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British Craftsmanship

WEDDING PLANNER Advice from our experts

Amanda Wakeley

SHINING

We meet the London design icon

STARS

Our pick of new season fashion

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GLAMOUR Gorgeous gowns, jewels and wedding accessories

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SASSI HOLFORD LONDON Perfectly beautiful wedding gowns and evening wear from Sassi Holford 020 7584 1532 www.sassiholford.com London@sassiholford.com

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ABSOLUTELY LOVES Wedding must-haves, from diamonds in the rough to slinky white pom-pom boots

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WEDDING ALBUM Absolutely's album showcases real weddings with true country credentials

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Bridal trends in hair and beauty, plus five secret weapons in a pro make-up bag

WEDDING PLANNER 98 WEDDING EXPERTS Our expert panel answer your wedding questions

FA S H I O N LIVING THE HIGH LIFE

WEDDING VENUES 119 VENUE PLANNER

Divine gowns to take you effortlessly from celebration to after party

From historic castles to fine hotels, our pick of the most beautiful wedding venues

30 THE WEDDING COAT An iconic 1967 design by Jean Patou that changed the course of bridal fashion

L U X U RY T R AV E L 127 PARADISE ISLAND

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Luxury and adventure combine in Mauritius

London designer Amanda Wakeley on why true style is always chic and empowering

REAL WEDDINGS 134 LONDON ROMANCE

A glorious high-summer party in the heart of Mayfair

39 BRIDAL TRENDS 17 glorious pages of the hottest wedding fashion and runway trends

138 PARIS MATCH

A fabulous two-celebration wedding in the fabled City of Love

65 BRITISH CRAFTSMANSHIP We meet the designers behind some of our finest British wedding brands

142 ART HOUSE STYLE

Pared back glamour in a beautiful arthouse setting

J E W E L L E RY 81 SPARKLE FACTOR

146 PERFECT DAY

Fabulous engagement rings that will inspire you to say 'I do'

When two celebrations of love collided...

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Editor’s letter Craftsmanship is integral to weddings, and it’s the work of so many talented professionals that makes our celebrations special

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rom bridal gown designers and jewellers to florists and cake makers, weddings are a shining reminder that artisanship is alive and kicking; our British Craftsmanship special section of this issue celebrates just a few of the great names – emerging and established – who create the very best. In fact, this issue is packed with stellar names, from the marvellous gowns of Sassi Holford featured in our sumptuous Savoy fashion shoot (from page 21) to an interview with iconic RTW designer – and ambassador for the London design scene – Amanda Wakeley, now celebrating the 25th year of her luxury lifestyle brand (page 32). We have a whole host of beautiful dresses to inspire you (from page 39), with shoes, jewellery and fine accessories in the mix, and three glorious real weddings that show impeccable style down the aisle. The team at Absolutely Weddings will be out and about over the spring and summer finding out about launches, news and events, so don’t forget to check in to our website at absolutely-weddings.co.uk to read our updates on the wonderful world of bridal. And we hope to see you at some of the great events we’ll be attending – including the Spring/Sumer Quintessentially Atelier at the venerable Dorchester (pages 58-59) – we do hope you can join us. In the meantime, happy planning! ◆

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ABSOLUTELY LOVE From white pom-pom wedding boots and silken honeymoon kimonos to diamonds in the rough and a handmade rose crown

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Rose tinted Just the thing for a wedding princess, Lila’s bespoke headdresses are sculpted in a special soft clay – making them lightweight and comfortable – and then coloured by hand and gilded in gold leaf. lila-lila.com

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Time up If you can’t bear to be without your watch for the day, Chaumet’s Rondes de Nuit Paved Secret design is just the ticket. The motherof-pearl face is concealed behind a diamondencrusted cover to transform it magically from bracelet to elegant timepiece. POA. chaumet.com

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Delectable candles from Maison Ves are a great way to celebrate good news with a friend (or treat yourself). Perfumed with lemongrass and verbena and beautifully packaged in a white box, a variety of hashtag-message designs are available, including engagement, wedding and thank you candles. £78. maison-ves.com

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Created by the studio of Dominic Walmsley, these bespoke wedding rings give you the opportunity to carry your partner’s fingerprint wherever you go and can be made in precious metals, from palladium to platinum. From £970-£2,335 each. dominicwalmsley.com

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Diamond rough This fabulous Anemone Brooch features nine diamond slices, 17 baguette-cut diamonds and a further 120 smaller pavé gems. A real statement piece, it is part of a collection from Saqqara, where the focus is on the natural beauty of gems. £16,275. saqqarajewels 8 5

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Dressing down Violet & Wren’s delectable loungewear is perfect for pared-back honeymoon dressing, featuring kimonos, lounge pants and sweet beach pieces in fine silks and with an emphasis on botanical prints. Indulgent and wearable, they will also fit into the tiniest suitcase if you’re travelling light. This kimono in Amalfi Daisy from the SS16 collection is £330. violetandwren.co.uk

We love the new Jenny Packham Wonder diff usion range for David’s Bridal. Featuring all the hallmark elegance we expect, it has some truly standout pieces for bridal and occasion wear, including this glamorous gown – perfect for sophisticated bridesmaids or evening gatherings. £160.95. davidsbridal.co.uk

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Box clever Brides, just like queens, don’t carry anything so you’ll need to ensure your attendants are managing life’s essentials. This Champagne Clutch from Vintage Styler makes a great bridesmaid gift and is just the right size to ensure your team come well equipped with your stuff. £37. vintagestyler.co.uk.

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Cool bride This shift dress with cape detail is bang on trend and, with its mid-weight crepe fabric and elegant cut, it hands beautifully. Part of a range of beautiful RTW and bespoke pieces from London boutique Suzannah, it’s perfect for the laid-back bride. £750. suzannah.com

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Slinky boots Add attitude with these elegant and bold bridal boots from Emmy London’s Cancello collection. Featuring a closed toe, high heel and cheeky pom-pom, they are just the thing to give you height and a touch of swagger – and so wearable afterwards. emmylondon.com

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Country style From glorious mansions to the ‘secret garden’ corners of the capital, our nine couples show that country-style weddings are never out of style WO R D S : L I B BY N O R M A N

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ally and Chris had a traditional S summer country wedding, returning to Sally’s family home in rural Leicestershire for a village church service surrounded by friends and family. The after party was held in the grounds of her family’s home, with the glorious gardens providing superb photo opportunities. ◆ johnnassari.co.uk

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oanna and Nick chose Gosfield Hall, a picture-perfect Tudor mansion near Braintree that hosted Elizabeth I and was once home to the entire French Royal Court in exile. The misty late October weather proved to be perfect for atmospheric photography next to the grand stone stag standing sentry over the landscaped grounds. ◆ plentytodeclareweddings.com

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sabelle and Stephen opted I for Hampden House in Buckinghamshire’s glorious Chiltern Hills for their high-summer wedding celebration, taking a small detour in their vintage white wedding car to capture an impromptu wedding shot next to St Mary Magdalene, the 13th-century parish church in the estate grounds. ◆ plentytodeclareweddings.com

ew Zealanders Simone and Nick had originally planned to marry on home turf, but opted to get the family to fly over instead. They were married at Islington Town Hall and then headed down to Petersham Nurseries in Richmond for a relaxed late lunch. With delicious food and an equally deliciously rustic setting, it was a perfect slice of country not too far from the city. Simone’s beautiful dress is by Martina Liana. ◆ nickrayphotography.co.uk

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anielle and Konrad chose to have a small and intimate wedding at Burgh House in London’s leafy Hampstead, with just their immediate families attending for the ceremony and celebration lunch. Captured here by photographer Laura Babb after the traditional farewell shower of confetti, they headed on to Hampstead Heath for their wedding portraits before escaping for a mini-moon weekend in the country proper. ◆ babbphoto.com

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livia and Brett were married in St Bride’s Fleet Street, before heading further east in vintage Routemaster buses for a grand celebration dinner and ball in the grand Tudor and Art Deo surroundings of Eltham Palace. This wonderful picture, taken during the early part of the celebration by photographer Nick Ray, shows Olivia and her mother walking from their home across Primrose Hill to pick up their wedding car. ◆ nickrayphotography.co.uk

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arah and Sean were married near Wokingham, Berkshire and this photo was captured in woodland en route to their reception. Sarah, who has Scottish lineage, couldn’t resist the opportunity to be snapped in the southern heather. Photographer Anne Schwarz says: “Sarah was wearing the most amazing sparkly stilettos but off she went into the field. And it was so worth it for the photos”. ◆ anne-schwarz.com

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impole Hall offered the perfect backdrop for Rachel and Joe’s wedding. After marrying in a local Cambridgeshire church, they headed on to the grand Georgian mansion, which has its own model farm in the grounds, stopping to pose with their guests in front of the grand façade. ◆ benbull.net

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atie and Andrew hired the elegant Cambridgeshire mansion Barrington Hall – former country seat of the Bendyshe family – for a relaxed summer garden party where their guests included many young children. With ample grounds and woodland to explore, it was not hard for Katie and Andrew to sneak away from their guests for a few wedding portraits. Son Tom joined them and agreed to be in some of the shots. ◆ benbull.net

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Violet wedding gown, Sassi Holford £3,480 & Saskia Bow Penelope Shoes, Freya Rose £295 Hair piece, Donna Crain dolecka.co.uk Dia Derme Earrings, Stephanie Brown Solitaire Diamond ring, De Beers, POA Adonis Rose Necklace, De Beers, POA

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Living the High Life Sassi Holford's new collection of wedding gowns combines timeless elegance with fashion-forward details to ensure you look every inch the beautiful bride P h o t o g ra p h y DA N W I L L I A M S

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Dress - Sassi Holford (Dita) £4,500 Shoes - Freya Rose (Penelope) £295 Hair piece - Sassi Holford Earrings - De Beers (Arpeggia Line Earrings) £6,850 Ring - De Beers (Old Bond Street Solitaire Ring) From £19,900

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Flower power Dress - Sassi Holford (Emmy) £4,050 Shoes - Freya Rose - (Tabitha) £275 Hair piece - Hermoine Harbutt (May Blossom large) £595 Necklace - De Beers (Frost Pendant) £23,400 Ring - De Beers (Adonis Rose Cluster) £12,900

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Head-to-toe style Dress - Sassi Holford (Vivienne) Shoes - Freya Rose (Penelope) ÂŁ295 Hair piece - Dolecka.co.uk Ring - De Beers (Adonis Rose Solitaire Ring) from ÂŁ6,950 Earrings - De Beers (Adonis Rose Earrings) POA

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Dress - Sassi Holford (Leonie 2 piece) Shoes - Freya Rose (Penelope) £295 Hair piece - Stephanie Brown (Fleur) Earrings - Stephanie Brown £90 Flowers - Karen Woolven

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Silk dressing Dress - Sassi Holford (Erin two piece) Shoes - Freya Rose (Penelope) £295 Hair piece - Donna Crain (Lilly) £280 Necklace - De Beers (Arpeggia Line Necklace) £27,400

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Lace glamour Dress - Sassi Holford (Alana) Shoes - Freya Rose (Penelope) £295 Earrings - Stephanie Browne £90 Roses in hair - Dolecka.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHY Dan Williams PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSISTANT Liam Prior HAIR & MAKE-UP Nancy Sumner using Liz Earle and Kiehls MODEL Sako at PRM model agency

SHOT ON LOCATION AT: The Savoy Hotel, London, WC2R 0EU The Savoy has always been one of London's grandest and most romantic addresses for a wedding. The hotel is the perfect location whether it is a small, intimate ceremony or large scale reception. www.fairmont.com

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Arts & culture

Shape shifters:

The wedding coat Whimsical and romantic, Jean Patou’s iconic 1967 wedding coat drew on influences from history, folklore and Hollywood epics, capturing a new romantic zeitgeist and becoming a major influence on later bridal trends FA S H I O N M O M E N T S : J E A N PAT O U

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e remember fashion of the 1960s as space age, with high hemlines and futuristic materials predominating in both mainstream and bridal garments. Yet some of the most influential designs of the decade drew inspiration from history. Jean Patou’s maxi coat of 1967 is an iconic example and has been singled out by fashion curator and author Eleanor Thompson as one of 50 key influencers or “flash points” of modern bridal couture. The design was very simple at first glance, but the construction and details set it apart. Made in pure white silk zibeline, a heavy silk with twill weave, it had the addition of delicate mink trim to hem, collar and cuffs. Despite the weight of the fabric, the overall look was flowing high glamour – conjuring a winter wonderland bride, alluring and mysterious under her sculptural long coat. As Eleanor Thompson notes, Patou had tapped into a new mood sparked, at least in part, by the fashionable bride’s interest in Hollywood treatments of romance. In particular, Dr Zhivago (1965) reawakened interest in period fashions, while Camelot (1967) recreated the Arthurian court (using some artistic licence in costumes and setting). Both these blockbusters told

epic love stories, with the action played out against dramatic and snowy landscapes. Their British-born stars – Julie Christie and Vanessa Redgrave respectively – were already fashion icons and wore exquisite garments. Both films picked up Oscars for costume design. These two films are credited with also reviving fashion interest in fur trimmings, hoods, muffs and military-style frog fastenings. The transition from Hollywood to haute couture continued on into pop culture – in 1969 Lulu wore a memorable hooded and mink-trimmed wedding coat for her marriage to Maurice Gibb. In contrast to the many versions of this winter wonderland look that followed, Patou’s prototype is, as Eleanor Thompson puts it, “a masterclass in understated elegance”. With a slim fitting front, concealed fastenings and neat flapped pockets, it incorporates a train at the back of the coat falling in elegant folds from the shoulder. A fine example of haute couture craft, it remains an iconic design, both for its construction and for setting a new romantic tone in bridalwear. u

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Adapted from The Wedding Dress: The 50 Designs That Changed The Course of Bridal Fashion by Eleanor Thompson (Prestel, 2014).

Jean Patou 1967 wedding coat reproduced courtesy of Woolmark Archive (Australian Wool Innovation Ltd) and the London College of Fashion ©Woolmark Archive (Australian Wool Innovation Ltd) and the London College of Fashion.

THE DESIGNER JEAN PATOU FOUNDED HIS COUTURE HOUSE IN 1919 AND WAS A KEY INFLUENCE ON 1920S FASHION TRENDS, CREDITED WITH INTRODUCING SPORTSWEAR INTO MAINSTREAM FASHION. FROM THE 1950S TO ITS CLOSURE IN 1987, THE COUTURE HOUSE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH OTHER STELLAR NAMES, INCLUDING MARK BOHAN, KARL LAGERFELD, JEAN PAUL GAULTIER AND CHRISTIAN LACROIX. ITS NAME LIVES ON IN PERFUMES, NOTABLY JOY, LAUNCHED IN 1930 AND STILL STOCKED BY HARRODS. HARRODS.COM/BRAND/JEAN-PATOU

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Designer profile

Glamour Guru With fans ranging from the Duchess of Cambridge to Angelina Jolie, Amanda Wakeley defines a very contemporary fashion aesthetic that marries high glamour and cool. Absolutely Weddings meets the designer who says true style is always empowering WO R D S : L I B BY N O R M A N

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manda Wakeley has an international reputation for easy glamour and impeccable tailoring and is a stellar ambassador for British fashion, dressing royals, film stars and – of course – elegant brides. The brand is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and yet the signature is as fresh and current as it was when the world sat up and took note of clothes created by a twenty-something ingénue designer for Diana, Princess of Wales. A diverse and glamorous rollcall continues to showcase the pared back aesthetic that is her trademark – the Duchess of Cambridge, Angelina Jolie and Maria Sharapova among them. Tracey Emin (also a friend) has described her as: “really cutting-edge with colour”, while Kelly Hoppen has said her clothes are: “designed for women’s bodies”. For Amanda, there is no magic; it’s a skill: “I design garments to be empowering and chic. They are

created to be luxurious and also kind to the wearer, and that always comes down to great cut and internal construction”. The bridal line adheres to the same design signature, with clean and contemporary lines that flatter the wearer. The Amanda Wakeley bride wears the dress and not the other way around – and that requires both a clear vision and precision tailoring. While she is celebrated for this mastery of tailoring, Amanda Wakeley is self-taught. Her childhood in Cheshire was a playground of wild sewing experiments. Previous interviews have talked about a dressing-up box of cast-offs from two glamorous grandmothers. “I had a very tolerant mother who didn’t mind me chopping up and customising old clothes. All the time I was working out how things were made. I was trying to understand fit, structure and how clothes embrace the body. Tailoring is very technical – very 3D”. This early passion for making continued

“I design garments to be empowering and chic – also kind to the wearer, and that always comes down to great cut”

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through her schooldays. At Cheltenham Ladies' College, she had a small business sideline creating clothes for her friends. Along the way, Amanda discovered she had a natural entrepreneurial streak and an innate love of fashion, so after a spell working in a menswear shop, she went to work in the US fashion industry. It was on her return to the UK that Amanda spotted a distinct gap in the market. “It was a clean, glamorous and sporty aesthetic that was ingrained in US fashion that seemed to be missing over here, so I would make or adapt clothes that matched the look I liked. I would wear these pieces in key fashion places like Browns and people would stop me to ask where I’d bought them. This made me think there was an opportunity.” Amanda describes what happened next as more of a hunch than a strategic plan: “I was in my twenties, I was bold – I thought I must be right”. The Amanda Wakeley label opened for business in 1990 in a studio in Chelsea, with garments made to order. Without a backer, she was relying on her confidence, talent and a certain amount of good fortune to fi nd an audience. This came in the shape of then UK Vogue deputy editor Anna Harvey, who was assisting Princess Diana with her clothes buying. “It was all very informal,” says Amanda. “She was advising her and thought my style and design aesthetic might be right and that we’d probably get along – and we did”. A huge supporter of British design talent, Princess Diana was also a fantastic mannequin so the Amanda Wakeley name soon became widely known. The label won many more high-profi le clients and some top fashion accolades, including the British Fashion Award for Glamour three times in the 1990s. Other memorable landmarks included the cover for November 1998 Vogue – Kate Moss with scraped-back hair in a fabulous black strapless gown and the irresistible coverline for all would-be partygoers: ‘Return of the glamorous evening dress’. Weathering the economic storms of the early to mid 2000s, Amanda kept focus. By the end of the decade she had expanded the label into new areas, including the US, Middle East and Australia. The progression into bridal was natural, timely for the market and in tune with an already peerless reputation for high-glamour

“My brides are looking for clothes that make them feel both glamorous and cool” eveningwear. While glamorous gowns are a vital part of the mix, increasingly the Amanda Wakeley brand focus is on the “luxury lifestyle”. That means dressing women not just for the wedding, banquet or awards ceremony, but for every day – work, the school run, casual dinner party. “It’s about ease,” says Amanda. “So that might mean a pair of leather joggers and a cashmere sweater – there’s huge demand

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among my clients for a style of dressing that works with their everyday lives”. This luxe vision has come to life in her Draycott Avenue emporium, where the focus is on separates that combine superb fabrics with impeccable cut and comfort. This store joins the existing line-up: boutiques in Harvey Nichols stores, RTW flagship in Albermarle Street and elegant standalone bridal store in Chelsea. Of course, bridal is high glamour – not every day – and there are yards of fabulous gowns that work for everything from ballroom spectacular to a hip boho or beach celebration. Amanda Wakeley brides can be sure that their gown will never waver from her fashion philosophy: “Every gown has our design signature. Our look is about lightweight, sensual and elegant garments for the modern woman”. Bridal is only one part of the Amanda Wakeley luxe vision, but it’s a pretty good introduction. She has now dressed two generations of the world’s most stylish women, and always with an utterly simple mission: “My brides – all the women who wear Amanda Wakeley – are looking for clothes that make them feel both glamorous and cool”. ◆ AMANDA WAKELEY, 175-177 Fulham Road, SW3 amandawakeley.com

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Dress Specialists Bentley Garment Care will ensure your bridal finery is cleaned, restored and preserved. Its dedicated concierge service service means your wedding dress is returned safely to your door, beautifully boxed and preserved

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wedding gown is not only one of the most personal and important wardrobe investments we make, but also a treasured source of memories that last long after the celebrations are over. Investing in expert cleaning and storing is essential to ensure your dress is preserved and remains as beautiful as the moment you first chose it. With over 50 years’ experience, Bentley Garment Care is recognised as a national specialist in the dry cleaning and care of wedding dresses; it is also one of the few trusted specialists in bridal garments in London . The team's extensive knowledge of luxury fabrics and their personal service and attention to detail means they check every garment carefully, use only specialist hand treatments and are skilled at removing reminders of a great party – from red wine to lobster sauce. The team at Bentley Garment Care have expertise at working with the most delicate materials, including lace, organza, beading and diamante and, with a long tradition of assisting both brides and the theatrical industry, they are also used and recommended by leading designers, suppliers and boutiques. Any untreated marks, blemishes or spills will ruin the fabric of a wedding dress over time, and the sooner cleaning takes place the more likely it is your gown will be successfully restored to its pristine best. While many brides store their gown as a

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STYLE LEADER Romantic glamour and a modern silhouette are the hallmarks of this Caroline Castigliano couture creation. Meticulously made, this fine Chantilly lace Anya shrug is combined with a full pleated Angelika skirt of sumptuous Mikado silk layers and concealed side pockets. carolinecastigliano.com

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NEW ROMANTICS Timeless Classics

Super-feminine shapes – with soft silhouettes, lush fabrics and details in lace and subtle sheers – are hallmarks of a new romantic bridal mood that is both timeless and refined

COVER QUEEN With simple straps and slimline cut, Stephanie Allin’s elegant silk Lottie dress is transformed into a super-romantic flowing gown with a sheer Catrine shrug and skirt – this is a surefire way to ensure you float down the aisle and one or both can be removed for the after party. stephanieallin.net

FLOWER GIRL Hummingbird is a romantic and timeless short-sleeved gown featuring an embroidered bodice with flattering low v-neck and full skirt. The gown is designed by Sarah Barrett for Lyn Ashworth; London stockists include BOA. boa-boutique.co.uk

GRECIAN GODDESS Zaeem Jamal's beautiful oneshoulder draped design is made of silk chiffon and features pearls at the waist and down the front of the gown. And, a perfect romantic touch for the ceremony, there are two full-length silk chiffon scarves at the shoulder that can be detached later. zaeemjamal.com

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Parisian designer Laure de Sagazan creates bohemianinspired designs that have a distinctly 1970s vibe. With chic separates and gowns in the mix, all using lavish fabric and delicate details, the range is available in the UK exclusively from The Mews Bridal Notting Hill. themewsnottinghill.co.uk

MAGIC MIRRORS With intricate mirror and beadwork along the line of the gown, this flowing design from Alice Temperley has a touch of retro sparkle that makes it perfect for a festivalthemed wedding party. temperleylondon.com

SHEER BEAUTY This Barbarella gown with beaded bodice and full organza skirt is from iconic London bridal couturier Caroline Castigliano. It features a sweetheart neckline with subtle floral lace overlay to create a demure and flattering high-neckline effect. carolinecastigliano.com

PRINCESS BRIDE US-based couturier Monique L’Huillier regularly dresses celebrity brides and red carpet goers. This romantic design from her ready-to-wear BLISS collection has timeless romantic credentials with its fitted bodice and flowing tiered skirt. Her range is available in the UK from The Wedding Club. thewedding-club.co.uk

FAIRYTALE GLAMOUR Eliora, by designer Ruth Milliam, features an intricate flower bodice encrusted with gold beading and a layered chiffon skirt – a stylish modern reworking of the fairytale bride look ruthmilliam.com

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1. SEXY SEPARATES

3. BLING BOWS

5. SMOOTH LINE

The separates look adds casual glamour, and is played out beautifully in this sexy YolanCris design, featuring beading and a hint of midriff. London stockists include Mirror Mirror. mirrormirror.uk.com

Bows are cropping up everywhere, with supersize versions incorporated into trains and even necklines. This slinky mermaid-style ballgown is by The Couture Gallery. thecouturegallery.com

The new smooth line is pure vintage moviestar, with plunge necklines and flowing skirts. This Jenny Packham gown features a deep v-neck and lavish bow on the waist. jennypackham.com

2. HI-LO HEMLINES

4. BUSTLE EFFECTS

6. FLOWER BURSTS

Super contemporary and capable of transitioning from ceremony to party, the best hi-lo shapes give you a train effect so you can sashay when you walk. This design is by London couturier Lucy Tammam. tammam.co.uk

Emphasising those curves, clever bustle effects add draping and swing. This elegant slimline Savin London gown has the addition of both a frothy overskirt for volume, and an elegant train. savinlondon.com

Cottage-garden blooms are springing up on everything from appliquĂŠ and buttonholeeffects to floral fabrics. This sweet design by Alan Hannah features a blowsy pink gardenia print midway down the gown. alanhannah.co.uk

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Eliza Jane Howell

BALLROOM BLITZ

Ramp up the glamour in our pick of the finest gowns featuring figure-enhancing shapes and luminous details in crystal and appliqué E L I Z A JA N E H OW E L L

FRILL ME

Channelling fin-de-siècle decadence, this low backed design from Eliza Jane Howell’s Grand Opera collection has a distinctive frill detail that flatters the upper arms and then continues down the back line of the gown. Delicate appliqué adds extra shimmer for after dark. elizajanehowell.com

Ian Stuart

CAROLINE CASTIGLIANO

EASYGOING GLAMOUR

With trademark cut and boning to ensure both comfort and a fabulous shape, this white gown from Caroline Castigliano follows a sleek line. Side pockets add casual elegance and the gown can be accessorised – as here – with a statement belt. carolinecastigliano.com IAN STUART BRIDE

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BOW BELLE

A stellar choice for brides who want to show off their curves, Ian Stuart’s Vanderpump gown features a bejewelled waist detail and fishtail shape. A super-sized bow incorporated into the train adds a final luxe flourish. ianstuart-bride.com

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Joyce Young Couture FULL BLOOM

With pure fairytale credentials, this fabulous Joyce Young design features a super-full skirt of layered tulle with delicate flower appliqué, A sexy, bustier-style bodice adds glamour. joyceyoungcollections.co.uk

CYMBELINE

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WHITE NIGHTS

FIFTIES CHIC

This Ariana strapless silk mikado gown is by Parisian bridalwear house Cymbeline. With a full princess line, including pleats at the back, it is accessorised here with a Calais lace Aliya coat that can be removed for the ballroom. Cymbeline’s UK stockists include Mirror Mirror. mirrormirror.uk.com

With a 1950s twist – reminiscent of the golden days of Hepburn and Kelly – Ian Stuart’s Monte Carlo gown has a flattering portrait collar and slimline bodice with a wide crystal-encrusted belt. Chic and form flattering, it’s also an excellent foil to a sleek up-do and diamonds. ianstuart-bride.com E L I Z A JA N E H OW E L L

PA L O M A B L A N C A

SILVER STAR

LACE DRESSING

Silver makes a stunning alternative to white at evening and winter weddings and Angelica, a contemporary take on vintage eveningwear by Eliza Jane Howell, just oozes femme fatale with its long sleeves, low back and shimmering linear detailing along the length of the gown. elizajanehowell.com

With fine lace embroidery on the bodice and a soft full skirt, this feminine gown by Paloma Blanca is accessorised with a simple ribbon belt. The lace bodice detailing continues across the low-cut back. UK stockists include London Bride Couture and Helena Fortley. palomablanca.com

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Timeless style

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BRIDE

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Effortlessly glamorous – and with timeless sophistication in the cut and detailing – these looks are for brides who want to steal the wedding show without looking as if they’ve tried too hard

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COCKTAIL QUEEN

Tailored, and with long, close-fit sleeves, the Hetty gown from designer Emma Hunt has a touch of 1960s chic, with textural details at the waist and a lightreflecting satin fabric that would make it perfect for a formal ceremony or simple cocktail party celebration. emmahunt.co.uk

Caroline Castigliano

Amanda Wakeley's fabulous gown incorporates shimmering overlaid gold detailing into bodice, sleeves and flowing train, while the flattering curved neckline reveals the shoulders – perfect for effortless day-intoevening celebrations. amandawakeley.com

Jenny Packham

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GOLDEN GLAMOUR

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CAROLINE CASTIGLIANO

BEJEWELLED BRIDE

With a discreet, jewel-trimmed high neck and belt, this softly draped sleeveless gown with shape-enhancing bodice is a masterclass in understated chic from London couturier Caroline Castigliano. carolinecastigliano.com SUZANNAH

Sadoni

Suzannah

For the bride who wants to do different, this pink gown (one of this season's coolest bridal colours) is the perfect way to shine, with its elegant deep v-neck and pleat effect along the line of the gown. jennypackham.com

SOPHISTICATED SHIFT

Super-sophisticated for a daytime or less formal celebration, Suzannah’s bustle-back shift has fine detailing in lace, three-quarter sleeves and a chic hi-lo hemline to give the illusion of a train while showing off an elegant pair of wedding heels. suzannah.com AYA C O U T U R E

Designed by Malika Hemici, who worked in Paris before opening her atelier, the Zahida gown from the Belle Epoque collection is a contemporary sleeveless dress with flattering wide neckline and low back with button detailing. The textured fabric adds a fashion-forward edge and glamour after dark. ayacouture.co.uk

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CONTEMPORARY CUT

SADONI

PURE LINES

With a delicate pleat-effect bodice, this pure white dress from Danish design firm Sadoni has a pared-back aesthetic that is perfect for keeping your look simple. Stockists include Golden Sash Bridal. goldensashbridal.co.uk S AV I N L O N D O N

SIMPLY LACE

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1. Leila Wedge adds height without risking divots in the lawn. £470. emmylondon.com 2. Ada is a pink suede shoe that just channels elegance. £420. chelseaparis.com 3. Cecile is in a soft blush pink with crystal, mother-of-pearl and bead embellishment. £765. emmylondon.com 4. Tabitha is an Edwardian-inspired shoe in ivory leather and French caudry lace. £275. freyarose.com 5. Ruhl is a cutout calf shoe combining the structure of a court with the reveal of a sandal. £530. chelseaparis.com 6. Conqueror Silver is an open-toed shoe in silver calf leather, with lambskin lining. £750. ayonote.com 7. Balance Gold is a closed pump with comfort insole, low platform and stiletto heel. £205. sargossa.com 8. Elektra is a madeto-order gold shoe with handmade rose shoe clips. £380. freyarose.com 9. The Kimberley Rose peep-toe wedge is encrusted with Swarovski crystals, creating a shoe you will definitely want to show off on your way up the aisle. It is available in two heel heights. £1,650. arunaseth.com

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KEY TRENDS IN 2016

Second Skin: Berta

CHOSEN BY THE WEDDING CLUB

Hollywood Glamour: Naeem Khan

The Wedding Club’s Clare Guest – who travels the globe in search of wedding finery – highlights key fashion trends for 2016 and beyond HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR

any wedding designers have

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Textured Bride: Christos Costarellos

look. Clare says: “There’s a highglamour approach here – think late 1920s /early 1930s movie star. Clever cutting with no side seams makes these gowns very fluid and flattering”. Some have captured this Hollywood look with a sculptural bodice and draping to create a bustle effect, or mermaid or fishtail shaping.

Quick Change Dress: Provonias Hollywood Glamour: Monique L'Huillier Bliss

QUICK CHANGE DRESS

trend seen on the catwalk

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flowers are especially popular, featuring either on the fabric design or on appliqué, belts or trims.

is the ‘quick change’ dress. Often this features an overskirt that you can slip off after the formal ceremony for a shorter or slimmer gown for evening. “We’ve also seen wide wedding trousers and shorts in the mix for evening or beach party,” says Clare. Many designers are featuring detachable elements, such as shrugs, capes or a full-length train.

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TEXTURED BRIDE

a sheer and sexy neckline or back. Clare says: “The effects can be stunning – low back or no back looks are a particularly strong theme with our designers such as Berta”.

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Appliqué, lace and layers are popular – as are beaded or crystal-encrusted gowns. But Clare and her team are also seeing more unusual textured fabrics – some with an almost 3D effect – and predict that this trend will continue to grow throughout the coming seasons.

COLOUR SPLASH

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choice, there are signs of more colour: “Alongside the pale blue that we spotted last year, there are blush shades and even stronger hues such as a cyclamen pink”. Colour is also appearing in patterned fabrics –

Colour Splash: Naeem Khan

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abating, a counter trend is the more demure style. Feminine and fluid A-line shapes are reappearing, as are more formal ballgown styles. Clare says: “As well as demure and romantic shapes, we’ve seen a fair few crinolines re-emerging – almost reminiscent of Dior’s New Look”.

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WEDDING BEST Mother of the bride or groom, grown up bridesmaids and sophisticated guests all need wedding finery to ensure they dazzle. Here are top choices from some of our favourite occasion gown specialists

1. Smooth line

This form-fitting John Charles dress with subtle floral pattern has a plain bolero jacket to match and is accessorised with a chic side-angled hat that picks up the subtle floral theme. The outfit is available from Nigel Rayment. ◆ nigelraymentboutique.co.uk

2. Sweetheart style

Super-feminine and sophisticated, this sweetheart-neckline dress and matching jacket is part of the Ian Stuart range at Nigel Rayment. The soft grey, almost pearlescent colourway, is both flattering and suitable for all seasons – also making good choice for a day-into-evening celebration. The outfit, and a perfectly matched hat or fascinator, is available from Nigel Rayment. ◆ nigelraymentboutique.co.uk

3. Blue note

A classic colour for weddings, this organza jacquard coat has a fashion-forward edge, with feature belt and high turn collar and is worn over a plain silk dress. Perfect for adding height, the coat is made of organza with panelling and inset godets so it moves as you walk. It’s a made-to-measure design, meaning that you can opt for a different length or colourway. ◆ joyceyoungcollections.co.uk

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4. 1960s chic

This chic dress with a touch of Jackie O in the styling is from Suzannah’s RTW collection and makes a flattering choice for mother of the bride or smart guest. It’s shown here pink, and is made of luxurious silk crepe and fully lined in silk satin. Other options are available made to order. ◆ suzannah.com

5. Cocktail hour

This super-glam sculpted-shoulder cocktail dress – shown here in bold pink – is made of Italian silk and has a flattering pencil-skirt cut. It is made to measure as part of the couture service at Suzannah, which means you can choose from a range of colours to match your style and the occasion. ◆ suzannah.com

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6. Posh frock

Simple and elegant party frocks from iconic London brand Ghost are available in a rainbow of colours, from palest pinks and ivories to rich deep shades. Designs include everything from simple short slips to full-length gowns – so perfect if you want your bridesmaids to wear the same colour but different shapes. An alternative, and increasingly popular approach at weddings, is to let bridesmaids wear complementary shades that suit their skin tone and the bridal colours, but stick to the same basic shape of dress. Again, Ghost is a great choice for this approach to posh dressing. ◆ ghost.co.uk

8. Silken glamour

7. Fabulous frills

This pleated black and white formfitting dress has a dramatic rose shrug that can be removed. An elegant choice for a summer wedding, it is part of the Ian Stuart glamorous occasion collection at Nigel Rayment. With dedicated mother of the bride/groom boutiques in both London’s Marble Arch and central Manchester, all outfits in store can be matched to one of Nigel’s fabulous millinery designs. ◆ nigelraymentboutique.co.uk

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6. Ghost

This delicious full-length dark-chocolate taffeta gown would steal the show at an evening ballroom celebration – and would be easy to accessorise with a lavish cashmere stole or lace shrug. Part of the bridesmaid/evening gown range at Joyce Young Couture, it features narrow straps and has a flattering draped effect down the line of the bodice and the skirt. It can be made to order in a variety of rich colours, so perfect for either sophisticated bridesmaids or the mother of the bride/groom. ◆ joyceyoungcollections.co.uk

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Men's style

Well Groomed Sartorial tips to help you dress the part from two leading Savile Row tailors, plus essential accessories for the well-dressed groom and best man

(for after wear) and enhances your complexion.

Savile Row tailor Cad & The Dandy is championing the bespoke Savile Row suit as a sharp, savvy and fashionable choice for the modern man. Its marriage guidance for the groom is to make the big decisions about what to wear well ahead of the big day. And here are some key pointers.

3. Add the lining

Cad & The Dandy advise a lightweight cupro lining for ensuring you keep your cool in testing circumstances. Luxury satin is a joy to wear if you are feeling bolder. As the lining is unseen (except when you hang your jacket or casually let it slip open), it can be bold and reflect your taste and personality. It might also be a good way to tap into the bridal colourscheme.

1. Daywear, DJ or morning suit?

As it’s your wedding day, you are in the fortunate position of setting the tone of the event – personal taste and the nature of the occasion will come into play here. There are no hard and fast rules, however, for daytime weddings a smart suit is a classic and practical choice that marries both elegance and formality. You have the advantages of more colour choices and a suit that can easily be worn after the event. It can also be personalised with a waistcoat and all manner of accessories. The black tie (tuxedo) is effective for evening events if it’s well styled. Cad & The Dandy suggest you also consider midnight blue as an alternative to black – it can actually appear blacker and more distinguished under artificial light. Morning suits are traditional formal wear and may also earn their keep if you attend a lot of smart

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weddings and racing events. The popular Morning Grey variant – with matching coat, waistcoat and trousers – is slightly less formal and traditionally only worn for summer events.

2. Now choose the cloth

It’s important to get the balance right between longevity and comfort. While heavier weight fabrics have more staying power, a medium to light weight cloth is likely to be cooler and more comfortable – especially considering the nervous energy of your wedding day – and is always appropriate for a UK wedding. If you’re going for a suit, rather than DJ or morning dress, you need to select a colour that is flexible

4. Finishing touches

Most importantly, you need a really good shirt and Cad & The Dandy say you should invest in bespoke. The shirt is critical to your look, will be designed to enhance your suit and – because it is built around you – it will be a perfect and flattering fit if you take your jacket off. Remaining finishing touches are much more flexible – from plain or bold ties to socks. Veer on the side of classic, rather than garish, and you can’t go wrong. u Cad & The Dandy is at 13 Savile Row, First Floor, London W1, with a further branch in the City. It also offers tailoring services to clients in New York. cadandthedandy.co.uk

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Alexandra Wood Savile Row tailor Alexandra Wood explains how she guides grooms and other members of the wedding party looking to cut a dash

the jacket not too short”. As Alexandra quite rightly points out, the suit you wear is not a fashion statement but something that will be there for posterity in the family photo album – nothing becomes ‘so last year’ quite so quickly as basing your suit-buying decision on this year’s cutting edge trends. While strong blue suits were very popular for weddings last year, there is a strong return to subtle grey, which is timeless and classic. Most of her clients are practical – wanting a suit to wear again – and this is always a key consideration. Alexandra says: “Once you have your framework, you still have scope to be more daring – for instance, eccentric waistcoat, bold lining, pocket watch, belt, braces, but with a suit that can be worn again”. All her suits can be designed around the time of day, season or climate where you are getting married, with the right weight fabric considered at the outset. “We use a wonderful selection of cloths, so even lightweight suits don’t crease these days.” Alexandra advises all grooms to make their first appointment at least two months ahead of the wedding; shorter lead times may sometimes be accommodated but it is important to leave as long a lead time as possible. Visits are by appointment, and the initial consultation takes around an hour. Consecutive fittings last around 20 minutes each, with up to two fittings for made-to-measure suits and up to five for bespoke. 

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lexandra Wood is a relative rarity in tailoring circles – a woman – but after working in womens made-to-measure, she discovered her real interest was in the precision, and design possibilities, of men’s suits. A trained tailor and pattern cutter herself, she presides over a Savile Row premises where suits are created for both everyday wear and special occasions. Alexandra’s approach is to consider your skin tone, body shape and personality – aiming to design a suit that not only fits you perfectly but matches your style. For grooms, her key advice is to keep it simple. “I would always advise opting for something clean and classic, so the lapels shouldn’t be too skinny and

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This silk jacquard weave tie is part of the extensive range at Turnbull & Asser – making it easy to match or complement wedding colours. turnbullandasser.co.uk

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Tada & Toy’s classic bar shape is reworked in cuffl inks – you can add up to four characters per cuffl ink. From £110. tadaandtoy.com

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This retro-face TW Steel wristwatch would make a perfect gift for your best man, or a smart accessory if your wedding rings are in rose gold. £295. twsteeluk.com

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French designer Stephanie Staub creates delectable haute couture dressing, among others, the attendants at the wedding of Princess Claire of Luxembourg. Elise (left) is made of lilac dupion silk with burgundy red sash, while Maud is in the same soft colourway but with ivory flutter sleeves. littleeglantine.com

This sweet Alice band with side bow is hand-covered in silk dupion and available in a range of 30 colours to match the wedding theme. Silk hairbows with clips can also be made to order. littlebevan.co.uk

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BLUE NOTE This enchanting Maribelle gown in larkspur blue is by Nicki Macfarlane, who created the flower girl gowns for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding. With a generous petticoat and frilled neck, it is available in lots of delicious hues – ranging from delicate shell pink to rich chocolate brown. . nickimacfarlane.com

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This elegant velvet cape – available in black, emerald green or red – is the perfect cover up at an autumn or winter wedding. It fastens with Velcro, and is fully lined. A matching velvet muff is available. bellezara.co.uk

WHITE MAGIC Beautiful vintage-style dresses and separates for weddings and occasions are Little Bevan’s forte. This delightful white gown in silk dupion is perfect for young flower girls and can easily be accessorised to match the bridal theme. Little Bevan also offers a bespoke design service from its Pimlico atelier. littlebevan.co.uk

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FEATHERS IN OUR CAP Awon Golding is one of Britain's standout milliners, creating showstopping numbers for weddings and other grand occasions that are both distinctive and beautifully crafted. Read about her work – and that of other great British talents – in this special section. awongolding.com

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MILLINERS British craftsmanship

Hats off to these great London milliners – carrying on a great British tradition of creativity and, occasionally, eccentricity in the headwear department. And whether your taste is whimsical, wild or just plain alluring, they always have a hat or headpiece to ensure you stay ahead of the crowd Edwina Ibbotson

With a reputation for impeccable craftsmanship and style, Edwina Ibbotson has been a go-to milliner for over 20 years if you want a hat designed around your style and the occasion (many of her clients return year after year). Her bridal pieces are simply exquisite and she also designs beautiful hats for mother of the bride and guests, working with leading London designers such as Suzannah. She trained at both New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and London College of Fashion. Pretty much everything is made by hand – from her wooden blocks to hand-dyeing the majority of fabrics and trims. While she’s known for creating some real statement pieces, the work she creates for bride and wedding party at her Battersea atelier is extraordinarily delicate and romantic. Some clients even work from head down – getting Edwina to create a couture piece and then choosing the rest of the outfit – a great idea if you want a real statement piece. Notable hatwearing clients include Pippa Middleton, so with one of Edwina’s designs you know you are going to cut it in the style stakes. edwinaibbotson.co.uk

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her work with brides also includes really beautiful and whimsical pieces. lizziemcquade.co.uk

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Lizzie McQuade

Lizzie McQuade is a Scottish-born and London-based hatmaker. You may well have seen her work in Dazed and Confused, Vogue (UK, Italy and China editions) or on the catwalk because she creates divine fantasy pieces that stylists simply love. Her trademarks are unusual trims and embellishment and clever dyeing techniques. She works with a variety of traditional and modern materials, from straw and felt to latex, in order to create sculptural pieces that are always feminine and flattering, sometimes a little bit quirky. For brides, she can create everything from a headpiece to a fabulous hat or fascinator to commission, with most pieces taking up to four weeks and involving an initial consultation and a fitting at her east London studio. While many of her catwalk and fashion pieces are fabulously bold,

Always divine, sometimes surprising and impeccably made, Awon Golding’s hats give wedding guests and race goers standout glamour. Growing up in India and Hong Kong, where she worked as a fashion writer and editor, she hotfooted it to London to pursue her hat-making dream, training in millinery at Kensington & Chelsea College. Awon interned with Edwina Ibbotson and made accessories for TopShop before establishing her London millinery studio. Much of her work is made to order, although she also produces seasonal collections and is stocked at the great London design meccas Liberty and Fortnum & Mason. Having featured at London Fashion Week’s Headonism (curated by Stephen Jones) and received a heartfelt thank you from high-profi le fan Lady Gaga, Awon has most defi nitely arrived in star hatter circles. awongolding.com

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GILLIAN'S TOP DRESSING Exquisite bespoke and RTW pieces are Gillian Million's trademark

With a dizzying array of beautiful wedding accessories – from simple pins to the most ornate jewelled tiaras, Gillian Million’s Teddington atelier is manna for brides in search of a distinctive and bespoke headdress. Gillian began by designing for her own wedding; after she tried and failed to fi nd a headdress design she liked, she set about making one herself. Within months of launching her business in 2002, her entire collection was bought by Liberty. Over time, she has added divine RTW headdresses and all manner of pins, vines and wedding jewellery, and these can be ordered online – although you’ll always receive a phone call before despatch. But the real treat is to book an appointment so you can explore Gillian’s atelier packed with beautiful vintage and contemporary pieces and then let her design a headdress that exactly matches your look and your wedding vibe. gillianmillion.com

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be one of many.” Savin London can take advantage of limited-run fabrics because it is not producing on a mass, but an atelier scale. Most gowns are very limited run or bespoke. While silks and chiffons predominate, there are details in leather, feathers and even faux fur. There is a strong use of fine laces – from Chantilly to Guipure – and Andrey incorporates more technical fabrics on occasions. The resulting dresses

Savin London is one of the capital's most exciting new bridal brands, and a quintessential example of new British craft with an edgy-meets-timeless design aesthetic

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ndrey Savin, founder and creative director of Savin London, spent time in both his home city of Moscow and in Paris before choosing London – and establishing his bridal business here was no matter of chance; he’d fallen in love with the place. Andrey had plenty of opportunity to consider Paris – his family relocated there in 2001 and he worked for several French luxury fashion houses after studying business and economics. But he took the decision to gain further expertise via the London College of Fashion, where he began his studies in 2011. By the time he’d completed his training, he was sold on everything from the climate to the national drink. He says: “I love this country and being in London. I adore the weather and drink my tea with milk! I also find that the people are honest and straightforward and it’s a logical society – which really helps when it comes to running a business”. While his heart is with London, his head also told him that this was the right place to establish a new business based around the concept of the modern bride. “Bridal is a very international market, but I’d say that London wedding fashion is

“London wedding fashion is more daring and brides are more open to fresh ideas”

more daring and brides are more open to fresh ideas.” The Savin London approach is hands on and local. Andrey and his team of nine seamstresses manufacture everything in house in his atelier in Greenwich. The focus is on limited runs and bespoke pieces and Andrey starts by finding the right quality raw materials. “We are not restrictive in our approach, so designs are dictated generally by what I find – I only work with exceptional fabrics and I don’t want a Savin gown to

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are feminine and flattering, with a contemporary approach. While Andrey loves exploring edgy fabrics and their drape and detail possibilities, he is also influenced by timeless shapes, with everything from elegant shifts and separates to ballgowns in the mix. At Savin London’s first showing at The White Gallery in 2015, there was an enthusiastic response from buyers and the press and Andrey’s first visit to the New York fairs produced a similar buzz, with a repeat visit scheduled for this October. For Andrey, the key challenge is to remain in physical control of production. He says: “Each gown must be beautiful and memorable, and we don’t want to simply blend in. Most important of all, our dresses are designed to be worn and enjoyed by modern brides.” ◆ savinlondon.com

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Like a real-life fairy godmother, Nicki Macfarlane transforms little girls with outfits fit for the palace. The story behind her international business is equally magical

reach the same decision”. Their approach is to use the very best fabrics and then create timeless, age-appropriate styles. While the bridesmaid side is huge, Nicki Macfarlane is also a go-to for communion and occasion outfits. The range is stocked in boutiques from Azerbaijan to USA, shipping to private clients worldwide. There are some variations across markets, so whites and pales and some bolder colours are in the mix. Recently introduced subtle pattern is proving successful for all markets. For made-to-measure, there is an even broader range of fabrics and colours. The London boutique, just off the King’s Road, has a cosy private room set aside for

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icki Macfarlane is proof that it is possible to go from kitchen-table start up to international business. Her dresses, every young girl’s fairytale fantasy, also captured the hearts of the world at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Nicki’s gift for sewing was always there: “It was definitely in the blood, my mother embroidered beautifully”. Her business proper began around a decade ago. She says: “I agreed to make the outfits for a wedding where there were 22 bridesmaids and five, or was it eight, page boys”. Nicki took on this monster commission while in the process of moving. It was, she recalls, impossible to find a corner of her cottage unadorned with bridesmaid regalia. Despite this harrowing initiation, she didn’t lose her nerve. At first, the business was commission only. The switch to RTW happened when her daughter Charlotte came on board: “Charlotte had worked with Lulu Guinness from the very beginning, rising to global managing director. It was a huge asset to have her on board”. Nicki says their working relationship has been a huge part of the success story. “We are almost telepathic. Without even discussing something – a fabric say – we will both

“The racks of outfits across the Chelsea boutique are a dressing-up paradise" this, while the racks of RTW outfits across the delightful two-storey store are a dressing-up-box paradise of silk and tulle. Creating the Royal Wedding flowergirl outfits was very special. Nicki says: “It was such an exciting time, but of course Charlotte and I were sworn to secrecy. Friends must have thought we were mad because we were behaving so mysteriously and kept disappearing. We were so incredibly proud to be a part of the occasion”. While those gowns attracted huge acclaim, it is the Britishness of the Nicki Macfarlane brand that people love. “The first thing buyers want to know is where our garments are made,” says Nicki. “The fact they are handmade in Britain, in our own workrooms, counts for such a lot.” Nicki Macfarlane, 3 Langton Street, London SW10; nickimacfarlane.com

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With a passion for sculpture, textiles and gems, Freya Rose has married her affinity for fine jewellery with her skill for 3D making to create unique bridal and occasion shoes

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reya Rose has craftsmanship in her blood. Daughter of jeweller Barbara Tipple (see page 87), she grew up above a design studio. At art school, she developed both her interests in sculpture and in textiles and, when she joined London College of Fashion, she became hooked on the 3D sphere of product design. Shoes, in particular, seemed to meet her passion for sculpture and form. Freya says: “I loved everything about how they actually work – the symmetry and precision involved”. Freya graduated with a First in shoe and accessory design and worked with high-end and high-street names. Then her affinity with the world of jewellery came back into play, and that’s how the Freya Rose brand came into being. Originally, Freya wasn’t thinking bridal, just about the exciting surface design possibilities. But, of course, weddings are special – it was a case of the shoe fitting a glamorous market. The embellished heels she creates are now stocked in boutiques across the globe. Alongside shoes, there are occasion pieces – jewellery, belts, hair clips and bags. While the list of overseas clients continues to grow, this is a very London and craft-based business, also working with fine specialist suppliers Freya has developed strong working relationships with over years. The processes involved in creating a pair of Freya Rose’s signature shoes with mother-of-pearl heels are painstaking. She works with a small team of craftspeople in Ubud, Bali – a traditional centre of shell work. “It’s an extraordinarily spiritual place and we have built up a great relationship with our small team there –

“Mother of pearl is said to symbolise eternity – it seems so appropriate to wear for weddings” we’re very concerned that this must be a sustainable and ethical relationship,” says Freya. From there, applying the mother-of-pearl to heels is a whole art in itself. “This happens in Spain and we again work with a family who have the traditional skills – it’s a very special process and incredibly painstaking. Each pair may take one or two days to complete”. One of the best things about these shoes is the traditional significance of the shell. Freya says: “Mother of pearl is said to symbolise eternity – it seems so appropriate for weddings”. Despite their appearance, those heels are robust – heirloom pieces. There are many other shoes in the mix, including soft gold and silver leathers. Lace shoes are not only decorative, but light and breathable thanks to the construction technique; very fine lace organza embellishment is applied on

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a mesh base. There are also decadent sparkly numbers, while silk satin shoes take dye beautifully. While RTW is popular, opting for couture or bespoke is the way to create something truly original. You book an appointment and take along swatches, photos and ideas. Freya Rose has an extensive library of colours and fabrics, plus hand-embroidery and embellishment options. You can even commission a fresh idea from scratch. Typically, couture shoes take from six weeks; if it’s a totally bespoke shoe it takes up to 24 weeks and with up to two fittings. Whether it’s a classic pump or one-off bejewelled stiletto, Freya Rose has a style in its armoury of glam heels. And the craftsmanship involved means you get to wear a pair of shoes that is as unique and creative as your wedding day. ◆ Freya Rose is based at Islington, N1. For appointments, call 020 7226 4797; freyarose.com

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You have probably seen Suzie Turner’s gowns on the red carpet at Cannes, LA or London because she has a stellar client list across the globe – with each Londonmade piece representing a unique collaboration

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hile we may associate couture with high-profile super brands, Suzie Turner is something of a secret weapon for the world’s best dressed who don’t want their label to be the talking point. With a lifestyle of client consultations in the US, Europe and the Middle East, Suzie offers utter discretion. Also – another secret weapon for her clients – she never makes the same piece twice. The craft apprenticeship started early for Suzie. She says: “I was originally taught how to sew by my mother who had a soft furnishing business. From the age of 12, I used to help her on the industrial machines; sewing the curtains and fi nishing them by hand after school. At the age of 15 I went to work with a men’s tailor where I continued my training”. Suzie also studied during this time with a patterncutting tutor – she still works with her tutor to this day.

“We create pieces to last a lifetime, to be treasured and passed down” Suzie Turner pieces are all about luxury; rather than viewing them as simply fashion, she considers their longer-term value: “We are creating pieces that will last a lifetime, that can be treasured and passed down. This is always in the back of my mind”. The typical process of commissioning a couture piece begins with a consultation, where event, location and the client’s personal style are discussed. This also involves looking at samples. By the end of the first meeting,

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there is a line-drawing sketch – Suzie says this helps ensure she and the client are both moving in the same direction. After the first rough outline, three more detailed sketches are produced, introducing samples of fabrics and embellishments and corresponding quotes. Once the final direction is agreed, measurements are taken and a pattern is cut to precisely fit the client’s figure. This enables creation of the first toiles. A further six to eight fittings take place – with corsetry and patterns altered to the millimetre to ensure perfect fit. The final piece includes fantastic couture details – a hand-embroidered label with the client’s name, sometimes the date of their wedding or special event, even a special message woven within the bridal gown. The whole process typically takes anything from four months. Many of her gowns take over 1,000 hours, but since every stage of the design and production process remains in-house, she also has the ability to fast-pace orders – good to know if there’s a last-minute red carpet invitation. Suzie Turner brides already have the red carpet treatment – with every stage of their special dress being agreed by and designed around them. Suzie says: “The beauty of starting the design process with a blank page is that the client has the freedom to request what she connects with in terms of cloth/colour rather that what’s in fashion or dictated by the mainstream. It really is such a personal service”. Suzie guarantees total secrecy, but many of her clients come to her because another client has revealed to them who designed their dress. She says: “Due to the design of each couture gown being to that specific client, we never share that look with any other prospective client in order to keep every piece truly unique”. Some dresses do come to wider attention – the beautiful Golden Globes gown worn by Jennifer Flavin Stallone earlier this year, a sumptuous number that appeared on the cover of the FT’s How to Spend It magazine, and a memorable front window of Harrods during London Fashion Week. While her schedule is punishing, with trips to the US in the early part of the year for ‘awards season’, Middle East visits throughout the year and regular dates across Europe for client meetings and fittings, Suzie is very proud to be flying the flag for British design. “We have some of the most fantastic designers coming from the UK, with McQueen setting the bar high. Britain has incredible tradition and skill in its history, and we are proud to be a part of that today.” ◆ * Suzie Turner Couture; suzieturner.com

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What does PJ’sLONDON specialise in? We are an independent London label offering luxurious handmade silk and lace nightwear in a gorgeous palette of colours. Each pair of our pyjamas is fully customisable and made to order. Occasionally, we offer hand-painted nightwear in limited styles, creating unique and desirable sleepwear to treasure forever. Where is your nightwear made and what dyeing process do you use? Our range of pyjamas, nightshirts, short sets and robes is handmade in a small studio in West London and most of our suppliers are from the UK. We use pure silk that has been dyed on winch dye machines by talented experts in a small village in the English countryside. Essentially, the fabric is immersed in a dye bath and continually rotated at certain temperatures before draining and rinsing. This is a long craft process, but results in a beautifully smooth and clean appearance. How does the PJ’sLONDON customisation service work? Our customisation service allows the client to become the designer, choosing every detail including fabric, colour and finishes such as the neckline, waistband and sleeves. Monogramming is an option for an extra touch of individuality. We

offer 43 dreamy colour options, dyed to order. The typical delivery time for these bespoke garments is 1 to 2 weeks. Which items in your range are most popular with brides? Brides love our signature embellished robes, often wearing them for the makeup session before the ceremony – and they look great in pre-ceremony photos. Our delicate

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shorts sets in silk or lace are an especially popular choice for the honeymoon. How should brides care for their PJ’s garments? Our garments are made with love and care to be treasured; we have a few tips to maintain their colour, shape and finish. Hand wash in lukewarm water using mild soap or a silk-wash product. Roll in a towel to absorb excess water then dry flat, away from sunlight or direct heat. Never put them in a tumble dryer and only iron on a low setting from the inside, using a clean cloth to protect the fabric. How would you describe your work? We are passionate about creating classic, feminine and elegant pyjamas and nightwear that give women the freedom to look and feel both beautiful and individual. PJ'sLONDON For more information and customised orders: info@pjslondon.co.uk pjslondon.co.uk

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1. This gorgeous diamond-encrusted ring is by French jewellery designer Elise Dray. It’s available from the concept store To The Nine in Beauchamp Place. From £808. totheninelondon.com 2. This design by the Clerkenwell studio of Dominic Walmsley features an unusual antique cut pear-shaped yellow diamond as the centre stone in a red and white gold setting. POA. dominicwalmsley.com 3. Designed by Emmy London as part of a new range for H. Samuel, and with her classic feminine and vintage styling hallmarks, this simple platinum engagement ring features a diamond solitaire. £1,999. hsamuel.co.uk 4. With pure white diamonds in an elegant circular setting, Alba is a classic engagement ring. It’s available to order from Mappin & Webb. From 5,950. mappinandwebb.com 5. Chaumet’s glorious Aigrette Impériale Josephine ring features a fabulous pear-shaped Colombian emerald with supporting diamonds. POA. chaumet.com 6. This super-feminine lavender sapphire and pavé diamond ring in a brushed white gold setting is by Sweet Pea Fine Jewellery, which creates beautiful bespoke pieces from fine gemstones. POA. sweetpeajewellery.com 7. A stunning Ashoka-cut diamond, surrounded by brilliant-cut gems in a platinum setting, this design is from Boodles’ Vintage collection. From £6,300. boodles.com 8. This stunning Capella ring from Joubi London features a 15 carat purple amethyst set in rose gold and surrounded by twinkling pink sapphires. POA. joubi.co.uk 9. Hattie Rickards designs to commission, so every piece is unique. This recent commission features a beautiful claw set sapphire surrounded by pavé diamonds. POA. hattierickards.com 10. This one-of-a-kind Diamond Slice Stratus ring is by Jo Hayes Ward, who is inspired by organic and architectural forms. It features warm white gold with large diamond slice and brown diamond edge. POA. johayesward.com

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The Princess and the Pearl Bespoke jeweller Sweet Pea – led by designer Siobhan O’Neill – creates unique, beautifully crafted and discreet pieces with timeless appeal from a charming boutique in Primrose Hill

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WEET PEA FINE Siobhan O’Neill JEWELLERY is a true treasure trove, an independent, designerled boutique where you can find or commission something truly unique. From engagement and wedding rings to bridal and bridesmaid jewellery, their delicate and elegant style is simply perfect for someone looking for that something special. Designer Siobhan O’Neill began creating one-off pieces for the then rising stars of the catwalk such as John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Ally Cappellino among others. She says: “I around the world”. She eventually originally made bespoke umbrellas for decided to return to her original love and international designers and catwalks opened her Primrose Hill fine jewellery workshop and boutique. Sweet Pea designs are recognised internationally – stocked in stores in New York and Los Angeles, as well as London’s Fenwick, Bond Street. The designs are also particularly coveted in Japan, Siobhan says: “My Japanese customers appreciate delicacy and the English style – the quality and finish of the pieces are of paramount importance”. Each piece is handmade in London with exceptional and meticulous

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attention to detail. Her style is delicate with definite vintage influences, with final pieces being chic and understated. Subtle detailing such as engraving, secret stones (for instance, set inside a wedding band) and unusual design elements can all be requested by the customer to make pieces personalised and completely unique to them.

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Sweet Pea is known for its less traditional diamonds and fine coloured jewels. Siobhan says she doesn’t pick the stones they pick her! Rose-cut diamonds often feature in her work, creating an understated, antique feel. She enjoys working with rarer finds, including coloured and unusual hues of diamonds and sapphires. Beautiful pearls are also a Sweet Pea trademark, although her designs are anything but Miss Marple. Instead, Siobhan gives them a contemporary and wearable edge by combining them with a sprinkling of diamonds. She also designs one-off pieces using rare faceted Tahitian and South Sea pearls, that make for truly special keepsake bridal pieces.

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Soft, pastel pearls and precious beads also feature in many of her designs. Siobhan is passionate about colour and creates her collections with each season’s colours in mind. This year Pantone colours are baby blue and pastel pink, ideal for bridesmaid’s outfits and complimenting jewellery. Delicate bracelets and fine necklaces with rose quartz and blue topaz lend themselves to be perfect bridesmaid gifts. With lots of designs on display for inspiration, Siobhan and the team can help them design an item from scratch. 'We specialise in delicate fine jewellery and customers usually come to us for that very reason. They may have something specific in mind, we take their ideas and translate them into reality with the distinctive Sweet Pea style’ Siobhan says. Visitors to the boutique are usually on the hunt for something original, be it the dream engagement or wedding ring or a special bridal piece. Sweet Pea prides themselves on their customer service and like to give a personalised experience when a customer comes into store. ‘Getting to know the client and what their needs and style are, are paramount in understanding, finding and creating the right piece for each individual’ Siobhan says.

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They have a large area behind the boutique where clients can try on the jewels with their dress to ensure they match the outfit perfectly and many adjustments can be done on the spot to ensure everything is just so. 

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SELECTED AWARDS AND RECOGNITION * Diamonds-International Award, 1973 * Two further Diamonds-International Awards, 1984, 1998 * Diamonds-International finalist, 1988, 1992, 1996 * Goldsmiths’ Craft Council – London Annual Awards, 1993 * Special collections for De Beers and World Gold Council, 1994 * Membership of Diamonds-International Academy, 1998 * Diamonds: Nature’s Miracle Award, 2004 * Honorary Doctorate, University of Portsmouth, 2011

artist. Born and raised in Hampshire, she attended Portsmouth College of Art – originally with a view to being a portrait painter. Her first great inspiration was found in the galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the UK's great treasure house of the decorative arts. She was particularly inspired by the Japanese artistry at the V&A, as well as some of the more random but beautiful objects – armour and objects in bronze particularly. But it was the museum’s exhibition of the work of Austrian-born London jewellery Gerda Flöckinger in 1971 that inspired Barbara to switch focus from fine art and train as a jeweller. Winning her first major prize opened doors, but she turned her back on a career with Graff after a number of years because the kind of jewellery she wanted to create was something a bit different. Her love of natural and organic forms inspired

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her approach, which is to work with both precious and unusual materials. Many of her pieces seem impossibly complex – her who’s who in the Goldsmiths’ Directory describes them as “tortuously difficult” to create, while Lucia van der Post of the Financial Times has described aspects of her work with jewels and metals as: “monumental”. She travels the world in search of inspiration and unusual gemstones. Having won the DiamondsInternational Award now three times, she is a past master with precious stones. But she also loves high quality gems that are less commonly seen, such as tourmaline and spinel, or unusual combinations such as diamonds with moonstones. Barbara is passionate about the possibilities, especially when she finds a really unusual stone, but it is never about its value in isolation (and certainly not the ‘bling’ factor), but the possibilities when it is combined with metals and other stones. Her Mayfair store has a workshop downstairs where her equally talented husband David Ward – a renowned Master Goldsmith – works with her to realise the final vision for each piece. At first glance, some of these pieces look deceptively simple, but there is always a level of intricate workmanship that tests the limits of artistry and demonstrates Barbara’s continued desire to blur the line between fine art and fine jewellery. ◆ Barbara Tipple, 1b Albemarle Street, London W1. barbaratipple.co.uk

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BRIDAL STYLES Hair remains relaxed and soft in 2016, with brides favouring tousled tresses and the informal 'up do'. Make-up is impeccable, with focus on dewy skin, soft highlighting and dramatic eyes. Photo: Agata Kocori agataphotography.co.uk

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Trends for 2016

Leading bridal stylist Pam Wrigley highlights key trends for wedding hair and make-up and shares some trade secrets from her make-up bag P H O T O S : A G ATA KO C O R I

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hile hair trends haven’t made any seismic shifts in 2016, with soft and ‘unstyled’ looks still remaining in vogue, there is a subtle move into some more formal styles that work with bridal fashion trends. Meanwhile, make-up remains styled, with focus on eyes and soft blending for a look that will ensure you shine in the photos and – most importantly – face-to-face with your guests. UNDRESSED HAIR For hair, the most popular look remains relaxed. Pam says: “The effect most brides want to achieve is effortless, as if they haven’t tried too hard”. This includes the use of soft braids and the ‘half up, half down’ look. For this to work, she cautions, you have to get professional advice as hair must be in tune with overall dress and wedding style, and be designed to stay firmly in place throughout the celebration. Some brides are choosing to wear their hair down in soft waves to create an ethereal look – again, the key trend is not to look overdone or stiff. Soft styles work very well with hair vines and decorative hairpins – pins can be particularly effective as they not only help to keep the hair in place but can be grouped in a cluster to the back or side of the hair to enhance the style. While tiaras are not favoured by many of Pam’s brides at the moment, in tune with the new romantic styles there are signs of a revival in the flower crown – these have also been seen on a few catwalks recently.

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THE ‘UP DO’ Low buns remain popular, looking particularly good if you have a gown that is strapless, low-backed or with a lace overlay so that key features to the back of the dress are revealed, but with some hair showing. Another key trend is the bigger and smoother up do. This is a rather more formal style in the Audrey Hepburn mould. Pam says: “For this you may require discreet back-combing just to give the style the structure and staying power you need”. This look can work particularly well if you have a formal tea-gown or 1950s-style dress, as it adds height and shows off the strong shoulder line of the dress. DRAMATIC MAKE-UP There is more drama and overt styling to make-up, although the looks is polished but discreet. Pam says: “Make-up tends to follow the opposite trend to hair, so when hair was really coiffed make-up was more natural. It’s always about getting the balance right so the bride doesn’t look ‘overdone’. Right now, make-up is not hard but it is styled, with a hint of drama that works for both photography and the event itself”. This look focuses on perfect eyes and lashes and with less colour and emphasis to lips. Sometimes eyes can have the nude look, but for evening and winter weddings, brides are still favouring smoky browns and greys. It’s important that strong eyes are matched properly with lips, and a professional trick of the trade is to highlight the cupid’s bow of the lips and the centre of the eyelid. Cheek colour is very soft and

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If getting ready for your big day is starting to feel like a mountain climb or marathon, here are wise words from London trainer and fitness guru Nadya Fairweather to help you keep focus on what really counts about building the confidence to not just stand well but walk tall with shoulders back, so that you glide down that aisle”.

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Known for getting everyone from new mums, to CEOs into shape – and helping Princess Beatrice power through the London Marathon – U-Shape founder Nadya Fairweather is a former gymnast who leads a team of specialist trainers. Her tips for brides offer welcome reassurance – all are achievable, however short of time you feel.

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DON’T PANIC – Guess what, that exercise routine doesn’t always happen. Nadya says crunch time often happens shortly before the final dress fitting. Instead of embarking on a crazy fitness blitz in the final weeks, talk to an expert to set and achieve targets – be it toning, weight loss or a confidence boost. “I have experience with a fair few brides who want support at later stages. The focus then is on giving them information and tools do as much as possible on their own – a lot can be achieved”.

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his really does come down to sound planning, so do discuss it with your photographer ahead of the wedding day and pin down exactly what you want to achieve in terms of both overall style and the groupings of shots. I will always recommend to my clients that they should include some more ‘formal’ portraits and group shots in the mix – even when the overall style of the photography is reportage and informal. These don’t have to be too stiff and posed, but in 20 or 30 years time it’s important to have that image of key people all together in the family photo album. Timing is crucial, so when you’re planning build in a slot for the portraits and group shots to happen. I’d recommend it happens early – ideally between the ceremony and the celebrations and before guests relax, remove their hat, undo their tie and start to enjoy the party atmosphere. Even if you have lots of group shots, these (along with bride and groom portraits and shots of guests enjoying their day) should be manageable in 90 minutes or less, with organisation. Do put together a list of the group shots you want and then give that to both the photographer and a trusted member of your team. That way, they can liaise and ensure that all the right people are located and come together for the shots you want for the photo album. ◆

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t’s important to find someone whose style suits your vision. Videographers have vastly different approaches – my work centres on glamour, ensuring people and places look their best and I create a mini movie. Watching the work of different videographers is the best way to ensure you find the approach you want. Like all modern videographers, I use a small handheld to be unobtrusive. But I also see it as my role to be as discreet as possible, so that guests don’t know I’m there. And, because the goal is make people look their best I will never, for example, film them eating and drinking. I then choose my images in post-production really carefully to make sure everyone looks good. These are all points you need to find out about, so do meet the videographer before agreeing to hire them to ensure you have a connection. I see that as critical because the bride must feel at ease with me from the moment I start filming. She’s the most important person and I’m there to make her feel relaxed and beautiful, which requires trust. At your meeting, also get the videographer to describe their time commitment and process. For instance, I am there from start to end to capture the whole story. Then the editing takes two or three weeks, after which the couple approve the final cut. The film must match the magic of your day, so ask lots of questions to ensure that the final product will match your expectations on quality. ◆

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Suzannah Crabb has been described as party dress genius, with choices for everything from weddings to red-carpet events. Here, she advises mothers of the bride and groom. here is no ‘one size fits all’ for mothers of the bride or T groom. Things only go wrong if you choose what you think you should wear, rather than what suits you. For instance, the classic short bolero jacket and dress works for some, but cuts others off in the wrong place. We all have our own sense of style and maintaining that is important to ensure confidence on the day. Our starting point is always enhancing the client’s best points. We may recommend a shift or a 1950s-style fitted dress, or a coat-dress with an elegant line to create the illusion of height. A slash or scoop neckline or shallow v-back will show off a beautiful skin, and for great legs we might look at knee-length designs. While it’s important to be sensitive to the bridal palette, often it’s better to choose a complementary shade. We guide clients on all these points and create a top-to-toe ensemble – including bags and shoes. We tend to recommend avoiding complete matches. One trick is to combine a very plain dress with a pair of fabulous shoes or a statement hat. We work with a great group of milliners and shoemakers so can ensure the complete outfit works perfectly. We offer both bespoke and RTW outfits, dressing many brides as well as the wedding party. Made-to-measure garments typically take 12 weeks to create and RTW can be adapted by, for instance, changing the colour, in around three weeks. ◆

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WEDDINGS PLANNER Colour pop Florist Wild at Heart, led by Nikki Tibbles, says that often brides tend to think in terms of one or two colours. But entirely different effects are created when you choose a bright scheme, where complementary shades are woven together. This fabulous display featuring lush roses and hydrangeas created a lush country-garden theme at a Wild at Heart wedding.

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Flowers are magical scene setters, and the only limit is your imagination. Here, two of London’s leading florists highlight some key ways to transform your venue

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These ideas are from McQueens. Founded in Shoreditch by Kally Ellis in 1991, it has earned a global reputation for simple and stylish arrangements where flowers are the star, also running popular flower schools

A wedding with added candlelight is the ultimate in romance, and Nikki and the team at Wild at Heart love adding candlesticks and tea lights around arrangements of beautiful flowers to transform the ambiance. Hanging votives from trees or creating a candlelit pathway or staircase is also a great way to lead guests into the venue.

A single colour is dramatic and effective, especially when it ties together your colour theme. Here, rich burgundy tulips are hand tied for a winter wedding.

Country blooms Philippa Craddock worked closely with the bride – an interior designer – at this Sussex celebration to create a fun and upbeat theme for the table. The bride had already sourced the brightly coloured candles for the table, so Philippa’s team arranged flowers in an array of different bottles, vases and clay pots – some new and other salvaged. These were filled with country-style blooms, including peonies, delphiniums, alchemilla, cornflowers and viburnum. Impressive swags and garlands of scented flowers decorated the marquee and church door.

Marrying unusual flower combinations can produce stunning results. For a spring wedding, fragrant paperwhites and choice blush-white roses create a delicate and harmonious arrangement.

Combining soft pastel yellow and peach roses with pure white, and unopened rosebuds, creates this feminine handtied arrangement.

Mediterranean splash A fabulous Sardinian location deserves flowers to match and Philippa Craddock and a team of 35 worked with a Dubai couple over five days to create the ultimate romantic floral theme to match the rugged surroundings. This included this fabulous 20m-long ceiling installation, trees and planters of lush blooms. In contrast, delicate and muted blooms were used for tablesettings.

Mixing complementary shades softens the overall effect. This hand-tied arrangement uses soft whites in combination with pink-topurple blooms and sprigs of fragrant rosemary.

For more inspirational ideas for wedding and occasion flowers, visit Wild at Heart at wildatheart.com and Philippa Craddock at philippacraddock.com

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Sayat ‘I do’ River Cottage HQ! Nestled in the Devon countryside Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s famous organic farm is already among the most celebrated outof-town foodie destinations. And this iconic location is now also becoming a number one spot to get hitched with all the trimmings PHOTOS: HELEN LISK

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iver Cottage has given millions of TV viewers a taste for great cooking since 1998, when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall first brought his food ethos to Channel 4. His HQ is home to the award winning cookery school and unique dining experiences. Now fully licensed to conduct civil ceremonies, couples can get married in Hugh’s famous farmhouse or beautifully refurbished barn with breathtaking views across Devon's Axe Valley. This well-loved TV series backdrop can become the exclusive setting for your special day. At the heart of the 65-acre organic smallholding lies the original listed farmhouse, a versatile space suitable for intimate and exclusive wedding ceremonies and celebrations with a small group of loved ones. Steeped in over 400 years of history, it has been tastefully refurbished with wood fires, open inglenook fireplace and cosy window seating with views onto the beautiful walled garden. Guests have open access to the kitchen and can watch the food being cooked and prepared by the dedicated team of chefs. The meal is served in the atmospheric dining

room, which is beautifully laid out. Up to 20 guests can be seated around the long table running the length of the room, softly lit in winter with candles and a warming fire or twinkling with fairy lights and bunting in the summer months. Across the courtyard from the farmhouse is the gloriously light and elegant space of the refurbished threshing barn. Perfect for a traditional ceremony any time of year, it is large enough to seat 70 guests on two long banqueting tables laid out for a splendid feast. During the summer months, a further 30 can dine on the adjoining sprawling wooden decked area (complete with heating and marquee cover). In the evening, with formalities over, all tables are removed so that up to 120 guests have plenty of room to dance the night away to live music or a DJ. The lovingly maintained walled vegetable garden

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is a gorgeous, tranquil environment for a blessing. Guests sit on benches and straw bales watching you walk through the organic veggies for your ceremony underneath a hazel arch woven with climbing sweet peas. During the winter (or inclement weather), the Mongolian yurt and the farmhouse are cosy and romantic alternatives to the garden, where your guests can gather around roaring fires in a setting lit by twinkling fairy lights. Getting married at River Cottage is a unique experience, where bride and groom share centre stage with the food. Couples design their wedding menu with the talented River Cottage chefs, wowing guests with the finest local and seasonal ingredients from the West Country, as well as produce grown and reared on the farm itself. Your dedicated wedding planner will be on hand to assist you every step of the way, ensuring nothing but the very best for you and your guests. River Cottage HQ is located just five minutes from Axminster, which is on the direct train line from Waterloo. The surrounding rolling hills and picturesque seaside towns of the Jurassic Coast make this a perfect destination wedding venue for your invited family and friends to take an extended break. u RIVER COTTAGE HQ 01297 630 322 weddings@rivercottage.net rivercottage.net/weddings

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Naked glamour

This divine naked cake is topped and tailed with plump raspberries and features sumptuous layered and tiered sponge cakes. Ideal for a summer wedding – or for those who prefer fruit to icing – it was created by Sweet Things Bakery, a Primrose Hill mecca for lovers of sweet treats and now with a new bakery in Notting Hill. sweetthings.biz

Blooming sweet

Delicate, and with beautifully detailed rose icing, this cake design is by Rosalind Miller, the award-winning London cakemaker. As part of the same collection, she has produced a cake featuring soft yellow blossoms – both colourways would be wonderful for a country-themed wedding. rosalindmillercakes.com

Autumn magic

This elegant autumnal design with cleverly angled tiers is by GC Couture, which produced the design as part of its Seasons of Sugar collection to showcase both trends predictions for 2016 and its team’s mastery of creative cakemaking. Led by Marie Sinclair, GC Couture creates cakes for many five-star hotels and wedding celebrations. gccouture.co.uk

Divine toile

With a wonderful toile de jouy motif, this fabulous showstopper features an unusual red and white colour theme. The square tiers look particularly effective with such a detailed pattern. It was created by Domino Purchas, who worked as a graphic designer before pursuing her passion for fine baking. dominopurchas.com

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Rich chocolate with a trim of gradated pearls adds up to a masterpiece for the wedding table. This three-tiered design is by London cake maker and decorator Domino Purchas, who makes incredibly moreish designs featuring fillings such as fudge or red velvet; dominopurchas.com

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Created by Sweet Hollywood, this fantastic pure white cake is topped with a heart decoration and features multiple tiers dotted with different sized flowers. Pardeep Gill and Renu Kaur Gill – the creative husband-and-wife partnership behind Sweet Hollywood – specialise in bespoke designs for all occasions and tastes. sweethollywood.com

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China belle

Reminiscent of the delicate tracery patterns on fine china, this delicately iced cake in Wedgwood green has three tiers. Here, it is the icing that creates the decorative flourish, with no further decoration required. It was designed to match the wedding colours by Let it Be Cake. letitbecake.co.uk

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This sweet cake for a summer-themed wedding has a rose-icing trim, with the rose motif continued as decoration on the top tier. It was designed by Elsa Laima of south London baker Let it be Cake, which makes everything from traditional iced fruit cakes to the lightest of cupcakes and naked sponges. letitbecake.co.uk

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lthough practical gifts are always welcome, most of life’s essentials (toaster, coffee machine) are covered for many couples. So while it’s always a good idea to put a few luxe versions of things you already have on the list (a fabulous Mauviel copper saucepan or an Alessi wok, for instance) this is also a golden opportunity to look at textiles and other objects that surround you – and maybe even start afresh. At Prezola, there’s a strong focus on working with new – as well as established – designers to ensure that everyday objects are anything but dull. The things you choose for your list can be as individual as you are.

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room. Alternatively, opt for larger items such as her fabulous Watercolour Patchwork Duvet Set (£95-£125) to bring a colour pop to your bedroom. For the giver, this is both a practical and individual present.

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rezola has some exciting young designer names in the mix. Bath-based illustrator and designer Ben Rothery produces beautifully detailed naturethemed artworks and these are available as 100-run limited

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decorating theme. For instance, Prezola’s Thornback & Peel range comprises a fabulous selection of retro and eccentric textiles and kitchenalia that offer the twin virtues of being useful and a bit 'out there' – great for the giver as they know their choice wil be remembered. Even the humble oven glove can be a pleasure to use if you choose its Rabbit & Cabbage design (£25). You will find a variety of fun prints – from funky Lobster to the wonderful Jelly & Pigeon design – and these appear on a whole range of everyday items, from napkins to trays and cushions.

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leading light in British textile design and strongly influenced by her globe-trotting childhood spent in Thailand and multiple European countries – does colour and texture simply brilliantly. At Prezola, you can introduce this vivacity in small ways, via one of her cushions (£19-£45), although a pile in complementary or contrasting shades would be even better and could make a new focal point in a neutral

edition giclee prints that you can frame for yourself (£30). Another go-to young designer name is JimbobArt (aka James Ward), who has designed commission pieces for names such as Lacoste and Uniqlo, not to mention many major newspapers and magazines in the UK and US. You can own one of his distinctive and always charming prints on an everyday set of stacking coffee mugs (£42.50).

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PERFECT GIFTS The Wedding Shop’s Anne-Marie Jenkins gives the lowdown on how to put your wedding list together

Introduce variety – not only in the items that you choose, but price points. For instance, Alice Peto’s Palm Tree, Camel and Flamingo ranges of china (from £14-£65) can be mixed and matched and add a contemporary, upbeat feel to your table. Table linen is another good choice; items generally come as a set, which means guests feel that they have given you something substantial and with day-to-day value.

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love to gift. Anne-Marie also singles out luggage – practical and will be guaranteed to get lots of use over many years. The Wedding Shop’s new range of Hartmann cases (from £450) is smart enough to take you anywhere.

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Some guests may want to buy you an object to be handed down through the generations, so it is a good idea to have a few truly memorable items on the list that you would love to own but could never perhaps justify buying for yourself – for instance, a fine Lalique vase or

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Vouchers can be really imaginative and some guests may prefer to gift in this way, sure in the knowledge that an experience will be as memorable as an object in your home. Vouchers can match your taste and the location of your honeymoon – for instance a Vespa tour of Rome, romantic safari in Botswana or private dinner on a Caribbean beach.

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It makes it so much easier for people who want to locate your list if you simply add an information insert card when you send out your invitations. Even if guests go ‘off list’, they will have gained a clear idea of your taste and the type of objects you love.

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PLANNING NOTES From fabulous ideas for wedding favours to bespoke books that tell your love story

WEDDING TREND REPORT 2016

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Party pieces elightful as party D favours for the wedding tables, or goodie bags for your guests’ rooms, these fragranced candles are part of the Maison Ves bespoke range. You can choose from a wide range of options – both for the candle scent and for colours and trims. We love the macaroon shades for a summer wedding, while the plain candles are super-elegant wrapped in your wedding colours. All can be designed with personal monograms and wedding hashtags. maison-ves.com

BESPOKE FAVOURS IN PASTEL OR PLAIN

W hat’s hot in 2016? ith over 45 global W contributors, ranging from florists, and stationers to event planners and chefs, the Wedding Trend Report 2016 is a treasure house of inspiration on colours and themes in 2016 and beyond. The report was created by The International Academy of Wedding and Event Planners, and contributors include a who’s who of hallowed names. Trends they’ve singled out include more opulence in wedding design, with glam and jewel colours and mixed metallics. There’s also a back-to-nature aesthetic, with earthy and satisfying food and focus on very special drinks. weddingacademylive.com/ wedding-trend-registration JEWEL COLOURS ARE HOT IN 2016

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Gifting domestic bliss ne of Devon’s finest foodie O meccas, River Cottage is a popular choice for brides and grooms – with guests treating them to a cookery course or the couple embarking on a life of culinary bliss by brushing up on their kitchen skills. Options include a two-day course that introduces key ingredients and techniques, culminating in a celebratory group meal. The four-day course is a total immersion in everything from baking the perfect sourdough and pastries to ensuring perfectly flavoured gravy every time. rivercottage.net

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Madcap group photos hile the photography W captures formal shots for the photo album, the fun factor shouldn't be overlooked. Megabooth helps you cherish the madcap moments by bringing a mobile photo booth to your wedding that includes backdrops and props. The booths – some of which are housed in London taxis or hippy vans – come with a booth attendant, a web gallery and unlimited prints, so your guests leave with a handful of shots to remind them of the day. As host, you get a personalised wedding guestbook containing all the happy snaps that happened spontaneously at your party. megabooth.com

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Planned to perfection ’m The Planner is a new website that helps you I plan all the key details of your wedding, managing everything in one place – from shortlisting venues and choosing rings to organising your time. Features include ‘to do’ lists, mood boards – where you can shortlist everything from wedding themes to wedding dresses – plus organisation tools to help you tackle guest lists and table-plans, even RSVPs. I’m The Planner is linking to reputable suppliers, enabling you to check out contracts, testimonials and terms as well as request quotes. The site is free to use and you can add in your partner to manage the site jointly. imtheplanner.co.uk

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True love stories apturing your wedding day in a photo album is C wonderful, but a personal book that tells the story through words and images can be a great memento to create for yourself and share with family. Illustries is the brainchild of writer Emma Penrice and graphic designer Samantha Neal. They have a range of beautiful designs to choose from – or can create something bespoke – to tell your love story from fi rst meeting to wedding day. They can also create wedding guest books, hen party books and – good to know – delicious new baby books. illustries.com

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Make a date

This smart design from Something Made – a small London printmaker established by two architects – has its own envelope with seal. somethingmade.co.uk

This save-the-date lithographed design is kept simple, with a plain white card that includes subtle floral designs – a good way to introduce wedding colours without giving too much away. leemingweddings.co.uk

Think pink

This invitation from Ananya features birds and stylised graphics on a pink floral background to suit the romantic Parisian location of the wedding. ananyacards.com

Floral magic

Lush and stylised garden blooms encircle this wedding invitation from Ananya – with the theme continued onto the invitation’s envelope and response card. ananyacards.com

Personal touch

Blue note

This smart laser-cut design features a dark blue card envelope with gold invitation inside. It’s part of an extensive range of traditional and contemporary designs by Leeming Brothers. leemingweddings.co.uk

Scroll work

Foil stamping to highlight the elegant handwriting-style font creates standout appeal on the mantelpiece for this design by Leeming Brothers. leemingweddings.co.uk

WELL ADDRESSED

Something Made can create a design to suit the location, wedding themes or couple’s interests. This crisp design was created around the wedding venue, with the reverse pattern inspired by the bride’s dress. somethingmade.co.uk

From formal to romantic, here are some of our favourite stationery looks to ensure your guests remember the date

Simply chintz

With its distinctive feminine approach and east-meets-west design aesthetic, Ananya created this elegant blue and white design inspired by traditional china patterns. ananyacards.com

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CHELSEA LANDMARK

Perfect Venue From a grand Chelsea garden to a fabulous Kent castle, here are some wedding gems

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Chelsea Pensioners ocated in fashionable Chelsea, a stone’s throw L from the King’s Road, The Royal Hospital Chelsea was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and is home to the Chelsea Pensioners. With superb interiors and glorious landscaped gardens, it seems a world away from bustling metropolitan life and offers a range of venues for celebrations. These include the State Apartments, overlooking the Thames, and The Great Hall, which has a capacity of 270 for dining. Wren’s beautiful baroque chapel is available for wedding services to members of the local parish or those with a military connection. chelsea-pensioners.co.uk

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Banqueting House has played host to many royal occasions

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Banqueting House anqueting House has hosted grand occasions – B including guests of the monarch – since the early 17th century. An architectural and artistic treasure in the heart of Whitehall, it is a stunning location for a London wedding. The undoubted star of the show is the Rubens ceiling, which provides a grand backdrop for balls and intimate receptions alike. There are two locations to choose from, the impressive Main Hall (which was specially created for entertaining in 1622) and the atmospheric Undercroft, once a drinking haunt of James I. Both venues are available for afternoon and evening hire. hrp.org.uk

BLOOMSBURY CHIC

Bloomsbury House verlooking one of London’s O famed green squares, Bloomsbury House is a chic late Victorian townhouse now available for weddings on an exclusive hire basis. With a fabulous staircase that is perfect for photography and welcoming guests, its versatile reception spaces include an airy vaulted top-floor dining room and beautiful gardens. With exclusive hire, it offers scope to create a very customised and personal setting for your celebration. The venue is partnering with top wedding planner Louise Perry Weddings and the catering partner is Beluga, which delivers on-trend and delicious menu options. bloomsburyhouse.london Hever Castle is picture perfect hevercastle.co.uk

Bloomsbury House has versatile reception spaces

"Bloomsbury House has versatile spaces, including an airy top-floor dining room" ROOMS WITH A VIEW

No.4 Hamilton Place overlooks Hyde Park

No.4 Hamilton Place nce home to the Duke of O Wellington, 4 Hamilton Place is located in Mayfair overlooking Hyde Park and offers that rare treasure – a heated roof terrace. Inside, it’s a blend of spacious rooms that have the grandeur of a fine old London town house. There are a variety of event spaces, from the Marshall of Cambridge Room and Foyer up to the Bill Boeing Room, which can host 250. Dedicated wedding coordinators work in partnership with trusted wedding suppliers and can manage every aspect of the celebration, including gourmet food. 4hp.org.uk

GEORGIAN ELEGANCE

Wickham House ust an hour away from London, Wickham House is J a splendid Georgian manor house overlooking the Kennet

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The Savoy, a Fairmont-managed ďŹ ve star hotel, is one of the most celebrated of London landmarks, proudly standing on the Northbank of the River Thames. The ballet, opera and theatre of vibrant Covent Garden are just steps away; with the City, worldrenowned museums and galleries, and the designer shopping of Knightsbridge and Mayfair within easy reach on foot or by taxi.

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Valley. Private home of the D’Arcy family, it retains a personal atmosphere that is perfect for exclusive weddings. The fantastic grounds, with walled garden and pool, are perfect for a marquee and there is also a barn for civil ceremonies and receptions. Inside the manor house, the dining and drawing rooms can host smaller drinks receptions and photographs. Couples can also take advantage of the historic church on site for ceremonies and there are a variety of excellent hotels nearby, as well as glamping opportunities in the grounds. wickhamhouse.com

LONDON ICON

The Savoy part of the capital’s history, A The Savoy is also a venerable London landmark standing on the north bank of the Thames. The ballroom (also known as the Lancaster Room) was modelled on a Parisian salon and has hosted many famous parties – Enrico Caruso sang here and Anna Pavlova was among the dancers at a costume ball. Today it can host seated parties of up to 500 people. The River Room and Princess Ida and Patience rooms are perfect for elegant cocktail parties or wedding breakfasts and there are a number

of suites and private dining rooms capable of hosting everything from intimate celebrations up to large gatherings. The hotel’s team of creative chefs can host an entirely bespoke menu to match the style of your wedding day. fairmont.com/savoy-london

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Old Royal Naval College he Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich is one of T London’s great landmarks, and with a spectacular riverside setting that looks majestic in any season. With fine baroque architecture and stunning grounds,

The Savoy ballroom has hosted everyone from Caruso to Pavlova

Old Royal Naval College offers splendid Thames vistas. Photo: Gomes Photography

you can even choose to arrive by boat, alighting at Greenwich Pier. There are multiple event spaces – from the opulent Painted Hall to the delightful and historic Admiral’s House and atmospheric vaulted Undercrofts. There’s even a Victorian skittle alley that can host a personal wedding event, while the King William Colonnades are perfect for al fresco cocktails. Each couple is assigned a dedicated wedding co-ordinator, supported by a team of wedding professionals, to ensure a fairytale wedding. ornc.org

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Hampton Court Palace ith splendid formal gardens, W elegant cobbled courtyards and magnificent Tudor and baroque architecture that draws visitors from around the world,

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Gray's Inn, a hidden gem. Photo: Douglas Fry Photography

"Gray's Inn has wonderful gardens – and even hosts bridal shower events" rooms, a beautiful reception hall with sweeping staircase and the Quarterdeck – a first floor corridor full of remarkable maritime artefacts. Gray’s Inn is in a spectacular garden setting and, as one of London’s four ancient Inns of Court, it has a distinguished history and fine reception rooms. A marquee can be erected in the imposing grounds to extend your

Hampton Court Palace is a super-glamorous and idyllic location for hosting a memorable wedding party. The gardens are a key feature, and the airy Garden Room (220 guests) opens onto a garden that is reserved exclusively for the wedding party. If you are looking for splendid period finery, the Great Hall has a hammer beam ceiling and is perfect for your own grand feast, while Henry VIII’s own beer cellar (or one of the very finest of them) the Undercroft, and the oak-panelled Cartoon Gallery, are both wonderfully atmospheric settings for hosting a party. The Little Banqueting House is set a

short distance away from the main house and features fabulous river views and splendid murals by Antonio Verrio. hrp.org.uk

TWO HIDDEN GEMS

Trinity House and G ray's Inn hile London seems to be W packed with fabulous venues, there are still a few treasures you might have missed during your search for the perfect place for your party. Trinity House, home to the General Lighthouse Authority, is close to the Tower of London and has the ambience of a grand private residence It features five banqueting and conference

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Rudby Hall is a romantic escape in North Yorkshire

reception options. Recently, it also began hosting bridal shower events, where you can enjoy a variety of activities – from cake making to flower arranging – with some of London’s leading wedding suppliers. trinityhouse.co.uk/ venue_hire and graysinnbanqueting.co.uk

RURAL GETAWAY: RUDBY HALL

North Yorkshire truly picture-postcard A setting, this grade II listed manor house set in ten acres features a fabulous bridal suite that opens onto the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors – perfect for that Wuthering Heights moment. The property was built for the daughter of King William IV and is still a fine private residence. It is offered with exclusive use for wedding celebrations and also has a civil ceremony licence. rudbyhall.com

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OCEAN SPLENDOUR With suites overlooking pure white sand beaches and warm blue ocean, Royal Palm resort in Mauritius offers a tropical idylll for honeymooners

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Paradise Island With a fabulous coastline and lush tropical climate, Mauritius offers both the luxury and adventure moments that make for a blissful honeymoon or destination wedding WO R D S : C AT H E R I N E H A L E S

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or many travellers, Mauritius represents the epitome of beach holiday relaxation. Miles of white coastline, crystal waters and romantic sunsets make it a magnet for honeymooners, as well as couples choosing a destination wedding. Our choice destination through Beachcomber Tours, Royal Palm Mauritius, is located in the northwestern tip of the main island, near the small town of Grand Baie. And the hotel lives up to its name, with scores of swaying palm trees in a charming and tranquil setting. It features a series of stunning suites overlooking the picture postcard-perfect white sand beach or the lush tropical gardens. With all home comforts, they also include generous terraces that are just the thing for enormous room-service breakfasts or snoozing in the shade for the afternoon. Royal Palm has three restaurants under the capable stewardship of Michelin-awarded executive chef Michel de Matteis, all with great food and panoramic views of the ocean and beach. For a busy day doing nothing much, you simply wander down from your suite after breakfast straight onto the beach and stretch out on a reserved lounger. When mid-morning thirst hits, there is fresh coconut water served in a hollowed out shell. For lunch, it is hard to fault the relaxed ambiance of Le Bar Plage, where the fish is so fresh it is practically wriggling. If fish is not your dish, there are international classics such as steak tartare and Caesar salad. A lazy afternoon can be spent in the hotel’s Clarins spa, an oasis nestled behind the beach in the secluded gardens. There are pampering post-wedding treats to indulge in, including reflexology, reiki and ayurverdic treatments – even meditation if the magic of the resort hasn’t quite unknotted your wedding nerves. More active couples can take advantage of watersports, including sailing, private boat tours, snorkeling and waterskiing. It’s a great place to learn to waterski – the water is so warm here that falling in is all part of the fun.

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Balmy evenings start at the open-air bar on the main terrace, listening to the live band, before heading down to La Brezza, the hotel’s superb Italian restaurant led by chef Alessandro Morino. You may want to forgo the large lunch to do justice to the dishes he serves. If you have had your fill of lazy days of pampering and beach lounging, there is plenty of island to explore. Hanging hundreds of metres up, suspended from a zipline wire in Casela Park, you can see the beautiful scenery stretched out beneath you. The volcanic terrain and climate mean that the mountains are covered with lush greenery that is perfect for trekking expeditions. Those with a penchant for bathing in waterfalls can visit the Tamarind or Black River Falls or the brilliantly named Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. If you fancy a day trip off island, catamarans go from Grand Baie to the small islands located to the north. Mauritius has a rich and fascinating cultural heritage. Long a trading post, it was colonised by the Dutch, then the French (who renamed it Isle de France), before coming under British governance. While Mauritius regained independence

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“The volcanic terrain and tropical climate mean the island is covered in lush greenery – perfect for trekking expeditions”

in 1968, all these influences – especially the French – remain. People speak both French and English, but you will also hear Mauritian Creole. The bustling market in the capital Port Louis is a good location to soak up the

atmosphere. Though less fraught than say, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, it’s a lively place and home to a wide variety of curiosities that, with closer investigation, could easily yield interior design gold. Smaller Grand Baie is also worth some shopping time, offering bargain cashmere, as well as garments and textiles (the island is a textile manufacturing centre for many big brands). For a casual lunch in Grand Baie, try the Beach House for a breezy ocean location, live music and excellent shrimp. Whether ziplining, trawling through the markets in Port Louis or soaking up the sun and sea vibe from your wellappointed suite at the Royal Palm, Mauritius will tick every box for a romantic getaway – a magical setting, fine food and just the right blend of tranquility and adventure. u ROYAL PALM MAURITIUS Royal Palm Mauritius offers accommodation, ranging from Junior to Royal Suite. Wedding packages also available. Contact Beachcomber Tours; beachcombertours.co.uk

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We’ve got everything from indulgent luxury to superb all inclusive options. For honeymooners all of our resorts offer a range of superb honeymoon discounts and treats for you when you arrive. And if you are looking to get married abroad all of our hotels guarantee just one wedding a day.

Fly Air Mauritius and arrive on holiday relaxed and refreshed. Enjoy the friendly, welcoming on-board Mauritian hospitality, take advantage of the excellent in-flight facilities and for a treat upgrade to the superb Business Class and settle in to your own spacious lie-flat cocoon seat.

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MAYFAIR MOMENT Gemma and Michael opted for a romantic English theme for their summer wedding in the heart of the capital. Choosing their favourite Mayfair base Dukes London, they celebrated in style – even the glorious London sunshine was delivered to order. Photography: Eye Imagine

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London romance London-born Gemma and New Zealander Michael chose a classic wedding in Mayfair, with a chic English theme, to capture the romance of their first meeting PHOTOS: EYE IMAGINE

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hen Gemma and Michael first began planning their wedding day they were spoilt for choice – should they choose the bride’s majestic but cloudy birthplace London or the groom’s home turf of beautiful and sunny Auckland? In the end, despite the bets they were placing on the vagaries of the English weather, it was Gemma’s manor that won the day – it seemed the right choice because it’s where they first met and had lived together. Once the location had been fixed, the rest of the planning for their wedding day fell into place and this turned into a very chic English-themed affair to celebrate their romance. They chose Dukes London in St James – a classic Mayfair hotel that they both knew and loved for its traditional style and exceptional Martinis. Their ceremony and champagne and canapés reception in Dukes hotel was

attended by friends and family and, with many guests flying in from the other side of the world, this proved to be a convenient, luxurious and very British choice. They couldn’t, of course, plan the London weather, but even this came good, with the barometer set to fair and the mercury rising sharply as the big day approached. For Gemma, this was another reason to celebrate: “What a day! It was over 30 degrees on our wedding day – and all that week – which our Kiwi guests loved!” Gemma chose a beautiful and ultra

“Stress is all part of the day…treat it like the fizz in the champagne”

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Available on an exclusive hire basis, Trinity House is the historic home of the General Lighthouse Authority and is a treasure trove of maritime paintings and artefacts, including the Brass Bell from the Royal Yacht Britannia. Seating 130 (standing 180) and located on Tower Hill with a direct view of The Tower of London, there is no more quintessentially English venue for your special day. Please contact Zoe Turner: zoe.turner@trinityhouse.co.uk or telephone 020 7481 6927 or visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk/events to view a brief film of the House.

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simple cream lace dress by Valentino. Michael wore a cream rose in the buttonhole of his suit, while his tie matched the overall English summergarden colour theme of pinks and purples. The delectable group of bridesmaids and flower girls wore dresses handmade by Little Bevan in a dusky shade of lilacpurple, with sashes in soft pink. The flowers by New Covent Garden Flower Market florist Elizabeth Marsh maintained the romantic theme, blending soft pink and

purple-hued roses. “Sarah from Little Bevan made such beautiful dresses for our flower girls and bridesmaids, while Liz Marsh really did go the extra mile as our florist”, says Gemma. To mark the day properly, the couple slipped away from their guests to go on a journey round London with photographer Neil Horne of Eye Imagine and capture some of their favourite landmarks on film. For Gemma and Michael, this journey as newly minted bride and groom became a high point: “We will never forget

GEMMA’S WEDDING SOURCEBOOK VENUE: DUKES LONDON; dukeshotel.com • PHOTOGRAPHY: EYE IMAGINE; eyeimagine.co.uk • WEDDING GOWN: VALENTINO; valentino.com • BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES: LITTLE BEVAN; littlebevan.co.uk • FLOWERS: ELIZABETH MARSH FLORAL DESIGN; emfd.co.uk

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the amazing photoshoot Neil Horne arranged all around London – it included champagne stops and a barefoot walk in the sand along the Thames foreshore!” Captured through a photographer's lense, both bride and groom look supremely happy and relaxed throughout their day. While every wedding has its planning issues and surprises, co-ordinating the arrival of guests from around the world adds a higher level of logistical challenge for the bride and groom. But Gemma remains sanguine about the stresses involved; her advice to other couples is to relax and go with the flow. She says: “The stress is all part of the day, especially the build up. Treat it like the fizz in the champagne – it makes everything more tingly”. u

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Paris match

It simply had to be Paris for Sherry and Jeffrey’s high-summer destination wedding, and they captured the magic of the place they had first met with an elegant two-celebration event for their international guests P H O T O S : L E S E C R E T D ’A U D R E Y & O N E A N D O N LY PA R I S P H O T O G R A P H Y

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aris was the only logical location for the wedding of Jeffrey and Sherry. With all its romance and elegance, it was also the site of their first meeting. Sherry, who hails from Hong Kong, had met Jeffrey from Texas in the fabled ‘City of Love’ four years earlier and the couple had never looked back. This truly international wedding was designed as a twocelebration event for the couple and their 66 guests. Sherry and Jeffrey chose as their base the Four Seasons George V Paris and the festivities began with a welcome cruise down the River Seine. Guests took in the city panoramas offered by the river, while enjoying canapés, cocktails, and specially prepared dishes from food stations. The wedding ceremony took place at the splendid 18th-century Ledoux building, Le Pavillon de Musique de la Comtesse du Barry. There, a pure white marquee was placed alongside the mansion. Guests arrived in S & J monogrammed vehicles and were greeted by music from a string quartet. Sherry had chosen a gown by Galia Lahav that evoked a distinctly 1920s Parisian aesthetic. A beautiful floral theme of white and pink, including lush roses, was used to dress the venue and for the bride’s bouquet. The S & J monogram was a recurring theme, used on the wedding aisle carpet, on table linen, guests’ welcome packs, and as an overlay on mansion mirrors. Custom-commissioned throughout the different venues, it brought a romantic touch to soften and personalise these heritage settings. Guests received handmade parasols and fans, inspired by the couple’s Hong Kong home – also a very practical touch in the August heat of Paris.

“Each guest was given a fortune cookie containing an individual note from the couple”

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“A theme of white and pink, including lush roses, was used at the venue and for the bride’s bouquet”

The ceremony took place under a bespoke floral arch decorated in tonal shades, ranging from blush to vibrant pink. Sherry walked up the aisle with her father and was accompanied by three bridesmaids in Jenny Yoo gowns. Jeffrey – in an impeccably cut suit – had three groomsmen, and the cortege was completed by a flower girl and page boy. Guests enjoyed a relaxed lunch inside Pavillon du Barry to the accompaniment

of the string quartet. An illustrator created live portraits of guests – a very Parisian touch – as a memento of the day. As night fell, guests were chauffeured to the George V Four Seasons for the cocktail reception. With a jazz quartet playing, guests were invited to explore the relationship of the couple through a series of framed photographs lining the walls. The bride had changed into a Grecianstyle gown decorated with crystals and created by Reem Acra. The centrepiece was a tree bedecked with ornate keys, each bearing a card tag. Guests removed a key, wrote their advice on the ‘key to the happy marriage’ on the tag, attached this to a board and were invited to keep the key as a memento. By the end of the reception, the board was full of wise and kind messages for Sherry and Jeffrey.

SHERRY’S WEDDING SOURCEBOOK WEDDING PLANNER: QUINTESSENTIALLY WEDDINGS; quintessentiallyweddings.com PHOTOGRAPHY: LE SECRET D’DAUDREY; lesecretdaudrey.com & ONE AND ONLY PARIS PHOTOGRAPHY; oneandonlyparisphotography.com • VIDEOGRAPHY: STUDIO ARTIFICE; studioartifice.com • WEDDING CEREMONY/BREAKFAST: PAVILLON DE MUSIQUE DE LA COMTESSE DU BARRY; pavillondemusiquedubarry.fr/. • WEDDING EVENING RECEPTION: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GEORGE V PARIS; fourseasons.com/George-V-Paris • WEDDING GOWN: GALIA LAHAV; galialahav.com • GOWN EVENING: REEM ACRA; reemacra.com

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The ballroom itself had a botanical fantasy theme of blush-toned flowers, courtesy of Jeff Leatham. After the bride and groom cut into their spectacular wedding cake, alight with sparklers, guests were offered both a slice of cake and delicate portions of traditional French desserts. Each guest was also given a metallic fortune cookie. The slip of paper inside the cookie contained an individual note from the couple. This, and the many other personalised touches brought the spirit of Sherry and Jeffrey to every facet of the wedding and provided guests with lasting memories of a special celebration in the City of Love. u

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Art House Style From the classic architecture of their artists’ haunt venue to the timeless floral arrangements, Rekha and Matt’s wedding showcased their shared love of pared-back London style P H O T O S : A N N E S C H WA R Z

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hen Rekha and Matt began planning their wedding, their first big decision was the venue. They opted for the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), just off The Strand. As Rekha says: “We thought it spoke for itself, with its beautiful, simple Regency style”. Beyond the glorious Nash architecture, a key side benefit of the ICA was its location – situated on The Mall opposite the lush green space of St James’s Park. It had everything they wanted for their celebration: “It brings with it history and occasion. Plus it has panoramic views of London.” The couple wanted to do justice to their elegant backdrop and chose an inspired colour theme – neutrals blended with corals and a hint of vintage lilac to offset the pale blues/greys of the ICA’s high-ceilinged reception spaces.

Hackney Florist The Flower Appreciation Society created a series of lush informal designs using seasonal blooms: “They had hardly any direction from us,” says Rekha. While the main palette was restrained, Rekha and Matt introduced very personal touches. “We wanted to include an Indian element to the day,” says Rekha, “So we put together a contemporary-style display of a bronze Ganesh garlanded in flowers”. This gave guests the opportunity to celebrate in the traditional way by saying a Puja

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15% off wedding packages at No.4 Hamilton Place* No.4 Hamilton Place is a magnificent, central London venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. It has a picturesque, heated roof terrace with views over Hyde Park, making it a stunning location for your celebrations. With the elegant old-world grandeur of the Edwardian Town House and its wonderful location in Mayfair, it is an incredible setting for one of the most important days of your life. The team at No.4 Hamilton Place have a passion for quality and style manifest in their personal service and creative expertise, ensuring it will be a day to remember for all the right reasons. For further information call 020 7670 4314, email: hello@4hp.org.uk or visit www.4hp.org.uk No.4 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7BQ. *For new bookings only. For weddings taking place between 1st January and 31st December 2016 only.

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“Looking down from the ICA balcony, it felt like a royal wedding”

(blessing) after the wedding ceremony. Rekha also had intricate Mehndi (henna) designs created on her hands. Rekha’s gown was custom-designed by Charlotte Wilden of Wilden Bride and featured a pale gold-blush silk as a base, layered with silver-grey mesh and overlaid with Chantilly lace and chiffon. With its delicate frilled bodice featuring

crystals, glass beads and sequins, and the waist defined with soft grosgrain ribbon, this was a romantic dress with timeless style credentials. With friends and family gathered to celebrate, there were still opportunities for Rekha and Matt to enjoy time alone. The high point of their day was the glass of champagne they shared together after the ceremony on the balcony of the ICA building. Rekha says: “Looking down at all the tourists, it felt like a royal wedding!” The planning experience was relatively stress free, thanks to their decision to put their faith in a team of local and experienced suppliers, meaning they never had to travel long distances to plan and organise. Rekha says: “All of them had such a cool London style, so we never had to worry about things being too ‘wedding-y'. We didn’t fuss over too many details – such as name cards for tables and the like. The less we had to do, the less stressed we were”. They were particularly grateful for the support of the ICA’s planning team. Rekha says: “We had a dedicated planner from start to finish, who answered pretty much every one of my emails (even the ones I had forgotten I’d sent) within a day.

REKHA’S WEDDING SOURCEBOOK VENUE: INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS; ica.org.uk • PHOTOGRAPHER: ANNE SCHWARZ; anne-schwarz.com • FLORIST: THE FLOWER APPRECIATION SOCIETY; theflowerappreciationsociety.co.uk WEDDING CAKE: BOULANGERIE JADE; boulangeriejade.com • CHEESE: THE FRENCH COMTE; frenchcomte.co.uk • WEDDING GOWN: CHARLOTTE WILDEN; wildenbridelondon.com

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On the big day, the staff were a perfect combination – military precision without being obtrusive”. Rekha and Matt had chosen a cake with a difference, a delicious croquembouche from Boulangerie Jade in Blackheath: “Perhaps the coolest wedding cake every,” says Rekha. They had also selected fine cheeses and meats from The French Comte in Borough Market – a very London insider touch – for the wedding feast. Their celebration was captured beautifully by photographer Anne Schwarz. Rekha says: “Anne is an amazing photographer; she kept things so tasteful and never cheesy, plus it was just lovely to have her there on the day". If Rekha and Matt have one regret, it’s that they were so laid back that they had completely forgotten to sort out a car after the party. Rekha says: “I did wish I’d booked some transport back to our Covent Garden hotel room, instead of having to hail a black cab in my wedding dress – although there was something quintessentially London about that”. u

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I quickly rallied these well-wishers into an alternative family group shot right there on the street. It was a spontaneous and joyful moment, in which everyone was cheering on the bride and groom. And this turned out to be one of Laura and Pete's favourite shots from the whole wedding. PHOTO: Laura Babb; babbphoto.com

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