Sun & Sea in Santorini

With romantic sunsets, stunning beaches and clear blue sea, there is no doubt that the Greek island of Santorini offers some of the world’s most perfect locations for a stunning, picturesque small family wedding, civil partnership or a larger, more elaborate event.

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.

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.

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, which descend to the sea below. 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.

Akrotiri Sunset, Santorini (2 bedrooms, 4 guests)

Further along the caldera, 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.

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!

For more information visit www.theluxurytravelbook.com

 

True Bride Collection

True Bride® is a diverse collection of bridal gowns featuring contemporary, vintage inspired and traditional designs, with an edge. Featuring quality fabrics, pretty detailing and figure enhancing silhouettes.

Kai is a gorgeous combination of classic bridal style with a modern romantic twist. This on the shoulder style features a plunging front and back neckline adorned with beaded lace appliqués. Its slim a-line skirt of soft sequinned overlace with the addition of a detachable soft tulle over skirt add to the romance of this style.

Wilde is all about the old Hollywood glamor. This on the shoulder style is made of a beaded overlace that features a softly draped bodice and a plunging front and back v-neckline over a structured strapless satin bodice to give a super flattering look and feel.

Alba is a stunning mermaid style bridal gown that definitely has the wow factor. With beaded spaghetti straps and a plunging sweetheart neckline, cut into a low back bodice, this gown will definitely turn heads. Completed with a figure hugging fishtail skirt of soft tulle and contemporary gold lace appliqués.

To find out more, visit www.truebride.co.uk

Rowley Hesselballe London

Where the future meets traditional.

Rowley Hesselballe London is a new brand with a big heart and even bigger ambitions. With a sensibility and ethos inspired by the elegance and strength of women, we are on an exciting journey to reshape and revolutionise the bridal and evening wear market.

We are different.

With an innovative new way of interpreting traditional values and placing them in the 21st Century, we bring an alternative to in-store appointments and long waiting times. Rowley Hesselballe London offers a modern take on buying bridal wear. With the click-of-a-button, an exclusive online service and a quick turn around time, let us take the stress out of finding your perfect dress.

We are strong.

Co-founders Rosie Rowley Poole and Canan Kuro Hesselballe met at the London College of Fashion in 2009 and between them have over two decades worth of buying experience with major British brands.

We are you.

With an eclectic mix of British and Turkish cultures and heritage, we are a truly inclusive brand for all women and all styles. From modern to classic, contemporary to timeless, our range is all about you. We offer the luxury you dream about, at prices you didn’t imagine.

Discover more by visiting www.rowleyhesselballe.com

Follow them on instagram @rowleyhesselballe

Relaxation awaits in Morocco

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, aFrench 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.

Discover more by visiting www.mamounia.com

 

BERTA Montefiore Collection

Bold statement moments, princess silhouettes, just the right amount of sparkle and handmade embroidery; have all been waiting to be revealed with the new and highly anticipated BERTA F/W 2022 collection.

While pushing the boundaries of innovation and creativity, the new BERTA F/W 2022 couture collection – Montefiore – is a memoir of the old days, combined with the new for the bride who wants to feel like an 18th century royalty, yet sophisticated, glamorous and modern.

As per tradition at the BERTA fashion house, the collection features new fabrics never before seen in bridal couture, 3D appliques, flowers, and endless amounts of lace. All together creating a soft yet bold, sexy yet elegant, traditional yet groundbreaking and confident bridal looks – with trains bigger than your dreams.  From puffy sleeves to off the shoulder looks, A-line to figure-hugging dresses paired with detailed capes or sparkly cathedral length veils that will create just the right amount of drama, this collection has got you covered. The collection will be available from our retailers worldwide starting in April, and in trunk shows around the world starting in January. 

www.BERTA.com

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. a

For more information & to book, go to www.ganeandmarshall.com or call 01822 600 600 

Picture-perfect paradise in Anguilla

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.

 

Mantriella

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   

Elegance at Hatfield House

Experience the splendour of the country, not far from the city, at this historic Hertfordshire venue.

With added inspiration from my make up artist, I drew on my experience of styled shoots to create a classic ‘afternoon tea’ themed wedding at a beautiful Jacobean house in Hertfordshire. Having worked with many wedding suppliers in the past, I hand-picked the team to offer some truly stunning ideas for weddings.

 

The Details

Bridal Model, Shoot Concept and Planning
Elle E
www.starnow.co.uk/elle1982

Groom Model
Tom O’Dea
www.starnow.co.uk/tomodea

Photography
Perfect Timing Photography
www.perfect-timing-photography.com

Venue
Hatfield House
www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Videography
Creative Spark Films
www.creativesparkfilms.co.uk

Dress
Lisa Lyons Bridal
www.lisalyons.co.uk

Hair and Hair Accessories
Bespoke Bridal Hair by Nicola
www.bespokebridalhair.co.uk

Makeup
The Hair & Makeup Studio
www.thehairmakeupstudio.co.uk

Wedding rings and Jewellery
Maxim Jewellers
www.maximjewellers.com

Flowers
Sophie May Floral
www.sophiemayfloral.co.uk

Cakes and afternoon tea
Mel’s Cakes and Bakes
www.melscakesandbakes.co.uk

Styling
The Sparkle Shed
www.thesparkleshed.co.uk

Stationery
Tiggity Boo Design
www.tiggityboo.co.uk

Assistance on the day
Your Wedding Friend
www.yourweddingfriend.co.uk

 

Six of the best UK vineyards

Six UK Vineyards perfect for your honeymoon!

With 2021 set to be another stellar year for the staycation and with many newlyweds looking for the perfect honeymoon destination, the UK’s best vineyards have been revealed… how romantic!

Holiday letting company, holidaycottages.co.uk, has scoped vineyards up and down the country to reveal six of the very best. Get ready to celebrate…

Commenting on the best vineyards in the UK, Shannon Keary, Digital PR Manager at holidaycottages.co.uk says: This year is set to be another year for amazing UK trips and for anyone fancying something a little different to do on their honeymoon, a vineyard visit could be a wonderful (and very romantic) activity!”

1. Chapel Down Vineyard, Kent

Located at the edge of The Weald in Tenterden, Chapel Down is the world’s leading English winemaker, but as well as rose, white and sparkling wines, the vineyard also produces gin, vodka beer and cider – lots to choose from. Chapel Down even has the accolade of having the same chalky soil as the famous Champagne region in France, which helps give their wines that distinctive flavour.

2. Nyetimber, West Sussex

Nyetimber has been producing award-winning sparkling wines for over thirty years, with their vineyards spread across Hampshire, Kent, and West Sussex – and plans to extend even more due to such high demand for the product! Why not visit Nyetimber’s beautiful vineyard in West Chiltington on one of their open days and sample the fruits of their labour yourself? You won’t be disappointed.

3. Camel Valley, Cornwall

Situated on Cornwall’s famous Camel Trail, Camel Valley near Bodmin is the only vineyard in the UK to hold a Royal Warrant. The vineyard produces sparkling, rose and white wines, with the sunny Cornish temperature ideal for viticulture. If you’re looking for an unforgettable day out in Cornwall – their wine-tasting sessions may be the perfect ticket!

4. Llanerch Vineyard, Wales

The largest and oldest premier vineyard in Wales, Llanerch Vineyard is set among 20 acres of beautiful Glamorgan countryside. They produce five different varieties of rose, sparkling and white wines in their Cariad wine brand, and offer vineyard tours and tastings for guess. If you’re exploring Wales, make sure to add this to your to-do list.

5. Rathfinny, Sussex

Located in the popular Sussex South Downs, Rathfinny produces a variety of sparkling wines and offers year-round tours of their vineyard to wine enthusiasts! The winery produces wines with the traditional in-bottle fermentation method commonly used by Champagne makers in France, so you’re sure to get a taste of class in every glass!

6. Ryedale Vineyard, York

The UK’s most northern vineyard, Ryedale Vineyard is hidden away at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, just 30 minutes’ drive from York and under an hour’s drive from Scarborough. Ryedale Vineyard offers guided tours and tastings sessions, so be sure to check it out if you’re enjoying a honeymoon in North Yorkshire!

If you need anywhere to stay nearby any of these vineyards, be sure to book your stay with us, and to find out more of the UK’s best vineyards, visit:
www.holidaycottages.co.uk/blog/the-best-uk-wine-tasting-and-vineyard-tours-in-the-uk

 

Skiathos Honeyoon

The Picture perfect backdrop of Skiathos, Greece

ELIVI SKIATHOS, the most high-end luxury hotel on the island of Skiathos, has launched new experiences for couples looking to plan a heavenly honeymoon or celebrate a special anniversary in 2021.

The hotel has launched a range of new experiences for couples looking to celebrate romance in spectacular surroundings including private dinners on the beach, sunset cruises, private film screenings, and in-suite spa treatments.  

Loved ones looking for an intimate post-pandemic destination with the absence of celebrations last year need look no further than ELIVI SKIATHOS. Perched on a verdant hilltop on a secluded part of the island, the hotel offers a picturesque backdrop nestled amongst pine trees and olive groves with direct access to four sandy beaches.

Sunset Cruise

Couples can set sail on a yacht from Koukounaries cove and take an evening dip in the waters by the romantic remote islands of Tsouggria or Arkos. Whilst out at sea, they will experience the unforgettable Skiathos sunset against the magical backdrop of the azure sea. Couples will be treated to an indulgent four course meal back on board, prepared by the captain for the ultimate fairy tale dinner date.

Private Beach Gazebo 

Couples can enjoy an intimate candlelight dinner on the beautiful beaches of Ambelakia or Big Bannana, two of Skiathos’s most stunning sandy shores under the privacy of their own gazebo. They will enjoy a bespoke menu tailored to their requirements with wine pairing options, and breath-taking views of the sun setting over the Aegean Sea.

In-suite Experiences 

Newlyweds staying in the Nest Suite or the Swan Villa can relax in privacy with a range of in-suite experiences. After a day exploring the hotel’s surrounding nature trails and the hidden gems of Skiathos island, newlyweds can unwind with a choice of in-suite spa treatments using ELEMIS products or spend an evening under the stars with a private film screening set up at the GRACE kiosk upon special request, complete with bubbles and canapés. The two-bedroom Nest Suite offers direct access to Big Banana Beach well-known for being one of the best locations to watch the Skiathos sunset and comes with its own private pool, perfect for soaking up the views whilst taking a refreshing dip.

Spread across 213 acres, ELIVI SKIATHOS is tucked away in an area of natural beauty on the southwest of the island beside a wildlife refuge and with direct access to four of the island’s best beaches. The hotel is separated into three distinct accommodation areas, well spread-out across the vast acreage. ELIVI Xenia Hotel features 32 rooms on a hilltop overlooking lush greenery and the Aegean Sea, 67 Elivi Grace Rooms & Suites sit directly on the beach and 61 Nest Rooms, Villas and Suites lay dotted amongst pine trees and olive groves. The hotel was developed by father and daughter Elias and Vivi Nathanailidi and welcomes young, old, families and couples alike.

Rates for ELIVI SKIATHOS’ staying in The Nest Suite from £1,130. The Sunset Cruise costs approx £1,130 for private hire. The gazebo beach dinner starts from approx £608 for a three-course bespoke dinner with wine pairings at an additional cost. The in-suite experiences are available at an additional cost on request. Spa treatments costs start from approx £96. www.elivihotels.com

 

Black Panther inspired wedding

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 f eels 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

Relaxing honeymoon in 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.

Mystical, Autumnal, Whimsical wedding

When a venue offers 110 acres of private ancient parkland upon the unspoilt shores of Lake Windermere, and the whimsical autumnal leaves start to fall, embracing an atmospheric, mystical wedding is essential!

Imagine, the sharp crunch of crisp burnt leaves under your feet as the calming waves lap upon the shore; the mist drifts, only amplifying a naturally warm canvas in which you are stood! The blunt fresh breaths of fresh Lake District air, between warming beverages and delicious desserts, ensures a calming and enchanting experience for all.

Autumnal weddings, of any size, spark opportunity for warmth, mood and texture, which all suppliers evolve and enhance. There is something refreshing about being at one with the surroundings during a spectacular seasonal wedding.

Goes without saying, it couldn’t be completed without these amazing suppliers…

Town Head Estate

07951 763 590
www.townheadestate.com

Clare Gelderd Photography

07967918197
www.ClareGelderdPhotography.co.uk

Mike Roberts Films

01925 292406 / 07816 919969
www.mikerobertsfilms.co.uk

A Family Affair

01539 722033
www.family-affair.co.uk

Lucie’s Cake Co.

07891985375
www.luciescakeco.co.uk

Free Range Floristry

07887775217
www.freerangefloristry.com

Lydia’s Hair Studio

01229584444
lydiamyerscough.hair@gmail.com

The Olde Mill Bardsea
(Premier Outside Catering)

01229 869262
www.oldemillbardsea.co.uk

Nicole Gilmour

07535875042
nicoleemmagilmour@gmail.com

Northern Evergreen Design

07962037663
northernevergreendesign@gmail.com

EJL Stud & Livery

07765107024
elly_2501@hotmail.com

Silver Lake Jewellery

07876 732467
www.silverlakejewellery.co.uk

Celebration Disco

07708629236 / 01229836480
www.celebrationdisco.co.uk

AnnaKate Pearson Harpist

07977150567
www.AnnaKatePearsonHarpist.co.uk

Emma Jane Events

07787 122647
emmajaneevents@icloud.com

Lash Ladies

07732299085

Tony McGowan Brothers
Livestock services

Phoenix Parthenaise

Parthenaise bull

MODELS

Eleanor Lancaster, Jason Lancaster,
Lilly Lancaster, Peggie Lancaster,
Billy Lancaster

Run Away Wedding

Run away to get married

#Bohemian #elopement styled weddings are a hit right now because they are relaxed, and fun, whilst allowing for a blank canvas for any couple or supplier to enhance.

Imagine, embracing the sand between those bare toes, upon that beach aisle walk, with the sea breeze and warmth of the sun on your face… The experience alone is priceless! The collaboration of suppliers worked hand in hand, from a traditional gypsy cob through to the perfect picnic platter, not forgetting all the decorative personalised features and stunning bridal wear. For this #outdoor affair we collaborated to applause #mothernature and all it has to offer, ensuring the #romance and #freedom
could be enjoyed by all. Huge thanks to all those involved.

SUPPLIERS

Clare Gelderd Photography

www.ClareGelderdPhotography.co.uk
07967 918 197

Mike Roberts Films

www.mikerobertsfilms.co.uk

The Dunes

www.theduneshotel.co.uk

Sitting Pretty

www.sittingprettycumbria.co.uk

Emma Jane Events

www.facebook.com/emmajaneeventsdecor

Bridal Hair – Sasha Edmondson

www.weddinghairlakedistrict.com

Free Range Floristry

www.freerangefloristry.com

Robert Maddock Humanist Wedding

www.robertmaddock.com

Floral and Hardy

www.floralandhardyulverston.co.uk

Family Affair

www.family-affair.co.uk

EJL Stud and Livery

www.facebook.com/EJL-Stud-Livery-792263461152513

The Olde Mill Bardsea
(Premier Outside Catering)

www.oldemillbardsea.co.uk

Lucies Cake Co.

www.facebook.com/Luciescakeco

The Silver Bubble

www.thesilverbubble.com

Jill Ware

www.instagram.com/eden_boho_macrame

 

UK Destination Weddings

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.

 

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.

 

Little Emperors annual membership fees starts from £250. Tel + 44 203 178 4984 or email info@littleemperors.com.

 

James Bond Style Villas

James Bond Style Villas with Tuscany Now & More

With much of No Time to Die filmed and set in Italy, guests can feel they are on holiday on the glamourous movie set. Boasting awe-inspiring panoramas, secret hideouts from Bond villains and steamy saunas, these villas allow guests to experience the glamorous life of 007.

 

Bellaria – 7 Bedroom villa sleeps up to 12 people

Tomorrow Never Dies in this villa, with incredible views of the Italian riviera. Bellaria is a stunning coastal villa with a private pool, heated spa pool, sauna, hot tub and Turkish steam room, creating the backdrop for every guest to feel like they are in the middle of a glamourous action movie. Just a short drive from upmarket Portofino and the plethora of beaches along the coast, this seven-bedroom villa creates the true James Bond experience. Tuscany Now & More’s exclusive concierge team can arrange unique experiences for aspiring secret agents to live out the glamorous James Bond lifestyle, including wine tours and private chefs in the villa’s incredibly designed kitchen. The layout of the villa and immaculately-kept garden is designed so guests are always in full view of the coastline and the magical panorama in the evening. The Riviera lights sparkle and shine on the waterfront, and the sunsets from the pool terrace of this villa are For Your Eyes Only from this unique and exclusive villa.

Tuscany Now & More offers Bellaria from £8,901 a week.

Podere Nuccioli – 6 Bedroom villa sleeps up to 12 people

The ultimate luxurious hideout set on a hillside surrounded by olive groves, Podere Nuccioli is perfect for guests who want to live out the 007 lifestyle. Located just 15 minutes from Florence, but with incredible views of Fiesole and the fields below, the villa is the ideal viewpoint to spot Bond villains.  From the moment guests arrive at the property, they will be certain that their holiday will have a licence to thrill. Gates lead up to the beautiful villa and immaculately-kept garden, as well as a superb heated swimming pool that overlooks the hillside, truly disagreeing with the suggestion that The World is Not Enough. Podere Nuccioli’s spa room and gym help every secret agent to prepare for and relax after their secret agent mission. The villa amalgamates typical Tuscan charm with contemporary art and design, helping guests to feel immersed within a glamorous Bond lifestyle, just like they’re on the film set for No Time To Die.

Tuscany Now & More offers Podere Nuccioli from £ 5,566 a week.

 

Ciclopica – 7 Bedroom villa sleeps up to 12 people

With A View to Kill, Cicopica is one of the most sophisticated villas available to rent on the Tuscan Coast. Overlooking the coastline, the villa sits directly above the port of Cala Galera, creating a prime spot for guests to marvel at the glamour of the luxury yachts or the famous white sand beach of La Feniglia below. Within just a short drive in their Aston Martin or an alternative mode of transport, guests will arrive at two charming towns, Orbetello and Porto Ercole, which offer sophisticated shops, bars and restaurants. The villa boasts a private swimming pool, gym, sauna and billiard room, creating the perfect location for guests to unwind after a mission. The villa additionally offers a large barbeque and lawns with a working vineyard and vegetable garden. A truly magical property that makes every guest feel there certainly is No Time to Die.

Tuscany Now & More offers Ciclopica from £8,040 a week.

For more information visit www.tuscanynowandmore.com or call 020 7684 8884

Introducing Jolie.

Introducing Jolie. New collection from BERTA fashion house.

From the BERTA fashion house, introducing a new bridal line that is set to completely disrupt the bridal industry as we know it.

No longer will the distinction between high end bridal couture dresses and mid-level dresses be as clear cut as it used to be. With the use of new special craftsmanship techniques, unique materials & fabrics, we were able to create a bridal line that is the perfect golden path between the two. High quality and fine materials, with a price tag that will surprise even the most veterans of the bridal industry. We call it jolie. bridal.
With a brilliant and effortless design style, which varies from sophisticated boho to dramatic glam, this new line has it all. Bringing a new and refreshing take to bridal design, in a novel approach to what a bride is and what her boundaries are when choosing a dress for her big day. If there are any.

The jolie. color palette is on the ivory range – from very light ivory, through champagne tones and all the way to different shades of nude. Each creation has its own color within this range, that in many ways gives it its personality. The colors chosen for each creation weren’t random and they are meant to elevate each design in its own way.

The first introduction of jolie. comes now in this new S/S 2021 debut collection. The images best represent the spirit of jolie. – chic, effortless and confident. The collection will arrive in stores starting July 2020. Bridal, but make it fashion.