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Words by Alexandra Longstaff, Photography by Daria Kurilo and Phill Taylor There’s a reason Italy is considered to be one of the most romantic countries in the world. Italians are passionate people who place the highest importance on a little thing called love. The country exudes it, from every nook and cranny, to every sleepy coastal town and buzzing restaurant. A stroll down an ancient cobbled street reveals statues and carvings made with love, about love. Balconies and windows tell of sweet nothings that have been spoken through them, and galleries and museums ring with the sound of beating hearts that have...

It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of planning a day that will make everyone around you happy, and completely forget about your own health and wellbeing in the process. To help combat this, my husband, Justin, and I decided that we wanted to keep our planning to a minimum and give ourselves only four weeks to pull together our wedding. We didn’t want to get caught up in the minutiae of planning and simply wanted to stay true to ourselves by keeping the day as simple as possible, without fuss or grandeur. We had a $5000 budget to...

"In 2013, Mr Louboutin launched his world-renowned Nudes Collection, an all-inclusive range of flats and heels available in seven beautiful shades of nude. The collection was certainly a revelation in fashion, being the first of its kind to cater for women of many diverse skin tones. He started this collection with a simple must-have pointed-toe ballet flat, the Solasofia Flat, and an elegant Swarovski-embellished pointed-toe pump, Degrarivierina. Since the initial launch, the collection has seen much success, so much so that he has expanded the collection this year to include two more heeled styles, the Christeriva and the Cherrysandal. The lace-up ballet-inspired...

By Jessica Ienco It would seem that despite the chilly winter weather, our fashion-forward friends, sibling duo Camilla and Marc, have thought ahead to the long-awaited glorious summer days and created a collection to match. The ready-to-wear range extends from glamorous formal and evening wear to baggy tees and cropped denim, with something for every woman and every occasion. Even a wedding! The 'Benito' and' Lucia' Midi Dresses in particular, ooze a golden summer glow, perfect for an outdoor or daytime wedding and easy to restyle with flat sandals and a soft hairdo for a less formal event. A few more of...

By Jessica Ienco From delicate, flowing fabrics, to dark and rigid designs, who would have thought that Ms Donatella Versace could surprise us yet again? Well, the truth is that she has. The Atelier Versace Haute Couture Collection of Autumn 2017 is a highly sought-after range of garments that can only be purchased directly through the House of Versace. Rumour has it, there were even a few designs that haven’t been publicised and are only available to women who deal directly with the Versace tribe. The collection consists of 19 incredible pieces, all of which capture the true essence of Versace glamour...

By Jessica Ienco Famous for his show-stopping, jaw-dropping gowns and J-LO’s go-to red carpet designer, Zuhair Murad has dropped his Spring 2018 Bridal Collection, single-handedly proving that haute couture design isn’t just for the runway. Murad’s previous annual bridal collections have each been exceptional and glamorous in their own distinctive way but have this year been superseded by his ingenious creation of a bridal jumpsuit. Amazing, right?! The skin-bearing piece, known as the ‘Dona’ jumpsuit, spans from neck to toe in an intricate white lace design with a transparent mesh underlay, a perfect combination of classic and couture. For the more conservative...

By Jessica Ienco This year, Christian Louboutin’s Autumn collection is nothing short of exquisite. Not that we expected anything less of his artistic genius. From hand-picked Swarovski crystals and pearl-embellished flowers to plush Crepe De Chine bows, this collection screams out feminine and we can’t think of a better occasion for these incredible little masterpieces than a wedding. The couture collection showcases an array of elegant and meticulous designs, such as the Crystal-Embellished ‘Feerica’ and the translucent lace style ‘Hot Jeanbi’, perfect for any bride on her special day. For those more outgoing ladies, ‘Moulamax’ and ‘Miss Tennis’ are absolutely for you,...

This year, Christian Louboutin’s Autumn collection is nothing short of exquisite. Not that we expected anything less of his artistic genius. From hand-picked Swarovski crystals and pearl-embellished flowers to plush Crepe De Chine bows, this collection screams out feminine and we can’t think of a better occasion for these incredible little masterpieces than a wedding. The couture collection showcases an array of elegant and meticulous designs, such as the Crystal-Embellished ‘Feerica’ and the translucent lace style ‘Hot Jeanbi’, perfect for any bride on her special day. For those more outgoing ladies, ‘Moulamax’ and ‘Miss Tennis’ are absolutely for you, although Mr...

Incorporating succulent plants into your wedding décor and flower arrangements has taking the wedding world by storm. They're easy to maintain and add a striking accent to any arrangement or bouquet. They even look incredible on their own for example as a wedding favour or centrepiece. With so many varieties and pretty color options, there are endless ways to style succulents for your big day. The soft green hue of the plant means it will go with an array of flowers and will make them look sharp (excuse the pun). Whether you use them to create a stunning ceremony backdrop, bring beauty to your...

World-renowned Filipino bridal designer, Francis Libiran, will be touring his latest bridal collection, Affaire de Coeur, at the Marco Polo Hotel in Cebu on July 21 and 22, at the Crimson Hotel Alabang on August 22 and at the Singapore Bridal Caravan on August 27, his second time to showcase his designs in Singapore. Inspired by the beauty, ornate architecture and fresh foliage of Paris, Affaire De Coeur translates to "a love affair", which Francis found suitable to call after himself having found love in the city of love. According to him, brides have a lasting love affair with their wedding gowns as they...