Soft pinks & fresh greens

Pink and green maybe a controversial colour match, but for our brides this is the stand out colour palette of 2024.

A refined take on the classic pastel palette, balance soft shades of pink against fresh pops of green across a range of fabrics and silhouettes. Creating texture and variation, while remaining complementary and delicate. With the added touch of glittering beading, the sparkle elevates this delicate palette, keeping a soft romantic look with added glamour.

Tropical Romance

Tropical Romance

Getting married abroad is becoming increasingly popular, with the option to tie in an exotic honeymoon – thanks to the promise of guaranteed sunshine and beautiful backdrops

Tanjong Jara Resort
Nestled along the unspoiled East Coast of Malaysia, overlooking a picturesque crescent-shaped beach, Tanjong Jara Resort embodies a haven of timeless luxury infused with ancient cultural heritage. Reflecting the opulence of 17th-century Malay palaces, this sanctuary offers couples a captivating backdrop for their vows, amidst lush tropical gardens, meticulously groomed lawns, and the azure sea, enveloped in the enchantment of Terengganu’s pristine nature. From specially curated wedding packages steeped in Malay traditions to personalised bespoke events, Tanjong Jara Resort promises an unforgettable celebration of love.
New 2024 Wedding Packages: Choose from The Teratai Wedding, where couples exchange vows under a stunning floral arch on the beach, The South China Sea Romance wedding with panoramic sea views, or The Garden Wedding, set amidst lush foliage beneath interlinked circles symbolising eternal love. Each package at Tanjong Jara Resort includes exclusive experiences like celebratory dinners, cocktails, live music, and indulgent spa treatments inspired by royalty. For an unparalleled private retreat, couples can reserve the entire resort for two days, transforming it into their own personal paradise for the occasion.

Pangkor Laut Resort
An exquisite One Island, One Resort haven in the Straits of Malacca. Surrounded by a 2-million-year-old rainforest, ivory sands, and crystalline waters, this exclusive sanctuary offers an unparalleled setting for a destination wedding. Nestled within just a fraction of the island’s 300 acres, the resort ensures couples are enveloped in nature’s tranquillity and seclusion. Declared a paradise by the late Pavarotti and previously voted ‘Number One in the World’ by Condé Nast Traveller; here, wooden buildings blend seamlessly into the forest, walls curve around foliage, and roofs open up to allow trees to continue on their journey to the sky.
From a rustic-chic sunset Beach Wedding at Emerald Bay to a Lantern Courtyard Wedding in a tropical garden pavilion, or the thrill of exchanging vows aboard a yacht amidst the open sea, couples can tailor their dream wedding experience. For more intimate celebrations, guests can indulge in the Pangkor Laut Resort Estates, offering hilltop villas with infinity pools, round-the-clock butler service, and a private chef, ensuring an unforgettable retreat exclusively for their closest loved ones.

For further information on YTL Hotels, visit: www.ytlhotels.com/gb

Just the two of us – 2

Introducing a styled shoot set in the heart of Ayrshire from Whitney Graham Photography. Showcasing the restored and reinvented styling of Wellington House, this shoot draws inspiration from the venue’s unique and quirky atmosphere.

Venue
Wellington House
Dresses
Unbridaled
Hair & MUA
Kim Phillips
Florist
Jenny FlowerMug
Videographer
Dean Johnstone Films
PHOTographer
Whitney Graham

A captivating country

A captivating country

A choice of luxury hotels in Peru, with a variety of experiences on offer, perfect for those wanting to start married life with an adventure.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Whisk your special someone away to Cusco and make the first chapter of your lives together completely unforgettable.
Each day is filled with possibilities. Embrace your passion with sizzling salsa lessons, or cook up a storm with a private cooking class or pisco tasting. Unwind together with a sensuous couples massage at Hypnôze Spa. Lose yourself to the flavors of imaginative Peruvian cuisine with a candlelit dinner at Mauka. Then retreat to your luxurious Signature Suite, brimming with antique character, to dream of the adventures still to come.
From $748 per night.

Hotel B
Lima’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel, our restored Belle Époque mansion was first built in 1914 as a summer home for a wealthy Limeño family.
Following extensive restoration works, our white stucco mansion recovered its former glory and started a new life as a luxury boutique hotel in May 2013.
3 room types available:
ATELIER rooms have a private terrace, or foyer, plus an ample seating area. From $220 per night
APOSENTO junior Suite, situated in both the historic mansion and the contemporary wing, with walk-in bathrooms with separate rain shower and WC (some include a stand-alone bathtub). There is also a seating area for two. From $220 per night
ALCOBA Standard Room. Located in both the historic mansion and the contemporary wing, our Alcoba Suites have Queen beds and walk-in bathrooms with a single basin, separate rain shower and WC. There is a seating area with space for one, plus a desk.
From $176 per night

Country Club Lima Hotel
Cosmopolitan, historical and unique, the Country Club Lima Hotel has written part of Lima’s history. Since 1927, it has welcomed Lima’s elites and international celebrities, including performing actors, writers, singers and European royalty. Staying in one of its 83 suites is a special experience; spacious, bright and featuring original art, they are unique. The award-winning Perroquet Restaurant occupies one of the most emblematic terraces of the city and is a must-stop in any gastronomic tour of Lima, while its classic English Bar mixes outstanding and irresistible Pisco Sour cocktails.

Romantic Package – Night for Two
One night of accommodation for 2 people
Buffet breakfast for 2 people
Welcome glass of sparkling wine
1 750ml bottle of Cava
Truffles in the room
10% discount in Room Service (food only)
15% discount at Perroquet restaurant
(food only)
Dynamic rate subject to availability
From US$245

For further details visit https://promperu.uk/

The Ultimate Intimate Elopement

The Ultimate Intimate Elopement

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Launches New ‘Honey-Lope’ Micro-Wedding Offering

The ultimate choice for those seeking an intimate wedding for 10 people or less, Gili Lankanfushi’s new ‘Honey-Lope’ package seeks to spoil brides and grooms with a five-night stay in paradise. Wedded-couples-to-be will be hosted in one of the resort’s castaway-chic overwater Crusoe Residences, located in the middle of the Indian Ocean and accessible only by boat, ensuring those dreams of elopement become reality.
A dedicated wedding concierge will help couples design their perfect ceremony down to the smallest detail, either within the custom-built Wedding Champa pavilion or on the pristine palm beach, complete with an officiant and a traditional Maldivian BoduBeru Performance. Couples will be able to customise everything from décor to dining and everything in between, resulting in a truly unique and unforgettable day.
Exchanging vows is just the beginning for newlyweds, who will then be spoilt with a series of bucket-list offerings, including a ‘Slumber Beneath the Stars’ experience, where they’ll spend a night on their very own star bed. Here, the couple’s private butler will make up the daybed on the private roof terrace of their villa with luxurious linens, candlelight, Champagne and strawberries.
Couples can also expect a blindfolded ‘Dining for the Senses’, seeing them transported to a secret island location to embark on a true gourmet adventure. With blindfolds at the ready and feet in the sand, newlyweds will be invited to take a leap of faith as their private chef serves up a surprise menu.
The package also includes a sumptuous spa treatment each and a range of other romantic surprises, from a candlelit bath, picnics on the beach and sundowners at sea.
The Gili Lankanfushi Honey-Lope Package starts from $13,730. For more information please visit https://gili-lankanfushi.com/experience/weddings/ a
Additional romantic experiences available which can be incorporated into any bespoke wedding or honeymoon package, include:
Romantic Retreats at Meera Spa The ‘couples’ journeys’, which are wrapped up with a bubble bath therapy session for two overlooking the lagoon, include:
Gili Honeymoon Bliss Guests will start their romantic journey together with a foot ritual to relax the feet before being pampered from head to toe with a full body Aromatherapy couples massage. A mini facial and scalp massage will revive guests from their tranquil state as an aromatic bath awaits with Champagne and spa refreshments on ice.
Wonders of Gili (including Detox Seaweed Mud Wrap) Designed to lift all five senses, this treatment sees couples enjoy a blissful massage by candlelight as they enjoy stunning views of the Indian Ocean. This is followed with an ‘ocean therapy’ incorporating a Seaweed Body Buff & Detox Seaweed Mud Wrap to deeply clean and revitalise the skin and a gentle scalp massage. The journey completes with a candlelit desert rose Aroma Bath for two accompanied by a bottle of Champagne, chocolates and fresh fruit.
Traditional Dhoni à Deux The perfect pick for those who like local culture, this experience sees couples set sail on a traditional Dhoni boat at sunset. Guided by a private skipper, guests will float around the island’s lagoon enjoying Champagne and canapés before returning to the jetty for supper.
Castaway Sunset Dolphin Cruise Sealife lovers will delight in this bucket-list opportunity to spot dolphins, eat canapés and enjoy a drink or two as they enjoy this two-hour sunset experience.
Private Dinner in the Wine Cellar The ultimate follow-up to a sunset cruise, lovebirds can opt for a private dinner in Gili Lankanfushi’s intimate wine cellar. With a delectable gourmet menu, guests can expect four sumptuous courses paired with the finest wines from around the world.
Supper Under the Stars Here, guests will enjoy a fine dining meal with Champagne and wine pairings as they soak up the magical sunset and crystal-clear constellations. For the ultimate surprise, the team can even whisk lovers away to a mystery location where they will enjoy the chef’s culinary creations in a dreamy setting.
Gili Romance Story Package For couples who want to go all out, the Gili Romance Story full package is the only way to go!

The indulgent half-board package includes:
Choice of villa accommodation with a minimum 4-night stay
Return speedboat transfers
Daily gourmet breakfast and dinner at Kashiveli restaurant
A choice of 60 minutes of Ayurvedic therapy or Kahnuma Lomi Lomi
Private in-villa couples’ yoga
A tropical flower bath with candlelight, Champagne, and strawberries
Meera “Better Sleep” Spa Gift (Pillow Mist)
Dine in the Dark – A blinded dinner experience for the senses
Sleeping under the stars experience

Nightly rates at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives start from £1,397/$1,722 based on two adults sharing a Villa Suite with breakfast included. For more information or to book please visit www.gili-lankanfushi.com.

The Bonnie Banks

The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond

The Bonnie banks have always been a dream location for a beautiful wedding. But for elopement or even just being away from your local area… How do you know what suppliers to trust?
Social media can be misguiding at times, with fantastic images…
but no real knowledge of who is behind the face of a business.
So these images are a representation of a team pulled together by traditional word of mouth & life long friendships.

VENUE
Lodge on Loch Lomond
PHOTOGRAPHY
Iris Art Photography
Make up
Leigh Blaney
HAIR
Blush by Una Boag
Dress
One of a kind Hamilton
Dress ALTERATIONS
Marsha Marshall
KILTS
Macgregor & MacDuff

Stunning Safari

Treat yourselves to a stunning safari

Great Plains Réserve-Collection Water-Based Safari Camp in the Okavango Delta Built from 100% Recycled MaterialsBuilt on a raised, wrap-around railway sleeper private deck, Sitatunga Private Island can accommodate a maximum of four adults in two separate and stunning private suites. The spacious double-bedroom Sitatunga Private Island Suite hosts four adults or a family of two adults and up to three children, offering a total footprint of approximately 607m2. Sitatunga Private Island can host up to eight guests in total sharing the two suites and the two-bedroom Sitatunga Private Island Suite.

Constructed almost entirely of recycled materials, breathing new life into old treasures, the new camp offers discerning explorers a ‘slow safari’ experience that is as sustainable as it is luxurious. Each of the two guest suites, as well as the 2-bedroomed Sitatunga Private Island Suite comes complete with an indoor lounge, gorgeously appointed bathrooms with baths and separate showers, a private deck with outdoor lounging and seating areas as well as a private pool with expansive views over the lagoon that stretches in front of the camp itself.

Sitatunga Private Island will provide guests with the most authentic ‘Robinson Crusoe’-inspired experience and a refuge for the soul in the Okavango Delta. As elaborated by Dereck Joubert, CEO of Great Plains:
“Sitatunga Private Island is unlike any other Great Plains property, pushing the eco-design boundary in a remote region in Botswana whilst also offering the highest level of hospitality and accommodation. It is also one of the few locations in the world where one can still see sitatunga, the rare aquatic antelope, from camp and by boat, which is the main activity here in addition to walking. It is deep Okavango Delta and, as such, is rich in birding. Head out on a boat to view elephants, crocodiles, and hippos all day, every day. I know our guests will enjoy every moment of it, as I do”.

As a water-based camp, guests can choose from a variety of ‘slow safari’ adventures, from boating safaris and mekoro rides and more. For the traditionalist, walking safaris and game drives are also available, and for a truly indulgent celebration, guests can even opt for a scenic private helicopter tour of the Okavango Delta – complete with champagne, naturally! Flexibility is at the core of every Great Plains’ stay, and guests are encouraged to create their own unique itinerary in line with their interests, with guidance and recommendations from professional guides who know the Delta like the back of their hand.

“Sitatunga Private Island is the perfect camp to slow down in, to walk, to get on the ever-soothing water”, adds Joubert. “Get on the river. Let its pace determine yours, give yourself to it and find silent moments on your safari. Because, like the river, it is not about the water itself but the journey.”

For those guests keen to unwind within their new home-away-from-home in Botswana, Sitatunga Private Island offers yoga mats, an exercise bike, and light weights with in-room massages available upon request. A unique wine cellar and boutique complete with D&B Explorer clothing are also available. Each suite also comes complete with a complimentary professional camera and lens set, for use while out on the water/in the bush, ensuring lifelong memories can be captured during one’s stay.

Nightly rates at Sitatunga Private Island start from £1,525 per night on an all-inclusive basis. Children must be aged 6 and upwards. For more information or to book, visit https://greatplainsconservation.com/safari/sitatunga-private-island/

Simply Stunning Seychelles

Simply Stunning Seychelles

Mango House, Mahé, Seychelles
Mango House Seychelles, a member of LXR Hotels & Resorts, is an exclusive five-star Seychellois oasis offering an authentic yet luxurious private residence experience within a remote island location. The ultimate choice for couples looking to combine romance with a dose of art and culture, the property was originally owned and lived in by celebrated Italian photographer, Gian Paolo Barbieri. Mango House occupies the same land, mirroring the architecture of the photographer’s stylish and distinctive contemporary style.
Home to 41 luxurious rooms and suites all with magnificent views of Anse Aux Poules Bleues bay, the accommodations vary in size from King Premium Ocean View to a Three-Bedroom Bay House with Plunge Pool. The most sumptuous choice for honeymooners is the sprawling One-Bedroom Ocean House with Pool, which comprises 130sqm of living space, including a private pool terrace complete with daybeds and a captivating ocean view – just the spot for sundowners à deux.
Newlyweds can choose from three delicious restaurants offering gourmet Italian, Japanese and Creole cuisine options and two lifestyle bars, which provide laid-back dining and experimental cocktails throughout the day. Should couples manage to tear themselves away from their private honeymoon hideaway, three resort pools provide ample space to soak up the Seychelles sun, while pampering couples’ treatments await at the state-of-the-art spa and gym. The more adventurous can enjoy activities and excursions including island helicopter tours, hiking, glass bottomed boat tours, golf, snorkelling, private sunset cruises and so much more.

Nightly rates at Mango House Seychelles start from £600 per room per night on a B&B basis, based on two sharing.
For more information or to book visit www.hilton.com/en/hotels/sezitol-mango-house-seychelles/

Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island
Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, Hilton’s signature luxury hotel brand, will this Autumn open the highly anticipated Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island – signalling the debut of the brand in the Seychelles. Creating a new benchmark for luxury in the Indian Ocean, the resort lies just over 130 kilometres south of Mahé, in a pristine atoll fringed by palm forests and migratory seabirds and turtles protected by its own lagoon and coral reef. The resort is home to a collection of 50 seafront villas, featuring up to five-bedroom villas for unique vacation experiences, all equipped with their own private pool and personal concierge. Home to native Hawksbill turtles, eagle rays, manta rays and whale sharks, much of Platte Island’s surrounding scenery remains beautifully untouched, promising a plethora of firsts and an unrivalled sense of magic for guests.

For Waldorf Astoria Seychelles availability and pricing please visit www.hilton.com/en/brands/waldorf-astoria/

A celebration of all things wedding

A celebration of all things wedding

Since lockdown lifted, most wedding suppliers have been swamped.
Foot to the floor, giving 100% to every client and playing catch-up with the wedding backlog created in 2020/2021. It has been welcome relief and a joy to get back to what all wedding suppliers do best. However, it means there hasn’t been much chance to improve, learn and boost skill sets. Every single wedding professional at the top of their games always looks to push themselves, to try new techniques, experiment and of course, have fun!
All local to the area, photographer Stuart from 1500 Photography, KJ from The Wedding Planner Bridal, make up artist Debbie and Lorna from Get it Glam pulled their creative talents together (along with models Jennifer and Stephanie) for a styled shoot on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond.
What started off as an idea to showcase their talents became a rich and inspiring shoot with the wonderful Cameron House providing a stunning backdrop for the photographs.
Inspired by the landscape, the venue, two very beautiful ‘brides’ and the opportunity for them all to stretch their ‘creative muscles’. What started off as a chance to work together as industry friends, back at one of Scotlands top venues, soon became a celebration of all things wedding.
From the details on the dresses to the décor of Cameron House, from the lightest touches of natural make up to the blackest of dresses!
Celebrating some of the amazing gowns KJ had sourced from Ronald Joyce, watching in awe as Lorna (hair) and Debbie (make up) created two incredible and very different looks on the models. With the chance to experiment with different styles and techniques that may not get used during a real wedding. This fantastic team finished the day completely energised and inspired.
We hope these pictures will inspire you too.

Photo
1500 Photography www.1500photography.co.uk
Dresses & Styling
Wedding Planner Bridal
www.theweddingplannerbridalshop.co.uk
Wedding Dresses
Ronald Joyce www.ronaldjoyce.com
Make Up
Make Up by Debbie www.makeupbydebbie.co.uk
Hair
Get it Glam www.getitglam.co.uk
Venue
Cameron House www.cameronhouse.co.uk
Models
Stephanie www.theglasgownanny.com
Jennifer www.blackandwhite.marketing

Elope in style

Elope in Style

Last month saw the second Photography HAUS shoot day which was held at the stunning Ayrshire Airstream.
The theme was an Americana Elopement, styled by photographer Whitney Graham. Several amazing local suppliers came together to create a truly beautiful set up.

VENUE
@ayrshireairstream MODELS
@tothemoonandback_modelcouple
MUA
@e.s.beauty.xx
HAIR
@clayhairbyfee
FLOWERS
@jennyflowermug
PHOTOGRAPHER & STYLING
@whitneygrahamphotography
DRESS
@unbridaledb
CELEBRANT
@jennymugfordcelebrant
JEWELLERY
@shopelizaloves
BANNER
@daydreamer_creative_studio
DECOR HIRE
@thecheekyhoundprophire
CAKE
@cairnscakes
WORKSHOP
@thephotography_haus

Live the suite life

Live the suite life

Enjoy a Sunshine-Filled Stay in a Suite with the Best View in Town

Hilton Lake Como is delighted to unveil its most sumptuous suites. From sprawling glass-ceilinged Loft Suites to Balcony Suites with the most incredible views of the lake, there’s a suite to suit all tastes at this Italian lakeside paradise.
The property has a number of thrilling new offerings, including a delicious new menu and an earth themed cocktail menu. The spoiling heated infinity pool and jacuzzi on the sixth floor is open year-round, offering guests unparalleled views across the lake as the atmospheric steam rises all around them.

In addition, Hilton Lake Como guests staying in the Presidential Rooftop Suite, Superior Rooftop Suite or Lake View Suite with a balcony will receive complimentary access to the hotel’s state-of-the-art eForea spa and health club. The spa has recently unveiled a series of new silk themed treatments that draw on the property’s history as a former silk factory. The top suites at Hilton Lake Como include:

Presidential Rooftop Suite
Sleeping up to four people in two king bedrooms with their own walk-in wardrobes and sumptuous bathrooms, this sprawling 157 sq. metre residence is the one of Lake Como’s finest. Featuring a rooftop terrace complete with outdoor lounge and dining area, sunbeds and a whirlpool tub, guests of the Presidential Rooftop Suite can enjoy total privacy while soaking up panoramic views of the lake. Ample living space is provided inside with a kitchen, living and dining area, providing endless options for unwinding. From €4,800 per room per night, based on double occupancy with breakfast included.

Superior Rooftop Suite
The perfect pick for families holidaying in style, Hilton Lake Como’s Superior Rooftop Suite sleeps up to four guests. The suite features one king bedroom for parents and a sofa bed in the separate living area for the little ones, alongside a luxury bathroom with freestanding bathtub and walk-in shower. Outside, kids will love splashing about in the whirlpool tub, while Mum and Dad enjoy the endless lake views from the lounge and dining area while sipping on an aperitivo or two! From €2,100 per room per night, based on double occupancy with breakfast included.

Loft Suites
Sleeping up to four people, these unique duplex suites sit in prime position in what was formerly a silk printing factory, and provide a true stargazer’s paradise! Featuring a showstopping glass ceiling in the upstairs bedroom, guests can enjoy a night constellation-spotting from their very own king-sized serenity bed. Downstairs, a foyer, separate living area with sofabed and work station provide ample space to unwind after a day on the lake, while an elegant bathroom offers a decadent bathtub and walk in shower. From €570 per room per night, based on double occupancy with breakfast included.

Lake View Suite with Balcony
Offering the most arresting views in Como, the Lake View Suites with Balcony are the ultimate choice for those who appreciate al-fresco living. Featuring a king-sized serenity bed, a luxurious bathroom complete with bathtub and walk-in rain shower, the suites also offer a separate living area with sofa bed, meaning that up to four guests can stay. The pièce de résistance, however, is the balcony that overlooks the water and provides the perfect sipping spot for one’s aperitivo! From €1,000 per room per night, based on double occupancy with breakfast included.

King Premium with Lake View
The King Premium with Lake View rooms are the perfect pick for those who want a taste of the dolce vita without blowing the budget. An abundance of natural daylight fills the contemporary interior, which features a king-sized bed and an elegant bathroom with soaking tub and walk-in shower. A glorious French balcony provides the ideal setting in which to soak up the sunshine and take in the view. From €520 per room per night, based on double occupancy with breakfast included.

Formerly a silk factory, Hilton Lake Como is now a new generation hotel with spectacular scenery, traditional charm, and jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the lake from its rooftop pool. There are 170 spacious rooms and suites to choose from, a pampering spa and a popular rooftop cocktail bar and restaurant.

Nightly rates at Hilton Lake Como begin at 250 Euro per night based on double occupancy with breakfast included. www.hilton.com/en/

Voyage of a lifetime

Voyage of a lifetime

After their destination wedding in Lake Como, Italy, globe trotters – Suzy Guttler and Juan Castillo embarked on their happily ever after with a honeymoon to the South Pole.

Traveling the world has always been a big part of our lives and of our relationship. Juan and I have swam in the clearest crystal blue waters of French Polynesia, we’ve immersed ourselves in the historical and cultural splendors of the Great Pyramids. We’ve trekked alongside families of gorillas through the rainforests of East Africa, and have hiked the majestic, alpine ranges of Everest Base Camp. Our quest for the most profound place in the world to honeymoon lead us to our 7th continent – Antarctica. We set sail aboard Quark Expeditions’ World Explorer vessel for a 10-day voyage from Ushuaia, the southern-most tip of Argentina, to the Great White Continent.
Each day in Antarctica presented a new discovery. We marched alongside colonies of penguins in their natural habitat, and navigated through towering, incandescent icebergs. We hiked in the footsteps of bold explorers who discovered the continent only two centuries ago. The most memorable experience was kayaking along the Antarctic Peninsula. When you kayak, it’s a water level experience – we could reach into the water and touch the peaceful polar seas. We grabbed pieces of ice as they drifted by and tasted it. We watched penguins and whales glide through the water just inches away from our kayak. There was nothing more invigorating, more uplifting than paddling among majestic emerald-blue icebergs and mysterious glaciers. Being careful not to get too close to the icebergs in case they tipped, we marveled at how beautiful they were from water level. Knowing that these chunks of ice were thousands of years old was awe-inspiring.
The best part after a long day of exploring – warming up in our cozy cabin and enjoying a private, romantic moment with the Great White Continent from our balcony.
Amidst all of the transformative experiences, the most fascinating was discovering that the wildlife aren’t scared of us. In fact, they were receptive to our relatively close encounters. Whales would swim up to a few feet from our Zodiac boats, and our little penguin friends would waddle in front of us and right up to our camera lens. The curious wildlife in Antarctica have never been hunted by humans, so they have no reason to fear our presence.
We’ve always joked about traveling to outer space, but who knew we could find that experience on earth. Antarctica was like being on another planet, a surreal and otherworldly experience. There really isn’t another destination that’s more transformative, more enigmatic, and more romantic than the Great White Continent. (Think Titanic without the sinking situation.) Together we’ve braved the elements, and voyaged to the word’s most distant and isolated region. There’s no beaten path there.

For more information on how you can start your journey to Antarctica, visit www.quarkexpeditions.com

Natural Beauty

Natural Beauty

A collaboration of some of the most creative minds in the Scottish wedding industry, bringing their visions of the perfect day to life in this styled editorial innovation.

HAIR
Blush by Una Boag
MAKE UP
Make up by Leigh Blaney
PHOTOGRAPHY
Simon Studios
VIDEO GRAPHICS
Sole Productions and videographer
VENUE
Kingsfield Barn
HEAD WEAR
Scarlet & Wolf
Modisteatelier
DRESSES
Flossy & Dossy
ACCESSORIES
The Cheeky Hound Prop Hire
FLORIST
Narcissus Wedding Flowers by Susan
EVENTS DECOR SPECIALISTS
Purple Willow Weddings
CAKE
Little Cake Parlour
MODELS
Melissa Doherty @melvinmellymellow
Darci Moore @darcimoor_

Unveiling Masseria Pistola in Puglia

Unveiling Masseria Pistola in Puglia

Masseria Pistola is a magnificent and stylish ten-bedroom family home and estate that sits in a prominent position offering stunning views of the beautiful Canale Di Pirro Valley in Puglia, Italy.

Hidden within a 30-hectare estate and surrounded by stunning gardens, Masseria Pistola mixes the spirit of its past whilst adding the odd contemporary twist to bring it to life. With its stunning design, extensive gardens, delicious food, and an exceptional team on hand, Masseria Pistola is a warm and luxurious private retreat which is available to rent for an amazing family honeymoon. Puglia remains largely an undiscovered gem. With the introduction of Masseria Pistola, there is now the perfect place to stay whilst exploring this beautiful part of the world.

For more information, visit www.masseriapistola.com

A twist on tradition

A twist on tradition

Photography & Concept Whitney Graham Photography
Venue Styling & Catering Artisan Weddings Ayrshire
Florist Jenny FlowerMug
Videographer Nine18Films
MUA E S Beauty
Hair Mel Gilmour Hairstylist
Band The Previously Unheard
Stationery @lolapaluza_stationery
Confetti Your Confetti
Truck The Little Margarita Truck
Venue The Old Church & Lodges
Models @leighannazz @dopeitsdann
Dress Alyce Jayne Bridal
Headpiece and Earrings Scarlett and Wolfe Headwear
Celebrant Paul Browett @thescottishcelebrant
Cake Cairns Cakes
Cake Topper Cake Toppers By Norma
Umbrellas One Fine Day Events

Hitched Abroad

Hitched Abroad
Why Gibraltar is the new destination wedding hotspot

Those looking to host their own fairy tale wedding overseas should look no further than the jewel of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar. The British Overseas Territory has become a popular wedding destination due to a number of factors including ease of travel, beautiful weather, affordability and stunning venues. For those looking to book a destination wedding they’ve always dreamed of, we’ve rounded up just a few of the many reasons why Gibraltar should be at the top of the list.

No currency exchange
As Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory, the pound is used meaning there is no need to change any money to use in the destination. With the current unpredictable currency fluctuations, the use of the pound when booking a wedding means there will be no unexpected surprises or hidden costs when it comes to the big day. Couples can book their venue, entertainment, caterers and more, knowing that the prices they are quoted will stay the same, taking the stress out of planning.

Mediterranean climate
Due to its geographical proximity to both Europe and Africa, Gibraltar’s climate is subtropical, with mild winters and warm summers. For those in search of perfect weather for their big day, the summer months bring that idyllic Mediterranean heat, great for an outdoor wedding, with the chance of rain very low. With temperatures soaring into the high 20s and 30s come June and July, and staying warm in spring and autumn, a wedding in Gibraltar is sure-fire way to be a hit with the guests, making the day even more special.

Stunning venues
No wedding is complete without a spectacular backdrop, and a beautiful venue for couples to cherish their special day. Gibraltar is home to a host of unique wedding venues, making it the perfect place for a bespoke wedding experience like no other. From the Sunborn Hotel, the world’s first five star superyacht hotel, to the tranquil and photogenic Alameda Botanical Gardens or even the Mons Calpe Suite, a restaurant and venue balanced right at the top of the Rock, there is no shortage of venues to suit any wedding celebration.

Great value flights from the UK
Travelling for a destination wedding can be costly, especially when flights for big groups are involved, but travel to Gibraltar is easy, efficient and affordable. With direct flight times under three hours from the UK and regular services from multiple airports with both British Airways and EasyJet, return flights start from just £31 per person. Travellers should book early to get the best deals, especially come the summer months.

No residency restrictions
When planning a destination wedding, many people worry about the legal implications, paperwork and residency restrictions that come with it. However, in Gibraltar, there is no need to stress, as those wishing to get married will only need to present to the registry office 24 hours before the marriage, and prove that they have stayed in Gibraltar overnight, allowing for less worry and more celebrations. Couples who tie the knot in Gibraltar can expect to receive their wedding certificate by mail within three weeks.

Follow in the footsteps of celebrities
Even some of the most famous Hollywood stars can testify to Gibraltar being a great location for a destination wedding. Laurence Harvey and Margaret Leighton were among the first celebrities to tie the knot in Gibraltar, with other notable stars following in their footsteps, including Sean Connery, John Lennon and Yoko Ono and Sarah Churchill. It’s easy for couples to get married like a star in Gibraltar, without the celebrity price tag.

For more information about Gibraltar, visit www.visitgibraltar.gi

Bella Donna FW22 by Liz Martinez

For centuries, Italy has been considered the birth of place of elegance, beauty and sophistication. From the days of the Roman Empire, to the Renaissance, to the birth of New Wave Italian Cinema and stars such as Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini.

Italy also personifies the quintessential modern woman – classy and innovative, timeless and contemporary, effortless and opulent. It’s no wonder Liz Martinez, Israeli couture bridal designer, has been drawn back to this place, time and time again, for its majestic style and timeless inspiration. “Bella Donna”, Martinez’s latest collection of 19 stunning bridal gowns, was inspired by and shot on location in Italy, on the shimmering shores of Lake Bolsena.
Surrounded by majestic cobble stone streets, lively piazzas, and the awe-inspiring Basilica of Saint Christina, each one of Liz Martinez’s gown tells a story – one of endless wonder, of lively playfulness, and of dazzling elegance. She’s clearly pushed the envelope and her design expertise yet again – crafting even more daring silhouettes and introducing the use of innovative laser cut leather fabrics for the very first time. Yet she still maintains her signature style: flowy sheer tulle layering, alabaster tones, and bedazzling embroidered crystals, pearls and 3D floral motifs.
From plunging necklines to off the shoulder a-symmetrical looks, each gown is supremely crafted, exquisitely elegant and breathtakingly beautiful. It captures the spirit of Italy and the essence of femininity in such an effortless way – we can’t wait to see where Liz Martinez’s inspiration takes her next.

Enchanting Weddings in Finland

Enchanting Weddings in Finland

Finland’s magnificent beauty, from deep green forests and stunning, soaring landscapes make it the perfect destination for a special and unique wedding day. The country of thousands of lakes also holds the crown of happiest nation, and these are only a few of the reasons why eloping in Finland will be the best decision you ever make. As the Finnish term Jokamiehen oikeus explains, everyone has the freedom to roam the land, so newly-weds can take the time to explore the stunning regions and enjoying the remarkably fresh air to find those secluded spots that will make a wedding trip even more intimate.
Getting married so close to natural beauty is an even more enchanting experience, so here are some of Finland’s prime wedding ceremony destinations that will ensure couples have the best chance to add Finnish flair to their wedding day.

Hotel Taivaanvalkeat – a retreat into the wilderness
Hotel Taivaanvalkeat, a 13- bedroom boutique hotel located in the village of Konka, Finland, is a leading hotel like no other. Promising no streetlights, no demands, no interruptions – just peace.
This unique hotel nestled just moments from the banks of Ounasjoki features two indoor saunas, a romantic kitchen room and private rooms overlooking the Ounasjoki River and the adventure forest. Weddings can be held in the small chapel in the yard, in the Northern Lights Hut or the hall. With the village’s rustically romantic atmosphere, there is every opportunity to have the perfect stage for the perfect day.
HOW To have a wedding that includes a beautiful retreat into the wilderness, enjoy a week-long stay in a Chalet for 8 adults with Hotel Taivaanvalkeat from £1,762.
There are various other accommodation types and sizes on offer and for additional cost wedding services can be privately organised
www.hulluporo.fi/majoitus/taivaanvalkeat

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Tying the knot on the edge of the world creates memories that will last forever. Numerous couples choose Kakslauttanen for their very special day either to celebrate their wedding or renew their vows. Every couple has unique tastes and wishes, so Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort tailors their services according to the guests’ desires.
A winter wedding surrounded by snow makes for a magical event. Kakslauttanen’s romantic Snow Chapel and Tieva wooden chapel, set in the middle of the forest, are both ideal settings for the special day. Sitting in a sledge being pulled by either a reindeer or a Finnhorse, couples can go on a journey through an enchanted snow covered forest. Following this adventure through a landscape fit for a fairytale, they will arrive at a chapel made from ice and snow – an idyllic venue.
HOW To have a stunning winter or summer wedding that includes transport, accommodation and stunning cuisine, a basic Wedding Service Package begins at £1857. www.kakslauttanen.fi/wedding-honeymoon/#summer-wedding

Hotel Levi Panorama- with delicious cuisine & cinematic views
A luxury hotel located on the idyllic slope side at Levi fell, is a leading destination for delicious cuisine and cinematic views that make it the ideal wedding destination. Boasting four restaurants & ten event rooms, the hotel proves to be a flexible venue with spectacular views.
Everything from the restaurants to the 7th floor saunas look out over the wondrous snowy landscape. Overlooking the Levi village, the hotel is easily accessible via the Levi Express Cabin lift.
Given that weddings are incredibly special occasions, Hotel Levi Panorama understands the need to spoil guests with delicious food. Couples can request the hotel restaurants to cater for the event making Hotel Levi Panorama the perfect venue to host such a memorable wedding. With Restaurant Panorama serving reindeer, bear, fish, and other Lapland specialities. The magnificent views extend out to the nearby fells of Pallas and Katka, promising to take its dining experience to new levels and providing a peaceful retreat for guests to spend time, surrounded by remarkable nature.

HOW The lovely couple can stay in the luxurious Sky Suite Deluxe with a spacious separate living area and bedroom, as well as a private sauna from £320/night. There are various other accommodation options, as well as wedding services upon request.
www.levipanorama.fi/en
Levi Spirit Hotel- an intimate experience
Levi Spirit Hotel offers wedding services overlooking the remote and beautiful River Ounas located in Levi Ski resort, Finnish Lapland. Levi Spirit is a rustic-chic Hotel that offers ultimate luxury amenities with a remote location to make for a memorable and private wedding destination that showcases the ultimate blend of comfort with Arctic wilderness.
The Levi Spirit resort contains nine luxury accommodations with outdoor private hot tubs and fireplaces, built to subtly blend into the astonishing surrounding landscape. Guests can pamper themselves before the big day by indulging in the on-site spa services, including hot stone massages. The modern design, luxurious furnishings, and cinematic views fuse to surround guests in a world of grandeur.
HOW The Levi Spirit Hotel offers the ultimate luxury for up to 10 adults and 4 children for £1,213 per night. Wedding services available to organise upon request. www.levispirit.fi