-
tiful inside and out. These women
sations you need to have before
were confident, exuded love and
you say “I do.”
were super excited about enter-
We have some great wedding
ing their new lives. We had the
experts that will help you through
honor of being a part of some of
the process of planning.
their weddings, and they were
We found some amazing desti-
generous enough to open their
nations that will knock your socks
lives and share their loving expe-
off. We share with you some of the
rience with us at WBM. And we
world’s most blissful destinations
are so super excited to have them
that await you and promise to
in our pages.
treat you like the king and queens
Love is kind. Love is patient. Love is hopeful. These words
Gentlemen, this is about you
may seem familiar to some at the
too. Revel in it. You deserve it too.
very least—it may be the things
Don’t be afraid to find your style.
we each are looking for in a loving
Style is individual, and just like
relationship. As you prepare for
your beloved, there is a design, or
your new life with your beloved,
designers that have something for
those are some of the things you
you. Invest in your accessories,
will need to strengthen your re-
they are part of your legacy. Buy
lationship when the challenges of
wisely, love completely. But most
marriage come into the picture.
of all enjoy the experience of plan-
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ning your weddings. Both of you. JOIE DE VIVRE! World Bride Magazine | 13
Publisher & Editorial Director Myrdith Leon-McCormack Editor-At-Large Marsha Jews (United States) Francesca Marotta (Europa) Mary Pratt (Middle East) Creative Director Dave Wise
Lifestyle & Travel Director Victor Amos
Celebrity & Fashion Director Carlton Jones
Copy Editor Belle Du Chene
Photo/Bookings Editor Murat Ozdemir
Features Editor Sandra Hill
Graphic Designer Brittany Burgess
Guest Fashion & Accessories Editor Rashida Meggett
Food & Entertainment Editor Chef Rodney LoveJones
Beauty Editors Austen Parker Melanie Harris Debra Hare-Bey
Lifestyle & Travel Editors AnnaLisa Arcoleo Stephanie Flor Carolina Hoctan Michelle Lowe (England) Isabelle Rozenbaum Morena Russo (Italy)
Contributing Editors Remi James
Advertising / Marketing & Sponsorship Richard E. Pelzer II Avant Garde Management Group
Human Resources Aicha Randolph
Grooming Editor Adrian Fanus
Corporate OfďŹ ce Editorial Assistant - Lisa Banks Legal Department Jennifer Jacques (General Counsel)
Associate Producer Ashley Gregory
Director Of Operations Lianne Clark Williams
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REAL WORLD BRIDES WHAT LOVE MEANS TO HER? Love is SlapTastic. When I reconnected with Theron and saved his name in my phone, I saved it as SlapTastic. The way I feel about him, when I am with him, the dreams and aspirations I have for our lives are rooted in love, and I can only sum it up as SlapTastic. A feeling so great I had to make up a word.
WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT YOUR WEDDING TO HER? Love is in the details. I wanted to infuse elements from our courtship, travel, and family into our special day. We had an abundance of symbolic gestures like jumping the broom, balloon release, the three cord ceremony and honoring our parents (my mom, his dad) who witnessed our union from heaven. I gave Theron a photo charm of his father on his wedding day which he wore on his lapel; we gave his mother a photo charm with a picture from her wedding day and my godmother a photo of her and my mother. I had a handkerchief made for my dad with fabric from my mom’s dress and lace from my dress. Most important, presenting our mutual friend 2.0 by kashmirviii) as a thank-you for connecting
Love is having a strong desired feeling towards
WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT YOUR WEDDING TO HIM?
Theron and me. Though we knew each other since
someone or something. Love brings me joy. Chang-
The most important thing to me about the wedding
2002, Travis made the reconnection in 2014 and the
ing for the better, for yourself and your mate. I could
was making sure my soon-to-be wife was happy. You
rest is history.
go on but, it’s the greatest feeling and it’s even bet-
hear stories of wedding chaos and I although I knew
ter when you know it’s being reciprocated. It may
it wasn’t going to be exactly how we planned it, it still
sound corny, but it’s sharing moments with that one
felt perfect to me. I wanted to make sure the ceremony
person. I could go on but just know that it’s the greatest
started on time and the guest would have a great time
feeling and it’s even better when you know it’s
and enjoy all that we had to offer from the music, the
photo booth, the food, etc.
Travis Wilder with a portrait (You So Craaaazy
JUANITA & THERON SLAPPY Photographer DSH PHOTOGRAPHY (DANIEL HARRIS) Bride wore: CEREMONY: HER MOTHER’S WEDDING DRESS FROM 1976 WHICH WAS MADE BY THEIR FAMILY SEAMSTRESS BECKY. KENYA FREEMAN OF SYLVIA MOLLIE UPDATED THE DRESS WITH LACE DETAIL. RECEPTION DRESS: ALFRED ANGELO. Groom wore: A CUSTOM SUIT FROM HOT SAM’S A DETROIT MENS BESPOKE CLOTHIER Wedding Location: NOAH’S EVENT SPACE AUBURN HILLS MICHIGAN Date of Wedding MAY 28, 2017
WHAT DOES LOVE MEAN TO HIM?
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WHAT DOES LOVE MEAN TO HIM? I believe love is being there for one another in
PRSHANT BATRA & CHANDNI CHOITHRAMANI Photographer VK PHOTOGRAPHY Bride wore: LEHENGA BY FRONTIER BAZAR Groom wore: A SHERWANI FROM “BRAHAAN BY NARAINS” Wedding Location: DELHI, INDIA Date of Wedding: NOVEMBER 2016
WHERE DID YOU GET MARRIED? Prshant and Chandni got married in Delhi, India. They had a three day Indian wedding, which included a mehendi night,
happiness and sorrow, respecting each other’s life goals and giving each other the space to grow as individuals. I always told Chandni, “Love is like a bird in a cage, true love is learning to let her go, and if she loves you, she will always come back to you.”
WHAT MARRIAGE MEANS TO HIM ? Marriage is a fun journey — we enjoy life together, learn from each other and bring out the best in one another. Chandni can make me feel like a kid and can also motivate me to pursue my dreams — that is exactly what I wanted! There is never a dull moment with her.
sangeet ceremony, and finally the wedding.
WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT PLANNING YOUR WEDDING TO HER? The most important aspect of our wedding was getting the decoration, ambiance, and series of events/activities right for each ceremony. Indian weddings are not only about the union of the bride and groom, but more importantly about the families coming together. We wanted to make sure that everyone felt included and a part of something very special. We believed that the decoration and colors of each event would help set the fun mood we wanted. During the sangeet ceremony, each family member had a chance to express their joy and happiness by dancing, singing a song, raising a toast or speech. 18 | World Bride Magazine
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WENDY HOPE PHOTOGRAPHER
Wendy Hope is a fun & whimsical photographer and visual artist. Armed with high energy, creativity and unique vision, she is versatile & experienced photographing high end beauty & cosmetic campaigns as well as elaborate productions of fashion celebrity driven advertising. Her personality is highly entertaining while her work ethic remains focused & diligent. Wendy’s work combines both technical precision and detail which is reflected consistently in her lighting & style. Her collaborations with innovative hair, make up, wardrobe stylists & manicurists have made her a well respected and recognizable name in the industry.
Stephanie Flor is a NYC-based makeup artist who works with some of the most influential celebs out there, from Mariah Carey to Sting, and founded AroundTheWorldBeauty.com - A beauty, travel platform focused on celebrating diversity and beauty rituals of women around the world. Her global beauty tips have been featured in Marie Claire, Glamour Magazine and currently “Sacred Beauty,” a regular beauty and travel series on Latina.com. Flor’s expertise in multicultural beauty has made her a go-to ambassador for leading cosmetic brands, such as Clinique, Maybelline and many more. She provides workshops, and curated beauty journeys to India, South America, Japan, and Africa inspired by the deeper meaning of beauty. Join the tribe #BeautyTraveler
TRAVEL AND BEAUTY EDITOR
TONI SMAILAGIC PHOTOGRAPHER
Bosnian born, Toni Smailagic is currently based in Jacksonville, FL, where he works on highlighting cultural development within the city. His focus is primarily in natural light settings and range from photojournalism to fashion/portraiture. Inspired by the works of photographers such as Peter Lindbergh, Larry Clark, Christopher Anderson, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
STACIE HOULKER BEAUTY EDITOR
Mary Pratt is the founder and editorin-chief of luxury lifestyle site The Caviar Spoon, a tastefully curated hub for rebellious women in the ‘work hard, play hard’ crowd who love being inspired by and introduced to everything from new products to hidden haunts around the world. She is also the Group Head of Resourcing & Talent Brand at AlFuttaim Group, as well as the founder The Rare Recruiters.
Stacie Houlker is a freelance fashion stylist based in New York, known for her elegant and sophisticated style. Her work spans bridal styling, commercials, print advertising, celebrity styling, and fashion editorial and creative consultant to emerging brands. Highly skilled at pairing clothing and accessories in fresh and unexpected ways, Stacie also brings to every job an aptitude for organization, forward thinking, and results-driven commercial art, thanks to her background in corporate retail. Stacie has the uncanny ability to make her clients and colleagues feel comfortable and confident in the chosen wardrobe. The result is passionate, insightful work that captures attention, exudes emotion, and ultimately tells a compelling style story.
REAL WORLD GROOMS GROOM: THERON SLAPPY
WHAT WAS YOUR DESIRED LOOK ON YOUR WEDDING? I wanted to wear something that was classic/timeless with a touch of some uniqueness. Something that I knew I
GROOM: PRSHANT BATRA WHAT DID YOU WEAR? I wore a traditional Indian dress called
Chandni’s dress, and had a traditional Indian hat called sehra
with jewelry on it.
WHO WAS THE DESIGNER?
WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL STYLE?
could look at 30, 40 years from now and not regret the look I went with.
It was designed by Brahaan’s which is
WHAT DID YOU WEAR? Tie – Black satin Yves Saint Laurent Shoes – Steve Madden Watch – Men’s Bulova gifted from my wife Earrings – Black Diamond Solitaire studs, gifted by my wife Ring – custom tri metal (yellow gold, rose gold, white gold) with 6 diamonds screw set by Zeidman's jewelry Must-have – Cream Blends Michigan Cedar body butter
FASHION FORWARD GROOMS
BY MYRDITH LEON-MCCORMACK Style is an individual form of expression.
What inspires one may not have the same effect on the other. So to put all men in one universal, one size fits all doesn't work. Culturally it doesn't resonate, so why push that envelope. So we decide to celebrate three men, with their own individual style and see how they expressed their own individual sense of style on
for my beard
a premier wedding clothes brand for men.
WHAT ACCESSORIES DID YOU WEAR?
My typical style is casual with a comfortable pair of pants and a shirt.
I had shoes made from the same fabric that was used to create the sherwani, had a scarf around the sherwani made from the same fabric that was used for
Cologne – Givenchy, Play Intense Lapel pens – William Malcolm collection Lapel Kandy Suit – Black Custom Suit, 1 button satin shawl lapel with interior pic stitching and interior French facing Tux wedding look – Black shirt, reception white shirt Jacket Black Paisley with black satin color Groomsmen - Hot Sam’s Detroit Clothier, slim cut, slight adornment of satin on lapel
JOSEPH FONTENEAU WHO WAS THE DESIGNER FOR YOU AND YOUR GROOMSMEN? Groom - BLACK By Vera Wang Gray Satin Edged Notch Lapel tuxedo. Groomsmen - Joseph Abboud Gray Pants and Vest. All had smoke/silver stud and cufflinks set.
WHAT IS YOUR SENSE OF STYLE? I am minimalist. The only accessory I typically wear is a watch and now my wedding band of course.
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ustin Alexander continues on the legacy they
WHERE CAN THE ITEMS BE PURCHASED?
have built their name on since they first entered
Justin Alexander is sold at authorized retailers
the fashion scene in 1946â&#x20AC;&#x201D; addressing the fash-
worldwide. Brides can find a retailer near them at
ion forward woman: modern, timeless elegance, with a
taste for Old Hollywood glamour. This sophisticated, yet chic and savvy bride is not compromising her sense
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FABRICS USED?
a style by wearing a Justin Alexander dress. Contrary,
Silk, Mikado, lace, tulle and beading are used con-
her choice in wearing a Justin Alexander dress is reflec-
sistently. This season we introduced a new faille and
tive of her serious stand about her financial well-being,
without missing a beat.
INSPIRATION BEHIND THE COLLECTION This season was a new take on clean styles, each style accentuated with a hint of drama, from Art Nouveau-inspired beadwork to black accents.
WHY WERE THE HATS INCORPORATED IN THIS COLLECTION (WHO IS THE HAT DESIGNER)? We incorporated the hats to emphasize the sophistication of the collection while adding a touch of seduction and intrigue. The hats are by Bijou Van Ne.
WHAT IS THE STARTING PRICE POINT?
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Justin Alexander dresses start at $1,200.
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PETER LANGNER MAKEUP & SKINCARE BY AUSTEN PARKER USING RE:BEAUTY HAIR BY DIEGO NOBELASCO USING ORIBE
pulence, elegance, sexy are a few choice words that can best describe this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection presented by the iconic bridal de-
signer Peter Langner. The man with the beaming smile, coupled with his hands-on approach to his work as he celebrates 25 years of excellence in this tough bridal industry. Peter Langner continues to reign as one of the most exquisite designers in the industry with his particular attention to detail and lavishing taste for luxury fabrics. His particular approach to designing for women on one of her most important days of her life, her wedding, is simply elegant with a sexy undertone that will make her feel like a goddess but respectfully feel like a queen before her guest. Filled with honor and grace.
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he new age of bridal fashion has drastically changed for the fashion forward brideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with her red carpet visions. Gone are the days
where every bride wants to be labeled a cookie cutter bride. Now there is a rise of a few brilliant Israeli de-
signers that have transformed the modern, futuristic bride. Berta has stepped into the bridal and fashion industry and is taking charge while perfecting what some have done before her. A Berta bride may be obsessed by the red carpet and its lifestyle and wants to incorporate certain aspects into her wedding fantasy. Bertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision is clearly seen in each of her beautifully designed gowns that are breathtaking from details, silhouette, fabricthat leaves you mesmerized. So bring your confidence and bold sense of style if you want to successfully rock a Berta gown for any occasion.
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FINANCE MONEY TALKS
They want to help you save your marriage by educat-
dollars of those numbers, according to IBIS World.
ing you on the things that mom and dad may not have
The success of your marriage cannot be determined
told you about when it comes to finances.
by the amount you spend on your wedding. It’s im-
I will agree, it’s not the most romantic thing to do
portant to have frequent and frank discussions about
when dating someone—asking them, “What is your
money allocation for the big day. Can you cut back in
credit score?” and sharing yours—but unless you have
certain places, and instead invest that money into
that heart to heart discussion before you say I do, you
your longterm financial success? We won’t say these
will risk being a statistic. Don’t let life force you into that
conversations will be easy, but the first step is know-
discussion in an unpleasant way because that can de-
ing what you’re walking into, then creating a plan.
stroy your relationship.
Since you may have some hesitation about start-
ing the uncomfortable conversation, we at WBM es, I said it. “Get a credit check before you say ‘I do!” According to studies, financial disagreements are the number one reason for stress in a marriage, and a leading reason for divorce. Money issues typ-
ically occur from lack of money, or someone overspending. •
59% of people said that finances played a role in their divorces, and 20% said it played a “big” role.
Before you say I do, check your beloved’s credit, Experian executive gives credit tips BY MYRDITH LEON-MCCORMACK
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Average financial loss from divorce reaches nearly $20,000 (in cash and assets).
44% said their former spouse ruined their credit.
59% of respondents regret not being more financially independent in their marriage. So how can one avoid this dreadful fate? Simple. Talk
about it before and during the marriage says Rod Griffin, Director of Public Education at Experian. Yes, Experian, the company that gives you more than just your credit score.
ARE YOU COMPATIBLE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR SPENDING?
thought we would break the ice for you and initiate
There is no magic potion for having a successful
it. We caught up with the very busy Rod Griffin and
marriage. It requires hard work, diligence, commu-
asked him the hard questions. And to my surprise,
nication, commitment, and honesty. So, why not
I learned that your credit score is not the only thing
begin with the most difficult of all conversations: The
you should be concerned about.
money talk. Divorce and loss of good credit is too costly a
COUNTING THE COST TO SAY I DO We also wanted to show you how serious this
risk to take when it can be avoided by having the talk beforehand.
money issue is. We reached out to Wedding Report CEO,
Now, what if you find out the worse about your
Shane McMurray and asked him to give us the numbers
beloved? Should that be a deal breaker? Ummm...
on the “average” cost people are spending on weddings
yeah! No, just kidding. Of course not. The conversa-
tion should be approached delicately and respectful-
The wedding industry, globally, is estimated to be
ly. Your intention is to be uplifting and encouraging.
$300 billion dollars. The U.S. generates $55 billion
To create a plan that will help the relationship grow
“THE AVERAGE AMOUNT U.S. COUPLES SPENT ON THEIR WEDDING IN 2016 WAS UP SLIGHTLY TO $26,720 FROM $26,645 IN 2015.” World Bride Magazine | 31
into a healthy family environment, where every-
WHAT IF YOU HAVE BAD CREDIT?
one feels safe to express themselves and share. It is
It doesn’t have to be the end of the world, or the re-
important, however, to get to the root of all relation-
lationship for that matter. Experian offers you tips for
ship concerns, one way or another. If your beloved
cleaning-up your credit. It will not be an overnight
has a poor credit score, or is high risk, you want to
process. It takes time and work, just like your rela-
find out the circumstances that caused the problem
tionship. You can rebuild your credit history.
to begin with. You may find that all of the reasons
Don’t wait until you want to make a big purchase
are understandable because life happens to us all.
(like buying a car or home) to find out that one of you
Loss of job, failing health, company downsizing, and
has something from the past that needed addressing.
family emergencies are some of the many causes for
Flowers, candy, and vacations are nice surprises. Bad
credit is not!
But the question is, “How do I get back on track?”
In conclusion, Mr. Griffin and I want you to cele-
First, you must understand what credit is. We need
brate your anniversary with credit check-ups. Now
credit in every part of our life. Even if you don’t have a
credit card, you are living on credit. Just think about your cell phone—you use it, and then pay for it. In fact,
Visit Experian.com for more financial reads such as: How To Improve Your Credit Score.
your utility bills, car note, and mortgage are all forms of credit. And don’t forget the college loans you’re still paying for! Life is filled with credit. So the moment you understand the importance of having credit and staying on top of it, you are one step ahead of the game. Rod Griffin of Experian agrees with me and encourages you to see a money doctor throughout the course of your relationship—just to keep things healthy, to make sure that there is open communication about money, and nothing creeps up on the both of you. Griffin also recommends that you check your credit report at least once a year, to assure that there is
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From Ballerina to Cakiesta
Paper or Digital? with Zena Underwood
with Maggie Austin
IN THIS DAY AND AGE WHERE PEOPLE DO EVERYTHING ON-LINE, IS IT STILL IMPORTANT TO SEND WEDDING INVITATIONS VIA STANDARD MAIL OR CAN WE JUST EMAIL IT?
Casey Futrell Photography
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO CAKE
Paper. Still send the invite! People still love getting mail, especially pretty mail.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD INVITATIONS GO OUT? 6-8 weeks is what I like to tell my clients.
DO I HAVE TO SEND SAVE THE DATE? WHY DO I EVEN HAVE TO SEND A SAVE THE DATE? You don't have to, depends. Do you have contact, even just on social media like Facebook, Instagram, etc, to those you're inviting? Or has it been a while? If it's been years since you've seen some of your guests, then a Save the Date is a great way to say, “Hi! Long time no see, good news. I'm getting married and I’d love you to be there!” Plus, if you have engagement photos taken, you'll want to use those and Save the Dates are a great way to showcase those.
DO MY GUEST STILL HAVE TO RSVP? WHEN IS THE CLOSE OF DATE FOR THE RSVP? Yes. Please! People seem to still need help remembering it is very important to RSVP. Weddings these days can be expensive and if the couple is paying $75+ for dinner per invited guest, a headcount is helpful to stay within 34 | World Bride Magazine
MAKING? After an injury ended my career as a ballet dancer, I had no education or training in another field to fall back on. The life of a dancer is very narrowly-focused! But my early memories of helping my dad in
budget. Most vendors will ask for the final headcount
the kitchen lead me to the French Pastry School in
about 30 days before the big day.
Chicago. I attended a 6-month program that pro-
WHO SENDS OUT THE INVITATION FOR THE BACHELOR OR BACHELORETTE FESTIVITIES? Most times it is the MOH and best man.
DO I HAVE TO SEND OUT INVITES FOR THE REHEARSAL DINNERS TOO? Sometimes the mother-in-law or sisters-in-law like to do this. But MOH can also help here.
WHEN SHOULD I PRINT OUR PROGRAMS AND MENUS PROGRAM AND DO I NEED ONE? Up to you. Many couples are getting away from using lots of paper. If you do decide to print those, you can wait until that 30 day headcount so you don't waste paper.
WHEN SHOULD I SEND OUT THANK YOU NOTES? Ahh. Thank you notes! Everyone's least favorite part! Most times I say shoot for the month following the wedding. All other events, working two weeks.
vided me with a broad overview of all things pastry while studying under true masters. Even though I was one of the slowest students in the wedding cakes section, I fell in love with sugar flowers. The rest is history!
WHAT WAS THE TRANSITION LIKE FROM BEING A BALLERINA TO THIS NEW FORM OF ART? Ballet will always be my first love, but I find that the attention to detail, patience, and single-minded focus on process is wonderfully familiar. Now, I see inspiration everywhere— far away from the confines of the studio. I also love that much of my time is spent teaching. Working with students is such a rewarding experience.
WHY DESSERT? It won’t be a surprise that dessert did not have much
of a role in my life as a dancer. And I admit that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth! But cakes provide me with such a dynamic canvas upon which to do my work. I also love that it’s a temporal art form. Aside from pictures, the cake is only there for a short time before it is enjoyed by the guests.
WHAT INSPIRED THE BOOK? I had been wanting to write a book for a few years as a way of providing a visual feast for people who
IMAGES FROM MAGGIE AUSTIN CAKE BY MAGGIE AUSTIN. COPYRIGHT © 2017 BY MAGGIE AUSTIN AND KATE HEADLEY. USED BY PERMISSION OF HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
simply love photos of my work as well as a clear instructional manual for designers who want to learn. I feel so fortunate to have worked with publisher who really embraced the concept!
WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK SO SPECIAL? Every design in the book reflects my creative journey, from the initial inspiration to the in-process evolution of the cake. I structured it in a format that dancers know well: theme and variations. Each technical skill, or theme, is explored in a comprehensive CONTINUED ON PAGE 146
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Making Designs with Nia Mozee www.simplyniadesign.com
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INTO THE INDUSTRY? My Love of Design. I started my career in Interior design; those projects tend to take a longer time to complete and see your design come to fruition. In the world of events you can be a bit more creative in a shorter period of time and transform a space into whatever your theme your client imagines.
WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE PART OF THE INDUSTRY? About 7 years ago my sister asked me to throw her a baby shower from start to finish, creating centerpieces and entire themeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there began my career in the events industry.
WHAT SPECIFICALLY INSPIRES YOUR CREATIVE JUICES? I love when I click with a client and we have a trust between us that allows a give-and-take relationship to come up with design that showcase the clients personality and my creative flair. I absolutely love a client who is not afraid of color. Even a splash of color can invoke an entirely different ambiance and feeling from the space to guests who experience that space.
WHEN DESIGNING A SPACE WHO DECIDES YOU OR THE COUPLE? The best ideas for a space comes from a true collaboration of like minded individuals. The client who isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afraid to give up some control in the planning process which is hard for brides they want to make sure that every detail has been thought out. I am big on collaborating, feeding off of each others energy is always a WIN-WIN!
WHAT ARE THE COSTS INVOLVED IN DESIGNING A SPACE? Cost depends on the venue space, budget and how involved I am in the process of creating the desired look for the event. Day of coordination starts at $500 for minimum 4 hours where the couple has done all the leg work and we are there the day of to manage vendors, guests, etc. For full event coordination and floral design we start at $1,500 offering guidance with color palette and theme, venue selection, vendor management and floral for ceremony, reception and CONTINUED ON PAGE 146
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IS IT OK TO HAVE TWO DIFFERENT COLORS?
4. Bring your own base coat. Most salons are one size
I prefer it! I never wear the same color on my toes and
fits all for base coat but your nails may have certain
fingers unless I am going to a formal event. I've even been
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5. Don't forget your flip flops. When using the gym shower, saunas, and pools you want to avoid getting
IS IT OK TO DO DESIGNS? Nail art is still here! I think it's here to stay for quite a
Tinea Pedis also called “Athlete's Foot”? So avoid
bit more time. And your art says a lot about you so a sim-
walking around wet surfaces barefoot and make
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sure to change your socks after a run! Gold Bond
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BEAUTY AROUND THE WORLD BEAUTY
tions and how everyone truly connects with the world around them. When my friend Anushree Agarwal invited me to her wedding as a special guest, I knew this would be an adventure of a lifetime and also a time for me to explore my own views on how I define beauty, and see the world. I booked my flight and packed my bags on a mission to discover the deeper meaning of beauty and learn firsthand about the sacred beauty rituals of the Indian bride. The countdown to the wedding had begun, but in between bridal fittings, and jewelry shopping, we also went #BeautyExploring the lands of India, visiting
THE BEAUTY JOURNEY THROUGH INDIA
for beauty products and Rishikesh to live under the Himalayas. India will encompass everything need-
a wife, mother and sacred being of the gods. You can
ed to awaken a sense of purpose and arouse all your
see the story of love in the intricate patterns of Hin-
senses, making it a journey of a lifetime. Here are our
du gods. The designs represent a deep bond between
top discoveries of beauty, charm, and adventure.
husband and wife.
’ve always had a deep connection to the Indian culture.
Whether I was playing Jasmine from Disney’s Aladdin
BY STEPHANIE FLOR
or taking Bollywood dance classes, there has always
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the famous world wonder Taj Mahal, to New Delhi
Kumkum is a powder used for social and religious
The use of mehndi, or henna, dates back over 5,000
markings in India. It is usually made from turmer-
been something about the culture that fascinated me.
years when the henna dye was used to stain the fin-
ic, which is dried and powdered with a bit of slaked
For me, India is a sacred place where beauty and
gers and toes of the pharaohs before mummification,
lime, turning the rich yellow powder into a red color.
wisdom are at its core. They say India is one of the last
and it is now seen mostly in Indian culture. Mehndi is
Red is a common color for love, honor, and prosperi-
places on earth that hold a spiritual heart. That’s why
applied to the bride-to-be during the Mehndi Cere-
ty. Women usually apply kumkum after the morning
religion plays such an important role in the way of life.
mony usually the night before the wedding, often ac-
ablutions, after baths, and after washing the face. For
Whether were discussing beauty, marriage, or even
companied by singing and dancing. It’s a blessing and
applying kumkum, the ring finger should be used.
traveling there’s always a deeper meaning to daily ac-
a manifestation of what’s to come in her new life as
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part to symbolize marriage. While applying kum-
from the gods to bring inner beauty that merges with
and groom take seven rounds around the fire, and he
kum, the pressure points on the mid-brow region and
the bride’s outer beauty.
places a bindi on her forehead where her Third Eye
Adnya-chakra are pressed. This facilitates the blood supply to the face muscles. It increases in vital energy and protects from negative energies. Kajal Kajal, or Kohl, is a deep black powder that has been used for centuries. The ancient Egyptians used it to
is, to balance the energy and reflect that the bride is The Haldi Ceremony
now a married woman.
The Haldi Ceremony is where a paste of Haldi
Kajal – Kajal eyeliner is the blackest, darkest natural
(turmeric, water, oil) is applied to the bride by her
eyeliner that is worn heavily around the eyes to cre-
closest friends. Known for its properties in cleansing,
ate a dramatic, goddess-like beauty.
purifying, and protecting against evil spirits, it is a
Nose Ring – Sometimes called the Nath, this large
blessing as well as a moisturizing facial.
nose ring is a wedding staple. (Luckily it can either
adorn the eyes and protect from the harsh rays of the
Our friends also shared their astrological belief
be a piercing or a clip-on.)
sun. It has also been used as an ointment for eye in-
of the ritual: Turmeric is yellow, the color of Jupiter.
Mangal Sutra – This is a black and gold beaded
fections, and it is also applied to infants as a protect-
Since Jupiter is the planet of marriage, this ceremo-
necklace given to the bride at the ceremony to be
ing agent to ward off evil spirits. Kajal has transcend-
ny is conducted outside to attract the energy of the
worn every day after the wedding.
ed from a purely medicinal product to also become
planet and to further bless the marriage. Not every-
Bangles – Sometimes called Choodiyan, bangles
a cosmetic staple of Indian beauty. In India, Kajal is
one shares this astrological belief, but Hindus agree
are the most traditional staple of Indian wedding
used as an eyeliner to thickly line the eyes, making
that turmeric is known to give skin a glow to beautify
jewelry, no matter the color.
them stand out beautifully. It creates a dramatic, god-
dess-like beauty. Solah Shringar For the wedding day, the bride will wear 16 piec-
THE WEDDING Everything in a Hindu wedding has significance, a deeper meaning to beauty. It goes beyond any other
es of jewelry and makeup that are believed to protect from negative energy and enhance goddess-like beauty.
a handkerchief, which is later revealed. The bride
worldwide celebration. It is a marriage of two fami-
wears these bangles long after the wedding is over.
lies coming together, and with the help of planets, and everything from ritual, to numerology they celebrate this coming of age for the bride and groom.
THE BRIDE’S ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVES FROM HEAD TO TOE
Baajuband – These decorative armbands are worn up near the shoulder and they are thought to ward off
The day before the wedding consists of bridal
Maang tikka – This gorgeous tiara-like headpiece
beauty rituals that are as spiritual as they are beau-
hangs over the bride’s mind and intellect, adorning
tifying because there is meaning behind every step.
her forehead with jewels
they had a Choodah ceremony, where the uncles of
Each practice and adornment summons blessings
Bindi – At the last ceremony of the wedding, the bride
the bride give her red and white bangles hidden by
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“IT’S A BLESSING AND A MANIFESTATION OF WHAT’S TO COME IN HER NEW LIFE AS A WIFE, MOTHER AND SACRED BEING OF THE GODS. ”
Since our bride was marrying a Panjabi groom,
evil spirits. Anklets – Sometimes called Payal, two silver anklets are worn, usually with tiny bells. Never gold!
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Toe Ring – The Bichus, or toe rings, are worn on
one of my favorite places to see the sunrise and sit on
the second toe (a known pressure point) as a sym-
the marble floors connecting to the energy of beauty
bol of a married woman, and these rings connect to
that lives here.
the anklets. Divine Resorts in Rishikish Located in the yoga capital of the world made fa-
WHERE TO GO
mous by The Beatles, the Divine resort is located in
When in Agra there is an incredible cafe called
Rishikish, India known as the spiritual seeking Mec-
Sheroes Cafe: a cafe that empowers acid attack sur-
ca of the world. Surrounded by the Himalayas, this
vivors. Through their stories and companies like Ac-
incredible resort offers beautiful rooms, walking dis-
idLove.org, we re-awaken their self-worth after this
tance to shops, spas, and Ganges.
traumatic experience. According to BBC, there are
You can even enjoy daily morning yoga classes,
over 1500 attacks reported worldwide every year, but
and ayurveda treatments with their trained staff.
many think it’s a lot more. Acid Love created a space
The views are spectacular and a place to decompress
to remind these women of their inner beauty, their
while traveling through India.
unwavering dignity, and how much support they have behind them.
While traveling in India, I noticed women are more involved in inner beauty than outer beauty and hold strong cultural values in every part of their
lives. Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of prosperity,
Unmeasurable in beauty, this monument of love is
wealth, and the embodiment of beauty. Her big brown
among the Seven Wonders of the World, built in mar-
eyes, flushed cheeks, and defined brows are replicated
ble and gems.
all across India. Wedding ceremonies are one of the
The attention to detail is like no other and will
most beautiful times for young women to take part
have you mesmerized on the love story of why it was
in culture-rooted traditions. The truth is India has a
built. Standing in the heart of India, the Taj Mahal is
connection to the feminine power represented by the
one of the world’s most visited sights by travelers from
Devi (Goddesses) in the Hindu religion that showcas-
around the world. Built with an intention of eternal
es the natural beauty and untouched skin. It’s a haven
love, the king Shah Jahan built it as a burial ground
of adventure, and true beauty journey that goes be-
for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. He took his in-
yond the surface level. India has always been a place
spiration from the Koran and ideas of what heaven
that to see the beauty you must see beyond your eyes.
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with The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal It’s your wedding and you reserve the right to do absolutely nothing but show up and make requests. Your wish is their command at The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal, Costa Rica. This magnificent estate on what is one of the most beautiful paradise in Central America will
D.I.Y with A.C. Moore
at The Crystal Coast N.C The whole idea of being able to be proactive in your wedding creatives—and having A.C. Moore as the go-to location for your planner to get all the supplies needed to execute this wonderful wedding—proved to be a brilliant choice. Who would’ve even thought of doing such a thing? Well, we won’t view this from a budget perspective. We want you to look at this strictly from a creative angle. If you are a hands-on bride, who wants to see what is happening every step of the way and want to be able to design the wedding based on your personal style. I suggest you look for a store such as A.C. Moore, a business that has all your needs. So why go to 15 stores if you can simply go to one store and shop for all your bridal needs under one roof ? We’re just saying. You’re busy, and your time is limited. Ring me up please. Time is money.
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capture your heart. You become one with nature instantly with its beautiful wildlife that live harmoniously with you as guests on the island. This property has an on-staff wedding & event planning team that is an expert on both the wedding industry and provides impeccable customer service. The team on hand was massive and hard working. Very knowledgeable of the necessary details the bride needed. WBM was absolutely surprised on how calm the bride was less than two days before her wedding. Expert help and an attentive crew is what every bride wants to have on her wedding day so she can be carefree and enjoy the moment as well as her guests. The Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal did just that in the all inclusive resort. Thumbs up, 5 stars to Costa Rica and their people for a wonderful wedding crashing experience. The wedding was planned by the wedding coordinator at Westin Heidy Quesada at HEIDY.QUESADA@WESTIN.COM Photographer: EL VELO PHOTOGRAPHY Location: COSTA RICA Florist: ALVARO RAMIREZ FROM CRISTAL FLOWER BOUTIQUE
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PLANNING THE PROFESSIONAL
W MAKING A DESIGN TEAM:
orking with people of different person-
as we have a strategy in place. That does not mean
else. It’s not worth being overwhelmed and stressed
ality types is part of any job; in fact,
that each client doesn’t choose a different vendor, as
on the wedding day wondering if they will follow
it’s a part of everyday life. One of the
they’re not one size fits all. Matching the client’s per-
through. No amount of money is worth having one
most humbling aspects of the wedding
sonality and expectations with the vendor is key for
poisonous apple in the bunch that could compromise
industry is that clients hire my team and me based on our
us as the liaison. In my experience, I’ve learned it is
the most important day of your life.
experience and expertise to find the perfect vendor team.
pertinent that all vendors we work with encompass at
It is definitely one of the most meticulous pieces of the puz-
least these four characteristics:
zle when building trust with our clients. Putting together a fantastic go-to vendor team is something that has been
CALM Another aspect we look at when finding vendors to
work with is whether or not they’re calm under pres-
15+ years in the making. I have gone through a lot of chal-
My primary role as a planner and designer is to
sure. Wedding days will have some very unexpected
lenging experiences to seek out the best of the best, who all
create a customized experience for each client, based
surprises, and it’s so important to remain calm and
have the same goal in mind: make the client happy by living
on psychology and their personality as a couple.
handle the situation with poise. Having good com-
Yes, it needs to be unforgettable and stress-free, but
munication, and delivering news with a reassuring smile will put people at ease.
How to Narrow Down Who is the Right Vendor for You
All of those learning opportunities have definitely
there is a communication strategy we sell. Having
made me better at choosing a team for clients. Narrowing
vendors on board with a desire to develop new ideas
For example, if hair and makeup is running be-
BY ANGELA PROFFITT
down the right vendor is the same process for each client,
is key. A willing attitude and openness to trying dif-
hind due to the 15 bridesmaids that were late, that is
ferent concepts makes the process so much more en-
something that we can’t control. So communicating
joyable. Striving for a team environment is always the
with the photo and video team to ensure everything
goal at heart.
that needs to be adjusted is taken care of is vital. We
Working with new vendors that do not have a strat-
all have bad days, and there are some situations that
egy, process, or goals can make it challenging for ex-
are more stressful than others, but whenever we work
perienced planners and couples. However, if the ven-
with vendors who do not handle pressure well, we try
dor is open to new ideas, change and excitement, we
and guide them to stay calm. Working together as a
are happy to work with them. But if someone is set in
team to find a solution is so much better, as well as
his or her ways, trying to “change” them to “fit” the
calming to the guests if they know a professional is
job is not the best idea. Working with vendors who
handling the situation.
are not willing to work as a team is something no one wants, it creates a stressful and negative atmosphere. Angela Proffitt is a celebrity wedding planner, entrepreneur, and productivity coach with more than 15 years of experience in the wedding and event industry. As the owner and lead designer for Vivid Experiences, a full-service event and wedding planning company, Angela’s work has been featured in more than 100 publications, including People magazine, Us Weekly, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, and Style Me Pretty. Learn more about Angela and Vivid Experiences at AngelaProffitt.com.
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If you’re experiencing a tough vendor relationship,
Follow through is one of the most important as-
and they don’t want to be flexible to work together to-
pects of the wedding industry. Sometimes we will
wards a solution as a team, it is time to find someone
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one wedding, and it is pertinent to work with a vendor
perience for us and the client, but it is evident in their
team who meets or exceeds our expectations.
work. Simply completing a task for the paycheck is
There have been occasions where we have con-
not the type of team member we seek out, we look for
firmed verbally, written in emails, had the details on
experts that are passionate about what they can offer.
our timelines (that go out to everyone the week of the
My team and I work very hard to make planning
wedding) and paid in full for a vendor to do their job
a wedding fun for the client. Working together for so
and they simply don’t show up! As a planner, this is
many years, vendors become family; the difference is
one of the most embarrassing surprises to experi-
we get to choose whom our clients and we work with.
ence, because it is our job to ensure everything is ex-
Without the amazing and talented vendors on our
team, I am just a girl with some cool ideas. It takes
We are willing to work with anyone, and under-
a village, and appreciating every single person that
stand that people are human and make mistakes. But
makes the wedding day come to life is important;
when it becomes a pattern with the same company
their hard work and dedication shines through each
over and over, we simply won’t put up with it any-
and every weekend.
more. We make a point to communicate after each
Overall, putting together a solid and trustworthy
event with our vendor team on what they did a great
vendor team is a long process that won’t happen over-
job on and what could be improved upon. There are a
night. It is important to be flexible and understand-
handful of vendors we refuse to work with because of
ing of everyone’s strengths, and helping improve
past experiences with past clients.
upon any weaknesses. Once a solid vendor team is in place, planning and designing is a fun and rewarding
experience to be shared that will last a lifetime!
The most important component of our vendor team is that they all love what they do, and it is evident in everything they create. Working with people who hate their job is not only a long and painful ex-
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BR I DE S. B E A U T Y. Photography by WENDY HOPE
Fashion Editor by RASHIDA MEGGETT Styled by STACIE HOULKER
Model (Clockwise) NIARA ROBLES, MAMI NAKAJIMA, CHANDNI CHOITHRAMANI & MEGAN OKUNDAYE Dress ALICE + OLIVIA ELISABETTA POLIGNANO, ELIZA JANE HOWELL, GEMY MAALOUF
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Model JUANITA DAVIS Dress YUMI KATSURA
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Model NIARA ROBLES Dress ELISABETTA POLIGNANO Choker JUNIPER
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Model CANDICE MACDONALD Dress YUMI KATSURA
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Model CHANDNI CHOITHRAMANI Dress/Corset ROGER RODNEY Hair Piece ANTHONY MAXWELL
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Model BIANCA BRBOZA Dress INMACULADA GARCIA Veil ANNA - G
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Hair by KHELI FRENCH Assistant TYREESAH using Renee Futerer, Babyliss, Mizani, AMF Hair extensions Makeup & Skincare by AUSTEN PARKER using Re:Beauty Beauty Nails by TEE HUNDLEY using NARS Special thanks to the DESIGNER LOFT
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FASHION WEAR WHAT WHERE Shoes MARIA CLOUDY BLUE Designer BADGLEY MISCHKA
You could never outdo the bride at her own wedding unless she doesn’t try, so put
THE BRIDES MAID
FLORA Hair Comb THOMAS KNOELL DESIGNS
on your best frock and make sure you put your dancing shoes on.
Dress SON JUNG WAN
There is no way anyone attending a wedding should downplay the occasion simply because they are afraid to show out the bride. Unless you are coming in a wed-
WEAR WHAT WHERE Your best friends wedding does not have to be a sequel to a bad episode of 27 dresses. Gone are the days where your
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fashion options can come straight off the runway. Peter Langner has the most divine
Dress PETER LANGNER
ding dress yourself you can’t. So check out
wised up and no longer have to settle. Your
one of our favorite designers Son Jung Wan,
was a bad satin, chiffon dress.
at New York Fashion Week—we can only
collection that will suit any wedding com-
MAID OF HONOR
mitments you may have and still be able to wear the dress again.
brace our selves for what is about to hit the runway. You won’t be disappointed.
Shoes MALORIE LATTE Designer BADGLEY MISCHKA
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Dress CHRISTIAN SIRIANO
Going back to basic doesn’t mean
Earrings EARSAPHF-FCAR; FACETED CARNELIAN TEARDROP, WHITE SAPPHIRES, 18KT GOLD/STERLING SILVER, $165 Designer MARGO MORRISON
you basically give up. For those Waldorf Astoria, Plaza Hotel venue type of brides that you parents insist on having,
Your mother is the only woman that
requiring you to wear a certain kind
would dare come to your wedding and
of dress: Fret not, we found a modern
own it the only way you know she
classic designer when we attended the
could and would, wearing a Chris-
Harbin Fashion Week Shows: Giancar-
tian Siriano dress. When designer Christian Siria-
Dress GIANCARLO MOSSI
no unveiled his spring/summer
lo Mossi. This Italian born designer is the very essence of classic, elegance and style with a certain je ne sais quoi in his
2017 runway collection at New York
Fashion Week, you knew your mother
If you can make your way to Shang-
already had her order in before the col-
hai, as we await his coming to New York
lection even made it back to the show-
City, take a shopping trip and fi nd the
one dress that will make a statement.
The collection is elegant and bold but modern for the likes of women that are bold and are not afraid of color or making
MILA Earrings THOMAS KNOELL DESIGNS
a statement, even at your wedding… “step aside youngen, take notes, and let Mama show you how it’s done.” The look is completed with shoes by Badgley Mischka only adds to the breathtaking statement, Shoes KIARA EMBELLISHED PEEP TOE EVENING PUMP Designer BADGLEY MISCHKA
only accessory she will need with this ensemble.
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Shoes KARMA LEMON CREAM Designer BADGLEY MISCHKA
with her earrings by Margo Morrison being the
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FASHION WEAR WHAT WHERE
CITY HALL BRIDE
Dress LOUETTE BRIDAL
So you decided to go to City Hall to tie the knot. That does not mean you have to settle by no means. You better switch, shake, waddle and roll your way to the building giving it all you got. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your wedding. Berta gave us the fringe, feather-like
Necklace ANTHONY MAXWELL www.anthonymaxwell.com
sexy number that will bring your man down to his knees. This little number is for the rock star bride.
Dress LOUETTE BRIDAL
While Francesca, presented you with the modern chic, bride that can rock a pant topped with a dress layering so beautifully. This little number, just made our heads
Dress BERTA Dress FRANCESCA MIRANDA
turn so we had to share. Your accessories only enhanced and completed your look for your special day.
Earrings EARSAPHF-WBP2; WHITE BAROQUE PEARL, WHITE SAPPHIRES, 18KT/SS 18KT GOLD/STERLING SILVER, $250 Designer MARGO MORRISON
We pulled together some booties by Badgley Mischka that complemented your sassy
DESTINATION WEDDING BRIDE
looks, with a little bling. Speaking of bling, Thomas Knoell gave us the perfect earrings that just completed both looks.
Shoes MOSS NUDE WWW.BADGLEYMISCHKA.COM
Whether your getting married on the beach or having an amazing country wedding in a decked out barn, we found the perfect designer for you. Loulette Bridal. This young brand is giving you a little flair and sex appeal with a little bit of classic vintage with these two numbers. Again we paired these looks with Badgley Mischka shoes and found some incredible pearl earrings with a
ELIZA Earrings THOMAS KNOELL DESIGNS
hint of bling in it to set the stage. We found a multi-use hair band that can be used as both a hair band or neck piece created by New York based
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designer Anthony Maxwell.
Shoes LEEANE CHAMPAGNE Designer BADGLEY MISCHKA
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THE ART OF LOVE Love doesn’t have an expiration date. It comes
as bright as the amaz-
when it comes, and ready or not it’s here. If you are
ing paintings that Al-
attentive and receptive you receive it, embrace it and
exander “Solo” con-
go along for the ride. If not, you missed out on the
jures up. I fell in love
greatest gift mankind will have ever known.
with their spirit and
Alexander and Marina heard the calling some 4
the magic they share
years ago, and on September 2013 they responded.
with each other. When they say love is color blind…
As the saying goes the rest was history. Watching
not in the case of these two love birds. Their lives are
them both interact was pure pleasure. Both coming
full of color. It is my honor to be a proud owner of one
from strong artistic families, their love for the arts
of their pieces.
can be seen in their interaction with each other.
The Art Of Love is universal.
They are colorful and warm as a couple. They are
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A LOOK INSIDE: Baden Haus
very room in your home has a purpose. Being
“Gotham City” her creation with
a homeowner myself, I am constantly looking
spattered mirror she describes as
for new ways to improve the esthetics of my
paying homage to “steam punk”, a
space. Living in New York City where space
kind of historical industrial look
seems to be shrinking, but with the exchange of having
meant to work with today’s industrial
newer and shinier amenities.
Outside of the kitchen I feel the bathroom is the next
“Paisley Tie” Swanky. “One should
room that can upgrade your space from a real estate
either be a work of art or wear a work
prospective. So when I met Toni of Baden Haus and
of art,” said the famously flamboyant
she was willing to chat with me and answer all my ques-
Oscar Wilde, a lover of paisley. The
tions beyond the pretty items, I was super excited. Es-
history of this iconic pattern that has
ready to face the world. Both bathroom and the kitch-
thetically I was sold on the items. But I wanted to know
spanned centuries is quite colorful and I love it for its
en are very special to me.
what was the force behind the brand.
sophisticated, arty bohemianism.
THE BRAND Baden Haus is a manufacturer, and Italian brand
“Gold Lame” I love the glamour and fashion of “Old Hollywood.” The golden shimmering glass brings that golden age feel to the bath.
that has been around since 1979. The Retro Collection
“Matte” pictured at top comes in both black and
by Toni Sabatino is the particular cabinet line I de-
white. White: Timeless grace, simplicity and ele-
signed for their entry into the North American market.
gance. The panels have the look of wainscoting to cre-
The designer of the Retro line is Toni Sabatino,
ate the mood of old world charm and tradition. Black:
and Baden Haus is a family owned company headed
into buildable units. The areas for make up, first aid or grooming product organization and towel and paper storage make these cabinets perfect for any bathroom! My collection is a hybrid of simple, quality, European construction and American pop culture.”
CREDIT YOU THE CLIENT
Grande Central Plumbing, Bond Street, NYC, a
The Retro Collection is new and our official debut
When asked who she is designing for her response,
division of Central Plumbing Specialties is our first
was at ICFF in New York City at the Jacob Javits Cen-
“ I am designing for the discriminating client looking
displaying distributor. They can be reached at 212-
ter this past May.
for versatility, quality, value and style.”
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were our main points when brainstorming the ideas
The drama of film noir.
by Roberto Osimi, with Marco Oddi as chief operating officer.
Quality, a timeless retro vibe and affordability
Why is there so much creative elegance in your
Distribution across the country is being added and
piece for a bathroom piece? Why does your bath-
we are quite pleased with the interest we received at
rooms look like one of the most amazing rooms in the
the ICFF show debut. Consumers will find that the
cabinetry is a good value. The modular pieces are
We use our bathrooms each day to get ourselves
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in finding new ways to improve our presentation in which we bring to you, each bit of information on our pages. So should your meal be as well. It
ach culture has its own je ne sais quoi when it comes to entertaining at meal time, you just can’t put your finger on it.
Or maybe you can? Many things happen over a meal.
Conversation, romance, proposals, and life, all over a well cooked meal presented in love. From the moment you laid your eyes on your beloved you knew that you would savor every moment as you did the first plate of food that was presented to you the first night you had your first dinner. The presentation, the exquisite way in which each morsel was placed on the perfectly white plate that your server brought to you that fine romantic moment. If you had your way you would relive that day over and over again.
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
Now you can. We found the plate that would help you relive that wonderful moment every time you dine together. At WBM, it is all about presenta-
should be done with love and care. This spring we had the pleasure of engaging with one of the industry’s lovely tabletop brands: Q Squared NYC. This mother and daughter team is a brand that is formed after our own hearts. With our passion for travel and entertaining, we fell in love with their designs instantly along with its everyday practical use, durability, and the elegance of each design. Nancy Young Mosny and Alaina Young created the brand in 2011. In an effort to inspire others to live elegantly every day, Nancy and Alaina sought to create 100% high-quality melamine tableware, where art and inspiration meets practicality and functionality. And aren’t we glad they did. So don’t hesitate to invite guests over for a meal or have the children partake of the elegance of a well-designed meal served on a great set of tableware that will make your grandmother proud. Go ahead indulge. You deserve it. These lovely items can be found at qsquarednyc.com as well as boutique stores and retailers across the U.S, and other outlets like Bed, Bath and Beyond online, HomeGoods and Draeger’s.
tion. That is why we take great delight
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GLOBE TROTTING JOIE DE VIVRE
forgo sleep and exercise to meet work deadlines, or slip past compromise and into servitude to please our partners. We enjoy the high of success in one area of life and then careen down a slope of remorse when we see the trade-offs it took to achieve. VeraVia is looking to change that. VeraVia looks to help you balance your life on four pillars of health: Fitness, Nutrition, Medical, and Medical. With their team of industry experts, they are uniquely qualified to provide you a life-changing experience unlike any fitness camp I’ve ever been to. The expectation for excellence is established from your first interaction with
“YOU INSTANTLY GET THE FEELING THAT YOU’RE BEING WELCOMED INTO A SMALL FAMILY INSTEAD OF AN INSTITUTION.”
the program’s co-founder, Melissa Wyatt, upon booking. You will know, immediately, that you are in good hands. There is no sales pitch to be made, because Melissa is not selling you anything—she’s inviting you on a journey, one she has travelled herself. VeraVia is her brainchild and baby, one she created to bring herself into four pillars of health, and it’s evident through the passion, care, and ex-
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pertise she brings to your booking consultation. No detail ind, body, and spirit. These qualities are the trinity of living a good life. The non-stop rush that living
is skipped – dietary, medical, interests, or otherwise – as she works to bring you a boutique luxury experience that you won’t soon forget.
in the 21st century imposes on us
VeraVia’s campus is located in the hills of Carlsbad
makes finding a balance between these three ar-
at the sprawling and luxurious Park Hyatt Aviara Re-
eas more difficult than ever. That lack of balance
sort, a short 40-minute drive from San Diego Inter-
manifests through our mental and physical health, as well as our sense of happiness and fulfillment. It’s not easy to observe without trying, but even as we find success in our careers or relationships, the cost of achieving that success can come at the detriment of our minds, bodies, and spirits. We will
national Airport. A pre-arranged chauffeur will greet you at baggage claim and whisk you off to the front door of the Park Hyatt, where Adrienne, the Client Coordinator will greet you and introduce you to the VeraVia lifestyle.
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Knowing what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat is
While at VeraVia, you will also be introduced to reli-
a wild maze for most people—especially if they’re trying
giously neuter ways to center yourself – primarily mind-
to lose weight. There is no group meal here. Each guest
has a personalized meal plan during their stay, which aims to fulfill their health goals. The meals that come out
of the kitchen are breathtaking in appearance, absolute-
Your VeraVia experience does not stop when you
ly delicious, and most importantly, healthy. During your
leave either. Your package includes follow-up virtual ses-
stay, you will work with chef and nutritionist, Cat Dillon,
sions with your fitness, nutrition, medical, and wellness
to craft an at-home meal strategy that continues on the
experts—as well as access to an alumni portal. The por-
path set by the culinary team.
tal offers a variety of resources to use when you get back home, such as recipes from the program and recorded
meditation sessions to help you continue on your journey
You instantly get the feeling that you’re being wel-
You’ll never want to see a different doctor again after
comed into a small family instead of an institution. Un-
experiencing Dr. Derek. Every ailment you have is his
There is no health and wellness retreat that I could
like most wellness camps that I’ve been to, VeraVia keeps
priority, and you will work together to establish a plan
more emphatically recommend to anyone looking to
the number of guests it hosts at one time miniscule. This
to address your health concerns as naturally and organ-
improve their overall health and wellness than Ver-
is to provide you with unfettered access to staff that can,
ically as possible. Your program includes a head-to-toe
aVia. They have mastered what it means to provide
in turn, provide very personalized attention. Each mo-
physical, complete with blood labs, body composition
luxury, quality, and lasting results in a market that is
ment of your stay, you are in the company of a program
scans, and physical endurance tests. With the results,
saturated with programs that offer quick-fixes and cat-
coordinator that makes sure every second of your stay is
be bored or uncomfortable. Activities range from hiking
you and Dr. Derek will discuss the areas that present a
tle-herding-like experiences. It’s time to get up and
and boxing, to tennis and yoga. Since VeraVia only hosts
challenge to you achieving optimal health.
change your life.
Your days at VeraVia are structured so that you are
small groups of 4 to 6 guests at a time, everyone gets the
anchoring all-four health pillars into your foundation of
personal attention that they need from the instructors.
wellness. The schedule is set up so that guests can work
Matters of intensity, ability, and endurance are never
Meditation and therapy are the unexpected compo-
on their inside and outside without compromise.
left to chance, as the fitness instructors make sure that
nents of wellness that I never knew I needed so much!
every guest, of any fitness level, is able to participate in
Changing the inside is key to maintaining the out-
side. Dr. Megan Lewis is there to help guide you down
FITNESS: There is never a dull or repetitive moment delivered from the fitness team at VeraVia. Physical activity is a
a path of mental fitness through cognitive behavioral
therapy sessions. This is your chance to organize, pri-
huge component of the VeraVia experience, and they
VeraVia really shines in this aspect. Nothing has
oritize, and de-clutter your emotional baggage, and set
have done a masterful job at making sure you will never
undermined my road to health quite like nutrition has.
yourself up for a life that is productive and fulfilling.
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GLOBE TROTTING HEALTY LIVING DEERFIELD
anting to lose weight before the big day is a common theme in wedding preparation. From joining a gym to signing-up for pre-cooked meal plans,
people will do just about anything to get the weight off. But what about those people who are looking to get away from the vices of “real life” and ship themselves away to be immersed in a world designed for weight loss? Fitness camps have been a well-known secret of the rich and famous, remaining largely out of reach for those not privy to the social circles and banks accounts of the 1 percent. Following the popularity of shows like The Biggest Loser and The Swan, there have been a bevy of fitness camps that have opened with the average customer in
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mind - or so one would think. With the cost of main-
soup. At Deerfield, one is completely in control of
stream fitness camps climbing well over $2000 per week,
their stay. Upon arrival, you are greeted at the main
getting access to an affordable option becomes out of
house and presented with a calendar of activities to
reach for many people.
chose from. Daily selections include group aerobic
To be fair, most of these programs lure in guests
& weight-training classes, early-morning and after-
with the promise of luxury - and guess what - luxu-
noon hiking, stretching, swimming, spinning, yoga,
ry costs. Luckily, with some research, I discovered a
and pilates. From the crack of dawn, to just before
facility that operates by a different standard: More
dinner, there is a new activity available each hour.
affordability, less luxury. Deerfield Health Retreat
Most classes are held in Deerfield Health Retreat &
& Spa is a 14 acre, full-service campus located in the
Spa’s 24 hour gym facility, whose glass wall overlooks
Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. In operation
the heated pool and sauna. The campus also has a
since 1979, Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa has pro-
paved court for basketball and tennis, as well as a sau-
vided guests with affordable access to healthy meals,
na, located in the basement of the main guest house.
exercise classes, golfing, hiking, swimming, massage
Those looking to leave campus for some adventure
a variety of breathtaking sights, like cliffside over-
therapy, and a plethora of other wellness-minded ac-
will really enjoy being located at the intersection of
looks, waterfalls & ravines, and historical landmarks.
tivities, all at a reasonable price.
the Delaware Water Gap, Appalachian Trail, and
Bringing equipment won’t be necessary, either.
Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa is not your typical
Pocono Mountains. Certified guides lead daily hikes
Deerfield hiking guides provide water, hiking sticks,
weight-loss camp. There are no early-morning bugle
through the trails that run just a few short miles away
and even rain ponchos to make the journey easy
calls to go jogging up a mountain, or bowls of celery
from Deerfield. Group hiking trips take you through
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Once you’ve had enough activity for the day,
else. When one feels like they are are being tended
you will retire to one of Deerfield Health Retreat
to by an old friend, instead of being watched-over by
& Spa’s guest rooms. The guest rooms are split
a drill sergeant, it’s easier to let go of inhibitions and
between a main house, and an annex. The main
anxieties, and to put that energy into becoming your
house is a 3-level Victorian mansion, comprised of
best self. During my visit, I met men and women from
standard-size bedrooms, reminiscent of European
all over the country who had vastly different walks
accommodations. There is enough room for a bed,
of life, with vastly different motivations for being at
chair, and dresser in each room and the decor mir-
Deerfield - yet, at the end of my stay, it felt like I had
rors the quaint and delicate Victorian ambiance. Accommodations at the annex are in stark contrast. Rooms are more modern and expansive, with mul-
tiple beds, multiple dressers, and even rocking chairs! All rooms enjoy access to the campus-wide wifi and a 24-hour sitting parlor that has two televisions, miniature library, and a bevy of board games.
Meals at Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa are all
What struck me most about Deerfield is its loyal
about choice. Daily specials are posted alongside
customer base. Each meal is an opportunity to com-
a standing menu of items for breakfast, lunch, and
mune with the other guests. To learn their stories
dinner. Each night, guests are given an order slip and
and what brought them to this destination, above
asked to select the meals they would like to eat the
all others. Over and over, I heard that this wasn’t the
following day. All meals have their caloric content
first, second, or even third time guests had visited
posted, allowing guests to tabulate and keep track
Deerfield. This phenomenon is a credit to Deerfield’s
of they’re eating during their stay. Deerfield also in-
owner, Joan. When you are invited into Deerfield,
vites a chef to teach a nutrition and cooking class each
it is less like being consumed by a resort, and more
week. This is your opportunity to get down in the
like being welcomed into the home of an old friend.
trenches and learn the techniques it takes to cook a
The owner, Joan, is involved at every level of the
healthy and tasty meal.
business and makes it a point to forge a personal con-
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nection with each guest who comes to her property. She shared meals with us, tended to personal details required by each guest, and even spent time bonding over swapped cell phone pictures of kids and animals. This intentional intimacy makes staying at Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa unlike a stay anywhere
known them a lifetime. And many of the people I met along the way had taken this experience and parlayed it into an annual pilgrimage to reunite with other guests they met in years prior. If that’s not magical, I don’t know what is. Weekend rates at Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa run from $520 - $720, and weekly rates run from $1235 to $1875 (lowest price being double occupancy in the main house, and the highest price being single occupancy in the annex). The icing on the cake is that all reservations come with spa credit, which can be used for massages or facials. Your all-inclusive stay also includes 2 snacks per day, workshops, and evening activities like bingo.
Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa 650 Resica Falls Road, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18302 +1 (570) 223-0160 +1 (800) 852-4494 www.DeerfieldSpa.com JoanKWolff@gmail.com
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GLOBE TROTTING HIDDEN TREASURES
nhale you may have just arrived to what might
right here in America’s backyard. From the beautiful
seem to be one of the most relaxed, laid back
wild horses, the stunning views of the coast line, the
towns in America. Not in a watching grass grow
rich history of the Beaufort town while getting a tour
kind of way. But in a seren, enjoy nature, a feeling
of the town with Hungry Town Bike Tour and enjoy-
of rejuvenation and becoming at one with nature. While scouting for wedding locations, as Ameri-
cans we tend to go from one extreme to another, lo-
ing the gastronomy of the masterful chefs in its local restaurants. Paddle along the coastline, with Beaufort Paddle, it is positively a gold mine of a find.
cal or leave the country. I asked myself, I wonder if
This town is fully equipped and prepared to help
we ever stopped to think of how green our grass is on
you plan your destination wedding with all its wed-
this side of the pond or fence. I had to stop and count
ding professionals that will make it one of your most
the numerous amounts of beautiful locations we have
memorable moments of your life.
right here in the United States. We were able to discover the absolutely stunning town of Beaufort North Carolina, The Crystal Coast
Consider the paradise views of The Crystal Coast. To learn more visit their website at www.crystalcoastnc.org
BEAUTY IN AMERICA’S BACKYARD CRYSTAL COAST Get Married In America’s Backyard - The Crystal Coast, Beaufort NC BY MYRDITH LEON-MCCORMACK Photographer: ALLIE MILLER
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and saw that it was exactly what I was looking for! (I mean, take a look at Lake Koggala and tell me, honestly, that you wouldn’t want to sleep surrounded by that beauty!) Created by owner Robert Drummond and his wife Lara Baumann, together with Raefer Wallis, award-winning architect of A00 Architects, and Tharindu De Silva, a Sri Lankan architect also part of the A00 team, Tri is a bubble of passion and creativity. Unlike a number of new properties that smash, slash, and cut their way through existing beauty for the sake of vanity, Tri embraces what is already there and only
TAPPING INTO PURE INDULGENCE AT TRI LANKA
seeks to complement it. Tri Lanka has worked exquisitely and eloquently to respect and maintain the land by working with what already exists instead of trying to mold it around a particular vision. It’s new, beautiful, and cutting edge but also manages to balance hip trendiness with a zen
I had heard rumblings about this new place called Tri Lanka
and its surroundings. You’ll really, truly understand
WRITTEN BY MARY PRATT
this when you set foot onto the property and experi-
Rob is cool, calm, and collected with a mixed back-
ence the 360 degrees of luxury. The team here hasn’t
ground of yoga, photography, and banking and got his
fter hours and hours of travel and prep
cut any corners, not even by a millimetre. Fluffy tow-
first taste of property development in Sri Lanka in
and driving hundreds of kilometres,
els, extraordinary views, dreamy amenities that you’ll
2001 when he bought a plot in Galle. Then in 2003,
no doubt want to pop into your carry-on bag on the way
he had the chance to purchase land from a local farm-
home—it all comes together to create a pure, tranquil,
er which, come 2015, became Tri Lanka. It wasn’t a
slapdash effort; this hotel was carefully crafted from
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t praying for relief for my weary legs by the time we
drove into Galle on the southern tip of Sri Lanka. So when I finally arrived at Tri Lanka, about 40 minutes from Galle, it felt like a well-deserved reward. Located on Lake Koggala, Tri Lanka is a property that’s all about indulgence, both the venue
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Rob’s vision for a specific design.
Being into yoga himself, coupled with Lara’s pas-
I had heard rumblings about this new place called
sion for it, he wanted the property to emphasize the
Tri Lanka so when I was planning out my Sri Lan-
surroundings and revolve around health and well-
ka trip, I immediately jumped online to take a peek
ness but without making it a strict yoga retreat. Do
yoga, don’t do yoga, it’s your choice. The main thing is making sure you enjoy yourself! With all of that being said, though, we have to highlight Lara for a minute. Saying that she’s passionate about yoga probably downplays who she is and what she’s done. Lara developed Quantum Yoga, which is a dynamic form of yoga based around what is most suitable for you, which is determined by identifying your dosha. In Ayurveda, there are three doshas (mind-body-types) which are categorized at Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. It’s pretty interesting so if you have a chance to discover your dosha, it’ll likely enlighten you on how to approach health and wellness in the way that’s best for you!
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ine the beauty that would greet you from above. If
I shook his hand and tried to give him all
you’re coming in from Galle, it’s a 40-minute drive.
of my attention but my eyes kept drifting
Even my faithful driver and travel buddy Kalan
towards the incredible infinity pool and the
(thanks AMW Group!) said, “Ma’am, this looks like
too-pretty-to-be-real lake, unsure which to
a very nice property” as we pulled up to Tri. Though
ogle first. Should I appreciate the palm trees
he may have also just been relieved that we arrived
perfectly positioned with the pool? Or the
without getting lost, for once.
person in the pool, as those posing for one of
You’ll see a sign for Tri Lanka and drive up a rubbly road that leads into a carpark. What might throw
Tri Lanka is the way it is!
GETTING THERE & FIRST IMPRESSIONS
pool with the lake in the background?
you off after that is that the standard reception
But then I realized there’d be plenty of
area isn’t what you think it would be. In fact, it’s no-
time later on to explore and stare so I sat
out of his way to accommodate some (most likely an-
where to be seen. Instead, the Tri staff effortlessly car-
down with my complimentary juice and focused
noying) needs like being my personal photographer.
ried my clearly overweight suitcase as I was ushered
(The downsides of travelling solo!)
up the stairs where Oliver James, a charming Brit
Tri is built on 4 acres of land and has been designed
Also, a big thank you to Douglas for zipping me
on the senior management team, was waiting to
so that all of the villas wrap around Lake Koggala,
across to Cinnamon Island. He was a total gentleman
giving every guest unbridled access to jaw-dropping
and a true example of service with a smile!
“IT’S A STUNNING PIECE OF PARADISE WHERE IT FEELS LIKE YOU’RE COMPLETELY REMOVED...” So, knowing all of this, you can understand why
those killer Instagram shots? Or maybe the
views. Actually, it’s based on the Golden Ratio (you know, that spiral pattern that exists in nature) with
WHERE YOU’LL SLEEP
the cinnamon-wood covered Water Tower as the
There are 11 suites and villas, ranging from the
central point. Surrounding the tower are fragrant
cosy Water Tower rooms (there are 3) to the gener-
passionfruit trees (which bear fruit and yes, they are
ously sized Tri Villa with a private plunge pool.
used) and all throughout the property, the scent of lemongrass wafts through the air.
Lucky Pra stayed in the Tri Villa, which was an absolute dream. At 140 sqm, it’s wonderfully spacious
It’s a stunning piece of paradise where it feels like
with two balconies (each specifically positioned to
you’re completely removed from the demands of the
catch the sunrise and sunset), a sitting area, sepa-
rate bedroom, and a bathroom with a deep tub and a
From Colombo Airport, you’re looking at about
stonking rain shower.
a 2.5 hour drive or 165 km, though if you like mak-
STAFF & SERVICE
ing an entrance, Cinnamon Air could bring you in
The staff here are fantastic, always ready with a
of Tri Lanka, the rooms have a warm and organic
on their sea plane. Considering how stunning the
smile and helping hand. Here’s a gigantic shout-out to
feel to them. Using all local materials, you’ll see tons
lake is from the ground, I can’t even being to imag-
Oliver for not only being a great host but also going
of natural wood trimmings and furnishings, lovely
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WHERE TO DINE Breakfast is served 7 to 10am and dinner from 7 to 9pm, with lunch time being more flexible. The Executive Consultant Chef, Neil Wager, a mobile phone which can be used to contact the staff at Tri Lanka and can be taken outside of the resort anywhere in Galle. In the bathroom, I tested out a luscious cream in a burnt orange, cinnamon, and pepper fragrance (a signature of Tri) that I guarantee would lightweight cotton curtains with grassy prints, soft sheets (my bed spread had a fab peacock print), and the most minimal decor touches that really bring home the “less is more” philosophy. I padded around my villa, feeling the cool tiled floor beneath my feet and silently taking in every element that has been thoughtfully integrated to create this peaceful haven. Wherever you are, whether you’re sitting on the sofa or lounging on the bed, you’re spoilt for choice with an idyllic view that seems too good to be true. There are also windows along the top of the walls, leaving you with no lack of sunshine and further blurring the line between indoors and out. As I poked around, I found bottles of fresh water and a nut mix neatly displayed in the bedroom, perfect for a mid-afternoon snack. (Word of warning: if you do want to pop a few of these nuts into your mouth, make sure there isn’t a chilli mixed in there because it will just about blow your head off. I, unfortunately, speak from experience!) I also discovered
bring back a flood of memories from Tri if you happened to use this at home. The thoughtful touches like the phone and their signature goodies are what really make this resort stand out from the rest. Wandering out onto the lounge’s balcony (which has glass siding so as not to obstruct the views), I popped down a few steps to my private plunge pool, complete with a couple of loungers should you feel like sunbathing. And hey, if you feel like a nighttime dip…! You won’t find TVs, music, or fridges in the rooms and you know what? You won’t even notice. But on that note, they do have fast and reliable WiFi if you need it. I was here to enjoy a digital detox to an extent, but sometimes we just need to connect and flick through emails so it was such a relief to be able to do so. The pain of having to do some work was eased by the fact that I could sit out on a beautiful deck and sip on a margarita as I tapped out notes and email replies.
has put together a menu that has an array of dishes, along with alternating tasting menus and special curry nights. He’s also known for having worked his magic on the menus at other luxury eco-conscious resorts like Song Saa in Cambodia and Nihiwatu in Indonesia. Whilst the tasting courses are said to be abso-
next trip to Sri Lanka!)
lutely delicious, you can always order a la carte if
When you’re here, count on eating early—it’s an
you’re just in that kind of mood. For the two nights I
early to bed, early to rise kind of place, which makes
was here, I decided to stay away from the curries
complete sense once you’ve witnessed the spectacu-
(I had overdone it over the last 10 days of travel!)
lar sunrises here.
and instead, went straight for the simpler, but still tasty, dishes.
WHERE TO UNWIND
All of the food here is prepared from fresh,
The infinity pool is one of the most awesome ones
local ingredients, transforming into dishes with Sri
I’ve experienced. Not only are you afforded some of
Lankan flair. The cuisine is a direct reflection of
the prettiest views of Lake Koggala but it’s also just
Tri’s dedication to health and wellness and
so damn photogenic, especially at sunrise. This pool
doesn’t have any bad angles, it seems. (Peek onto Ins-
Breakfast was made super memorable thanks to the staff who set up a table for me out on the jetty. I
tagram and you’ll see evidence of just how many people have captured the blissful beauty of this pool.)
sipped my fresh fruit smoothie and munched my
Of course, what would a wellness retreat be with-
way through perfectly poached eggs whilst watching
out a spa? I embraced a 60-minute relaxation mas-
the rippling water of the lake and taking in the early
sage with one of the guest therapists and left feeling
morning serenity. At one point, I even had the chance
like jelly (in a good way!). The spa itself is very sim-
to see a Cinnamon Air sea plane gliding over the lake
ple—there are no frills or fancy accoutrements but
and landing with a purr. (Side note: I’m putting a sea
is perfectly suited to the vibe of Tri. And really, you
plane ride on my checklist of things to do during my
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ack in 2001, Jude Turner saw her baby being born. Except her baby was Spicers Peak Lodge, the first of the Spicers Retreats. The
London. A casual ride on a Top Deck Tours bus led to
Centre Travel Group and in 2001, Jude’s dream be-
a conversation with the driver who also happened to
gan turning into a reality.
be the owner. The driver/owner’s name was Graham
Spicers Peak Lodge is 1,100 metres up, perched
Turner, who would go on to become the CEO/Chair-
atop a mountain and nestled within 8,000 sprawl-
haps, for a large family or JR Ewing and the clan in a
man of Flight Centre…but he more commonly goes by
ing acres in the Scenic Rim. This particular lodge
Dallas-esque way of living.
the name of Skroo!
is special because it was the first of the Spicers Re-
generously sized lodge was originally meant
to be a possible dream home—something meant, per-
The two hit it off, discovering that they were both
treats and the only one built from the ground up.
from Queensland and that Graham lived locally in
Incorporating all the things Jude liked about the
tures like the 4-day Scenic Rim Trail hike that takes
Sometimes we need to give you the story to get you
Stanthorpe. As the ditty goes, first came love, then
hotels she’d encountered during her travels. Jude
you through the incredible beauty of the Scenic Rim
in the vibe. And this is one of them. (If not you’ll al-
came marriage! They travelled around and she be-
made sure that Spicers Peak Lodge incorporated
region. Oh, and be prepared to see Pra again, Spicers,
ways wonder why on earth there’s a red phone box in
gan putting together a book of the hotels they visited
everything she liked about the hotels encountered
because I will be back next year to do this hike, dead-
the middle of the fields!!)
along the way, noting the things that made her tick
during her travels was a hotel that felt like home.
ly snakes be damned (there’s a story to this)!
Jude Turner grew up in Warwick, Queensland,
and the things that, well, didn’t. In 1981, the two re-
Mission accomplished. This location has been the
Jude has a passion and flair for design so she is
before heading off for the adventure of a lifetime to
turned to Brisbane where Graham then set up Flight
measuring stick for the rest of the Spicers Retreats
hands-on with each property and works with her
and they now have a portfolio of boutique “home” ho-
team to make sure each place aligns perfectly with
tels that have been made with love and individually
the surroundings, including all of the art collections.
For example, Spicers Hidden Vale was once an old
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There are a total of seven properties—five in
working cattle station, hence the rooms and cottages
Queensland and two in New South Wales—along
having names like ‘Angus’ or ‘Wagyu’. When you stay
with the upcoming Spicers Potts Point in Sydney,
at Spicers Sangoma, you’ll notice the African influ-
scheduled to open June 30, 2017.
ences in the chandeliers and special bricks that were procured at an eye-watering cost!
BRAND PRESENCE AND IDENTITY
The devil’s in the details and it’s evident the
Spicers isn’t about snatching up properties wil-
group’s values are never compromised over a few dol-
ly-nilly and quickly developing them. They’re very
lars. That’s likely what makes this brand so special to
deliberate, waiting until they find a place that’ll fit
customers and staff alike!
into the Spicers family whilst ensuring that respects are paid to the surrounding area and audience. They might be commercial but they also aren’t shy about
GETTING THERE & FIRST IMPRESSIONS
showing their true love for the countryside. As huge
The +/- 2 hour drive from Brisbane to Spicers
environmentalists, Spicers also offers eco-adven-
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Skippie the (not real) kangaroo armed with a
ing on architecture and design to the actual con-
there’s no one around and you fancy a gin & tonic, you
Nikon D80, waiting to cheekily greet you to
struction. (Mind you, building this place was no easy
can help yourself at their honesty bar.
Spicers Peak Lodge.
task. Everything had to be flown up or hauled in by
I have to give a big shout-out to the team at Spicers
Welcome to your home away from home,
tractor and there was absolutely nothing at the top—
because they all had the natural ability to become
set against a beautifully green rolling moun-
no electricity, no water, nada!) You’ll see how much
your friend whilst making sure you had the most
tain range, where you can mingle, relax, eat,
love, passion, and dedication have been poured into
amazing stay. There wasn’t a single “No, I can’t do
and indulge in general merriment.
that.” It was all about “can” and “will” and from meeting a few of the staff, it seems like they’re all living
In the Main Lodge, the sofas in the central communal area beg for you to curl up on them
STAFF & SERVICE
as you enjoy the gigantic open fireplace. The
Throughout my entire stay at Spicers Peak Lodge,
In fact, the vibe was very similar to what I experi-
I felt nothing but a very special love that came from
enced at Richard Branson’s Necker Island which left
both the staff and the design of the place.
me feeling absolutely delighted (because you know
shops and bakeries which gradually melt away into the glorious hinterlands where it’s all grass, hills,
Your arrival is celebrated with champagne and
cattle, and sunshine!
fleeces and country wear replace crisp ho-
there’s still a 20-minute drive up to the lodge when
telier outfits, and instead of a typical formal
you reach the base of the mountain. You’ll know
orientation, Felicity (the assistant general
you’re officially Mother Nature’s guest when you
manager) casually chatted with me over a
have to stop the car because the road is being casu-
cup of delectable coffee. She just oozes hos-
ally blocked by a large Eastern brown snake, which
pitality and humility, and is the ultimate
is apparently responsible for the most snakebite
brand ambassador for Spicers!
deaths in Australia! Eek! Just try not to mistake it
They are the epitome of relaxed luxury.
for a harmless tree branch like Pra and crew did at Luckily we survived this wildlife encounter, chalked it up to a true Aussie experience, and continued on our way. (By the way, you can always have Spicers pick you up if you don’t have 4WD. Just sit back and enjoy the ride!) As you head to the Main Lodge, keep an eye out for
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how much I loved that place!).
there’s not a check-in desk in sight. Spicers
Make sure you’re in a 4WD vehicle because
The service is unpretentious and friendentire atmosphere here is pleasantly classic and fa-
ly and the staff truly embrace their role of
miliar and when I immediately commented just how
making sure you feel at home. That means if
at home I felt, I almost got a high-five from the team! It turns out this is exactly what Spicers Peak Lodge is all about. When you’re hanging out in the main lodge, take a few minutes to flick through the photo album. It documents every aspect of the build, from brainstorm-
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There’s internal mobility between the properties
pockets and the acceptance that some things are in-
solar-powered and the ten safari-style
and Spicers embraces that same entrepreneurial
deed worth saving up for. But it’s also worth remem-
luxury tents are kitted out with prop-
spirit that makes up Virgin, filled with adventure and
bering that everything is all-inclusive so once you’re
er beds, fine linens, polished floor-
opportunity whilst doing good stuff for others and
here, you won’t have to open up that wallet again!
boards, and Spicers-branded bath-
the environment. This goes beyond a job and is more of a passion that the staff just happen to get paid for!
The Main Lodge holds two loft suites plus eight
robes. Luxury camping at its finest!
rooms which are split between two wings. Then there are two private lodges, armed with all of the delights
WHERE TO DINE
WHERE YOU’LL SLEEP
plus kitchenettes and plunge pools on the deck. Lo-
All of your meals can be enjoyed
My room was a beautiful 40 sq. m. area of bliss in
cated just far enough from the Main Lodge without
at The Peak Restaurant which has
the Main Lodge. There was a well-stocked fridge and
being inconvenient (it’s a 3 minute drive), these lodg-
both indoor and outdoor terrace seat-
a mean coffee machine; a cracking size bed with pil-
es are definitely worth it for those wanting that se-
ing. You can order a la carte but why
lows that swallow you up; fireplaces both inside and
cluded romantic vibe!
not embrace the 3- or 5-course tast-
ates the rest of the lodge. But really, other than my
out if you fancy cosying up on the deck. The massive
Wherever you choose to sleep, Spicers Peak
ing menu with wine pairings? With seven chef hats
personal preference on design, I have nothing but de-
tiled bathroom housed a fabulous walk-in rain show-
Lodge is a happiness hub ideal for couples, friends,
across the Spicers group, you know they take their
licious things to say!
er, gorgeous Appelles creams, Bemboka towels, and
mini-mooners, and wildlife enthusiasts. It’s also for
Brogo gowns and slippers which ended up in my hand
those guests who venture onto one of the Spicers hik-
Chef Tomasz heads up the kitchen and let me just
luggage because they were so comfy! Every element
ing trails which involves staying at the Lodge and at
say this. I ate every course, drank every paired wine,
Spa Anise wholeheartedly embraces the meaning
helped make it feel like home.
one of the most jaw-dropping glamping areas called
and refused to leave behind even a morsel. The pork
of simple luxury. With just three rooms and two ther-
Spicers Canopy. The Canopy Eco-Lodge is gas- and
was out of this world and (here comes a bit of Pra triv-
apists, it’s low-key but sophisticated. There are also
ia) as an ex-pig farmer’s daughter, I’ve eaten a fair bit
the most incredibly comfortable chairs that will make
to know! On top of that, the menu changes daily.
you want to stay forever. My stresses had all but melt-
At $1,000+, staying here does require some deep
WHERE TO UNWIND
He’s not lacking in global experience and it shows.
ed away as soon as I arrived at Spicers Peak Lodge but
At the tender age of 17, he studied under Polish chef
I still decided to indulge in a massage. I didn’t know it
Pawel Oszczyk at Hotel Le Regina in Warsaw. He fol-
was possible but I left feeling even more relaxed than
lowed his passion for cooking
I already was!
to Switzerland and
then all throughout Australia, working at establish-
There are endless options for non-spa-goers, too.
ments like Albert Park Hotel and Il Solito Posto be-
Do some sun salutations with a morning yoga session,
fore landing at Spicers Peak Lodge.
hang out by the pool, or play a game of tennis. There
The only thing about the restaurant that left me
are also guided nature walks or a longer 5-hour hike
longing was the seating. I wish they had matched the
that takes you on private trails through the moun-
tables and chairs to the comfy, cosy vibe that perme-
tains and forests. And then there’s my favourite—a CONTINUED ON PAGE 148
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the overt complaints of its government in power one
The designers proved to be exquisite, talented, and gracious, wanting to extend their pieces to be
may wonder how will Egypt survive? I don’t claim to be a political expert of any sort,
featured in our upcoming issue. It was one of our best
nor an expert of foreign affairs. Darn it, I didn’t even
issues to date, as far as a warm reader reception. The
know there was a revolution going on when I made my
readers and fans loved it and applauded our features.
first visit to Egypt. We drove right through the march
The locals were proud.
and was quickly educated on the devastating impact
EGYPT BEYOND THE PYRAMIDS
such actions had on Egypt’s economy. How could I not know? Well like some Americans,
So when the invitation came again to join the
I don’t necessarily pay attention to foreign news un-
trip and experience Egypt once more. I was again
less it’s entertainment, planning my next vacation or
shocked but doubly honored to join them. While my
some world tragedy like a bombing, earthquake of
editor-at-large chose to do the typical tourist things
sorts. Sad but true.
with the group, I chose to go on my own to explore the
So when I had the wonderful opportunity to go to
Photography courtesy of HILTON HONORS LUXOR
EGYPT BEYOND THE PYRAMIDS Discover the history of Egypt in the lap of luxury WRITTEN BY MYRDITH LEON-MCCORMACK
he mere mention of Egypt brings to mind the vision of the Pyramids, Sphinx, desert
I wanted the authentic journey of mingling with the
shocked and honored. I quickly took advantage of
locals. I walked the streets and visited Tahrir Square
this wonderful opportunity to kill two birds with one
and stood where the march, protest took place. I sat
stone and asked if I could produce my photo shoot
in its traffic. I enjoyed local vendor goods and visited
for World Bride Magazine and shoot our first
ums, the Nile River, Cleopatra, King Tut,
international cover. This would require that I
and Moses just to name a few things that stand out in
bring along a team. It was a hard decision and it
one’s head. But as of late this once great nation and its
was something I toiled over for weeks. My team
people have suffered tremendous tragedies that have
proved to be as adventurous as I and jumped on
their economy and send their citizens into starvation. After two revolutions, multiple airplane crashes, the death of several Mexican tourists, and the cancellation of numerous direct flights to Cairo from Russia, these crisis have compounded Egypt’s already struggling economy. With such devastating blows threatening their middle class existence and
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Egypt with the generous invitation, of course I was
sands, camels, artifacts, Egyptian muse-
shaken their very foundation and threaten to destroy
grounds and cities by myself.
the opportunity to journey to a dream of a lifetime to a place we read about in books and studied in school. With no expectation and great expectations, the trip and production proved to be the trip of our lives. The opportunity to see some of the aforementioned monumental figures and to work with Egypt’s brightest was a double honor. Photographer: HILTON HONORS LUXOR
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“WE ARE TREATED LIKE KINGS AND QUEENS. THE EGYPTIANS ARE HOSPITABLE PEOPLE...”
Photography courtesy of THE CAIRO MARRIOTT HOTEL
light they made their way every year. “We are treated
dancers, the fire man- flame thrower and his stick was
like kings and queens. The Egyptians are hospitable
like watching Michael Jackson’s video “Remember
people from the wealthiest to the poorest. They will
the Time” come to life. Outstanding. This makes for
share with you what they have in order to make you
a great bachelorette or a bachelor party while still be-
feel at home.”
ing respectful and naughty at the same time; if I can
We then traveled to Sharm El Sheikh which gave me the opportunity to quench my desire to shake
a typical Egyptian home and conversed with a real estate agent about the possibility of living in Egypt. Yes, I said it; the possibility of being a black American woman wanting to go to Egypt never crossed my mind until this visit. It felt right. I wanted to get the experience of another culture: a culture that was so close to mine yet different from what I know in American life. I was open. While I stayed at 5-star hotels and had fine dining every night for five days straight, I still knew that the local cuisine and the atmosphere was definitely something I was willing to explore.
OUR VISIT COMPRISED OF THE FOLLOWING CITIES: Cairo, of course—with visits to the Egyptian mu-
only explain that to you I would.... You would have to had been there to understand. (Wink.)
my tail feathers; this was just the medicine the doc-
Our return to Cairo for the remainder of the trip
seum and the Pyramids, the shopping centers, mar-
tor ordered for me for the past stressful months. We
was equally as full as the past three days. It was mag-
kets, and even observing the city driving and the traf-
sailed along the Red Sea and partied like rock stars
nificent. We partied once again like the Oscars af-
fic; driving in Egypt should be a sport. If you think
with an amazing group of international travelers
ter-party and we were winners.
New York traffic is bad wait until you go to Cairo; it
from Jordanians, Saudis, South Africans, Mexicans,
Now, while this trip was full, five days is not enough
Argentinians, Syrians, Emirates, as well as people
to see these three places to completely absorb all of
Luxor, a visit to the temple and the light show
from Kuwait, both black, brown, and white skinned
Egypt or should I say some of what Egypt has to of-
is magnificent. I was able to once again listen to
Arabs hosted by Egyptians. If I could show you the
fer. You need nine days, three days per city, counting
the show with a different set of understanding
good time we had it would cloud your vision of me!
half the time of traveling domestically once you get to
I felt alive. There were men and women of all ages
Cairo. The domestic flights to each city are reason-
enjoying each other’s company while learning about
able. So it’s worth every dime.
While members of my team visited the Giza Banks, I chose to explore the luxurious options in the hotel
Because the Egyptian currency is not very high,
by enjoying the tour, visiting the spa, and enjoying
Some of us more brave souls went snorkeling and
your dollars make you a king! So don’t be afraid to
the company and cooking with executive chef Mo-
jumped overboard. The crew of the Sani Dream put
spend it. The food is fresh, the services superb. And
hamed! AMAZING. I then took a swim in the mag-
on a flying water show and the belly dancer were mag-
the chefs come and greet you during the meals! So
nificent pool which proved to be my comfort from the
fabulous. Warning! Egyptians are eager to please you
We met an amazing couple who were on their hon-
and to be of service. You and your enjoyment is their
It was there that I met an amazing couple who
eymoon and celebrated it with strangers and had a
priority. If you are intending on going on a diet do it
had been coming to Luxor for 17 years. I asked them
blast. They happened to be a Muslim couple from
after the trip. The market place is a hustling ground
if they were not afraid and they said, with pure con-
The United States that received this trip as a honey-
so put your negotiating hat on. But please be rea-
fidence, no. They were friendly with the manager of
moon gift. Wow. I couldn’t have planned it any better.
sonable, this is how they make a living and support
the hotel and trusted him; they would inquire before
That night the party continued in the desert hills
their families. Don’t be the cheat/cheap skate to save
confirming their trip and once they got the green
with Bedouin Dinner - the food, bread making, belly
a dollar. CONTINUED ON PAGE 148
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This is one of the most spectacular hotels one can visit in the Middle East/ North Africa. The terraced villas cascade down to the shores of the Red Sea, where a beach, water sports, and even snorkeling await you! The sprawling property also offers several restaurants and a full-service spa, which makes escaping reality simple. Sharm El Sheikh is all about the beach. While
3 a WALDORF ASTORIA
there are traditional tourist traps like shopping malls in the area, I recommend spending your time exploring the world-class snorkeling and
RAS AL KHAIMAH
sailing the region is famous for. Also consider
RAS AL KHAIMAH
venturing to a Bedouin camp for dinner, belly
dancing, and even a camel ride!
HILTON HONORS LUXOR EGYPT
FOUR SEASONS SHARM EL SHEIKH
The Waldorf Astoria Al Khaimah, in all it’s majestic beauty is polar opposite of its neighboring city Dubai. The Arabian Palace that sits
Sit back and relax, don’t lift a finger unless you
hotel, or breathtaking views that rates this property
want to. The treatment you receive from the moment
high for us. But it is the people that work there and
the gate is open is that of royalty. You would think
cater to your every needs. The Egyptian staff from
that you were Queen Nefertiti and Amenhotep IV,
the ground keeper to the hotel manager greet you in
If you are afraid of heights get over it quickly, to
Akhenaten her Pharoh reincarnated. Overlooking
such a way that it seems surreal. The gastronomy is
stay in this property and not go to the rough top
the Nile, and conveniently located near Karnak Tem-
is sacrilegious. Once you make it to the top you
ple for your historical pleasure, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. Make no mistake it is not the beautifully designed
From the swimming pool to the spa services your options for relaxation is first class. Welcome to your desert oasis.
on the Peninsula is an absolute tranquil oasis away from all the rush and hustle and bustle. Its views, and scenery are absolutely breathtaking.
can only praise the almighty for all his grandeur that you are beholding. Stunning. RAK Waldorf Astoria’s staff are a team of the most enchanting, charming, helpful group
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of people. They must have invented hospitality. Nothing is too big or too small for them to do to please you. The ambiance, the view, the beaches, the pool, the shopping is absolutely priceless. Live like kings and queens. World Bride Magazine | 131
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The Waldorf Astoria Brand on its own is an im-
This luxury hotel is perfectly located in the
pressive brand. Now couple it with the excess that
pinnacle section of Cartagena. Right in the heart
Dubai is known for in the Middle East, then you’re
of the old city, and central to every major activ-
over the top. Grandeur can’t even being to describe
ities you want to engage in. From shopping ex-
the scenic view, the estate that The Dubai Palm Ju-
periences to museums visits, restaurants serving
meierah sits on. If in America they say everything
you the best cuisine imaginable, staying here
is big in Texas and super sized, then Waldorf Asto-
made the trip wonderful and easy to navigate and
ria is the mother ship of it all.
everything an easy approximity to walk.
Driving to get to the island is a scenic view right
The rooftop, pool, and in-house shopping bou-
out of a movie, and we are not talking the old mov-
tiques, along with the spa made this hotel a true
ies when less was simple. As you make your way to the hotel you are greeted by a gracious valet that
WESTIN GOLF & RESORT SPA
is ready to open your door, park your car, and direct you to check-in. The service is impeccable as it should be. The room views marvelous, from all angles. From the beaches, pool, lobby, restaurants, in house shops, ballrooms for every event imaginable, it is the palace you have always wanted to live in.
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COSTA RICA If you’re planning your destination wedding in a tropical island that celebrates all creatures that inhabit its space, look no further Costa Rica is your place and Westin Golf & Spa Conchal is your address. Besides the breathtaking ground and the eco-friendly environment, where man and beast live as one. This hotel is by far the Eden we read in the
oasis that only made the trip even more memorable for us so we highly recommend Hotel Santa
Clara as the perfect property for consideration for your destination wedding. Their in-house wedding planner, coordinator Juan Pablo Estrad is a brilliant artist that can truly execute your vision for your wedding and all under one roof.
HOTEL SANTA CLARA SANTA CLARA , COLOMBIA
FAIRMONT ROYAL PALM MOROCCO
Imagine in six and a half hours you will be in one of the most coveted places on the planet, Morocco. Yes, North Africa is only a short distance away. Your view is Atlas Mountain from the luxurious Hotel Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech. How can you see a snowy
Bible. Paradise restored. The grounds are esthet-
mountain while dipping n a pool surround-
ically beautiful and relaxing. Either you can enjoy
ed by palm trees. Only in Morocco can you
the acres and acres of land filled with every sort of
experience all four season in one trip driving
activities you can imagine. Or you can venture out
off the property to enjoy the local beaches, and local
This exquisite property gives you ambi-
restaurants that give you the true authentic spirit of
ance worthy of royalty. With staffing that
stands at attention for all your needs. From
The people are friendly and entertaining. The
their cuisine, and elegantly designed suites,
spirit of the island can be felt in everyone you come in
you and your guest will have the time of your
contact with. The dollar value of going to Costa Rica
lives. Whether it is your wedding or your
is well worth the journey. You won’t be disappointed.
honeymoon, your time in Morocco won’t be disappointing. Pack up.
GLOBE TROTTING WORLD DESTINATIONS
The HARD ROCK RESORT & CASINO PUNTA
Spicers Peak Lodge is a truly special place that is
CANA, DR is a wonderful vacation, honeymoon,
the definition of a home away from home. Perched
destination wedding anniversary venue. The im-
atop a mountain within the sprawling landscape
mense tropical grounds are beautifully maintained-
of the Scenic Rim in Maryvale in Queensland, this
with plenty of fun group activity opportunities, as
retreat is the perfect location for those looking to
well as, numerous secluded spots for romantic cou-
indulge in relaxed luxury whilst getting lost within
ple. The resort is set up well for destination wed-
nature. The Main Lodge is warm, welcoming, and
dings with on site wedding coordinators —entire
cosy, and the staff, dressed casually in fleeces, pro-
staff devoted to assuring weddings run smoothly.
vide you with friendly but impeccable service. Don’t
There are quite a number of ideal wedding sites (in-
be deceived by the casual country vibe - Spicers Peak
cluding their private pristine Caribbean beaches), they have a large beauty salon/spa. I even saw an en-
ST. REGIS HOTEL
closed VIP golf carts for transporting brides to their wedding sites with every hair in place! Overall, as amazing as the beauty of the site was, and awesome as the amenities were, it was the warm dedicated staff that made the experience seem particularly welcoming and luxurious.
HARD ROCK HOTEL
PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
NEW YORK CITY, USA
St. Regis Hotel in New York City is definitely living up to the legacy of what its founder John Jacob Astor opened its doors in 1904 intended it to be. Sitting several steps off the historical Fifth Avenue, it is every bit of luxury you expected it to be for being rated a 5 star hotel. It provides a butler service for their guest. If you manage to peel yourself out of its great bed. The iconic hotel has some of the
Lodge still delivers luxury, high-end service through and through. The property can accommodate 60-
120 people for events, an ideal size for intimate weddings for couples looking to embrace the beautiful Australian mountainscape. Honeymooners can hide away in one of the romantic and secluded private lodges a short distance away from the main property.
SPICERS PEAK LODGE AUSTRAILA
HOTEL TRI SRI LANKA
Nestled along the edge of Lake Koggala in the southern part of Sri Lanka near Galle, Tri Lanka is sleek, sophisticated, modern, and tranquil. With an eco-chic ethos, the design of the property pays respects to the surrounding environment by beautifully blending in and
most amazing suites imaginable. St. Regis is know
working around the existing nature. Tri Lanka
to have The Dior Suite, Tiffany Suite and gentle-
delicately straddles the line between simplici-
men The Bentley Suite. Exquisitely designed in
ty and tending to the needs of its well-travelled
the authentic design of the brands it is named after.
guests. Luxury can be found around every
Customer service is rate a 10 by our standard,
corner, from the fluffy towels to top-notch ser-
from the moment you step through the revolving
vice to a dedicated mobile phone that connects
door you are treated like royalty. The hotel is fully
guests to the staff during their stay. The villas
equipped to host your wedding on its upper floors,
here are perfect for newlyweds where private
that once hosted the most grandest soirees held by
plunge pools beckon for late night dips and the
the Astor’s and their class of friends and every no-
beds face out onto stunning lake views.
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ALWAYS ON TIME
DAVID YURMAN Retail Price: $2,100 Brief Description: CABLE CLASSICS INSET BAND IN 18K GOLD Retail Location: DAVID YURMAN WWW.DAVIDYURMAN.COM
IT’S A MAN’S WORLD David Yurman
just about timing. A well aged bottle
DAVID YURMAN Retail Price: $1,600 Brief Description: STREAMLINE BEVELED EDGE BAND RING WITH BLACK DIAMONDS AND BLACK TITANIUM Retail Location: DAVID YURMAN WWW.DAVIDYURMAN.COM
luxury, elegance and craftsmanship.
Never in a million years would we recom-
lutionized the use of metals, semi-precious and
is here and you have no use for material things such as luxury items. So gentlemen, your beloved not only cherishes your new found union, but is blessing it with some of life’s most desired work of art created in love by lovers of life, and art. 136 | World Bride Magazine
cable. The kind of service you want when in-
passed on as your family legacy grows.
the rest is history as one would say. They revo-
will never depreciate unless the end of the world
quality, customer service would be impec-
ing on a piece of jewelry that can and will be
ried and one year later developed the brand and
Yurman collection is to have found a treasure. It
Auction House executive, assuring us that the
ROLEX GMT “PEPSI” 16710 Retail Price: $7,000 Brief Description: THE ROLEX GMT-MASTER WRISTWATCH WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED IN COLLABORATION WITH PAN AMERICAN AIRWAYS AND ISSUED BY THE AIRLINE TO THEIR CREWS ON LONG-HAUL FLIGHTS. DISCONTINUED MODEL Retail Location: BOB’S WATCHES
vesting the amount of money you will be post-
his artist, painter wife Sybil Kleinrock, met, mar-
So to acquire a piece created from the David
ized for him: quality, luxury, and achievement.
highly recommended by one of Christie’s DAVID YURMAN Retail Price: $2,500 Brief Description: CABLE CLASSICS CUFFLINKS IN 18K GOLD Retail Location: DAVID YURMAN WWW.DAVIDYURMAN.COM
by a husband and wife team. David Yurman and
most sought after accessories in the world.
Paul Altieri knew then what Rolex symbol-
Finding Bob’s was no accident. He came
an educated eye for luxury of that status.
precious stones. Creating what is today one of the
wife as time passes, and your Rolex.
watches— vintage: collectors Rolex watches.
stantly recognized by those that have
David Yurman, it is a company that was created
of wine, your appreciation for your
Thus starting his retail business reselling Rolex
There is a very distinct look that is in-
may not know while the name of the company is
here are some things in life that are
avid Yurman is synonymous with
Beyond the exterior presentation, what some
ROLEX PRESIDENTIAL ALL PLATINUM W/ GLACIER BLUE DIAL Retail Price: $42,000 Brief Description: ULTIMATE STATEMENT OF SUCCESS Retail Location: BOB’S WATCHES
mend buying a Rolex watch on-line, but when DAVID YURMAN Retail Price: $2,400 Brief Description: CABLE CLASSICS BLACK LEATHER ID BRACELET WITH 18K GOLD Retail Location: DAVID YURMAN WWW.DAVIDYURMAN.COM
ROLEX CERAMIC SUBMARINER 116610 Retail Price: $7,200 Brief Description: THE CLASSIC ROLEX FOR DIVING OR FOR THE OFFICE Retail Location: BOB’S WATCHES
there’s a good deal, and it comes highly recommended, you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. You just swipe, and it comes with a guarantee. A Rolex never loses value. Not in this life. Bob’s Watches is a family owned business. Husband and wife team that know the value of time. Carol was very informative and efficient about getting us what we needed. So we can’t imagine customer service being anything less. Watching time has never looked so good.
ROLEX DAYTONA 116528 ALL GOLD Retail Price: $22,000 Brief Description: NAMED AFTER THE FAMOUS CAR RACE – THE COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA WAS DESIGNED AS A HIGH-PRECISION PERSONAL TIMING TOOL FOR DRIVERS IN ENDURANCE RACES. THIS MODEL ALSO OFFERED IN TWO-TONE AND STAINLESS STEEL. Retail Location: BOB’S WATCHES
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POUR HOMME Cole Haan BUCHANNON DUFFLE BLACK Cole Haan WASHINGTON BELT BLACK
Man on the Move Cole Haan
As the saying goes, “pay attention to details.” And
Cole Haan HAMILTON GRAND PENNY BLACK
Driving in Luxury
Cole Haan WAYLAND DOPP KIT BROWN LEATHER
that is exactly what we did. We found the best leather goods that will complete your looks from your wed-
Since you and your beloved are about to tie the
ding day to your honeymoon and keep you looking
knot, how about driving your way through Amer-
slick at the same time.
ica's backyard together. Well we found the perfect
Don't fret, it is not a gas guzzler. In this age where
Cole Haan, known for its mastery of men’s acces-
ride for you! And boy is she sexy: The Lincoln,MKX.
gas prices fluctuates cost of gas should also be a con-
sories was one of the leading recommended brand
Described as the quiet luxury, the vehicle has such a
sideration when choosing a vehicle.
WBM thought of when we had to put this piece together. The brand was founded in 1928 by three partners that focused strictly on men’s accessories. So we
Cole HaanWASHINGTON LASER WINGTIP OXFORD BRITISH TAN / MOLTEN LAVA
Pack your bags, and boy you have plenty of room for all your stuff. The trunk room is plentiful.
quiet engine you barely know the car is on. The ride is
It's standard electric power steering will set your
so smooth you may not want to get to your destination
path to a smooth ride and built in navigation sys-
tem that will make your journey one of pure bliss.
think the brand may know a little something-some-
You love music? Well the sound system is so on
thing when it comes to perfecting the art of creating
point you two can have your own private concert.
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POUR HOMME Calvin Klein OBSESSED FOR MEN
Being a modern man doesn’t mean you have to leave behind your heritage. Find a way to incorporate your heritage with modern day accessories. Cuﬄinks, a watch and the right shoes is just some ways you can pull your look together. While in Harbin, China covering Harbin Fashion Week, not only were we able Hugo Boss HUGO
to enjoy the runway show of several notable designers from around the world. The opening show segment by Chinese designer
Men’s Grooming Scent of Man
Ne-Tiger was beyond spectacular and paid homage to the amazing fashion history of great Chinese fashion, infused with European influences. To complete the look we recommend some accessories that will help you make a statement if you dare. A watch by the legendary Swiss brand Breitling, with a rich
We’ve heard the term a scent of a woman
history on its own that is fitting for both
countless of times. But do we place the same
the classic man and the modern man, who
emphasis on the scent of a man? I would hope
Tenzing ALL - OVER BODY WASH
vast collection that can satisfy the style of
toilelette, and we don’t mean it in Irish Spring
a distinguished man for his wedding day
kind of way. We mean it in the literal terms.
fi nd that fragrance that makes you feel like a million bucks. We want to recommend the following fragrances from body wash to cologne for getting
Cuff Links WEARING MEMORIES JEWELLERY www.wearingmemories.com
values honor and elegance. Breitling has a
so. Nothing like a man smelling like eau de
Gentlemen, get into yourself, pamper yourself,
HARBIN FASHION WEEK RUNWAY NE-TIGER Photography: DIMA BABUSHKIN WWW.NE-TIGER.COM
The Distinguished Modern Man
your sexy on. BREITLING CHRONOLINER B04 BOUTIQUE EDITION PRICE: $9,150
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BREITLING NAVITIMER RATTRAPANTE RED GOLD PRICE: $32,895
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HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT WEDDING SUIT - THE GUIDELINES THAT YOU NEED TO FOLLOW Just got engaged? Well, congratulations! Get ready as you enter the world of crazy wedding planning. Invitation cards, venue, food, photography, and videos are the biggest ticket items in the preparation list that couples need to sort before the big day. But if there’s one thing that is often left out in the preparation until the very end, it’s the groom’s tuxedo or the wedding suit. And before you know it, you’re slowly falling into the pit of panic. It’s a red flag! What will the groom wear? Should he buy a new suit, rent or just pull out something from his closet. And what’s best to wear? A tuxedo, a tie, a vest with a tie or something else entirely?
For the grooms-to-be, no need to worry. When it comes to buying the right suit or tuxedo, the rule of thumb is to be relatively straightforward. But, there are some guidelines that you need to follow. Of course, the earlier you start canvassing for the right suit, the better. Just like the bride’s wedding dress, the groom’s wedding suit should be equally special. The following tidbits of inputs can give you practical guidance. Read this article carefully, and you’ll be fashionably dressed while waiting for your bride in the aisle.
HOW FORMAL IS YOUR WEDDING? What is the motif of your wedding? Church or garden? Country casual? Beach or ballroom? These are some of the questions that soon-to-wed couples will be asking themselves. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the level of formality in the venue is the biggest factor of your wedding day attire.
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Choosing the right wedding suit for the groom relies on how formal the wedding will be. For example, a very formal wedding will likely require a black-tie event. For a very casual wedding, other rules may apply. Take your cue from the examples below. CASUAL Let’s take a look at beach wedding as an example. The groom will need a wardrobe with breathable fabric to keep him comfortable. It could be cotton or linen. As for the shoes, it will probably be something casual as well. There are cases where the groom just wears a pair World Bride Magazine | 143
of comfortable slippers. It’s fine—after all, you’ll be
careful tailoring. But, of course, you need to be hon-
The shoulder line should be flat, and the span from
standing in the sand. It’s also advisable to choose
est with yourself, if the suit doesn’t look right for you,
the neck to the tip of the shoulder should be equal to
a tan or other light-colored fabric that will suit the
then shop for a new piece.
the actual length of your shoulder. There should be no clumping at the top portion of the shoulder line.
beach theme wedding.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SPLURGE
PANTS, SLACKS OR TROUSERS
Formal looks are probably the most familiar wed-
It’s normal for couples to stick to the wedding bud-
There are different styles of pants, slacks, and
ding theme. It’s the standard look of every wedding.
get. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be
trousers that can suit weddings. Again, the important
The range starts from dark suit up to tuxedo with
a thrifty soul on your wedding day. Spending a little
consideration should always be the right fitting.
farther for your wedding day is something that you
It shouldn’t be too long or too short. It shouldn’t be
Wearing a tuxedo is already a standard fashion for
can justify, be it for a wedding gown or a wedding suit.
too tight or too baggy. It’s also a wise practice to wear
men. However, it’s a different case with a black suit.
In the years to come, you probably won’t remem-
Choose suits with peaked lapels which will give the
ber much about the food you served to the guests or
For the length of the trouser, trouser break should
the table settings. But, you’ll remember what you
be the yardstick of good length. Trouser break is
wore because of the wedding photos. It doesn’t mean
where the pants folders’ fold slightly on the tip of the
that you need to wear a ridiculously expensive suit.
suit a formal and confident look. Moreover, choose a suit with soft and delicate fabric, something smooth to touch like satin. SEMI-FORMAL We’re through with formal outfits, now let’s tackle semi-formal fashion. If the wedding has a semi-formal theme, the groom is probably not supposed to wear a tuxedo. It could be a garden, beach or black-tie themed wedding. If you consider the venue for these themes, it could be an open space, a chic barn, flower gardens, etc. For this instance, it’s ideal for the groom to choose a three-piece wedding suit. It may seem formal but not if you choose a softer shade, something in a navy or gray tone color. Avoid pinstripes because they are more suitable for work than a wedding.
GETTING THE RIGHT FIT IS IMPORTANT The most important thing for choosing the right
wedding suit is the fitting. Regardless if the groom chooses to wear a vest, a t-shirt or a tuxedo, right fitting is what matters the most. Short sleeves, pants that are too long, baggy jeans, etc. are just a big no-no for a wedding. These items of clothing don’t just look bad: they also hide the beauty of the person wearing them. People should see the groom looking well-dressed and fit in his wedding suit. When clothes appear sloppy, it can be distracting and noticeable in person, which will only ruin the photo sessions afterward. It’s best to consult an expert when it comes to suits and tuxedos. No matter where you choose to shop, make sure that you have someone who will help you look for the best suit that fits well. The same advice applies if you choose to wear something that’s already in the closet. One good way to update an old suit is through
shoes when trying on pants, slacks or trousers.
Spending more on your marriage than you would on
For the buttocks part, or whatever you like to call
a day-to-day basis is what makes the wedding special.
it, proper fitting in this area is also a major consider-
It’s also good to remember that wedding pho-
ation in the fit of the suit. The pants, slacks or trousers
tographers will make you pose in different ways
should fall over the seat without wrinkling too much.
for the photo shoot afterward. It may cause typical
If you can see lines, it could mean that the pants are
wrinkling, so make sure to stand straight when try-
too large or too tight.
ing on suits.
If it’s too large, you can have it resized by a tailor. However, a tailor can’t do much if the pants are
BELOW ARE SOME HELPFUL CONSIDERATIONS THAT YOU CAN USE WHEN LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT WEDDING SUIT: SHOULDERS When buying a suit, the first thing to check is the cut of shoulder lines. It’s the most important part of the suit as it helps shape a man’s body.
too tight. SUIT JACKET A regular suit jacket has many parts, but the most important factor is to get the correct sizes for each part. For the sleeve length, it should show the shirt cuff for about a half inch or so, but not too much. For the jacket length, it should align with the middle of your fingers and pass the curve of your buttocks. CONTINUED ON PAGE 149
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IT SO SPECIAL?
35 and photo-rich tutorial, followed by gorgeous shots of my “variation” designs- where I get to play! It is equal parts step-by-step and
2. Ask questions. There are no dumb
ly evolving your skill set. No one
cause there’s no mechanised way
Weddings are often the single
questions, if you don’t ask you will
is perfect and can always learn a
to produce the spice, everything
most important celebration of a
never know. It has been my experi-
new skill or new idea they’ve never
is done by hand. It was amazing
couple’s life and it’s a true honor
ence that the more you know about
to be part of such a big day! Each
your client the easier it is to facili-
2. Don’t have family and friends help.
design is custom, so I tailor every-
tate their needs in advance, which
Although they mean well they want
thing to the aesthetics of the re-
results in better results for everyone
to enjoy the festivities also and
ception. I also love that I can cre-
things can fall by the wayside. Trust
ate an everlasting memento of the wedding with the sugar flowers.
WHAT WAS THE PROCESS OF MAKING THE BOOK AND SELECTING THE MATERIAL TO PUT IN IT? My editor gave me carte blanche to create whatever I felt drawn to, so I just went to work! I
knew which techniques would be
personal flowers for the bridal
most beneficial for the readers and
party and other decor needs.
that was the driving force behind each choice. We photographed the
designs in a gorgeous old chapel in
1. Planning early is key. At min-
rural Virginia that was undergo-
imum 6 months -1 year in ad-
ing renovations. Being in such an
vance for weddings. Although
inspiring environment gave depth
it can be done with less time
and dimension to the photos and I
many vendors book well in
am thrilled with the result.
advance and this gives you time to save money and have
WHAT ABOUT CREATING
your first choice pick for your
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3. Do research. Pinterest can be your
your event planner.
best friend and worst enemy. There’s
3. Don’t skimp on services used from
so much inspiration that you can be
an event planner; in the long run
overwhelmed, but its always best
it will cost more money and more
to approach the professional with
time. There’s a lot of back and forth
some idea of your design aesthetic
in the world of events and many busy
and desired look for your event.
professionals don’t have time for
4. Collaboration! Be willing to relin-
that. That’s where the event planner
quish control and have a give-and-
steps in to make your life easier.
take relationship with your planner/
4. Be realistic about how far your bud-
designer. People are more receptive
get can stretch. Although it is the
when they have input and don’t feel
job of the event planner to “make
like they have no control.
miracles” miracles come at a price
5. Embrace Color. With the trend of simple, clean lines many couples are
so just be mindful about managing expectations.
afraid to add that pop of color think-
5. Don’t stress about the small stuff.
ing it will overwhelm their desire for
Your guests won’t remember the
clean lines. A hint of color can go a
small stuff—it’s all about the grand
moments that evoke a specific memory or sentiment. The professional
planner is there to worry about the
1. Don’t be afraid to challenge the de-
details so you can enjoy your event.
signer. Although they are the expert I am a firm believer in constant-
119 are this amazing! You can also participate in yoga classes if you need a good stretch or meditation. I’m no yogi but I had to appreciate the combination of being able to do some asanas immersed in this gorgeous environment. That being said, it would have been nice to see a bit more variety for us stiff-as-aboard people who equate being able to do a head stand with being able to fly! (Really, just some good old Downward Dogs and Warrior Poses would be great!) Nearby on the lake is Cinnamon Island, which is solely dedicated to the farming and production of the fragrant spice. It is an 8-acre estate owned by four brothers, which was handed down to them by their grandfather. I was met with the warmest welcome as all of the aspects of cinnamon farming were explained to me. The cinnamon trees take three years to reach maturity and be-
to see how it starts as a tree and ends up in boxes on the shelves at Waitrose! A few hours on this island and I learned more about cinnamon than I ever thought there was to know. This is the real deal and so worth experiencing if you’re in or around Galle. Besides that, just get out onto the water if you can. The lake can be absolutely still at times and when you catch a reflection of the islands on its mirror-like surface, it’ll just renew that appreciation for the area’s natural beauty.
COMING UP Rob, Oliver, and the rest of the team are on a roll. They are the type of people who will try something and if it’s not working, high five themselves for the attempt and then move on to finding a solution. For example, right now they’re working on the redesign of the restaurant so that it can eventually become a place that is open to non-guests who simply want a top-notch meal with stunWorld Bride Magazine | 147
ning views. Whilst chatting with Rob, he also mentioned an idea about possibly adding more rooms since he
the new restaurant so thumbs up
of the property. Felicity has a tight grip
confine yourself to just ho-
on this department and is a well-oiled
What it all comes down to, though, is this.
machine who takes on every aspect of
wedding planning—transport, rooms,
Luxor Hilton Spa, magnif-
comes to wedding day attire. Fortunate-
icent views and services
ly, things are different now. Men finally
Sofitel Winter Palace Lux-
learn how to step up the style at stake by
Felucca on the Nile.
or with exquisite grounds
wearing trendy shoes that will allow them
Party with the locals.
to showcase their charm and personality.
Ride and have lunch on a
owns the plot of land next door
Tri Lanka is straight up sexy,
flowers, music, hair, makeup, whatever
to Tri Lanka. If this happens, not
sleek, unpretentious beauty. It’s
you need. She’s got you completely cov-
only could they expand their of-
particularly ideal for friends and
ered to ensure you have an unforgettable
ferings of rooms with views but
couples who want to hibernate
experience. Events here can accommo-
they could also have a traditional
and chill for a few nights before
date from 60 to 120 people max, which
atively, men will be men.
open Sri Lankan kitchen to add
moving on to exploring the rest of
is probably the perfect party size to
another dimension to the retreat.
take advantage of all that the Lodge has
Lanka journey! This was complete and utter bliss and I’m
Don’t dress too provocrespectful
rounding like you would
one way to stamp out the traditional shoe.
If only Pra could have stayed just a few
any streets. •
Don’t make assumptions,
your mouth; choose your
words, as there is a differ-
without any music which resulted in some awkward whispering. But the second night was accompanied by some pretty awesome tracks that created a light but fab vibe which led to more conversations and people lingering just a bit longer. It seems like music is in the plans both for here and 148 | World Bride Magazine
ask questions. •
words will mean different things. •
Veuve Clicquot! This experience
three to five different lan-
some bubbles whilst overlooking
the most beautiful scenery!
Peak Lodge without mentioning the Wedding and Events function
Yes, they speak English, and some Egyptians speak
was one for the books—sipping on
I can’t write about Spicers
Think before you open
ence in language so certain
of glasses and a bottle of chilled
jeans to trousers and wedding suit.
visit’ list. It’ll be worth it to Spice your
My first evening here, it was quiet
ion staple shoes for men with good sense
Boots - Teaming your suit with boots is
Lookout armed with a couple
Two-Tone Brogues - Brogues are fashof style. These shoes are also versatile and
Savings’ and pop this place on your ‘must
whilst building up the Tri brand.
may want to consider:
blend with different looks. From casual
include this on my list of places
4WD experience up to Ryan’s
in the land of kings and queens.
Start stashing away into your ‘Spicers
is focusing on the evening vibe
Above all, have a blast! You are
Below are the shoe options that you
flashy. Beware of your sur-
Sharm El Sheikh Four Seasons Resort.
just so glad I made the decision to
The only thing I might suggest
PRA SAYS What a way to finish my Sri
MUST-SEE AND DO •
Visit the museums.
Explore the market places of each town you visit.
Eat at a local restaurant, don’t
PLACES TO STAY •
Cairo Marriott Hotel The Palace
Ritz Carlton hotels
142 As for the collar, there shouldn’t be a space between the shirt’s collar and the collar of the suit jacket. The collars should rest against each other, and there shouldn’t be any clumping. Take into consideration the buttons too. There’s a so-called tight ‘x shape’ that tight jackets will create when you close the top buttons. You need to avoid this because it means that there’s a strain on the button. It can also create tension in the back or shoulders. SHOES For the longest time, shoes are always an afterthought when it
It even lends a stylish charisma to the overall appeal of the wedding suit. Classic and Dapper - From traditional leather up to the patent numbers, a classic and neat pair of shoe can make a big difference. Moccasins - For the casual groom to the seriously smart up style to the casual gentlemen, moccasin is a great alternative; they will look great in a sleek suit.
TAKEAWAY Regardless if you’re a clothes person or not, choosing the right wedding suit or tux is a fun experience. Look fresh and dapper on the biggest day of your life. While enjoying the process, it’s a good idea to follow the formal wear rules for a rewarding wedding experience.
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