Rebelle Romantique

Rebelle Romantique

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

Adventure Awaits

Adventure awaits

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


Picture-perfect Paradise

Picture-perfect Paradise

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.

Serenity Sublime

Serenity Sublime

It seemed only fitting to conduct a photoshoot near the canal on a Narrowboat with such beautifully flowing and imaginative dresses.
The dresses fit the space beautifully.

CREATIVES & SUPPLIERS

bridal gowns
Mantriella
@mantriella & @mantriella.uk 02084418134
info@mantriella.co.uk
No 22, High Street, Barnet, EN5 5RU
www.mantriella.co.uk

Photographer
Reza Izad
@reiz.photo

Makeup Artist
Azin Vatani
@azinvatani

Model
Fadhillah Othman
@sichiamafadhillah

Location
Water Millie, Little Venice, London
@water_millie

Flower Wrist & HAIR Band
anomisflowercreations
www.anomisflowercreations.co.uk

Hair Band
The Bobby Pin
www.thebobbypin.co.uk

Cupcakes
Cupcakeav
www.cupcakeavenue.wixsite.com/cupcakeav

Earrings
Wolfandmoonshop
www.wolfandmoon.com

Petals
Shropshirepetals
www.shropshirepetals.com

Hair Clip & BAND
Garterandveil
www.garterandveil.com

Roodlea Barn

Bold & Beautiful

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!

IMAGES
Martin Venherm Photographer
www.martinvenherm.com

FLOWERS, FLORAL JEWELLERY AND STYLING
Narcissus Wedding flowers by Susan
www.weddingflowersbysusan.co.uk

VENUE
Roodlea Barn
www.roodleabarn.co.uk

DRESS
Alyce Jayne Bridal
www.alycejayne.co.uk

HATS
Nicky Miller Millinery
www.instagram.com/njmillermillinery

MODELS
Hannah Smith and Rory Brennan

HAIR
Blush by Una Boag
www.blushbyunaboag.co.uk

MUA
Make up by Leigh Blaney
www.makeupbyleighblaney.co.uk

MENSWEAR
from ASOS

CAKE
Rosewood Cakes
www.rosewoodcakes.com

STATIONERY
My Eden Rose
www.myedenrose.com

NIHI SUMBA

Wild horses wouldn’t keep you away!

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 reservations@nihi.com with thanks to Ondrej Ters & Linda Bohacova

Love & Strength

Love & Strength

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.

IMAGES
Eva Tarnok Photography www.evatarnok.com
Stepan Vrzala Photography www.stepanvrzala.com
WanderGlider www.wanderglider.com

THE TEAM
Mwai Yeboah Wedding Planner www.lovefrommwai.co.uk
Tongabezi Lodge www.greensafaris.com/tongabezi
Sindabezi Island www.greensafaris.com/sindabezi
Livingstone Island www.greensafaris.com/livingstone-island
Models Lonah Shawa & Leon Mukhola

Sail off into the sunset

Sail off into the sunset

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.moore@westnautical.com

A magical celebration

A magical celebration

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.

Delve deep into relaxation

Delve Deep into Relaxation

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

 

Benefits for UK Weddings With Little Emperors

Benefits for UK Weddings With Little Emperors

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 info@littleemperors.com.

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.

The Balmoral

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.

Minimalism for the modern bride

Less is more – a name that speaks for itself

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.
www.EvaLendel.com

Drama on our doorstep

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.

The choice is yours

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

The Sleep Pine Package

The Sleep Pine Package from Severin*s – The Alpine Retreat

Severin*s – The Alpine Retreat in Lech, Austria, knows that mountain air and good exercise all contribute to a deeply restorative night – but guests can go one better by indulging in the hotel’s ‘Sleep Pine Ritual’: a carefully curated evening programme involving long bath-soaks, guided meditation and lighter dining options designed for easy digestion.

Lech is a winter wonderland during the ski season – blanketed in snow and bursting with ancient pine forests – renowned for detoxifying the atmosphere and containing properties well known to cleanse the body too: pine oil is anti-bacterial and effective for clearing the sinuses. Many Austrians also believe in the health benefits of pine cones and use them to stopper their water carafes.
Severin*s is located just outside the main town of Lech – a 20 minute walk through the pine woods – easily done at dusk as part of the ‘winding down’ from the day. Once back at the boutique, suites-only hotel, guests can book a personal yoga session to stretch out from the exercise (or indulgences) of the day, followed by a guided meditation session with the hotels resident yoga-expert. A lighter menu is on offer for those wishing to focus on their sleep ritual and to get the best out of their rest, and the hotel provides a ‘Bath Butler’ service with its own pine and lavender bath salts – cleansing, calming and detoxifying all in one.

Severin*s – The Alpine Retreat also houses top of the range spa facilities including saunas, a steam bath, an infrared cabin and indoor swimming pool.
Sleep Pine Package – Four Night from EU 4,760
A half board basis in a Junior Suite

Two thirty-minute yoga classes and one guided meditation class per person

“Bathbutler” service with lavender and pine bath products

Lighter menu for easy digestion

Daily recommendations and treats for better sleep

For further details or to book visit www.salindaresort.com

Purple Sunsets

Purple Sunsets at Salinda Resort, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

With 121 luxury rooms, suites and villas, a magical outdoor infinity swimming pool, three spoiling restaurants to choose from, an enchanting Thai Spa, and the incredible famous ‘purple sunsets’ Salinda Resort offers a charming tranquil island retreat in which to relax on your honeymoon or even to host your wedding ceremony.

Perfectly located not far from Phu Quoc Airport and a 10-minute drive from main town, Salinda Resort sits on The Pearl Island of Asia, Phu Quoc Island, the largest island in Vietnam.
Offering 121 spacious rooms, suites, and villas with over 300 members of staff, guests will receive an unapparelled level of service, truly personalised with a ratio of 2.5 staff to each guest. The design throughout the resort is elegant and in harmony with Vietnamese traditions enabling the property to blend into its surroundings, bringing the outside in. The island’s natural environment can be admired from the resort as it encompasses mango trees and lush gardens, revealing the simplistic beauty of Phu Quoc.
Appreciating a truly tropical retreat, guests can enjoy an exotic cocktail by the infinity pool overlooking the ocean before taking in the breath-taking sunsets which set over the beach with their bright purple sky glistening onto the ocean.
Each morning guests can add some fizz to their routine at Salinda Resort’s Sparkling Breakfast, whilst enjoying the soothing sounds of live piano. In the evenings, guests will be able to feast on a wide range of cuisine that goes beyond the traditional Vietnamese dishes. Authentic Vietnamese, Traditional Indian and Contemporary Italian restaurants, all of which are led by native chefs, are on offer to satisfy all cravings. To wind up an evening, the High Note Bar Lounge plays live music which can be accompanied with a drink from the vast selection of music-inspired cocktails.
Salinda Resort prides itself for being a sustainability focused boutique hotel, and has introduced the Purple by Salinda Sustainability programme which aims to help the local community, promote diversity and cherish local culture on the island of Phu Quoc. Salinda Resorts is home to over 100 types of trees and flowers, all of which were planted by the family since their arrival to Phu Quoc Island.
Guests can relax and unwind in the comforts of the Salinda Spa, which prides itself for using natural ingredients from Phu Quoc. The professional Thai therapists bring traditional treatments and ancient wellness secrets to Salinda Resort.

For further details or to book visit www.salindaresort.com

South Africa Honeymoon

Seaside luxury at a unique boutique hotel

Every five star hotel offers guests any number of great reasons to never want to check out and Abalone House and Spa in Paternoster, on the West Coast, a two hour drive from Cape Town, South Africa is no different.

The intimate property only has ten suites meaning guests will never feel crowded. It also lends itself as an intimate wedding venue with great offers for the couple and guests. Honeymoon couples can request the exclusive use of the rooftop jacuzzi with sea views for some romantic alone time.
The hotel is unashamedly opulent with every corner designed to delight and pamper guests. Iconic painter Tretchikoff is a theme with vibrant prints of his paintings dominating the communal areas as well as individual suites. Lush furnishings including well preserved antiques and treasured memorabilia from the owner’s personal collection create the welcoming public spaces. The cosy library stocked with books in multiple languages features as well as recent DVDs features crystal chandeliers, modern furnishings, wooden ceilings and old silverware. It is the perfect place for an afternoon sherry or cocktail.
When food is especially important to the experience then the inhouse restaurant offering has no choice but to offer sumptuous feasting. From the breakfast spread featuring a continental menu, hot meals and the all important mimosa and bloody mary options nothing is lacking. Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in the Persian carpeted dining room or open deck depending on the weather. As Abalone House is on the coast seafood is a natural offering. Aside from sourcing sustainable local products the head chef also has a kitchen garden to grow vegetables and herbs. For connoisseurs there is also a food and brandy pairing menu showcasing the best brandy from the region.
When it comes to downtime, there are many deluxe options. An easy win is a refreshing dip in one of the two courtyard pools overhung by local birds nests. For a more relaxing option there is a spa offering couples massages, beauty treatments and therapeutic body care.
While the hotel is filled with reasons to never leave the nearby town offers a deluge of delights. Paternoster is a well known fishing town which has grown to be an artistic community and foodie hub so there is much to explore. Whether a honeymoon couple is looking for lush surroundings, quality food or relaxing massages the Abalone House has it. For those wanting to start the marriage process in a sumptuous manner there can be no better place than this tranquil haven on the coast.

For more information please see
www.southofafrica.co.za/properties/abalone-house