Global Wedding Awards 2023

Global Wedding Awards 2023

Sofi Parry, Senior Editor Phone: +44 (0) 203 970 0018 Website: About the Global Wedding Awards 2023 LUXlife’s prestigious Global Wedding Awards are back! Returning for the seventh consecutive year, LUXlife is pleased to host the 2023 edition of the Global Wedding Awards, showcasing the crème de la crème of the international Wedding industry to much delight and commendation over the years! The global Wedding market is expansive, comprising high-end luxury service providers and venues along with smaller independent and boutique businesses, each of which has experienced setbacks in recent years. In spite of this, wedding vendors around the world are returning for 2023 stronger than ever! 2022 saw a boom within the industry which experts predict is set to continue, and we at LUXlife feel that now more than ever the enormous efforts of industry professionals should be recognised and rewarded! With this influx in weddings expected to continue, Wedding professionals are welcoming more clients and overseeing more unions than ever before, each more uniquely personalised than the last. In 2023, couples are expected to drive the trend for increasingly more individualised and customisable wedding services, and the use of digital planning methods is demonstrating just how multifaceted the wedding planning industry truly is.

Contents 4. 1-Host: Best Wedding & Events Planner 2023 - Singapore 6. The Troubadours: Best International Wedding Band 2023 - France 8. Jennifer C. Weddings & Events Agency: Best Wedding & Event Planning Agency 2023 - Dominican Republic 10. David Bloch International: Best Live Events & Entertainment Management Company 2023 - South Africa 12. Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events: Best Unique Wedding & Event Service Provider 2023 - Southern Italy 14. Red Velvet Weddings: Best Central America Destination Wedding Planner 2023 16. John McKay Jewellers: Best Bespoke Handmade Jewellers 2023 - Scotland 18. TB Photography & Videography: Most Captivating Wedding Photographer 2023 (Australia): Tanya-Louise Trandafil 19. Best Wedding Italy: Best Budget-Friendly Wedding Planning Agency 2023 - Italy 20. British Asian Catering: Best Wedding Planning & Catering Company 2023 - East London 21. Château de Siradan Hautes Pyrénées: Most Exclusive Château Venue 2023 & Best Newcomer in International Wedding Venues 2023 - France 22. Wedding Lady: Best Intercultural Wedding Speaker 2023: Naomi Baroness von Sachsen 23. Rosette Event Catering Ltd: Best Luxury Wedding Catering Business 2023 - UK 24. IADWP: Wedding Travel Association of the Year 2023 25. Alea Beauty: Best Nationwide Wedding Hair & Make-Up Team 2023 - USA 26. Kavita Mohan Event Planning: Best Wedding & Party Planner 2023 – Metro Vancouver 27. Taste Caterer: Best Wedding & Event Catering Business 2023 - South East England 28. Francesco Frippa: Most Passionate Wedding Photographer 2023 (Italy) 29. Simply Rose Petals: Wedding Confetti Specialists of the Year 2023 – Australia 30. Wedstimate, LLC: Wedding App of the Year 2023 31. Not Your Ordinary Cakes: Best Bespoke Wedding Cake Bakery 2023 – Houston 32. Wedding In Cortina: Scenic Wedding Planner of the Year 2023 (North Eastern Italy): Viviana Reatt) 33. Vera Morgana: Best Fine Art Wedding Photographer 2023 - Singapore 34. The Dried Petal Company: Best Eco-Friendly Wedding Confetti Provider 2023 35. Waggs N Woofs: Most Trusted Wedding Pet Chaperone Service 2023 - South West England 36. Sarah C. Brown Designs: Best Wedding Floral Design Expert 2023 (Southern California): Sarah Brown 37. The Elopement Experience: Best International Elopement Experience Provider 2023 38. Casey Micallef Photography: Best Family & Wedding Photographer 2023 (Mid North Coast NSW) 39. Weddings in Paphos: Best Luxury Wedding & Event Specialists 2023 - Cyprus 40. Wandering Tree Estate: Most Enchanting Private Wedding & Event Venue 2023 - Illinois 41. Indian Destination Wedding: Best South Asian Destination Wedding,Specialists 2023 - North America 42. Dream Bella Photography: Best Timeless Wedding Photographer 2023 (Riviera Maya): Amanda Chopiany 43. One Vision Photography: Best Wedding Photography & Videography Service 2023 – Wales 44. Oh Hello Bride: Best Bridal Boutique 2023 – Brisbane 45. Head Case Hair Studio: Most Innovative Bridal Hair Expert 2023 - Texas 46. Wedding Cakes by Design: Wedding Cake Designer of the Year 2023 (Northern Ireland): Dawn McCabe 47. Charlotte May Weddings Ltd: Most Dedicated Wedding Planner 2023 (UK): Charlotte Faircliff 48. IULIANA GHINEA: Best Luxury Live Music & Entertainment 2023 - Romania 49. Flowers By Fay - Wedding Florist: Most Trusted Wedding Florist 2023 (Gloucestershire): Fay Wood

Jun22596 4 | LUXlife Magazine Over the last decade, eminent wedding and events planner, 1-Host of Singapore, has entrenched its motto of ‘hosting great memories’ by witnessing countless first dates, celebrations, weddings, and events that it has lovingly been involved in. Today, 1-Host is committed to be dedicated to providing exceptional guest experiences in a variety of different ways across its portfolio. Renowned for its signature events and venues, the 1-Host team of experienced event planners has successfully organised more than 2,500 weddings, private parties, and corporate events to date and excels in everything from conceptualising to planning, to staying until the last guest leaves, to orchestrating each and every special event the way it was envisioned. 1-Host is proud to manage a diverse range of Singapore’s most iconic and memorable event venues that are sure to sweep its clients off their feet and leave a lasting impression with their guests too. The group’s eight award-winning restaurants and bars, which range from charming gardens away from the hustle and bustle to mesmerising sky-high destinations, ensure that those hosting their wedding at 1-Host’s portfolio of unique wedding venues will create memories that will last a lifetime. Alvin Chua of 1-Host tells us more about the wedding industry in Singapore, including recent trends and how he works to stay ahead of the curve. “Wedding events are definitely getting smaller in scale,” he explains. “People now want something more intimate and not something on a large scale. With the use of technology, we have managed to stay ahead of our competition by offering a customised wedding solemnisation or wedding package.” 1-Host’s wedding packages enable the happy couple to customise their ideal day simply and efficiently, and the team of dedicated wedding experts are on hand every step of the way to ensure the big day runs without a single hitch. “Your wedding day is a reflection of your love story and soul that binds you and your dearest,” Alvin continues. “We are with you every step of the way to ensure that the event runs as smoothly and as stress-free as possible for you.” The wedding planning process may seem complex yet 1-Host makes it appear so simple. To begin with, the company will meet its clients Mar23070 Best Wedding & Events Planner 2023 - Singapore 1-Host is a group of wedding planners and coordinators dedicated to providing dream weddings for its clients. Established in 2005, the firm has now risen from being a one-man band to having a team of many people to ensure that each and every wedding is bespoke, beautiful, and perfect for the bride and groom. We find out more from Alvin Chua as the firm is recognised in the Global Wedding Awards 2023. roughly two months prior to the event to go over all the details. This consultation is the ideal time and place to discuss the requirements of the day with a checklist to ensure that all grounds are covered. Some points of discussion may include the choice of theme, the table menu, and name tents, as well as any logistical requirements such as floor plans and programme flow. 1-Host will also arrange for food tasting in order to confirm your choice of menu, as well as the beverage service. Clients can use this time to raise any concerns and the dedicated wedding coordinator will be happy to address any issues that arise. “There is a lot to consider for a smooth wedding day. With your dedicated wedding day coordinator on hand, we will ensure every detail discussed is executed flawlessly,” Alvin states. “We stay on-site to plan and coordinate every moment and will be the familiar face you need by your side. Your dedicated coordinator will become your silent aide overseeing every element from start to end with exceptional organisation, allowing you to have a stress-free day whilst ensuring an enjoyable process!” The dedicated staff are always on hand, guiding you step-by-step throughout the process, and playing an important role in the overall success of each and every event, as well as in the overall success of the company. Holding annual vision and mission sessions, where everyone realigns themselves in the new organisational goals, is something that 1-Host does to ensure all of its team members are singing from the same hymn sheet. “We work based on collective leadership,” Alvin says. “We empower our employees to make certain decisions. That allows them to be more proactive in the dealings with clients.” Recently, as testament to its commitment to its clients and staff, and in recognition of the array of glittering events and weddings that 1-Host has been involved in over the years, the firm was named Best Wedding & Events Planner 2023 – Singapore in the Global Wedding Awards. But it doesn’t stop there and Alvin tells us that there are plans for expansion overseas in the coming year or two. Company: 1-Host Contact: Alvin Chua Web Address:

Jun22596 6 | LUXlife Magazine It’s not every day you come across a band that can burst into any room, in any country, full of unsuspecting diners, and cause an immediate flurry of excitement… but somehow these guys do it, every time, and in style! We find out more about renowned four-man band, The Troubadours, as they are named in the Global Wedding Awards 2023. The Troubadours is a dynamic and highly interactive strolling party band that has gained acclaim for its ability to create unforgettable experiences for audiences around the world. With a focus on intimate settings and personalised service, the band has built a reputation for delivering high-energy performances that get guests up on their feet and dancing. From exclusive product launches and VIP gatherings for luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Cartier, Chaval Blanc, and Vacheron Constantine, to public performances at renowned restaurants like LPM (formerly known as La Petite Maison) in Mayfair, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Miami, Hong Kong, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, The Troubadours bring their unique style and infectious energy to a wide range of events and audiences. Specialising in intimate settings for audiences ranging from 10 to 200 people, The Troubadours are a compact, self-contained strolling band that can fit into any venue or setting, whether playing for an intimate dinner party on a yacht or a wedding reception in a castle. A four-member band consisting of Manuel on guitar and vocals, Jason on double bass and vocals, Sam on drums and vocals, and Vini on guitar and vocals, the line-up has remained unchanged for the past 10 years. All band members play a vital role in the show, taking turns leading songs, making it essentially a group with four band leaders. Best International Wedding Band 2023 - France

Global Wedding Awards 2023 | 7 The Troubadours have had the pleasure of performing for some of the world's most well-known celebrities including Beyonce, Jay Z, Sean Connery, Alexandre Arnault, Prince Albert, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Lewis Hamilton. Roger Federer and his family are also known to be huge fans, and the band has had the honour of playing for them on several occasions. These experiences have not only been thrilling for the band members but have also helped to solidify their status as a toptier entertainment option for high-profile events. More recently, the band played the star-studded wedding ceremony of Elliot Grainge and Sofia Richie (daughter of Lionel Richie), at an exclusive venue in the South of France. Completely self-sufficient and acoustic, the band requires no sound system, stage, or lighting, and they like to be amongst the audience throughout the evening. Beginning their first set as soon as dinner is served, bursting in on unsuspecting diners and going from table to table to play for each group of guests, The Troubadours love taking requests and bantering with the guests while performing harmony-driven songs from all styles and genres. The second set starts as guests are finishing their main course, and again the band strolls around the room from table to table, upping the energy and getting the crowd involved. During this time, there is typically a lot of crowd participation! The third set is when The Troubadours really unleash and get the party going, usually as guests are having dessert, coffee, and/or after speeches. Exploding with an array of high-energy party songs, and getting up close and personal with the crowd, as opposed to performing onstage, the band really gets everyone involved in the experience. Expect rock ‘n’ roll, pop and dance, old singalong classics, and a really awesome party atmosphere! The aim is for the clients to have one of the best parties of their lives that they'll remember forever. As a highly experienced wedding band, The Troubadours have noticed several developments and challenges in the industry recently. One major trend is the increasing demand for unique, personalised wedding experiences that reflect each couple's individuality and style. To stay ahead of the curve, the band has focused on providing a personalised, high-quality service to its clients and works closely with each couple to understand their vision and preferences, and tailor all performances accordingly. Recently, The Troubadours celebrated success as they were named in the Global Wedding Awards as Best International Wedding Band 2023 – France. This coveted and prestigious accolade is testament to the dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm that the band has shown over the years. The future for The Troubadours is looking bright and exciting. The band’s dedication to excellence has paid off and they have seen strong demand for their services, proudly being fully booked for 2023 and with upcoming shows this year in some amazing destinations including The Maldives, the Middle East, and all over Europe. The gents are especially thrilled to be showcasing in Las Vegas and hope to build new clientele and fans in the US too. With bookings already racking up for 2025 and beyond, the entire band is excited to continue pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the wedding industry, and delivering unforgettable experiences for all clients. “As a band, we are always looking to revamp our repertoire and this year is no different. We constantly strive to improve and provide the best possible show for our clients. As we continue to grow and expand, our internal culture remains rooted in transparency, respect, and equal enthusiasm. “We believe that our strong team dynamic and shared passion for music is what sets us apart in the industry. Our success is not only measured by the number of shows we book but also by the relationships we build with our clients. As we move forward, we will continue to prioritise these values and work hard to maintain our reputation as a top-performing band in the wedding and events industry.” Company: The Troubadours Email: [email protected] Web Address:

Jun22596 8 | LUXlife Magazine Jennifer C Weddings & Events Agency is a premium luxury wedding agency within the Dominican Republic that offers a wide and varied range of services. These include full service custom wedding planning and design, weekend and destination planning (which includes multi-day wedding weekend experiences, from welcome parties to rehearsal dinners, excursions, and many more throughout the wedding weekend), event planning (such as birthday parties, holiday celebrations, proposals), and corporate events (gala dinners, expositions, parties). Whilst many of Jennifer C’s beloved clients have travelled from all over the world to use the agency’s exclusive services, they predominantly come from the United States, Canada, France, Eastern Europe and, of course, the Dominican Republic – an idyllic, tropical paradise that many people all over the world flock to. So, it’s no surprise that these people (especially those from colder climates) are seeking sunny, Caribbean destinations like Punta Cana as their choice of a wedding destination. Established by its namesake, Jennifer Collado, the company’s motto is simple: ‘For the Love of the Show!’ This mantra forms the central ethos for the firm’s core values and mission, as Jennifer explains further. “This simple statement encompasses why we exist as a company,” she begins. “The slightly chaotic nature of our work all leads to one amazing moment, when the show goes live. “We pride ourselves in transparency with each one of our clients. We aren’t the type of planners that will tell something is beautiful just because, we will be open, honest, and will go above the call of duty to simply see you smile. We work with love for all our clients, and we use that as our guide when planning all our events.” Jennifer herself is a highly ambitious and performance-driven wedding planner and events production expert, with an unparalleled work ethic and proven track record of excellence and professionalism. Well-versed in working with diverse workgroups and managing Mar23084 Best Wedding & Event Planning Agency 2023 - Dominican Republic Based in the picture-perfect setting of Punta Cana, Jennifer C Weddings & Events Agency (Jennifer C) already has a huge advantage over its competitors. However, this doesn’t stop ambitious entrepreneur, Jennifer Collado, striving for more in order to remain at the top of her game. We speak to Jennifer and find out more as her company celebrates a win in the global Wedding Awards 2023. complex tasks, she is known to have an exemplary customer service approach and a team-focused attitude. Founded in 2016, Jennifer C Wedding & Events Agency has successfully pioneered in planning different types of weddings as well as uniquely designed customised weddings, where Jennifer excels in allowing clients to feel free to have their weddings and events just the way they’ve always dreamt of.

Global Wedding Awards 2023 | 9 “Through all this, I can offer a creative and collaborative experience that empowers and lights up significant moments and ideas in your life or business,” she elaborates. “I have experience in putting together weddings and events of different sizes and complexities, and I can be relied upon to create a seamless guest experience. As a true professional, I’m always the last one to leave and switch the lights off at the end of an event. I represent my clients with the highest regard possible.” Jennifer’s experience and professionalism has seen her grow her company from a one-woman band to the thriving bustling agency it is today, and she truly values each and every team member who has joined her on her incredible journey. Strongly believing in building meaningful relationships, both with her staff and her clients, Jennifer always strives to exude elegance and class, alongside an inviting vibe, and this is something she instils in her team too. “The way we carry ourselves, dress, how we attend our client meetings makes a big impact, as we know first impressions are lasting impressions.” As a tight-knit group that have worked together for many years, each dedicated staff member plays a particular role in coordinating or executing each client’s vision, and each staff member uses their natural abilities in executing their roles and responsibilities. Jennifer tells us that she has certain staff members that are naturally great when speaking and communicating with people, so they are keen to engage with the guests – and she has some staff members who have an eye for detail, so they are essential when dealing with the execution of the décor. Before each wedding, the team will hold meetings wherein they can discuss everyone’s roles and responsibilities, the layout, design, décor, timeline, and even dress code, going through each wedding or event in minute detail to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that nothing is left unknown. “My staff is truly the best!” enthuses Jennifer. “Every individual who works for us plays a vital role in ensuring that we deliver the fabulous weddings and events we are known for. It’s all for the love of the show and it always will be.” The Dominican Republic thrives on tourism which provides Jennifer C with an excellent opportunity as there is an unprovoked and plentiful attraction from many people. However, because of this, the market is becoming heavily saturated and it is important that the firm stays ahead of the crowd by providing customised wedding designs to each and every one of its clients. Due to this determination, dedication, and passion, the agency was recently recognised in the Global Wedding Awards and bestowed with the prestigious title of Best Wedding & Event Planning Agency 2023 - Dominican Republic. Understandably delighted by this achievement, Jennifer now has her sights firmly set on a lucrative future of continued growth, culminating into the company becoming the leading wedding agency not just in the Dominican Republic, but in the entire Caribbean region. “My staff and I are always searching for ways to develop ourselves; sometimes through training or accreditation sessions or even changing our business aesthetic by restructuring some of our business services that are more in demand with our clients,” she states. “I am always looking for new ways to introduce myself to potential clients and to stay in touch with old clients too, in order to continue to improve and expand my services and make everyone’s dream event come to fruition.” Company: Jennifer C. Weddings & Events Agency Web Address: Photography Credit: Puntacanastorytellers

10 | LUXlife Magazine orn and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, David received his tertiary training at the Technikon Pretoria Dance and Musical Theatre School, attaining distinctions in both acting and singing. Prior to opening David Bloch International, and throughout the early years of his career, David performed and worked with celebrated names in several well-known productions, such as the late Alan Johnson, Emmy award-winning Director and Choreographer, on the South African National Tour of West Side Story. He has performed in a plethora of mediums across the entertainment spectrum and, to this day, continues to make special appearances as a featured vocalist and Master of Ceremonies for both corporate and private events. As a Creative Director and Show Producer, David has coordinated and managed artists and talent for some of South Africa’s leading companies and events, as well as many international projects in Dubai, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, India, Hong Kong, Macau, Germany, Turkey, Poland, Sydney, numerous countries across the African continent, Seychelles, and Mauritius. Historically, David’s clients have been CEOs and Senior Executive Directors of major corporates, as well as individuals and teams representing broadcast organisations, production houses and advertising agencies. Entertainment is not just what David Bloch does, it’s who he is, and he has had the pleasure and privilege of working with a variety of artists and speciality acts from around the world. Many of them have appeared on television programmes such as Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, America/Britain’s Got Talent, Spain’s Got Talent, and The Voice Mexico. Some of the artists David has worked with include John Legend, SEAL, Sir Brian May, Katherine Jenkins OBE, David Blaine, Trevor Noah, Academy Award Winner Charlize Theron, and Emmy Winning Choreographer Derek Hough. David has instilled his passion for the arts and entertainment into his live events management company, David Bloch International, which he founded 16 years ago. Clients are at the heart of the business, and David goes above and beyond to exceed their every expectation, treating them with respect, honesty and transparency. From virtual and hybrid projects to in-person events, the portfolio of David Bloch International is continually diversifying and expanding to encompass more entertainment services. For most of his 25 years in the live events space, David has focused on corporate events and television broadcasts, but he has been expanding more into the private sector in recent years. Best Live Events & Entertainment Management Company 2023 - South Africa David Bloch is a multi-award-winning Creative Live Events Producer and Show Director who has staged productions and managed talent for a variety of leading companies and high-profile events across the world. Although the bulk of his experience focuses on corporate events and television productions, he has naturally progressed into the private sector, producing bespoke events and extravagant weddings. Here, we speak to David to find out more about his experiences with wedding planning. B David Bloch

Global Wedding Awards 2023 | 11 Wedding images courtesy of Kate Maclean Photography. Given his vast experience, as well as his network of valued partners and service providers, it is only natural that he shifted into other spheres of the industry. This has provided many new opportunities for David, including the chance to produce bespoke private events and weddings for exclusive clients, both locally and internationally. Although not known as a traditional wedding planner, David has had the opportunity to assist couples and their families in creating and producing the most beautiful weddings. He is particularly proud of the fact that he doesn’t restrict himself to a signature look or style, so his weddings are never ‘copied and pasted.’ David was proud to have been featured in the September 2017 edition of Vogue India’s ‘The Wedding Book.’ This series, entitled VOGUEalbums, profiled and celebrated some of the best and most exciting weddings from around the world. David stands out as a wedding planner for many reasons. Firstly, his creative partners are not traditional wedding service providers. Therefore, when it comes to the supply of décor, design, technical support and talent, David’s weddings are truly unique. The clients and their guests are unlikely to have seen similar executions at other wedding celebrations. Secondly, when producing live events, there are so many things to consider that traditional wedding planners may never have to think about. David is used to preparing for every eventuality, going above and beyond to ensure everything is perfect. His clients benefit from his thorough planning. He comments, “I'd like to think it provides a sense of comfort and security that my client is in good hands, and that every possible item and scenario from A-Z is being considered.” David has purposefully only made himself available for a handful of weddings to date. While he usually has multiple projects on the go, David will always be fully focused on one wedding at a time. This provides a sense of exclusivity, making their special day even more exciting. Thanks to his natural flair for the dramatic, brides can always count on the fact that their day will be full of fun, excitement, and theatrics with David Bloch International at the helm. One of David’s brides asked him to produce her wedding after seeing some of his previous corporate and private work. Knowing that he only produced a select number of weddings, she was so excited when he agreed to it. She explained that she did not want a traditional wedding planner because she had attended many weddings in the past and wanted something different. “I was amazed and flattered to have even been asked,” David says. “The fact that she held me in such high regard, and that many of her friends knew who I was because of my reputation in the industry, was a great pride boost. It's always wonderful to be validated and appreciated.” As a result of David’s expertise, which he utilises to produce weddings on exclusive occasions, David Bloch International has won Best Live Events and Entertainment Management Company, South Africa, in the Global Wedding Awards 2023. Moving on from this success, David Bloch International has some exciting projects in the pipeline, both in South Africa and internationally. So far in 2023, the company has begun work on the production of a host of corporate and private events. There is no doubt that the rest of the year will bring many new opportunities and challenges for David and his team. David hopes to continue learning, producing great work and inspiring others, and he is keen to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with emerging talent wherever possible. His industry is truly his passion, and to echo the words of Donatella Versace, "creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.” It is this motto that colours David’s work daily, and the collaborative creation with his clients and valued partners, paired with critical thinking and strategising a multitude of ideas, is something that David is inspired by and thrives upon. Contact Details Contact: David Bloch Company: David Bloch International Web Address:

Jun22596 12 | LUXlife Magazine Heralded as the Best Unique Wedding & Event Service Provider 2023 - Southern Italy, Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events has already managed to make a name for itself as a boutique wedding service that has mastered the art of planning astonishingly perfect events. From its wide range of venues, to its devotion to each and every individual attending its ceremonies, Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events has every tool to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch. Based in Maratea, the ‘City of 44 Churches’, Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events has garnered an impressive catalogue of venues for couples to choose from. Whether you’re wanting your wedding to take place in a traditional church or cathedral, or looking for a more contemporary beach wedding, Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events has an endless array of options to suit your wedding needs. Whatever you require, the team will provide, and their expertise will guarantee an event unlike any other. Of course, the brilliant coordinators recognise that no two weddings should ever be the same. So, Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events aims to inspire individuality throughout each ceremony it constructs. With an undoubtable prowess in how to perfectly establish a wedding unlike any other, it holds all of the skills necessary to make your day utterly unique to you. There is no go-to plan for this creative team; every wedding is crafted around the wants of the client, all to fashion an unforgettable day. No matter the sort of wedding you’re wanting, be it a catholic or civil ceremony, Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events has the experience to tailor an event that best represents you. It’s mastered the art of homing in on what values its clients hold, and fully focuses itself and its team on realising these values when helping you select your venues, modes of transport, reception and more. No concept is too grand for the team, and every idea holds a whole host of inspiration that they’ll be more than eager to explore. Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events sees every new event as an opportunity to create magic. Assisting clients in living out their dream is its overwhelming passion, and this love for the craft is unmistakable when it comes to the weddings it arranges. With over 10 years of experience, the team have become adept in their field, and, as such, will be able to carefully manage the planning of your big day. Out of their many services, Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events offers a wonderfully thoughtful wedding planner package. Boasting a complete consultancy, as well as providing clients with a vast range of options for exclusive locations, wedding invitations, floral scenography, and much Mar23663 Best Unique Wedding & Event Service Provider 2023 - Southern Italy A wedding day is often what every person in the world seems to be working towards. Almost everybody goes through life waiting for the day that they’ll fall in love, and eventually marry their soulmate. However, when that day finally arrives, it’s imperative that everything goes according to plan, and Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events is at the forefront of bringing everyone’s wedding dreams to life. more, this meticulously crafted service removes all of the stress from your wedding planning process. Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events will ensure your vision is realised, whilst handling all of the tricky parts that could result in unneeded stress. The team want you to enjoy each moment of your wedding, and that includes the planning that leads up to the event itself. And, if you’re wanting your wedding to take place within Italy, Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events specialises in organising its services within Southern Italy. It has plenty of secluded locations, such as hotels, castles, private villas, and churches, in its repertoire, and it’s all thanks to this unrivalled knowledge of the area that allows for such an insight into the more niche wonders of Italy. You aren’t limited to these locations, but they act as a suggestion for anyone set on partaking in an authentic Italian wedding experience. However, if you’re wanting a fantastic service of the utmost quality, but are dreaming of a wedding somewhere else in the world, then Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events will be more than happy to assist. Thanks to its dedication to its clients, it is more than willing to assist you in planning your wedding abroad, and has removed all limitations to ensure your dreams come true. Location isn’t viewed as a barrier, and instead seen as an exciting concept for the team to begin planning. Additionally, if you’re wanting to make a weekend out of your wedding, either for yourself or your guests, Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events has you completely covered. It offers organising services for your guests, including accommodation, as well as transfers from stations, airports, or even via helicopter. It will completely take care of entertaining guests with themed parties or excursions, and will even offer customised welcome bags upon arrival. So, you can be sure your guests will be in as fantastic hands as you are. Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events is a planning service that truly has its clients at the heart of everything it does. It loves weddings, and holds an immense passion for the field of planning that emanates from every part of the process. No matter your wants, needs, or plans, Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events will craft a wedding that’ll be preserved in your memory for the rest of your life. Your special day should be special, and Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events will ensure that your wedding will be perfect. Contact Details Contact: Valentina Trotta Company: Valentina Trotta Wedding & Events Web Address:

Jun22596 14 | LUXlife Magazine A wedding is a once in a lifetime occasion, one that many people dream about for years. Some couples choose to have a destination wedding to make the day as unique and as beautiful as possible. The planning process should be fun and exciting as couples look forward to the big day, however it can end up being stressful and overwhelming for those who haven’t planned a big event before. Furthermore, on the day, many couples find themselves preoccupied with worrying about coordination and logistics rather than being present with their family, friends, and loved ones. The right wedding planner can take the stress out of the whole process, from idea conception to reception. Working with Red Velvet Weddings is the perfect solution for couples who feel they would benefit from a helping hand in the planning process. Ise mostly works with couples planning destination weddings in Costa Rica, designing a unique day based on their vision and budget. Ise is dedicated to making the process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible by ensuring advance preparation, organization, and fluid communication between her and her clients. Through this, she makes couples’ dreams come true and provides them with a truly wonderful experience from start to finish. Coordination and event management are Ise’s passion. She has experience with various types of events, from small intimate elopement celebrations to large extravagant weddings. No matter what couples are looking for, Ise is prepared to bring their vision to life. She focuses on the small, personalised touches that make the day unique for her clients, always consulting with them to find out what fits their vision and what doesn’t. Her ultimate goal is to organize the perfect event. No couple should look back on their wedding day and reflect on things that could have been better. To ensure this, Ise is prepared for flexibility, adjusting plans to suit the weather and any other changing circumstances the day brings. Based in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Red Velvet Weddings is a wedding planning company owned by Ise Chaves, who offers full and partial planning services as well as dayof coordination. Ise is passionate about love stories and strives to incorporate each couple’s unique journey into their ceremony and celebrations. From intimate elopements to extravagant destination weddings, she works to suit any budget, consistently creating beautiful and unforgettable events. Best Central America Destination Wedding Planner 2023

Global Wedding Awards 2023 | 15 Red Velvet Weddings offers three different planning packages, catering to a range of needs. Firstly, Ise offers a full planning package, in which she supports clients from the moment they brainstorm their initial ideas. She aims to drive these ideas into reality, assisting with venue searching, selection of vendors, budget management, and coordination of bookings and payments. Through this, she expertly creates the event of clients’ dreams. On the day, she is present to help set up in the morning and coordinate the full event. Secondly, Ise offers partial planning, which perfectly suits those who have all the planning and organizational skills to get the job done but need a helping hand in the finalisation process. They may get lost in the many options and struggle to keep on the right path. Ise can guide clients in the right direction and pick up where they left off to finalise the perfect day. This package also includes morning set up and full day coordination. Lastly, for those who have planned every detail and arranged the event of their dreams, Ise offers coordination services for the last month before the day of their event. She ties up any loose ends, sets up in the morning, and coordinates on the day. This service allows the client to enjoy the lead up to their event and focus on spending time with their loved ones on the day. Ise has had a hand in putting together an impressive portfolio of stunning events, which can be seen photographed on the Red Velvet Weddings website. As the main planner, she is assisted by two other members of staff, making the Red Velvet team officially a team of three. However, Ise is proud to also have some of the best partners in the business, including a florist, photographer, videographer, caterer and a hair and makeup artist, whose skills she has complete faith in. Ise is able to hire these partners for most of her weddings, meaning her events are backed by a true dream team of professionals. The fruits of her hard work are demonstrated in the glowing reviews Red Velvet Weddings has received from clients. They frequently mention her professional, thoughtful, and helpful services, as well as her attention to detail in every aspect of planning. There is no request or idea that Ise is unwilling to accommodate, in fact one review states that her response to everything is “I’ll see what I can do”. Another client expresses her appreciation for Ise’s services, stating, “She was by our side through this entire experience, and I truly believe we would not have had our dream wedding if it was not for her. It was our wedding day, and I was not even the slightest bit stressed. She thought of everything!” As many know, travel and events were significantly affected by the recent Covid-19 pandemic. Weddings across the world had to be cancelled and postponed as a result. In 2022, Red Velvet Weddings faced its busiest year, with many rescheduled weddings to organize. As well as this, Ise noticed that many new couples were looking to celebrate their love together as soon as possible in the wake of the pandemic. Ise comments, “I believe this is the time to celebrate that we are alive, we are healthy, and we are in love. Go for it because life is not guaranteed! Eat that cake, do that hike, take that trip, marry him!” With her incredible organization, attention to detail, and superior vendor connections, Ise brings wedding dreams to life and makes couples’ journeys to the altar as relaxing as possible. Clients can trust that everything will go to plan, from rehearsal to grand exit. For this reason, Red Velvet Weddings has won Best Central America Destination Wedding Planner in the Global Wedding Awards 2023. The future is bright for Ise and her company as she continues to create beautiful and memorable occasions for her clients. Contact: Ise Chaves Company: Red Velvet Weddings Web Address:

16 | LUXlife Magazine Best Bespoke Handmade Jewellers 2023 - Scotland With over 75 years in the industry, it could be said that John McKay Jewellers is a veteran within the Scottish jewellery market. Its recognisable branding has only been bolstered by its devotion to quality, ethical sourcing, and customer service. Indeed, for a premium jewellery experience, John McKay Jewellers is the leading choice. Since 1946, John McKay Jewellers has been creating glistening staples in people’s jewellery collections. Specialists in bespoke and custom-made items, John McKay Jewellers stocks a wide range of unique and designer jewellery made from silver, gold, platinum, and palladium. Indeed, whether you’re searching for an engagement ring or an eye-catching wedding ring, John McKay Jewellers is sure to have the perfect item in store. Diamonds, rubies, and emeralds are all commonplace within the company’s designs; however, such stones are ethically sourced. John McKay Jewellers places an emphasis on utilising products that stem from green and well-researched sources, for example, its metal all comes from fairtrade producers. Of course, this influences each aspect of the business, be it the creation of bespoke rings, the sales of its collections, or repairing jewellery. Moreover, as members of the National Association of Goldsmiths and The National Association of Craftsmen, John McKay Jewellery is held to a high standard. In essence, John McKay Jewellers promises ethically made, high-quality pieces. With over 800 sample wedding rings and over 200 engagement rings in its arsenal, John McKay Jewellers vows that its dedicated staff will help the customer every step of the way, subsequently, turning their vision into reality. The company utilises cutting edge techniques and the latest design technology and manufacturing equipment in computer animated design to create the best products available on the market. Its expert designers provide clients with truly bespoke designs which they can view via image or video before the manufacturing process begins – this is to guarantee that the customer receives the best visual experience possible and the perfect final piece. John McKay Jewellers has something available for every budget – its diamond engagement rings, for example, range from £250 up to £30,000. This takes into consideration the different cuts, the material used to create the band, and how many carats the ring includes. Using the Ladies 9ct White gold pear Cut Emerald And Diamond Halo Cluster Ring as an example, at £510.00 it is significantly more affordable than the sold-out Ladies 18ct Yellow Gold Emerald And Diamond Cluster Ring at £2,595.00. Yet no matter the cost, clients can rest assured that they will receive a premium piece for their special day. Consequently, the jewellery shop has been the recipient of numerous awards, each recognising the company’s long-term contributions to the industry. Unsurprisingly, it is the only independent manufacturing jeweller in Scotland to have received all three of the nation’s leading wedding awards: The Scottish Wedding Awards from 2013-2020, The Confetti Awards from 20152016, and The Vows Awards in 2018 and 2019. However, it doesn’t end there, as in 2019 the company placed second in The National Association of Jewellers Retailer of the Year. As such, not only is John McKay Jewellers a certified industry powerhouse, but it is also highly decorated for its expertise and professionalism. Awards shows are not the only place in which the company has established a positive reputation. John McKay Jewellers has garnered a 4.6-star rating on Google Reviews and has captivated customers across the United Kingdom. John Casey, one of the company’s happy customers, leaves a testimonial stating, ‘Got married on 27th November 2021. What can we say! From start to finish the service was second to none. Our rings are beautiful, and we can't thank you all enough for making our day so special. We would thoroughly recommend. Lesley and the team were brilliant. Thank you so much guys!’ Contact: Lesley Elder Company: John McKay Jewellers Web Address:

Blomfield Art Creative, cartoonist, Live Artist Blomfield Art captures precious moments in ink, bringing something different to corporates, government departments, sports teams, publications, and personal events and functions. For live events and functions, Darren delivers excellent entertainment whatever your venue – think vineyards, sports stadiums, leisure destinations, or even at sea on a chartered yacht – his studio is wherever you are. Based in the beautiful Waitakere Ranges, Darren Blomfield is proud to bring his cartooning magic to New Zealand, Australasia, United Kingdom, Europe and the US. Caricatures are ideal for any type of event! Hire an ice-breaker that equips himself with a pencil to create hand-drawn souvenirs, memoirs and gifts. Wedding commissions, Premium Wedding packages, Live Murals- Adding a unique and memorable component to your wedding #becartooned Website: Email Address: [email protected] Phone: +64 21 770 558 Awarded Most Innovative Live Wedding Entertainment Provider 2023 - New Zealand In the Global Wedding Awards Contact Us

18 | LUXlife Magazine wedding is an incredibly special event, one that people spend years dreaming about and months planning. After dedicating so much time and effort to organising the perfect day, couples put their trust in a wedding photographer to ensure that every special moment is captured, from sneaky glances to fun candid scenes. Not only that, but the quality of their wedding photo album is determined by the abilities of the photographer. The last thing a couple wants is blurry or poorly edited pictures to remember their wedding by for years to come. With TB Photography and Videography, clients can trust that their photo album will be full of precious memories encapsulated in high-quality, beautiful photographs. From getting ready for the day, to the ceremony, to the reception that follows, Tanya and Mike will capture moments that reflect the clients’ personality and emotion. The guests and location will also be photographed, ensuring no aspect of the day is forgotten. Clients can choose from packages involving just photography, just videography, or both. No matter their choice, they can trust that the day will be truly immortalised, and the memories preserved for years to come. Before commitment is made, Tanya and Mike love to meet with potential clients to discuss what each package involves, with a detailed brief and examples provided. This way, they can get a thorough understanding of what the client requires, and clients can discover more about the services offered by TB Photography and Videography. Tanya and Mike’s work encompasses many styles, including modern, photo-journalistic, relaxed, and traditional. Their style of photography very much depends on the specific wedding and the couple they are working with. They take the time to get to know the clients before the day, ensuring all photos and videos truly reflect who they are. On its website, TB Photography and Videography’s extensive portfolio of example work can be viewed, which showcases a range of styles. The passion Tanya and Mike have for what they do can easily be seen in the stunning photographs and videos they take. They love their job and see it as an adventure as they learn new things and strive to accomplish their goals and overcome challenges. Tanya has loved photography since she received her first camera at the age of 11. Since then, she has been taking photographs to preserve moments that inspire her. When Tanya met Mike, an avid music fan, she started going to gigs with him and capturing the unique concert atmosphere. Mike ventured into the world of photography and videography when he was inspired by Tanya to learn how to work the camera. Together, they created TB Photography and Videography, which started as a company that captured live bands and has since expanded to Most Captivating Wedding Photographer 2023 (Australia): Tanya-Louise Trandafil Owned by passionate professionals Tanya and Mike, TB Photography and Videography is an Australian company offering professional multimedia services for events across Melbourne and Adelaide. For many years, the company has captured couples’ unique stories on their wedding days, preserving magical moments for a lifetime through photo and video. include weddings. At gigs, Tanya and Mike love to infuse the lively atmosphere into their photos and videos, with dim lights, emotive faces, and the reactions of the crowd. They utilise these abilities to encapsulate the ambience at the weddings they work on, which is what makes their photos and videos so special. As a result of Tanya and Mike’s passion, TB Photography and Videography provides an incredibly high level of service. The company has garnered a 5-star rating on Google, with clients praising their dedication, professionalism, and high-quality work in their many positive reviews. Feedback also mentions their flexibility and their ability to adapt to any style or theme, which makes them very easy to work with. Considering the company’s great reputation in South Australia, it is no surprise that one review by Mobile Make-Over Australia states, “We work with a lot of photographers and videographers and highly recommend TB Photography and Videography. We are always bumping into Tanya and Mike at weddings, which is a great indicator that they are loved and a popular choice for weddings. Not only that, but I personally used them for my own wedding too.” Backed by an eye-catching portfolio of wedding photographs and glowing feedback from customers, Tanya-Louise Trandafil has been awarded Most Captivating Wedding Photographer, Australia, in the Global Wedding Awards 2023. The coming year will undoubtedly bring plenty of exciting projects for Tanya as she continues to provide unparalleled wedding photography services to every client she takes on, bolstering the already great reputation of TB Photography and Videography. Contact: Tanya-Louise Trandafil Company: TB Photography & Videography Web Address: A