Global bridal house, Winnie Couture, celebrates 20 years dressing women for the most momentous day of their life. To commemorate this special occasion in bridal fashion, Winnie Couture is launching a 20th Anniversary Collection.
Filled with enchanting, scintillating elements and avant-garde silhouettes, the Winnie Couture bridal collection personifies fairytale romance and modern glamour. From understated chic styles, exquisite whimsical floral embroideries, to subtle plunging necklines and dreamy swag sleeves, the new collection embodies an effortless blend of timeless alluring designs and chic ethereal details. For more info: WinnieCouture.com
With spectacular white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, a vibrant culinary scene and a laid-back lifestyle, Anguilla is the quintessential tropical getaway. Anguilla’s villas have long been favoured by those who holiday there, including many famous faces, because of guaranteed luxury, seclusion, and discretion they afford.
The paradise Caribbean island of Anguilla has welcomed Alkera, a new, state-of-the-art villa, to the roster of incredible places holidaymakers can hire for an unforgettable getaway.
Cresting the Shoal Bay East hillside and boasting enviable views of the Caribbean Sea, Alkera overlooks internationally renowned stretches of immaculate white sand, and offers privacy, serenity and a striking design for up to ten guests.
A contemporary architectural gem, the villa masterfully blends indoor and outdoor living, with expansive glass panels, soaring ceilings and an open concept, so the island’s brilliant sunrises and sunsets can be enjoyed inside and out. The villa’s living areas transition to an outdoor patio space leading to a heated infinity pool with floating island platform, which then meets the ocean view.
An outdoor kitchen, bar and dining area is set amidst the lush gardens, with tucked-away hammocks and seating areas for moments of mindfulness, an open-air shower and an indoor garden, which all accentuate Alkera’s indoor/outdoor identity.
Inside, the decor of the five-bedroom, six-bathroom villa exudes a fun and modern energy, with bold colour pairings of ocean blue patterns and hues. Each bedroom’s decor is unique, with varying amenities including expansive glass panel doors, panoramic ocean views, walk-in closets, walk-out patios, self-contained kitchen units and opulent ensuites.
A striking aspect of Alkera’s design is buried just below its surface. Literally built on Anguilla’s limestone rock, a partially underground recreational area features exposed limestone, vaulted ceilings and earthy tones, creating a starkly contrasting escape.
Guests will also love the main kitchen where no expense has been spared, the generously outfitted gym and cosy office with ocean views.
Rates for Alkera start at $6,825 (£5,200) per night, which includes the services of a butler and private chef.
www.alkeraanguilla.com. For more information about the island head to www.ivisitanguilla.com
With romantic sunsets, stunning beaches and clear blue sea, there is no doubt that the Greek islands offer some of the world’s most perfect locations for a stunning, picturesque small family wedding, civil partnership or a larger, more elaborate event.
The Luxury Travel Book has a choice of beautiful luxury villas to rent in Greece, and throughout Europe, some boast a chapel within the grounds, and some offer large terraces with sensational views of the sea and romantic sunsets! Whether you’re seeking a Greek island holiday rental for a honeymoon couple, a family group, or a larger wedding party, here are nine of the best villas for Greek island nuptials.
Villa Eros, Santorini
(2-5 bedrooms, 4-11 guests)
Set on the highest point of the caldera, this beautiful villa just outside the village of Imerovigli offers an amazing venue for a small wedding. Another holiday rental with captivating panoramic views across the Aegean Sea, the backdrop of the magnificent Santorini sunset would make for some truly memorable wedding photos. The extensive terrace has a heated pool, which is partly shaded by a pergola, as well as a furnished sun terrace, an outdoor jacuzzi, shaded seating and dining areas, and a small garden.
from €14,000 (£11,600) per week.
Paradise Beach View Retreat, Mykonos
(8 – 16 bedrooms, 16-32 guests)
Paradise Beach View Retreat is actually two connected villas, each with a terrace, large dining area, swimming pool and a smaller jacuzzi/children’s pool. The properties can be rented separately, for up to 16 people, or together, for up to 32 people. Situated in the south of the island, between the beaches of Paradise and Paraga, these Mykonos holiday rentals are set in beautiful grounds. The vast outdoor areas and the nearby church make these properties very suitable for weddings, civil partnerships and other special events.
from €40,000 (£33,400) per week.
Villa Sifnos, Sifnos
(8 bedrooms, 16-18 guests)
This beautiful villa sits on a hillside near the picturesque village of Apollonia, with views over the Aegean Sea. The main terrace features an idyllic living area and seating for a larger group. There is also an outdoor terrace with a large swimming pool, plus a dining area with barbecue, a jacuzzi, water gym equipment and a yoga-meditation area. Villa Sifnos also has a small Orthodox Church and offers captivating views of the medieval cliff-top village of Castro – perfect for timeless wedding photos.
from €11,500 / £9,700 per week.
Villa Meria, Kea
(5 bedrooms, 10-12 guests)
This exceptional luxury villa to rent on the island of Kea, with its outstanding beauty and stunning sea views, is also ideal for a private wedding. The villa is spread across two levels, with an infinity salt-water swimming pool and outdoor dining area with barbecue. Villa Meria offers plenty of activities for large groups, including tennis and basketball courts, a gym and a spa with a hammam and massage room. Offering 5-star service, the villa also has a private chef who will prepare dishes with organic produce from the villa’s garden and the local market.
from €9,800 (£8,100) per week.
Villa Chapel, Santorini
(2 bedrooms, 4-5 guests)
Set high above the sea and benefitting from breath-taking views, Villa Chapel is located in the stunning village of Oia, on the north-western tip of the island. From its large private terrace with chromotherapy jacuzzi, guests can enjoy panoramic vistas of the caldera, the famous Santorini sunset, the windmills, Oia castle, and the small colourful houses nestled against the steep volcanic cliffs. A charming 18th century chapel is also situated on the terrace and, though it can’t be used as a wedding venue, it certainly adds to this perfectly romantic and exquisitely beautiful location.
from €4,900 (£4,200) per week.
Villa Kanoni, Corfu
(9 bedrooms, 18 guests)
Villa Kanoni, sits on a quiet 10-acre estate in the south of Corfu, just a 10-minute drive from Corfu town. Benefitting from sensational sea views and beautiful gardens filled with olive and cypress trees, as well as shrubs and flowers and, on a lower level, a large seawater swimming pool. At the pool level, there’s also plenty of room for entertaining or celebrating a special event and the villa is equipped with an outdoor kitchen area, bar and barbecue. There is also a chapel within the grounds that’s surrounded by trees, providing shady spots on even the warmest of summer days.
from €21,875 (£18,200) per week.
Akrotiri Sunset, Santorini
(2 bedrooms, 4 guests)
Near the historic settlement of Akrotiri, guests at Akrotiri Sunset benefit from a complimentary a la carte breakfast each morning, as well as wonderful caldera views and – of course – sensational sunsets. On the furnished terrace of this romantic villa, the heated infinity swimming pool appears to blend into the sea, and there’s a pool bar, sun loungers for relaxing, and an outdoor dining area. The perfect venue for both a small wedding, civil partnership, or other special event, the villa offers furniture and works of art which reflect Santorini’s traditions, architecture and beauty.
from €5,250 (£4,300) per week.
Megalochori Caldera, Santorini
(5 bedrooms, 10 guests)
Another villa offering the perfect venue for weddings and other special occasions, Villa Megalochori sits in a stunning position on the caldera, overlooking the sea. The spectacular views can be enjoyed from both the first floor of the villa and the huge lower-level terrace, where there’s a large swimming pool and outdoor dining area. The executive chef here can prepare meals, including delicious meat or fish barbecues. Enjoy the complimentary daily breakfast, as well as transfers to and from the airport/port. For guests looking to arrive in style, the property also boasts its own helipad
from €35,000 (£29,100) per week.
Agia Anna Estate, Mykonos
(13 bedrooms, 26-30 guests)
This stunning villa is situated between the two most popular beaches on the island, Kalo Livadi and Kalafatis, and offers the ideal venue for weddings and civil partnerships. As well as delivering absolute privacy and incredible sea and sunrise views, the property has a private chapel within its large garden. Agia Anna Estate also offers a well-equipped gym, spa room and huge infinity swimming pool with heated jacuzzi. There’s a pergola with a BBQ and dining table seating 16 people, as well as a pool bar. For the height of luxury, there’s even a helipad in the garden, next to the chapel.
from €48,300 (£40,400) per week.
Making simple as simple as possible with a new energy to lift spirits, spark joy and invite all to the celebration.
Through emotional staggered layers, rare romantic touches and cloudy volumes, tried-and-true classics are reinterpreted to still hold a modern interest. Fluid lines and sculptural construction of ethereal textures and luscious silks, organically drape the body creating voluminous and pure silhouettes. The spirit is modern and undiluted.
With international flights available again, Marrakech – a colourful, evocative and vibrant city that has long inspired travellers, dreamers, romantics and wanderers – and its Grand Dame, La Mamounia, lies within reach.
Ahead of its upcoming centenary, the hotel has recently undergone an extensive renovation that preserved its original character, heritage and signature architecture, while creating new guest experiences including a private cinema, reimagined bar spaces and new restaurants in partnership with celebrated chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Pierre Hermé.
One of the world’s most recognised and respected chefs, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees a brand-new Asian restaurant, L’Asiatique par Jean-Georges, with the finest dishes from South Asia, as well as taking the helm of the hotel’s much-beloved L’Italien Restaurant. Near the Galerie Mamounia, guests will now find the Salon de thé by international pastry chef, Pierre Hermé, serving breakfast, afternoon tea and gastronomic snacks.
Le Bar Majorelle, named after the renowned Jacques Majorelle, a French orientalist painter and lover of Marrakech,has introduced a new menu of elevated French cuisine, adding to the sophisticated nature of this much beloved social space. The sought-after intimacy and seclusion of La Mamounia’s historic Churchill Barhas been further enhanced, with the 20-seat bar now offering the opportunity taste La Mamounia’s special Caviar Maison, made specifically for the hotel from the oldest caviar factory in Paris, Kaviari.
Additional new experiences in this garden sanctuary includes a new underground wine bar, L’Oenothèque, where up to 12 guests can sample selected grand cru wines or dine surrounded by more than 2,000 bottles of wine, and a new 20-seat private cinema for hotel guests to view movie classics or new releases.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a three-night stay at La Mamounia from £1,499pp
based on two people sharing Superior Room. Includes flights, transfers and room only. Comes under A&K’s flexible booking policy.
The PRIVÉE No. 7 collection, redefines couture in a way that celebrates femininity. Featuring sheer ivory fabrics with a hint of nude, hand beaded shimmering sequins that cover every single inch of the dress, and flowers – handmade flowers and appliqués that show Berta’s splendid craftmanship.
From deep necklines with unique cuts that will show off any gorgeous décolletage and corsets that will lift the body and spirit, to laces that will leave you romanticizing for days – this collection has it all. With a great belief that the bride should be the center of attention, and as breathtaking as it gets – the new collection was made with fewer styles than the other lines at the BERTA fashion house, with the forethought of making each design as memorable and unique as the other. Whichever Privée she’ll choose, she will feel as if she can conquer the world, all while being elegant, sexy and impeccable.
Presenting the new ‘Rebelle Romantique’ collection by luxury British Bridal brand Alyce Jayne. A collection of bridal gowns and separates inspired by vintage and historical fashion with a swan lake vibe. Creating a modern fairytale look for the modern romantic rebel, the tiers of tulle, corsetry features and satin fuse together with polka dots and puff sleeves to create a collection of unique options for the modern bride.
Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Alyce Jayne offers made to order collection garments as well as bespoke options. The shoot features garments in ivory and black, however, all pieces have customisation options. For the shoot designer Alison Malcolm worked alongside Scottish photographer Danielle Christine, hairdresser Una Boag and make up artist Leigh Blaney to create this modern vintage look. Accessories designer Victoria Louise Accessories completed the looks with her beautiful modern luxe earrings. Looking like an edgy Audrey Hepburn, model Robyn Malcolm was perfect for the modern vintage vibe. “Having worked with all of these talented ladies before, I knew they would understand the look I wanted for the collection shoot. When I shared some sneak peeks on Instagram Victoria and I were messaging each other at the same time to collaborate on the shoot! Victoria’s hand made bridal jewellery is absolutely beautiful. I knew they would complement the collection perfectly. I love Danielle’s beautiful light, elegant photography style. Her luxury modern images are gorgeous, I have been a fan since we first worked together on a shoot at the beginning of the year. Una’s bridal hair is so creative and beautifully styled. She is also a lover of modern vintage looks and came up with two gorgeous styles for the shoot. Leigh’s make up is always amazing, making her clients look and feel beautiful and glamorous on their special day. My daughter Robyn stepped in at the last minute to be our model and absolutely nailed it. She was made to wear these gowns!”
The new collection will be available to order on the website from January 2022 and from selected stockist in the Spring.
Dresses Alyce Jayne Bridal www.alycejayne.co.uk @alycejayne_bridal Photographer Danielle Christine www.daniellechristine.co.uk @daniellechristinephotographyx Hair Blush by Una Boag www.blushbyunaboag.co.uk @blushbyunaboag Make up Leigh Blaney www.makeupbyleighblaney.co.uk @makeupbyleighblaney Earrings Victoria Louise Accessories www.victoria-louise.co.uk @victorialouiseaccessories Model Robyn Malcolm @robyn_malcolm
Wildlife and adventure specialist, Gane and Marshall, is ringing in 2022 with a range of thrilling, new itineraries that will give travellers the opportunity to spread their wanderlust wings, following two years of curtailments.
Sri Lanka Winter Sun Special Sun-seekers can enjoy five-star R&R at Haritha Villas & Spa on Sri Lanka’s beautiful southern coast. The luxury property opened in 2020, but British travellers have only recently been able to return to the region and experience the beauty of this resort. Nestled in five acres of tropical gardens, Haritha’s spacious seven villas come with a private terrace, plunge pool and butler service. The resort offers Ayurvedic treatments in the jungle spa, yoga, meditation sessions and cooking classes using fresh produce from the hotel’s own gardens. Special offer: save 40 per cent when travelling this coming high season (Dec 2021 – Apr 2022, excluding Christmas and New Year). Price from £2,785pp (with offer applied), based on twin share. Includes seven nights on B&B basis, private transfers, couple’s spa treatment, daily yoga/meditation and cooking lesson. International flights are additional, bookable privately or via Gane and Marshall.
Ise-Shima & Kumano (Japan) The often-overlooked Ise-Shima Peninsula provides an exciting detour from Japan’s tourism hotspots. Easily accessible from Nagoya or Osaka, the region houses some of the country’s oldest Shinto shrines, while also offering beautiful coastal scenery and culinary delights. New for 2021/22 is Mie VISON, Japan’s largest commercial resort village, which opened in summer 2021 in Taki Town. At the heart of the resort is the Hotel VISON, a new 155-room hotel that offers an assortment of facilities and easy access to the shrines of Ise, Ise-Shima National Park, and the beautiful Ago Bay. Price from £1,090pp, based on twin-share. Includes two nights at hotel VISION in Ise City, one night at Kumano Club in Kumano City, breakfast each day, one lunch, Ago Bay cruise, cycling tour, Ama Hut experience with English-speaking guide, long-distance train fares. Gane and Marshall can incorporate Ise-Shima & Kumano into a longer tour of Japan. International flights are additional, bookable privately or via Gane and Marshall.
Mwiba and Matemwe (Tanzania & Zanzibar) This beach and safari combo includes three nights at Mwiba Lodge, an upmarket safari lodge situated in its own private reserve to the south of the Serengeti, followed by four nights at Matemwe Lodge on the northern coast of Zanzibar. Mwiba Lodge announced in 2020 that private helicopter excursions would be offered as an add-on option, and 2022 brings the first real chance for British travellers to take up this experience. Guests can opt to fly over incredible sites including the southern Serengeti plains, the Ngorongoro highlands, Lake Natron and the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Price from £5,500pp, based on twin-share, in peak season (Dec – Mar). Includes three nights at Mwiba Lodge in Tanzania on an all-inclusive basis with safari activities, four nights at Matemwe Lodge in Zanzibar on a half-board basis, concession fees, internal flights, transfers and taxes. Helicopter journeys last 1½-3 hours, and cost £2,200 per hour. International flights are additional, bookable privately or via Gane and Marshall.
Winter Voyage to Norway (Christmas & New Year 2022/23) Passengers will experience the spectacular Norwegian coast, the aurora borealis and wonderful Yuletide celebrations on this 15-day voyage, offered over the Christmas and NYE period for the first time. This festive cruise offering from Hurtigruten departs Dover on 22 December 2022, onboard hybrid-powered MS Maud, returning to Dover on 5 January 2023. The fascinating, wintery destinations visited include Egersund, Fjaerland, the Lofoten Archipelago, Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Reine, Kalvag, Mosteroy and Klosteroy. Special offer: early bookers save 5 per cent. Price from £3,799pp, based on two sharing an interior cabin (5 per cent saving applied). Includes 15-day cruise on MS Maud, all meals while aboard the ship, beverages (house beer, wine, soft drinks, mineral water), hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, lectures, excursions accompanied by an English-speaking expedition team, expedition jacket and equipment.
For more information & to book, go to www.ganeandmarshall.com or call 01822 600 600
With its exclusive resorts, fine dining and some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, the uncrowded, unspoiled island of Anguilla is the ideal destination for a memorable honeymoon.
Beautiful hotels and villas, candlelit dining, couple’s spa treatments and exotic locations combine to create a tropical paradise for couples in love. Many of the island’s exceptional hotels provide the picture-perfect spot for a memorable honeymoon. Cap Juluca, a Belmond Hotel, one of the most romantic resorts in the Caribbean, is loved for its calm, relaxed atmosphere and its resort suites that open right up onto Maundays Bay. Or for an alternative, more private experience than a hotel, there are many stylish, intimate villas bookable for an intimate honeymoon experience. The oceanfront Fletch’s Cove has been thoughtfully designed for comfortable living both indoors and out. Folding doors from the two-bedroom villa open to the pool terrace, offering stunning views of the ocean and surrounding islands. Honeymooners can follow a short footpath to a small, secluded beach on the south coast, but they are also close to popular beaches, restaurants & other island attractions. With views of tropical sunsets each night, Spyglass Hill Villa offers an elegant and relaxed setting just for two. Couples will feel the natural warmth of wood throughout, from authentic bamboo floors to the beach driftwood décor. The open-air courtyard will entice honeymooners with its hand-carved Anguilla stone walls, large terrace and infinity-edge pool that gives the illusion of water cascading into the Caribbean Sea. For added romance on the island, lovers can book a relaxing, rejuvenating couple’s massage at one of Anguilla’s luxury hotel spas. Bookable by guests and non-guests alike, options range from the traditional Thai houses at Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa, to the stylish Malliouhana Spa at Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection, and The Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla. All offer spa packages, ideal for couples, with private suites or poolside cabana treatments. Other romantic honeymoon ideas include lunch on a private island such as Sandy Island or Prickly Pear, hiking and exploring the 80-acre Katouche estate – often referred to as the “rainforest” of Anguilla, or seeing the beauty of the tropical sea at night with Liquid Glow’s LED transparent kayaks, which attract tropical fish while the couple paddles. Love is always in the air in Anguilla, so much so that the website for the Anguilla Tourism Board has a suggested Romance Itinerary, with ideas for couples, including sunset strolls, dancing and bar-hopping, horseback riding, sunset cruises, private dinners and chilled beach shack lunches with toes in the sand. From strolling along secluded beaches hand-in-hand, to taking a private boat trip around the 37.9 miles of shoreline, Anguilla offers romance to the max. Discover more about romance on Anguilla at www.ivisitanguilla.com.
This shoot is centred around Alyce Jayne Bridal’s custom made black dress. Aiming for a gothic vibe but with a touch of warmer autumn accents.
Susan from Wedding Flowers by Susan styled this stunning bridal shoot, here is her inspiration;
“Back in January, before the pandemic, I met two fabulous ladies at the Confetti awards, and I just knew I had to work with them on a creative project. Alison of Alyce Jane Bridal was just starting her dress making business after years of teaching others, and I just loved her beautiful, alternative designs, based around gorgeous Victorian Style Corsetry. When I met Nicky of NJ Miller Millinery, she was sporting the most amazing peacock feather hat and cape and I fell in love with her style and design. Fast forward a few months , I wanted to get out there and create something inspiring for myself and other industry suppliers feeling the same creative low.
When it came to styling the shoot, I knew I wanted a dark, moody feel but without the obvious Halloween vibe. I went for blacks and neutral tones for the fabrics and flowers and brought in burnished golds and soft peaches to soften the edges. The use of antique furniture created the perfect backdrop to our modern Gothic theme. I am passionate about recycling and up-cycling and the idea for the ladder arch actually came from a client who had considered something similar for her own wedding. Taking the rather tatty ladder and adding some lush, soft black velvet, lace drapes and florals resulted in a stunning backdrop finished off by the venue’s amazing open fire.”
The thoughts from the team of creative suppliers for this shoot…
DRESS – ALYCE JAYNE BRIDAL
Inspired by a boho Gothic vibe Victorian corset with rouched tulle overlay, satin fishtail skirt and optional tulle bustle. After teaching fashion for the past 6 years as well as taking on bespoke commissions I had just decided to go for it and launch Alyce Jayne Bridal in December of last year. I had just got the momentum going, attending bridal fayres, starting to take out ads in magazines, attending bridal award ceremonies where I met Susan! Then lockdown happened and everything ground to a halt. When Susan contacted me about collaborating on a shoot I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to be creative again! Susan showed me some rustic summer boho vibe images and when I started researching this I kept seeing darker versions of this and my design ended up taking more of a romantic Gothic direction including a Victorian corset with tulle rouching and fit and flare skirt.
HAIR – BLUSH BY UNA BOAG
I am a hairdresser who has really been missing doing wedding hair this season, so it was lovely to be able to be creative again! It was also amazing to be working with such a great team on a project which I feel really suited my personal style!
HATS – NJ MILLER MILLINERY
It was so much fun to design head wear that wasn’t traditionally bridal. I was really excited to get involved with this small team to create a Gothic inspired bridal shoot. My vision was head pieces with the dark mood theme, and incorporate an element of Regal in the form of contemporary crowns and top hat. I used fabrics that were heavier in appearance, whilst still keeping a bridal feel, adding veiling and light catching crystal beadwork.
VENUE – ROODLEA BARN
A rustic yet luxurious barn style venue, nestled in the beautiful South Ayrshire countryside surrounded by nature and greenery. Roodlea Barn offers a truly unique ceremony space with a combination of rustic stone walls, vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, cozy fires and stunning chandeliers.
CAKE – ROSEWOOD CAKES
A dramatic black cake was the clear choice for an atmospheric shoot with Gothic and burlesque undertones, and fitting with the venue. Barn weddings generally have a boho/rustic style for cakes, so we took the unusual choice of decorating the cake with the beautiful fresh and dried flowers rather than sugar. The copper tones and wheat stencil gave modern, boho detailing, and allowed the reflection of flickering candlelight
STATIONERY – MY EDEN ROSE
When Susan showed me her floral antler necklace I knew straight away that I wanted to focus the stationery on my bison skull illustration as it would compliment her vision for the shoot perfectly. He is a permanent feature on our living room wall and I’d previously created this illustration with a boho vibe featuring vintage earthy florals. For this Gothic inspired shoot I decided to create an all black version which would take centre stage in all the printed pieces. I opted for subtle, pearlised nude tones for the paper stock with a soft white vellum for the menus, paired with a textured grey to add some romance! I’m a huge fan of mixing font styles so for the typography I chose an elegant, modern calligraphy font coupled with a strong classic serif in black. I also incorporated some wax seals in brassy gold, soft blush and black to add a hint of glamour.
MAKEUP ARTIST – LEIGH BLANEY
Leigh jumped at the chance to work on this shoot with a bunch of great creatives. The overall feel was dark, moody with rich autumn winter berry shades and lavish golds.
I chose dark raspberry and purples with shimmery golds for Hannah’s green/hazel eyes, complimenting her and all the colour accents in the decor, flowers etc. Gorgeous. Glowing skin by Charlotte Tilbury products, my fave. A dark plum lip bringing out her gothic queen side. Her king had some guy-liner and manscara too!
Martin Venherm Photographer
FLOWERS, FLORAL JEWELLERY AND STYLING
Narcissus Wedding flowers by Susan
Alyce Jayne Bridal
Nicky Miller Millinery
Hannah Smith and Rory Brennan
Blush by Una Boag
Make up by Leigh Blaney
Whether you are a passionate horseperson or simply a lover of nature and wildlife, the wedding celebrations at award winning Nihi Sumba will open your eyes to the beauty of Sumba’s most famous wild residents.
You do not have to be a horse rider to appreciate the incredible power and sensitive nature of the horse. Horse connection is now widely recognised as a beneficial therapy treating corporate stress and post covid re-adjustment alike and there is nothing more calming than being immersed into the herd on your wedding day.
At NIHI Sumba, the 20 strong herd of wild horses are willing participants in all the aspects of the wedding event from the proposal all the way through to the wedding ceremony.
From a sunset ride to the initial proposal to transporting the bride and groom in style on their wedding day – they have even been known to play football on the beach with wedding reception guests.
For a pre wedding relaxation, Sandalwood Stables invite guests to take part in some peaceful yoga and mindfulness on horseback. Ideal for the bride’s party, the yoga sessions invite guests to become fully present in both the horse’s movement and their own through gentle stretching, breathing and stillness whilst connecting with the magical creature that is so well versed at channeling to this calm state of being.
The Nihi proposal package includes experiences with equal parts romance, indulgence, culture and passion. Couples are invited to ride along the famous Nihiwatu beach into the sunset where a cocktail awaits -the most breath-taking backdrop for a proposal- or they can choose a table under the stars with just the lapping of the ocean for company.
For Honeymooners looking for a truly unforgettable experience, NIHI Sumba fits the profile perfectly. The whole of NIHI Sumba is a romantic destination and offers an ideal post covid escape with miles of lush green jungle to explore with your loved one.
For a once-in-a-lifetime transformational experience, romantics are advised to spend a night at Villa Rahasia, the ultimate honeymoon villa. The only villa situated within NIHI Spa Safari’s boundaries of rolling rice fields, Rahasia allows guests to feel as if they have an entire resort unto themselves. With unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean, a plunge pool, several private dining or spa treatments, bush-cooked meals over an open fire, colourful sunsets, and plenty of nearby hiking, Villa Rahasia is a lover’s paradise.
The price starts from £3550 (minimum 3-night stay for two pax) inclusive of 21% tax with one night at Villa Rahasia and two nights at NIHI Sumba (the resort).
The proposal package includes
Sunset Horse Ride
Bottle of champagne
Private dining under the stars with fireworks
Locally handcrafted gift
The package price starts from £3000 (minimum 3-night stay for 2 pax) inclusive of 21% tax in a One Bedroom Villa entry level category.
Honeymoon Packages includes the most exceptional features for a memorable vacation which include
Nihioka Full Day Spa Safari, including a visit to the nearby village, a cliff top breakfast and lunch and a choice of 6 spa treatments
A Sunset Cruise beneath one of Indonesia’s spectacular sorbet skies for 2 hours
Romantic Dining Experience (restaurant, villa or private bale)
The package price starts from £3650 (minimum 3-night stay for two pax) inclusive of 21% tax in a One-bedroom Villa entry level category.
www.nihi.com For reservation enquiries, contact the Travel Designers team at firstname.lastname@example.org with thanks to Ondrej Ters & Linda Bohacova
Black Panther Inspires Luxe Wedding Shoot on Livingstone Island, Zambia
Mwai Yeboah of Love From Mwai radiates strength and creativity as a proud Zambian woman and multi-awarding winning wedding planner. She recently channelled her immense wells of energy into conceptualising and carrying out a wedding editorial at one of Southern Africa’s most famous natural and cultural heritage sites – Victoria Falls and Livingstone Island, Zambia. It’s here, on what feels like the top of the world, that Mwai brought to life a celebration worthy of royalty and inspired by the internationally-acclaimed film, Black Panther.
Livingstone Island sits at the heart of Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. This waterfall is the largest curtain of falling water in the world, and the combination of power and beauty that makes up any Victoria Falls experience is the reason that it has been named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. What place more perfectly epitomises the bold contrasts of love, and the courage to take the plunge to marry and spend life together?
The wedding ceremony was a gorgeous curation of luxe outfits for the bride and groom, vibrant shweshwe, skins and feathers for wedding guests, and offerings of local botanicals, fruits and vegetables. It all took place on the edge of a cliff that drops into the Batoka Gorge, against a backdrop of luscious greenery, rocky outcrops, and the spray and rushing sounds of the Falls. The festivities highlighted the nuances of Zambian culture and nature, while also pulling through strong elements of Wakanda, the fictional sub-Saharan African country in Black Panther.
Mwai has travelled the world, designing highly bespoke weddings for couples in diverse locations, but her heart remains firmly in Zambia and the people that call it home. She put together this extraordinary set with the teams of Tongabezi Lodge and Sindabezi Island Camp, which are both found a few kilometres upstream of Victoria Falls on the Zambezi Riverbanks.
Tongabezi then threw a Wakanda-inspired feast at their main lodge for Mwai and her wedding team, complete with fruit and vegetables from their own organic garden, and the day ended with a female empowerment shoot on the river decks overlooking the Zambezi.
Are you marrying the love of your life this summer? Are you searching for the ultimate honeymoon filled with luxury and adventure? Spoil your spouse with a staycation charter on board Motor Yacht Chess and enjoy a romantic cruise of the beautiful South Coast.
It is time to head to the ocean for the ultimate holiday on the waves. Chess is a luxury 25-meter Sunseeker Superyacht and is available for all-inclusive charters starting in Portsmouth.
Join the yacht in the Premier 5-star Marina in Gosport inside Portsmouth’s historical harbour where you will be greeted by your crew and given a tour of the yacht.
Why charter? A Superyacht gives you the luxury of privacy and exclusivity. You will be able to reach more remote areas, hidden coves and have once in a lifetime experiences off the beaten track. You have the flexibility to design your own itinerary and embrace spontaneity.
Our on-board chef has over 10 years of professional experience and will tailor all dining to your preferences.
Chess is also equipped with world-class water sports toys including stand up paddle boards, kayaks, water-skis, a wakeboard and a tender to take you ashore or to visit hidden coves and beaches.
Your charter will take you to beautiful locations along the South Coast including The Isle of Wight, Weymouth, Torquay, The Jurassic coast, Cowes and Falmouth. You will wake up each morning to enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast. Take in the spectacular views and invigorating sea air as you cruise towards the destination of your choice.
The charter rate for UK cruising is inclusive of: Tax, breakfast, light lunch, snacks and light tapas, hot and cold drinks, fuel for the yacht and tender, and a two-course dinner.
All charters booked with us have cancellation policies in place which acknowledge any changes to COVID-19 restrictions affecting the cancellation or re-scheduling of your charter.
She can be yours for the
following all-inclusive prices
1 day all-inclusive – £5,000
(June and September)
1 day all-inclusive – £5,750
(July and August)
3 night all-inclusive – £17,500
7 night all-inclusive – £40,000
For further information or to book your charter, please contact
Geoff Moore on 07903 832 966 or Geoff.email@example.com
For Tori & Winston a more intimate gathering and stunning backdrop created an emotional and magical day.
Tori & Winston tell us their story:
Can you tell me about your theme if you had one, the inspiration behind it and how you incorporated it into your wedding? We had a sort of colour theme which was autumnal, gingers and warm oranges. We also went for a country/rustic style. We incorporated this by having warm orange/toffee roses, mixed with a sorry of floral greens within my bouquet, button hole flowers, table decorations and the flower arch.
We also had orange and green appear in many of the outfits – my wedding shoes were glittery orange, my husband wore a green waistcoat and paisley orange tie, my father wore an orange waistcoat etc.
Alongside these elements we had plain linen table cloths, multiple candles and gold charging plates that tied the whole theme and aesthetic together.
What first drew you to your wedding venue? We have always loved Scotland and the lochs have such picturesque scenery that we knew we wanted to find somewhere with them as the backdrop.
The air bnb we found was perfect in size and location alongside being in great condition with everything we needed.
What was the atmosphere like on the big day? Very emotional, magical and simply perfect. With just a few of us, everything was calm and joyous with the focus being on us celebrating the day with those closest to us rather than a spectacle for the sake of guests.
We feel so lucky to have had such a blissful day.
Who was your chosen Photographer and why did you choose them? We had both a photographer and videographer. We chose Gryffe Weddings as we wanted someone local and were impressed by the other films/ photographs they had captured which were both high quality and natural looking.
We were thoroughly delighted with their photographs and film.
What was the most memorable part of your day? With so many lovely moments from starting the day with a swim in Gare Loch to having our dog howl to the sound of the bagpipes as I entered for the ceremony, it is difficult to decide but if only selecting one I would say it was the intimate almost secret dance my husband and I shared after the wedding breakfast. Nothing will compare to being held in my new husbands arms after such an overwhelmingly magic day.
at Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa, Ostuni, Italy
Once a Palazzo Rosso, the newly opened and lovingly restored Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa is a unique addition to Puglia’s White City, being the only hotel in Ostuni to offer a swimming pool and garden along with an intimate spa and wellness area located in the hotel’s ancient water chamber.
Nestled seven meters underground, the palace’s former water chamber has been transformed into an elegant bijou spa, home to a Turkish bath, Himalayan salt wall, multi-sensory shower and a natural whirlpool dug deep into the ground. Here, guests can indulge in a range of luxurious treatments to sooth and revitalise the body and mind. From the Aromatherapy Rebalancing Massage to help aid sleep and stress, to the Shirodara Massage derived from the ancient Indian Ayurveda medicine, which uses warm, energy-infused oil poured slowly onto the forehead to calm the mind and alleviate muscle tension.
The unique spa offering also includes a two-and-a-half-hour immune system enhancing Salt Ritual treatment. This begins with a Turkish Bath to eliminate toxins and stimulate cell renewal, followed by a Himalayan salt scrub and spa shower, ending with a deeply relaxing body massage to relieve tired joints and regenerate the skin. Couples booking the two mezzanine-level treatment rooms can essentially enjoy their very own private wellness sanctuary with exclusive access to the spa for three and a half hours.
With a rare and tranquil outdoor space in the heart of the city, guests staying at Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa also have the opportunity to book personalised yoga or Pilates classes in the hotel’s outdoor open-air lounge or in a secluded corner of the verdant garden. After a morning exploring Ostuni’s main square, just a short stroll away, guests can enjoy a cooling dip in the swimming pool before lounging in the sun below the fragrant citrus trees in this serene oasis.
Brand new for 2020, Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa is a quintessentially Puglian property that has been lovingly transformed to boast 11 individually curated rooms and suites. Steeped in history but with a vibrant, cosmopolitan soul the hotel also offers exquisite cuisine by head chef Giovanni Cerroni, apprentice of Francesco Bracali, Terry Giacomello, Italo Bassi and with a significant experience at Mugaritz under Andoni Luis Aduriz. Just a 30-minute scenic drive from Brindisi Airport, Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa offers an effortless and elegant escape with outstanding design and service coupled with unrivalled experiences.
The Spa is exclusively for use of hotel guests. 60-minute spa treatments start from €75. Nightly rates at Paragon 700 start from €300 based on two people sharing a room on a bed and breakfast basis. www.paragon700.com
Little Emperors, the private members luxury hotel club has announced its most popular wedding destinations in the UK all of which offer incredible dedicated benefits.
Experience wide open spaces in Hampshire or a unique Treehouse wedding at Chewton Glen. Following Covid-19 and with weddings having to limit guest numbers, it is proving to be a popular choice for brides and grooms to choose fabulous manor houses for a more intimate ceremony in a beautiful, quintessentially British setting. Little Emperors shares its top UK luxury hotels for a summer wedding, all complete with dedicated benefits. Little Emperors promises to deliver value in luxury and will offer members a wedding or honeymoon of their dreams at exceptional rates. The company has an impressive portfolio of properties, from 5-star luxury hotels to boutique hotels.
Little Emperors annual membership fees starts from £250. Tel + 44 203 178 4984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four Seasons Hampshire
Following Covid-19 the Four Seasons Hampshire offers the perfect location for an intimate reception. Boasting exemplary facilities and fantastic service the hotel offers Georgian charm, a relaxed ambiance of true English sophistication. Wedding guests extending their stay will also have the opportunity to enjoy cycling, fishing, clay pigeon shooting and wandering around the beautiful lush gardens. Ideally located an hour from central London and only 35 minutes from Heathrow Airport, this hotel is perfect for a quintessential British wedding. Nightly rates at Four Seasons Hampshire Start from £410. Little Emperors members will receive preferential rates and dedicated benefits including a room upgrade subject to availability.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison
Experience an unforgettable Provencal -style wedding celebration in the heart of the English countryside at the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. One of the country’s most cherished manor house hotels, with 32 individually designed guest rooms and suites, the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton and offers wedding guests Michelin-starred menus, sumptuous interiors, expansive walled gardens and an alfresco reception making it a midsummer night’s dream. Nightly rates at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons start from £570. When booking through Little Emperors guests will receive dedicated benefits including hotel credit, complimentary breakfast and check in/check out flexibility.
Head further North to experience a wedding at The Balmoral in Edinburgh, one of the World’s most stunning cities. Whether looking for a red carpet arrival or an intimate gathering, The Balmoral’s Wedding Planner is on hand to curate the wedding to suit your every needs. The bride and groom will also have the opportunity to take photos on the private rooftop with the Edinburgh skyline providing a fantastic backdrop. Nightly rates at The Balmoral from £360. Little Emperors members will receive preferential rates dedicated benefits including hotel credit, 20% of spa treatments and room upgrade subject to availability.
This 2021 collection by Eva Lendel includes 42 elegant wedding dresses, among which are rethought in classic, mermaid, and weightless silhouettes. Capes, removable skirts, seductive necklines, elegant bows and trendy sleeves-buffs, as well as exclusive embroidered lace decorated by hand are just a few of the standout design features that embody this refined collection.
Highlights are two magnificent wedding jumpsuits, now at the very top of bridal fashion trends. ‘Lynn’ features short-shorts with a detachable train, while ‘Allie’ a classic style, boasts long pants and a delicately-structured lace blouse.
The wedding ceremony could not have been more dramatic for all the right reasons. The Callanish Stones in the Outer Hebrides is one of the oldest Neolithic Sites in the UK and was the perfect setting for our chosen wedding date of 20.02.2020.
There was a magical feeling in the air as Lucyla began her walk up the isle of stones to the inner circle where the ceremony would take place. The blue sky and sunlight bathed her beautiful dress and our photographer captured ‘The Shot’ when the Bride saw the Groom for the first time and her face lit up with her heart full of happiness, the dark skies in the background were approaching fast.
Lucyla arrived looking radiant and stunning even in the bitterly cold wind and the ceremony commenced. The Registrar was halfway through the Handfasting Marriage vows when the heavens opened to unleash a dramatic hail storm along with thunder and accompanying gale force wind. As they say every picture tells a story and ours is no exception but amidst all the drama, which was like a scene from ‘Outlander’, we were both lost in the moment when time stood still.
Who knows, perhaps the stones with their powerful energy and presence couldn’t help but make themselves heard as they were certainly a vocal part of our wedding day not just for us but for the thousands of well wishes globally after some of the pics went viral on the internet. Getting married at the Callanish Stones in February is not for the faint hearted but we can honestly say our wedding day exceeded every expectation and we were blessed with the most amazing experience which our hearts will never forget.
YTL Hotels is offering couples an incredible incentive to tie the knot in 2020. After booking a wedding at Monkey Island Estate in Bray or The Glasshouse in Edinburgh, YTL will treat newlyweds to a complimentary honeymoon in serious style to jumpstart married life.
Couples can choose between seven flagship YTL Hotels’ properties in Bali and Malaysia for an unforgettable honeymoon of a lifetime.
This special package is available to couples at the start of 2020, making both Monkey Island Estate and The Glasshouse even more enticing wedding locations as couples know their big day will be followed by a life-changing honeymoon courtesy of YTL.
At The Glasshouse in Edinburgh, any wedding booked over £10k will receive a seven-night stay at a choice of YTL’s selected incredible properties, with bed and breakfast included. This once in a lifetime offer gives couples the chance to plan every detail of their special day knowing their luxurious honeymoon is all taken care of.
For those dreaming of a best of British country wedding to remember at the gorgeous Monkey Island Estate in Bray, YTL is offering couples who spend over £35k on their wedding the bonus of a luxury suite escape to follow, with seven nights full-board at any combination of their selected romantic properties.
For further details visit www.theglasshousehotel.co.uk, www.monkeyislandestate.co.uk or www.ytlhotels.com