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The Trend Report: Canterbury Bride

Getting married this year? Don’t worry, we have you covered with all the latest! Here are the top wedding trends for 2019 according to leading celebrity wedding experts.



  1. Ceremonial styling
    According to Colin Cowie, the party and wedding planner of choice for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest and Kim Kardashian, we can expect to see more round ceremonies, eco-friendly weddings and, with that, we’ll likely see more vegan meal options. “Keep an eye out for the return of modern, contemporary, minimalist looks; this year, less is more. Out with the over-the-top floral walls and in with non-traditional florals composed of wheat or grass.”

  2. Bridal beauty
    Less is also more when it comes to bridal makeup, according to celebrity make-up artist Melissa Sassine. “What I mean by this is in the relation to the colour palette. Even though they want flawless long-lasting bridal makeup, they still want to look the best version of themselves, without overly dramatic eyes and harsh contours.” Her favourite bridal colour palette is neutral tones and light champagne shimmer on the eyes, fluffy lashes, natural bronzers to warm up the skin, soft highlighters, with pink/nude lustrous lips.

  3. Gorgeous gowns
    Using Bridal Fashion Week as our inspirational sounding board, we’re expecting to see plenty of bows, sparkles, statement sleeves, halter gowns, capes, touches of colour and multi-tiered dresses in coming months. According to celebrity couture designer who just debuted his collection at Paris Fashion Week, Alin Le’ Kal, we’re going to be seeing feathers floating down the aisles this year. “Designers are just loving feathers! It is going to be everywhere. Crystals and feathers, you can’t go wrong! I think we could possibly still see feathers in 2020.”

  4. Hot hair
    Bridal gowns are embracing bows this year and the love for bows doesn’t end there. Nicole Kidman’s hairstylist Kylee Heath, who has been trusted with the gorgeous locks of Margot Robbie, Sofia Vergara, Isla Fisher and Emma Roberts, suspects the ribbons and bows we’ve been seeing throughout award season will carry over to wedding hair. “I love the idea of a low ponytail with a ribbon tied in it or a bow to finish off the look,” she says.

    Meanwhile, Creative Director at Alan Buki Hair Tiffany Thurtell, who has worked on Miranda Kerr and Madonna’s hair, says hair accessories and ponytails are huge. “Hair throughout 2018 became so undone and relaxed giving a very bohemian vibe. Moving into 2019, hair is still looking relaxed with glossy loose waves. However, it is becoming more polished with a glam/luxe vibe.”

  5. Take the cake
    The famous and multi award-winning cake designer Faye Cahill predicts the trend of artistic and fun styles for 2019. “Think painted watercolour finishes, palette knife textures, fondant ruffles, drippy icing and abstract sculptures of chocolate and isomalt (a technical clear sugar). You will also find fun and optimistic cakes. “Following the announcement of Living Coral as the colour of the year, I think we will see a move away from dull neutrals to more vibrant hues.”


Silver/grey is the new black: V For Hair & Beauty Merivale

Going grey gracefully and letting yourself go… there is an enormous difference! In fact, according to Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee from V For Hair & Beauty Merivale as seen on TV, you don’t have to be on the far side of 65 to be a ‘silver siren’!



Getting tired of the time and expense of getting hair coloured as soon as the greys show? Want to avoid the chemicals used to colour your hair? Perhaps you’re travelling more and don’t want to find a new hairdresser in every port you visit or maybe you’re ready to embrace your maturity and its natural beauty, now’s the time to rock your silver locks.

“Social media sites like Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram feature women of all ages proudly wearing silver-grey hair with blending tones, soft shades and beautiful hues like sand, iris, silver, dove, lilac and silver ash – at all lengths too,” Vicki says. “Get inspired, search the net, talk to your stylist and have a change!”


Stepping Up: Canterbury Bride

Bridesmaids are stepping up the style this year! From bold colours to statement detailing, we’ve got the lowdown all the latest styles you can expect to see stepping into the spotlight in 2019.



  1. Sunny style
    Yellow is simply just magical isn’t it? This sunny colour appears to be trending everywhere in fashion as of late and it’s found its way into the world of weddings. Brighten up a dreary day or embrace warm weather with bright yellow dresses and complementing flowers and/or decorations. From pale buttercup yellow to deep golden mustard, there’s a shade for every maid.

  2. Wrapped up
    This simple, classic dress has been a staple of every woman’s wardrobe. Thanks to its comfort, class, functionality and ability to flatter a multitude of figures, wrap dresses are certainly having a moment in the bridal spotlight. Elegant peaches, pastel tones and neutral shades are proving particularly popular for this effortlessly chic look.

  3. At the halter
    Halternecks give off the ultimate sexy Grecian vibe, particularly in shades like sage green, silvery lavender, pale rose and powder blue. This style is coming in hot after Meghan Markle stepped out for her wedding reception last May in that stunning Stella McCartney number, setting the precedent for other brides and bridesmaids in 2019.

  4. Get it white
    White bridesmaid dresses?! Shock horror! White has been a no-go for bridesmaids since the beginning of time, but it appears this trend is picking up the pace. The trick is to find the right white bridesmaid dress that will complement but not outshine the bride’s own gown – white is a particularly great option for bridesmaids if the bride is going for a coloured dress. Looking for something a bit more cutting edge? White jumpsuits might just be the answer.

  5. All in the details
    Embroidered detailing was big news on the bridal catwalk in 2018, and this year it’s made its way to the maids themselves. Intricately embellished gowns are feminine and elegant, and are proving to be a big hit amongst the maximalist and boho brides. Full-blown glitzy or a dainty touch of detail – either way, it’s sure to turn heads.

  6. Statement sleeves
    Long gone are 2018’s fitted sleeves as 2019 brings us sleeves of sophistication. A dress with barely-there capped sleeves that grace the shoulders is a pretty alternative to a plain old strapless number (top tip: a lace bodice adds a cute vintage twist). Flutter and ruffled sleeves are the ultimate combination bohemian and luxe, and they’re particularly ideal for maids who want to cover the tops of their arms. If you’re on the hunt for something a bit different – look no further: while flared sleeves are a bold choice, they’ve got just the right dose of dramatic flair.


Bespoke and sentimental: Via Sollertia

The true meaning of bespoke refers to handcrafted design, developed in close consultation with the client.



A bespoke ring crafted from a piece of jewellery with sentimental value is a meaningful way of re-creating something beautiful, says designer Clare of Via Sollertia. “We often have customers bring in jewellery from their great grandmother or a family member who passed away, so we can turn it into bridal jewellery or an engagement ring. It’s my favourite thing to create – I love the family story and sentimentality behind it. And there is no wastage, so it’s also an eco-conscious, sustainable option.”

Located in the heart of the city on iconic New Regent Street, the family-owned business provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and can work with any budget. “We’re willing to go above and beyond what customers expect. Throughout the creation process, they are involved every step of the way.”

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook. Phone 366 8001 or visit for more information.


Nuptial Inspo 2019: Canterbury Bride

When it comes to the big day, it’s your opportunity to be the belle of the ball and the life of the party. And, while you want the day to be all about you, there’s no harm in looking to global trends to make it the best when it comes to your matrimonial celebrations.



1. Coral Cravings
When Pantone announced its colour of 2019 as a bright, sunny, pinky-orange named ‘Living Coral’, chances are the colour institute hadn’t banked on starting a new bridal trend. But they’ve certainly got us craving coral and this showstopper is perfect for a sunny summer wedding.

2. Banquet Beauty
Smaller round tables and tall centrepieces are being eschewed for elegant long banquet tables with low centrepieces or simply draped in greenery and dotted with simple tea lights or fairy lights. It’s more social and it’s more Insta-worthy – win-win!

3. Less is more
Sometimes less really is more and this can certainly be said of 2019 wedding dress trends as we herald the return of classic designs and simple styles. Heading the return is the poster girl for minimalism, Meghan Markle, whose own dress, designed by the British fashion designer Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of fashion powerhouse Givenchy, transformed how we seek to dress on the big day.

4. Go-to Greenery
We’re bringing the outside in for 2019 weddings, with greenery reigning as a classic go-to shade of weddings this year. Trees and foliage are taking centre stage, offering lush rich table runners and decoration that makes a strong base for the popular minimalist look.

5. Well-Groomed
Groomsmen are proving three’s not a crowd in 2019 as they take their best three-piece suits to the aisle. The three piece suit is a classic and about as suave and stylish as it can get for the men in our lives.

6. Writing’s on the wall
Handwritten notes are a nostalgic thing of the past, which makes handwritten wedding invitations something extra special and 2019 brides are utilising professional illustrators to let their fingers do the talking.

7. Colourful confetti
There’s no denying that 2019 weddings all come down to Insta-worthiness and the colourful confetti trend certainly takes the crown for that! Of course though, this is 2019, so the confetti is enviro-conscious confetti; water-soluble, non-toxic and biodegradable, but wow-worthy none the less.

8. Gender Fluidity
We’re used to bridesmaids and groomsmen, but this year expect to see more bridesmen, groomsgirls and best women! Because the beauty of 2019 weddings is that we don’t have to fit our celebrations into boxes – and that includes our nearest and dearest.


Well groomed

Well groomed

We look at the latest looks for grooms and their groomsmen for 2019. It is never really a casual affair when it comes to weddings – and the gentlemen are stealing the show even more so this season in the latest formal, but fun, refinery.


Well groomed


Three piece – triple the style
First up, our blokes will be increasingly suiting up in their best three-piece, with looks that are sharper than ever. This offers versality as the night heats up. Guys can ditch the jacket when it’s dance time and still sport the dashing waistcoat to flaunt a sense of occasion.


Touchable Texture
Texture, texture everywhere, as in plush velvets and velour, or more streamlined tweeds – all are very welcome to the top table this year. Warm and inviting, the bride won’t be able to resist cuddling up.


Patterned partners
A flowery tie can look blooming lovely beside the buttonhole, whereas hounds-tooth indulges a strong depth of character. Along with the emphasis on fine detail and formality, it is a licence to express a playful side. It is not mandatory to be a plain James anymore. Even floral suits would match certain colourful characters, or lively wedding themes.


Colour up the couture
Black or grey is the usual top-of-mind groomsman image – but enter more sultry burgundies, gorgeous greens and bright blue hues. However, a token accent is just as cool in these colours.
Mix it for marriage

Mix and matching the outfits adds a whole lot of individual character, while still keeping to the wedding’s theme. Personalities are set to shine here, as they join the brides in expressing individuality. A colourful velvet suit for the groom, for example, can offset the ties or waistcoats for the rest of the gentlemen.


Colour-code pairing
Black and blue is a fine partnership in the latest looks. A blue suit with black lapels, sports a dapper modern-day twist, while a racing-green suit with burgundy detailing is a rather royal touch.


A handsome silhouette
Taking into account the eclectic license to experiment this wedding season, a suit that is slim fitting, with impeccable presentation and detail, is ideally what is required to woo.


Classic detailing
Coat-tails are very English gentleman – and are swishing up the wedding set especially among the taller lads. Slim-fitting, double-breasted suit jackets look great on most builds.


Play to a theme
Consider military style with metal buttons, medals and tight cotton pants – a swoon-worthy solider-style groom will be the real gentleman to carry his bride over the threshold. Or try vintage style. Pick an era and play the part, 1920s perhaps? Think big cuffs, silk linings and all the dapper detailing of yesteryear.



Via Sollertia

Significantly You: Via Sollertia

The symbolism behind marital rings is of such significance that in trying to find the perfect ring that says who they are, couples can easily become overwhelmed.


Via Sollertia


Via Sollertia Jewellery has been creating exquisite custom-made jewellery for 23 years, from rings bracelets and bangles, through to necklaces, pendants and earrings, or whatever else is desired. Just like food and fashion, jewellery changes with the times, and Via Sollertia’s jewellery designer, Clare, says there’s a definite shift towards more contemporary, eclectic styled rings nowadays.

“There’s an interesting move towards rings being comprised of a mix of shapes, colours and cuts – as in marquise, baguette and princess, for example. But it’s also about how the ring sits on the finger,” Clare says.
Via Sollertia prides itself on unsurpassable craftsmanship in producing bespoke jewellery that absolutely says it all.


Via Sollertia


Via Sollertia
11 New Regent Street
Ph 366 8001



A fling with bling

A fling with bling

It’s an exciting decision that can be made in a heartbeat, or after months of pondering. After all, it’s a forever investment, a future heirloom – the token of true love. While still mainly classic in design and elegance, there are a few fabulous points of difference when it taking a fling with bling in 2019.


A fling with bling


We look at the latest trends in engagement rings that you can expect to see this year.

Split-shank settings
Two open bands, often of fine diamantes, spread out to join the centre piece. This gives the illusion of wearing two rings, creating a delicate, open design.

Oval cuts
Model Hailey Baldwin’s engagement ring from her beau Justin Beiber – an opulent oval diamond solitaire – stunned the media and cinched the trend. Oval shapes can also go to extremes, narrowing to elongated points; a nod to art deco.

Oh so royal in blue, as seen on the elegant fingers of Lady Diana and Kate Middleton – sapphires are stars in the latest ring choices. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga and Princess Eugenie were pretty in pink, with feminine rosy-hued sapphires.

Stackable and nested diamonds
Paris Hilton doubled up with this trend of more is more. Rings that nest in together or create a row on the ring finger is all the go. Three otherwise delicate bands are a dramatic eye-catching ensemble. And then there’s the flexibility to wear just one or two.

Halo settings
A cushioned solitaire gem encircled by a cluster of diamantes is a graceful classic that makes a standout statement. We will also see unique takes on classic spheres, with intricate and unique shaping.

Coloured gems
Coloured precious gems are personalising brides to be. Emeralds, aquamarine, topaz, ruby, morganite, and other dazzlers, create a perfect marriage combined with the scintillating sparkle of diamonds.

Yellow gold bands
After years of whiter metals taking the limelight, yellow gold is finally warming and brightening the tone. Gold is encircling ring fingers in hardwearing 14k and 18k luxury.

Three stones
We are still in love with Megan Markle’s three-stones-in-a-row tradition. However, a modern twist upon a classic is incorporating different shapes and coloured gemstones.

Interesting shapes
Gems are also going tear drop, diamond, rectangular or pear-shaped. And some sparkly clusters are more organically formed, as opposed to manufactured.

East-west settings
With the gem set horizontally across the width of the band, the ring then appears more fluid in design – and interestingly, imparts a different kind of sparkle.



Wild for Weddings

Wild for Weddings

Weddings and all customs related are completely addictive. It’s probably because they’re an excuse to indulge in an otherworldly, fabulous day and because planning the details is an excuse to obsess about the finer points of glamour, of etiquette, of, in fact, anything awe-inspiring and delicious, which prettily overrides the strict necessities of life.


Wild for Weddings


Maybe we’ve entered a new romantic period in history. Blame social media. But this is a good thing, right? People want their photos in noteworthy locations; on the tops of things, sometimes involving helicopters, or trailing in the tide, so that the dress will have to be sold online with a salt-encrusted warning attached.

Whatever; silence the nay-sayers and make a list of some cool ideas which might just be able to come to fruition. Maybe you want your photos somewhere gritty and dilapidated; somewhere characterful looking, like a film-backdrop. Ditto with the music (actually, the music is one very important facet of your day which might work heaps on the general atmosphere of the occasion, without involving too much extra depth of pocket. Unless you hire the actual musicians, which is an inspired idea too).


Bride-or-groom-zillas can, during the whole run up to the day, become overly worried about minor points of style. At some stage you’ll probably need to be aided to chill out. That’s where your attendants come in handy. What’s going to be important in ten years? This line of questioning might or might not go down a treat, but it’s a good thought-provoker nevertheless.


But, for what it’s worth, here are some planning-pointers to consider for your wedding:

1.In general, do you like to go elaborate/no expense spared, or would you be happy with stripped-back and sincere? Time of day could contribute to the type of occasion, too.

2.Shabby-chic, bohemian weddings are still a thing. After all, heritage-infused maximalism seems to be replacing minimalism in fashion shoots everywhere.

3.Do you like things ‘shockingly simple’ and if so, how does that translate to the catering?

4.If you want every guest to the ceremony to receive something immediately afterward, would you prefer that to be a glass of champagne, a mocktail, or an ice-cream?

5.Solemnity is still required for the ‘I take you..’ part of the ceremony. There isn’t much solemnity in daily life, so this bit is superlatively memorable. Think carefully about the wording of the vows.

6.Do whatever you can to make the day a personalised celebration where guests are comfortable and catered-to. But save a little energy for the honeymoon!



Bridal Makeup Magic

Bridal Makeup Magic

Cameras, kisses, champagne, sunshine and tears of happiness – bridal makeup must last through it all.


Bridal Makeup Magic


A bride’s beautiful face is by far the most unforgettable image of the big day. Weddings might have become a more casual affair for many, but makeup really needs to be perfectly faultless. With a pre-wedding ritual all of its own, it requires the calm creative touch of a professional, who will ensure stress lines don’t feature!

There is much to ponder before picking out colours and products. The weather, the venue, skin type, the dress and, most vital of all, your unique personality. Thankfully, it’s a fanciful era of everything goes for wedding beauty. Nude shimmery lips or matte rose-red pouts, cat’s eyes or doe eyes, sun-kissed skin or a pale porcelain complexion.


Choosing a makeup artist is like finding a bridesmaid, you’ll be on a personal journey together. A good consultant will ask you everything – as absolutely loving your look is number one. Browse Instagram, Pinterest and magazines until you spot that certain image you adore and aspire to.

This guarantees you’re both on the same page. An invaluable trial makeup session is now the thing to do. This ensures you’re feeling comfortable, have made the right choices, your skin won’t react, and you can test out how the products last on your skin. You can buy the lippy for touch ups on the day, or the consultant often has sample sizes.

Don’t do anything drastic or dramatic to your eyebrows near the time that you haven’t tried before. The makeup artist can create them with gels, pencils, or powder on the day. However, microblading is a refined process in stages, with a flattering outcome such as beautifully arched brows akin to Audrey Hepburn. The timelessly feminine winged flick on the eyelids is a photogenic look this lady also rocked so well.

Specialist makeup brands, such as hypo-allergenic Lauren & Louise Cosmetica, ensures luminous photo-worthy effects. Primers for complexion and eyelids are so important for a long-lasting coverage that won’t melt away. Mineral powder and cream blushes appear softer and it’s a bridal trend to highlight the cheekbones. Careful makeup to the décolletage will limit any high-colour flushing and ensure this skin area matches your complexion.

Shimmery shadows are so fine and delicate these days – any age can wear them. Pinky golds are a romantic choice, and the new emeralds and violets for shadows and liners emulate jewel-like fantasy. Gold is also staring, for all over goddess-like glamour.
High definition cameras mean an overall softer makeup effect is essential, as deeper tones can be too harshly accentuated. The wedding makeup artist will work their technical magic so you and your bridesmaids look picture perfect both on and off camera.