One for photographers: SNAP Photography Festival 13 – 17 April 2015

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Here’s one for wedding photographers across the globe, one that actually makes me wish I were a photographer! If you haven’t heard about SNAP Photography Festival yet, it’s time to come out of hibernation, sign up and get warmed up around that campfire with fellow inspirational photographers!Linen and Silk Weddings, Snap Photography Festival, Photography, Photography education, Photography networking event, Laura Babb, Photography festivalA world class line up, an epic party and the start of a new community: SNAP is the UK’s first ever photography festival aimed at wedding and lifestyle photographers in April in Wales.

SNAP Photography Festival is a cross between a festival and a conference with clamping, learning, networking and inspirational activities, gathering together 100 photographers from all over the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Held at the beautiful Fforest resort in West Wales, the festival will run to the same format as a music festival but is designed as an immersive learning and creative development experience for both new and experienced photographers. Some of the world’s most inspiring wedding photographers will be teaching alongside the UK’s finest home grown talent, as well as photographers from outside of the wedding genre.

Inspired by Photo Field Trip in the US earlier in 2014 Laura Babb, Snap Photography Festival’s founder, decided to bring something similar to the UK. As well as all of the amazing workshops and activities they are planning, they’ve also planned an epic closing party where campers can let off some steam before the start of the new wedding season.

The ticket price includes workshops covering everything from branding to a late night astro photography walk, as well as inspiring talks from photographers including Sam Hurd, Ross Harvey, Dylan and Sara and Lomo Kev. The full schedule can be found here.

For further information visit www.snapphotofestival.com or connect on Facebook // #snapphotofest, or contact Laura Babb (snaphotofestival@gmail.com, @babbphoto) or Alexandra Merri (alexandra.merri@gmail.com).

Here’s some of the work by some of the amazing photographers that will be speaking at SNAP.

Linen and Silk Weddings, Snap Photo Festival, Marianne Taylor, Photography, Photography education, Photography networking event, Photography festival, Laura Babb (1)by Marianne Taylor

Linen and Silk Weddings, Snap Photo Festival, Dylan and Sara, Photography, Photography education, Photography networking event, Photography festival, Laura Babb (2)by Dylan and Sara Read more…

How to find a band or DJ for your destination wedding

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Shall we talk about music at your destination wedding for a minute? I think we should, and I’ll tell you why. It is by far one of the hardest things to get right when getting married abroad.

Music taste is really subjective and unless someone is totally rubbish at singing, what sounds amazing to one person might not sound great to another. Simply because taste in music varies from person to person.

When getting married abroad you have a tough decision to make. Should you hire a band? Or should you hire a DJ? What about classical players? The problem is, you probably have never heard any of them playing in person, with exception of a few clips on their website. So how do you know that they will bring the kind of energy you are looking for? If you had the budget I would say: fly your favourite band / DJ in from your country. But if you don’t have the kind of budget that would allow this, then TRUST is what you need. And a few hours to research too. Where to start?Linen and Silk Weddings, Elisabetta White Weddings, Destination wedding, Wedding music, Wedding band, Wedding jazz band, WeddingDJ app  First off, ask your wedding venue for recommendations. They have bands and DJs playing at weddings every weekend, so they will know which ones seem to be doing a great job, have the best feedback, not to mention collaborate and respect the rules of your venue (absolutely vital!).

 Ask your venue if there is a wedding the day after yours and see if they can find out who their band / DJ is. Having a wedding at the same site for two days in a row might make a positive difference to the cost, and if after listening to some of their work online you like what you hear, it might save you a huge amount of hours searching for the right one.

Linen and Silk Weddings, Elisabetta White Weddings, Destination wedding, Wedding music, Wedding band, Wedding jazz band, WeddingDJ app While bands and DJs don’t always seem to get a credit on blogs, there are times when they do. Use blogs as your directory. Search for real weddings in the region where you are getting married, go straight down to the credits of each real wedding you see and compile a list of all the entertainment suppliers you can see.

 Get in touch with a live music bookers, such as My Fabulous Wedding Ban / LM2 Entertainment or Live Music International. They will be able to look at the portfolio of musicians to see if there is anyone who matches your requirements available to travel to your destination.

♥ Lastly, the wild card. If you decide that this process is too long and laborious, you could either hire a wedding planner for her supplier search services, so that she can come up with at least 3 options that are based on your needs and budget, or go down a DIY route. Linen and Silk Weddings, Elisabetta White Weddings, Destination wedding, Wedding music, Wedding band, Wedding jazz band, WeddingDJ app If you choose the do it yourself option, you will need to talk to the venue about their sound system to understand if you could use it and if it is suitable for the space (an outdoor reception will require a system that is considerably more powerful than what you would use in an enclosed space), or if you need to hire a better amp and speakers. Next download “WeddingDJ – Plan and play your wedding music” app from iTunes. It will allow you to plan the music for your entire day in easy, straightforward playlists (i.e. pre-ceremony, bride entrance, welcome drink, etc.). The app is only £5.99 (bargain!), so all you need to do is taking care of populating it with your favourite tunes.

I hope these few suggestions help!

xo Betta

Credits top to bottom: image unknown, via Colin Cowie // Colin Miller via Colin Cowie // own screenshot

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Four wedding dresses for four different brides

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It is always exciting when you get an email from a bridal designer showing you their new collection. Even more exciting when they tell you they’ll be in London for a few days and you get the chance to meet the designer in person and see her beautiful dresses in real life! Italian wedding dress designer Marianna Lanzilli is the fabulous designer I’m talking about.

“Finding a wedding dress is all down to ‘chemistry’” Marianna says. “Sometimes it’s love at first sight. Other times finding a dress that reflects your personality and your stile, that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable at the same time, takes time and patience.” That’s why Marianna has designed four new dresses for four different brides: the “sophisticated” bride, the “hippie”, the “glamorous” and the “romantic” one. And you will now get a chance to see them in person in London at a trunkshow hosted by Heart Aflutter Bridal Boutique!

But before I tell you more about Marianna‘s London visit, let me introduce you to “Aline”, “Flora”, “Stella” and “Aria”.
ALINE” is a dress for the sophisticated bride. It has a sharp neck line at the front, but a super chic and sightly revealing deep v neck line at the back. This dress is perfect for the bride who believes that less is more. It’s elegant and modest, and works beautifully even with a pair of ballerina pumps Audrey Hepburn’s style.
FLORA” is for the hippie bride. This is the dress for the woman who wants to feel free, light, a bit boho … With a soft neckline, narrow shoulder straps, a clean-line skirt, “Flora” is perfect if you literally want to feel comfortable and free. And if you want to add a touch of sophistication, Marianna suggests an embroidered bridal cap leaning on one side of your forehead and a lace bolero accessorised with bold jewellery.

STELLA” is perfect for the glamorous bride that enjoys attention and wants to stand out. For the bride that feels that lace is a thing of the past, Marianna has come up with a 3D solution with petals and leaves climbing over the sheer corset, a sweetheart neck line and a floaty chiffon skirt. All you need is a red lipstick and if you really want to go glamorous all the way, coordinated gloves!
And lastly, “ARIA” the dress for the romantic bride. It feels precious and soft. The corset gives emphasis to the narrow waist, while the voluminous skirt, combined to a harmonious short trail, gives it a royal feel… And then the colour – a warm blush which emphasises the romantic character of this dress giving it a vintage, yet timeless feel. And if you decide to cover your shoulders, Marianna suggests an organza shoulder bolero – imperceptible and super romantic.

Do you want to meet Marianna? The lovely Heart Aflutter Bridal Boutique is hosting a Marianna Lanzilli trunkshow in just over a week:

WHEN: 6th to 8th February
WHEREHeart Aflutter Bridal Boutique, Studio 104, Netil House1A Westgate Street, London E8 3RL
FOR MORE DETAILS: Head over to Facebook

I will definitely pop in at Heart Aflutter on one of those 3 days as I’m dying to meet the lovely Marianna Lanzilli in person, see the dresses and visit this boutique. Hope to see you there

xoxo Betta

CREDITS: Sara D’Ambra Photography  // Flowers: Il Profumo dei Fiori 

Six tips to remember for a summer wedding in the Red Sea

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Sharm el Sheikh wedding, Sharm el Sheikh wedding planner, Sharm wedding, Sharm wedding planner, Wedding in Sharm el Sheikh, Wedding planner in Sharm el Sheikh, El Gouna wedding, El Gouna wedding planner, Wedding in El Gouna, Wedding planner in El Gouna, Elisabetta White Wedding planner Sharm el Sheikh, Elisabetta White wedding planner El Gouna, Elisabetta White wedding planner Red Sea, Red Sea wedding, Red Sea wedding planner, Wedding in the Red Sea, When to get married in Sharm el Sheikh, When to get married in the Red Sea, Best season to get married in the Red Sea, Table props for beach wedding, Beach wedding, Destination wedding, Arabian lanterns for weddingIf you are considering the Red Sea as a wedding destination, this post is definitely for you. As a planner offering wedding services in Sharm el Sheikh, and now looking to expand to the wider Red Sea region, I regularly receive enquiries from couples who are thinking of tying the knot in Egypt during their pre-planned holidays. It makes my heart happy, because in all honesty, I can’t think of a better, exotic place to get married. You get the beach, the sun, no risk of rain, good value for money, and it is really accessible from the UK.

Having said that, there are certain times of the year where I personally feel the Red Sea is not the most ideal wedding destination. So, when is it a good time to get married in Egypt, and more specifically in Sharm el Sheikh and the Red Sea region? To answer this question we need to consider three factors: wind, heat and resources.

There is no point in talking about average yearly temperature, because generally speaking the temperature in the Red Sea region is between mild/warm to hot. When I talk about “mild” I’m referring to what in England is probably considered “summer” temperature – a balmy 18-22C can hardly be considered cold, and that’s more or less the coldest it ever gets in the day in this region. So when is a good season for a destination wedding in the Red Sea? Here’s a breakdown of what the seasons look like so you can make your mind up, and then 6 tips if you decide to go ahead with a summer wedding:

Weddings in the Red Sea between Christmas and end of February

Between the end of December and February the high is between 22-25C during the day, and 15-18C at night time (there are exceptions, of course); but, in general, in the winter months, Sharm el Sheikh is perfect for t-shirt and shorts in the day, and a leather jacket and jeans at night. The problem with winter months, however, is wind. I’ve experienced Sharm on days when the wind is so powerful that outdoor bars struggle to stay open. Should you have an outdoor wedding, you could be in a bit of trouble, particularly if your venue is not suitable for an indoor wedding. And not all are! If you decide to get married during this period, I highly recommend that you choose a venue with heated marquee facilities, which will allow you to stay warm at night if temperature drops below 18C. If the wind picks up, no marquee will be enough to withstand it, so you would also want to make sure that your venue has a suitable and equally beautiful indoor back up. You will also need to bear in mind that an outdoor ceremony could be a bit tricky. Decorations are not likely to stay in place so be prepared for a scaled-down version of what you had planned.

Weddings in the Red Sea between March and May, and October to December

March to May and October to first half of December are probably my favourite months of the year for a Sharm el Sheikh / Red Sea wedding. Temperatures are perfect: between 25-30C in the day and 18-23C at night. It feels dry and pleasant all day long and more importantly it is less likely to be windy for days on ends. While I can never guarantee the weather for my clients (if I could I’d be a very rich woman!), these 6 months are absolutely perfect for a beach or an outdoor wedding in Sharm el Sheikh and other Red Sea destinations.

Summer weddings in the Red sea

And then you have the “summer” months: May to September… Based on the requests I receive, these are the most requested months for weddings in Sharm, and that’s simply because that is when people take their holidays. However, having done a wedding there in June, there is one major factor you need to bear in mind: it is HOT. And when I say hot, I mean that it feels as if someone is pointing a hair dryer on you all day and night. It’s all well and good when you are walking around in a bikini and spending more time in the water sipping cocktails than out of the water. But, when you are wearing a wedding gown or a suit, it becomes a bit trickier to bear. The heat will also affect the kind of fresh flowers you can use and whether or not you can have a dessert table. So here are my suggestions if you are thinking of a summer wedding in the Red Sea: Read more…

Wedding dress inspiration | Elizabeth Stuart’s Spring 2015 collection

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Elizabeth Stuart Spring 2015 Collection, Bridal dress, Bridal gown, Elizabeth Stuart Bridal, Wedding dress, Wedding dress inspiration, Beach wedding (1)Good morning lovelies, today we have a little bridal dress inspiration thanks to Elizabeth Stuart and her new collection.

The highlight of Elizabeth Stuart’s Spring 2015 collection is the way it blends together most delicate of French laces, sumptuous silks and opulent embellishments. With gowns inspired by and named after the heartfelt emotions felt by a bride on her most magical of days, this collection captures feelings of love, endearment and joy experienced when a bride and groom come together as one.

Elizabeth Stuart’s modern yet feminine gowns combine the finest fabrics, with the most elegant of bridal designs. The use of delicate Chantilly lace, sweetheart necklines and tulle draped skirts grace a bride’s feminine curves with ethereal crepe silks and sparkle detailing. I’m quite intrigued by the structured lacy corsets of this new collection - perfect for modern brides that like feminine lines without compromising that romantic look.

Here’s a few images of the new collection for you!

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Elizabeth Stuart Spring 2015 Collection, Bridal dress, Bridal gown, Elizabeth Stuart Bridal, Wedding dress, Wedding dress inspiration, Beach wedding (8)If you like what you see, head over to Elizabeth Stuart‘s stockist list to find the nearest retailer to you.

Have a super day!

xx Betta

 

Travel inspiration | memoir from Lisbon

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Linen and Silk Weddings, Travel, Honeymoon, Honeymoon ideas, City break, LisbonI am a bit slow with the whole ‘let’s do a balance of 2014 and a goals list for 2015′ kind of posts. I actually started writing one and then figured it was way too deep. Instead I’ve decided that  this year I would simply share some of the pictures of my most recent travel to Lisbon. Nothing fancy. I’m not a good photographer but I’m learning. So for now, you’ll have to bear with me.

2014 was a very different year from what I’m used to. Hubby and I never travel without each other, except when I go to see my family in Italy for a flying visit. We also tend to spend at least 4-5 weeks out of the UK. It was one of the conditions of me marrying him. I remember being in the car with him one day discussing the ‘non-compromiseables’ (yep, I’ve just made that one up!) and telling him that I would forgo material stuff for as long as we make time every year for at least one two-weeks break together. This year it hasn’t happened. I’ve travelled extensively for work without him, three times to Italy and once to Sharm el Sheikh, and by the end of the year we realise we still hadn’t taken a break together. So we did…

Linen and Silk Weddings, Travel, Honeymoon, Honeymoon ideas, City break, Lisbon (12)Linen and Silk Weddings, Travel, Honeymoon, Honeymoon ideas, City break, Lisbon (1)In November we treated my parents to a five days’ family break in Lisbon for their 40th anniversary. I had no expectations whatsoever. It was just one of those places I always desired to visit but never really made it a priority until I had to choose a destination that no one in my family had ever been to. I’m pleased we went, as Lisbon turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.

We booked a modern 2 floors apartment via Air BnB in the heart of Bairro Alto, one of the oldest parts of town. The location was absolutely perfect. Less than 10 minutes walk from Baixa-Chiado tube station (right in the heart of Lisbon) and 1 minute from the n.28 tram, which pretty much takes you through the loveliest parts of town – we couldn’t have picked a better place to stay.

Linen and Silk Weddings, Travel, Honeymoon, Honeymoon ideas, City break, LisbonSadly we had a lot of rain, and let me tell you, when it rains in Lisbon, it  r a i n s  ! It is an old city with narrow pavements, especially on the hilly Bairro Alto area, so when cars drive past they have no alternative but to shower you. First piece of advice? Ditch the umbrella and keep a long (!) plastic raincoat in your bag (or go in the summer when hopefully the weather is less temperamental).

Prices in coffee shops and restaurants were incredibly reasonable. We ate nothing but fresh fish every day and never spent more than €12-15 each including drinks (i.e. an abundant plate of vegetables rice, with a grill tuna steak, salad, and home made fries). Coffees and teas are always between €0.70-0.90. And since we also had the opportunity to cook and eat at home, we got a chance to check out the cost of food and drinks at the supermarket too. A bottle of wine, even the most expensive, is no more than €2.50.

The best way to explore the town is on foot. We downloaded a 5 days walking tour of Lisbon, and went through the itinerary each evening to make sure we knew how to get to the starting point the following day. We also eliminated all the museums. I like museums, but I’m of the idea that the first time you visit a city you should explore its life. And life is in the streets. Streets are the soul of a city. Museums are for winter, for cold days, for second visits, for relaxation.

Linen and Silk Weddings, Travel, Honeymoon, Honeymoon ideas, City break, Lisbon (2)The couple of pictures below are from the Castelo de São Jorge. I was slightly disappointed to have to pay for something that has no internal rooms to view (if there were any, there was no clear sign as to how to access them). However, being on one of the highest points of Lisbon, you enjoy a view of the town and the Tagus river like no other!

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Linen and Silk Weddings, Travel, Honeymoon, Honeymoon ideas, City break, Lisbon (6)Belém was also a real gem. Located just outside Lisbon (a 20 minutes bus drive), it has quite a lot to offer, including the Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument, the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and a fabulous view of the 25 de Abril Bridge. Read more…