Meet Italian bridal designer Marianna Lanzilli

Posted by / Bridal Wear, Wedding dresses

Linen and Silk Weddings, Linen and Silk blog, Marianna Lanzilli, Italian designer, Italian bridal designer, Italian wedding dress designer, Italian wedding dress, Milan bridal boutique, Milan wedding dress designer, Romantica collection, Bridal collection, Wedding dress collection 2014/15, Short wedding dress, Trousers wedding dress, Bridal veil, Bridal lace, Romantic wedding dress (1)As I said on my Facebook page on Tuesday, I knew you’d be in for a treat today with this swoon-worthy set of images from Marianna Lanzilli, one of the most fabulous Italian wedding dress designers I’ve come across recently. Marianna contacted me in person a few months ago, and quite frankly I was disappointed with myself for not spotting her divine gowns before! As far as I’m concerned, Marianna Lanzilli‘s gowns ticks all the boxes: they are romantic and cutting edge at the same time,  they are daring, they represent today’s discerning brides but, more than anything, they  cater for a bride who has a real appreciation for high quality and who understands that there has to be affinity between a dress and the kind of woman she is.

Marianna Lanzilli speaks to Linen and Silk blog about herself, her work and her collection. Here’s an interview:

 Three words that describe your brand: Made in Italy, made to measure and chic

 What kind of bride is the Marianna Lanzilli bride? My bridal collections focus on femininity and have a very unique and precious flair. My brides are incredibly romantic and elegant. But I also make sure I represent more urban and dynamic brides, and it’s for that reason that my collections always include short bridal gowns and a variant with trousers. However, what matters to me the most is making sure my clients feel beautiful; it’s a simple concept, but the most important one as it sums up the essence of my work as a bridal designer.

 What’s the inspiration behind your latest collection? My last collection is called ‘Romantica’ – it features flowery organza and soft shapes, but also silhouettes and lace that gently reveal a naked back.

 What are your favourite materials to work with? Fabrics are what dictate shapes. At times it’s as if they’re talking to me. All I can do is follow and naturally yield to them. Working with fabrics is what I enjoy the most and for that reason I stock a lot of different types in my shop. My brides are often mesmerised by the sparkle of intricate embroidery, light lace and floating organza. We also have a range of vintage fabrics, which is something brides that choose ‘made-to-measure’ seem to prefer.

 What’s one thing Marianna Lanzilli does REALLY well? What I do really well is bringing out the best of every woman who comes to me for her wedding gown. Dress making has taught me to work with and celebrate all shapes. We help every woman emphasise her strengths and beautiful features while detracting attention from the small things she feels less confident about.

 Can you see any trends emerging in the next season? I always struggle to talk about ‘trends’. When someone asks me this questions I have to break it down but then always come up with the same old cliches. So for once I’m going to say what I really think: the only trend you should follow is to *try and be yourself.* Everything else is literally just that: a cliché. 

 Where can brides find you? You can find me online more often than not. I regularly update my Facebook page, Instagram, a little bit less Pinterest, and recently Steller too. You can visit my site www.mariannalanzilli.it, but even better, come and visit a smiling Marianna in my boutique, in Milan (Corso di Porta Romana 116 a Milano (Italy)).
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A rustic minimalist couple shoot | by Tara H. Photography

Posted by / Cake, Inspiration, Styling

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So when I received this couple shoot by  Tara H. Photography to feature on Linen and Silk blog it was an immediate yes.  Tara photographed Bret, a bride with a minimalist style, and Dallon, a charming, hilarious groom from the US, combining some effortless romantic details (who doesn’t love a bit of a naked cake?!) to some modern touches, et voilà! – a rustic minimalist shoot is born!

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Thank you  Tara, Bret and Dallon for sharing this lovely couple shoot with us!

xoxo Betta

Credits:

Vision/Photography: Tara H. Photography and Nhiya Kaye Photography // Cake Designer: Carrie’s Cakes // DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Danani // Invitation Designer: Jess Kasteler Design Studio // Makeup Artist: Lisa Frehner Hair // Dress Designer: Peony by Stella // Dress Store: Sweetheart Bridal // Floral Designer: The Magnolia Flower Company

The Clooney wedding | a lesson of class and composure

Posted by / Photography, Uncategorized

Destination wedding, George Clooney's wedding, Italian wedding, Venice wedding, Wedding in Italy, Wedding in Venice, Celebrity weddingSo far every picture of Amal Alamuddin I have seen has been perfect. Granted, she has an amazing figure, but the woman appears to have fabulous taste too! But, wait, this post isn’t about Amal’s fashion sense or a praise to the designers she’s been wearing who will receive exposure for the next two weeks until the Clooneys’ craze has passed. What I want to celebrate, actually, is George and Amal’s class and graciousness in the way they have embraced their visibility throughout the past few days.

Being exposed is a direct consequence of their status, a consequence that makes any celebrity that tries to avoid it (which is totally understandable, mind you) come across as bitter, annoying and ungrateful. George and Amal could have insisted on a ‘private’ wedding, but then they would have had to compromise on getting married in the most romantic city ever. Because, let’s face it, there is only so much you can do to keep the press and paps at bay if you get married in Venice. Instead, the Clooneys have managed to find their special, happy moment while being surrounded by the media. And they haven’t just accepted the presence of camera zooms; they have welcomed them, waving at the cameras, parading on the canals, and offering happy smiles, the kind of smiles you should be expecting from a newly-wed couple.

Destination wedding, George Clooney's wedding, Italian wedding, Venice wedding, Wedding in Italy, Wedding in Venice, Celebrity weddingI absolutely love that. They have given the rest of the celeb world a lesson in composure and class, one that I’m not sure I have ever seen in my life time (with exception perhaps of Brad and Angelina, who manage to have the most private of weddings in France, a wedding that was the reflection of them as a couple with celebrity status but that love and cherish the intimacy of their close nit family more than anything else).

One thing many of us struggle with on the wedding day is forcing a smile for 12-15 hours even when, to be quite honest, you feel exhausted, dehydrated, and your jaws ache from too much smiling for the camera. On my wedding day one of the things that I remember most vividly is guests following us around with their camera asking to take pictures together. I loved it for a while, but towards the end of the day I remember struggling to pull a genuine smile. If that’s how I felt on my wedding day, imagine how I’d feel if I had lenses pointed toward my face   a l l   d a y   l o n g  on the entire wedding weekend!

I’m not posting this to make you feel like you should spend your entire wedding day smiling and waving at Uncle Bob recording you despite you already having a wedding videographer. You (and I) are not George Clooney who has been living with this day in day out for the past who knows how many years. But one thing you don’t want to lose on your wedding day is class and composure. So, if you are not the best at posing, perhaps do choose a wedding photographer that will document the whole day in the most natural of ways, without you and your husband having to pose. And if you don’t want to spend the entire day being asked by your guests to take ‘just one more picture together please?’, then let them know that after the family pictures, you and your husband will do a small session with guests so they can take pictures with you. Hopefully this will reduce the number of requests during the day so that you can really and truly let your hair down and enjoy smiling happily without feeling the pressure of a camera pointed at you :)

xx Betta

Image: via Daily Mail // Hapers Bazar

 

Wedding indulgence: push pop confetti

Posted by / Decorations & Accessories, Planning

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Confetti confetti confetti… They are the pet peeve of wedding venues, because quite frankly, who fancies cleaning up after they have been scattered on steps, grass, entrances?

But hey, it could be worse. If you were Italian, you’d have rice thrown at you, which actually is the pet peeve of brides and grooms too as it get literally e v e r y w h e r e (your hair, your veil, your cleavage, your shoes, the groom’s pockets …) When I got married I actually requested that no confetti were to be thrown. Bridezilla much? Yes, but (1) I don’t really like the symbolic meaning of rice being (gently) thrown at us, and (2) I just didn’t fancy having pictures with rice stuck in my hair … Can I be forgiven please? :)

But this Push Pop Confetti idea totally rocks!

Are they messy? Yes. Do they get everywhere? Yes (but they’re not as fiddly as rice when you’re trying to brush them off you). Are they fun? Yes yes yes! Way more than rice or rose petals or confetti cones!

You can buy this from Etsy in the Thimblepress store. At £4.70/ unit they’re not exactly cheap, but should you have an intimate wedding, they’re definitely a lovely indulgence!

xoxo Betta

Credit: Etsy

Floral crown | done it, seen it, but we still love it

Posted by / Inspiration, Uncategorized

Linen and Silk Weddings, Linen and Silk Blog, Wedding trends, Flower crowns, Floral hair crown, Floral head piece, Flower head piece, Bridal accessories, Bridal hair, Bridal trend (3)… and can you blame us? The first time I saw the image of a bridal floral crown I thought: “LOVE it! But seriously, who’d ever wear something like that on her wedding day?” (unattainable photo shoot inspiration once again?) That was beginning of 2013, I think. Fast forward approx. 18 months and floral crowns have really and truly ruled (no pun intended!) the list of 2013 – 2014 bridal trends! Are floral crowns here to stay? Well, judging by the real weddings and shoots all over blogs, Pinterest and Instagram, floral crowns don’t really seem to be on the way out.

But frankly, whether they are or not, it matters only relatively. After all your wedding is a reflection of you, not of what me, bloggers, your wedding planner, your peers or anyone else like, promote or encourage you to adopt. So, if they are on their way out, apologies to all those who think my post is uninspiring. I like them. And if it inspires even just one bride, I am a happy blogger :)

Here’s a small selection of my favourites.

Linen and Silk Weddings, Linen and Silk Blog, Wedding trends, Flower crowns, Floral hair crown, Floral head piece, Flower head piece, Bridal accessories, Bridal hair, Bridal trend (1)I actually have bridal hair style envy for this one… Short hair and bold flower crown? Yes please! Don’t these two brides look the cutest ever?

Linen and Silk Weddings, Linen and Silk Blog, Wedding trends, Flower crowns, Floral hair crown, Floral head piece, Flower head piece, Bridal accessories, Bridal hair, Bridal trend (2)Love these four autumn/winter options! Mixing forest fruits, berries, dried flowers and even pine cones, who says that wedding crown are just a pretty S/S wedding accessory?

Linen and Silk Weddings, Linen and Silk Blog, Wedding trends, Flower crowns, Floral hair crown, Floral head piece, Flower head piece, Bridal accessories, Bridal hair, Bridal trend (7)I tend to associate red wedding themes to red roses and quite honestly, I am not a bit fan of them. But these three red / burgundy crowns prove me wrong. 1: you don’t need red roses to do ‘red theme’. 2: red flower crowns have an ethereal, yet lush feel, which is perfect for an autumnal wedding. And 3: brunettes and rich red tones? Oh yeah! Look at how beautifully they complement both pale and darker skin tones and how perfectly they work with either a nude make up or red lippy!

Linen and Silk Weddings, Linen and Silk Blog, Wedding trends, Flower crowns, Floral hair crown, Floral head piece, Flower head piece, Bridal accessories, Bridal hair, Bridal trendI love the mix of wild, super colourful flowers, leaves and twigs of these two crowns. Boho, bold, bright, romantic, and, with that gorgeous fiery red hair colour, I would dare say, passionate too.

Linen and Silk Weddings, Linen and Silk Blog, Wedding trends, Flower crowns, Floral hair crown, Floral head piece, Flower head piece, Bridal accessories, Bridal hair, Bridal trend (5)Understated? Not.at.all. Keep everything else simple, and you can truly dare to go big. And when I say ‘simple’ I mean REALLY simple! No need to wear necklaces or statement earrings. Floral crowns like these deserve all the glory and adding more bold accessories will just detract attention, but even worse make you look like you’ve tried to hard. Less is more… Always!

I hope you have enjoyed this small selection of my favourite floral crowns! If you have, share the love :)

xoxo Betta

Credits (top to bottom, left to right): Image by Amber Weimer and florals by Janae Frazer // Image by Justin Aaron Photography and florals by Little Wren Flowers via Burnetts Boards // Image by Rachel Peters Photography and florals by Prestige Floral Studio via Wedding Chicks // via Elizabeth Anne Designs // Image by Jessica Sim  and florals lowers by Leaf and Honey // Image by  Kerry Ann Duffy Photography and florals by Frida and Sophia Floral Design via Bridal Musings // Images by Sonya Khegay via Wedding Chicks // Image by Brooke Dombroski and florals by Jenny Veirra via GWS // Image by Stephanie Rose Photography via Wedding Chicks // Images by Yolandé Marx and floral arrangements by Flowers in the Foyer via The Pretty Blog // Image by SWEET MONDAY PHOTOGRAPHY via Ruffled Blog // unknown // D&G via Swide.com // Images by Phil Drinkwater via The Wedding Community Blog

 

Old-school basics to identify your wedding style

Posted by / Planning, Styling

Bridal style, Wedding style, Styling, Wedding mood board, Succulents I was having a design concept session recently when, going through some bridal magazines, the bride saw a picture of succulents and told me that she doesn’t like them. Shame on me (!) my first reaction was: “You’re the first bride who’s told me she doesn’t like succulents”. Perhaps I should have elaborated more on that split second thought process behind my reaction, because that was not a very clever or tactful thing to say at all (so sorry lovely!), but it was the first thing that came to mind because season 2013/14 has well and truly been the season of succulents, and one way or the other, everyone seems to have fallen in love with them.

Personally I love succulents. They are incredibly versatile and work beautifully both with weddings that have a playful, modern or boho feel, as well as weddings with a much more classical, elegant, stylish theme. As a planner, I constantly train my eyes to look beyond the obvious and find stylistic and aesthetic affinity even where others might see none. And, while trends do play a part in the styling work we do, generally creative wedding planners and stylists prefer to *make* trends (sounds big-headed, sorry!) rather than follow them.

Here is the thing: brides don’t look at magazines the way we (planners & stylists) do. And, what this bride has taught me is that just because succulents are in, and just because a bride might not look at succulents in the versatile way that I/we do, she should not cave in to the trend if it’s just not her thing. A bride that knows at the very least what she doesn’t like, and even better, what she DOES like, is a rare gem, and working with her makes the life of a planner 10x easier, as it’s unlikely that you will find yourself changing supplier briefs at the last minute.

However, lots and lots of brides find the ever-changing, sometimes impossibly beautiful wedding trends really confusing, and among the thousands of incredibly beautiful pictures they see on Pinterest, they find themselves struggling to identify their style. If that is you, my lovely bride, then I suggest going old-school and trying the following tried and tested method:

  1. Identify all the immediate No-Nos: go through several wedding magazines. Do you see anything that immediately makes you go “No way, I’d hate that!”? Then put a post-it note or bookmark the page using a page sticker to reinforce your resolution that that style or that floral arrangement, or that wedding dress etc. is just not for you
  2. Identify the immediate: “Awww, I’d love that!”: as you go through the magazines, use a different colour sticker to highlight anything that straight away makes you wish you could have/wear that for your wedding
  3. Review your likes and dislikes: it is very easy to confuse your head when spending hours and hours looking at magazines, so after having done this process with 3 or 4 magazines, detach yourself from the exercise for a couple of days, then go back to your magazines and have a look at the images you have identified with the same colour stickers, both the “No way!” and the “Awww, I’d love that!”
  4. Identify patterns: do you see similarities among the images you have highlighted? For instance, have you found yourself putting a sticker repetitively on lace dresses, floral arrangements with roses, Chiavari chairs, and venues with painted ceilings and ornate interiors? Perhaps “timeless elegance” is the style that best describes you… Or, are muted colours, wild flowers, boho dresses, wooden decorations, and outdoor ceremonies what you have highlighted the most? Maybe you are more of a whimsical, outdoor bride who clearly loves an earthy, organic feel
  5. Consolidate the learnings with a Pinterest session: Now that you have started getting an idea of what kind of bride you are, and you have a clear indication of what your likes and dislikes are, you are ready to move on to 21st century and spend more time on blogs and Pinterest to gather inspiration. Create boards for various aspects of your wedding (Ceremony / Bridal dress / Table decor / Stationery / Bouquets / Table centrepieces / Groom and groomsmen / Bridesmaids / Hair and Makeup / Fun reception ideas) and pin detailed images that nail your style. Don’t just pin anything! If you have done the paper exercise properly, by now you should have a clearer idea of what you like and the style you’re after, so go after it! It’s better to pin less, than fill up a board with things that “are not quite right, but hey, you know, that’s pretty”!

Bridal style, Wedding style, Styling, Wedding mood board, SucculentsPlease note, as a planner, I use Pinterest as my first port of call, but my initial inspiration sessions are *always* non-wedding related because I tend to draw inspiration from colours, patters, travel, fashion etc and then look for ways to translate it into a wedding theme. If you, lovely brides, go to Pinterest too soon, however, you will end up pinning hundreds of images to then only struggle to remember why you have pinned some specific images in the first place, and having no idea of how to narrow down your style preferences.

So focus on the basics – figure out what kind of bride you are using the traditional mood board method of ripping pages off magazines or using sticker notes to identify some key style preferences, including the big No-Nos! It worked for all of us who got married 5+ years ago when Pinterest didn’t exist and wedding blogs were a rarity, so it can work for you too :)

xoxo
Betta

If you need any help with identify your style, Linen and Silk Weddings offers design concept and mood board designing services. Feel free to contact me at elisabetta@linenandsilk-weddings.com

Credits: succulents vases by Pflanzenfreude.de via decor8blog // succulents and roses bouquet via SMP, image by Sargeant Creative