This weeks issue of 'HELLO!' Magazine (18 March 2013) Invites us to the spectacular Wedding of Sir Richard Branson's son; Sam Branson and his beautiful fiance Isabella Calthorpe.
Detailing over a 23 page spread and engrossing you within the magic of this romantic wedding, this article covers every aspect of pre-wedding adventures, themed evening parties,wedding morning excitement, Monique Lhuillier wedding dress imagery and romantic sunset ceremony details. This is a dream destination wedding sure to get your senses tingling.
The wedding took place over a five-day safari shindig and truly moving sunset ceremony in the Heart of the South African bush.
The wedding is a action-packed affair with a guest list of 140 family members and close friends including Princess Beatrice, Princes Eugenie and singer Natalie Imbruglia who flew to the breathtakingly beautiful Ulusaba Private Game reserve in South Africa last week.
"Theres something about being so close to nature that just makes you feel alive"- Sam Branson
On the first full day of the 5 day extravaganza, fuelled for the day guests later do battle in the Bush Olympics, before putting their bodies to more romantic use: forming a heart between the letters "S" & "B".
Guests are involved in a morning excursion- revealing baby leopards and lions to entering the spirit of the Bush Olympics...
For their first night at the game reserve, guests are invited to dress in red for the Love Jam, a celebration of life, music... and love. Friends embraced this opportunity enthusiastically- as one party-goer became Cupid, another came as a frog and then later turned into a prince, whilst most guest arrived with messages of love emblazoned on their outfits and hearts on their faces.
The eve before the wedding designated White night. With the bush bathed in the golden glow of sunset, the party's vivid white outfits stood out even more against the verdant terrain, followed by a sumptuous supper under the stars. Amongst guests Professor Brain Cox who is a close friends of Sam and Isabella, instructed guests to gazed up in the sky at the constellations as he embarked on a journey of the universe, finalising ' When you look at the stars, you should see worlds. When you look at any animal or plant or even a blade of grass, remember our history was written into it. And that makes all of us-and thats you, Sam and Bellie - really very special'.
The Big Day!
The day of the big wedding, whilst females in the wedding party looked forward to a day of pampering and relaxation the men took off to indulge in 'many pursuits' such as competitive fishing."We didn't see why we should be the only couple who weren't allowed to see each other, so we split them all up' - laughed Sam
A magical setting requires a fairtytale dress and Isabella's, Monique Lhuillier gown fits the bill perfectly above. Added with an extra touch of sparkle are her Jimmy Choo shoes and matching clutch.
The bride wore a stunning lace, strapless Monique Lhuillier gown, accesorised with an elegant up-do and feminine floor-length veil.
As the setting sun casts a golden glow over the ceremony, the bride and groom begin the process of tying their lives together forever.
Suiting the bride and grooms personalities the service is mixed of humour and emotion. There is no moment more emotional than the couples exchange of vows "These are the hands that even when wrinked and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch"
The couple enjoy their first kiss as man and wife or rather first kisses "I normally have to tell the groom to kiss the bride, but I have to tell you to stop kissing" - Minister
With their vows over and the register signed the couple walk down an aisle created by friends and family forming lines. Each guest in hand a lit candle for the bride and groom and they all throw rose petals as confetti.
Isabella was wearing an elegant, shimmering pale gown by Amanda Wakeley as the besotted newlyweds made their entrance to whoops of delight. And they still had more excitement in store for the wedding party....
Sam and Isabella's wedding continues in next weeks issue of 'HELLO!' containing the speeches, the brides second gown, the first dance, fancy dress and more fun after the wedding.
Inspired by Sam's and Isabella wedding, watch this space for ideas on how to plan the perfect Safari Wedding.