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Meet me in Sharm el Sheikh to talk about your destination wedding

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Sharm el Sheikh Wedding, Sharm el Sheikh wedding planner, Sharm wedding, Sharm wedding planner, Wedding in Sharm el Sheikh, Wedding in Sharm, Wedding planner Sharm el Sheikh, Wedding venue Sharm el Sheikh, Red Sea wedding, Red Sea wedding planner, Wedding in the Red Sea, Egypt wedding, Destination wedding, Beach wedding, Beach destination wedding, Wedding on the beach, Seaside wedding, Linen and Silk Weddings, Elisabetta White Weddings and Events, Elisabetta White destination wedding planner, Destination wedding planner, Elisabetta White wedding planner Sharm el SheikhHello lovelies, it’s been a little while since my last post! As you will have noticed, the blog has taken a secondary place in my business life recently. The reason is because, quite simply, I lost focus. I realised that I wasn’t getting excited about some of the things I wanted to write about and decided to refocus all my energies in the wedding planning side and in rebranding and relaunching my business. There will be a brand new blog with a slightly different approach, something that will hopefully excite me and in turn provide useful tips and advice to anyone involved in destination weddings.

One thing I am getting excited about is my Sharm el Sheikh and Red Sea destination wedding service. As you know I launched my destination wedding planning for  couples wanting to get married in Sharm el Sheikh back in 2013, right at the end of Egypt’s second revolution. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ever since, and at times I wondered if it was worth it. Many of the enquiries I’ve received have budgets that don’t justify the cost of my service, which as you can imagine, has made me question whether it was the right market for me. But with time I have come to realise that I have something special and unique, and that at the right time Sharm el Sheikh and some of the new Red Sea resorts I’m adding to my services would finally pick up momentum. I think that time is NOW.

The new Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is apparently investing a lot into raising Egypt’s economic profile and turning a leaf after 4 years of instability*. Tourism being one of the main sources of income for the country means that Egypt’s tourism destinations are starting to see a positive effect as a lot of effort is being put into ensuring the resorts are safe for tourists and resources are allocated to promote tourism to Egypt abroad. It is my job, therefore, to ride this wave, do what I can to push wedding tourism, and educate brides and grooms to the kind of weddings and budgets required to get married in Sharm el Sheikh.

With this in mind, I’ll be back in Sharm el Sheikh in May 2015 (1st to 14th), so if you are heading over to organise your wedding and you’d like an informal chat, or would like to book me out for a day to go over your plans and receive some helpful tips and advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch! I will also be available for intimate renewal of vows and surprise proposals. Just give me a call or drop me an email and we’ll take it from there.

Lots of love,

xoxo Betta

*If you’d like to know more about the current situation in Sharm el Sheikh, here’s a really insightful CNN video on Sharm’s economic comeback: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/03/25/exp-sharm-daftari-mme-egypt.cnn

 

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

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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

 

The Clooney wedding | a lesson of class and composure

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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! However, 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 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

 

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

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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

 

Timeless elegance | an Olivier Laudus bridal shoot by Fiona Kelly Photography

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Back in December I had the privilege to work with a fantastic team of suppliers on a commercial shoot for Olivier Laudus. A bridal accessories boutique for discerning brides with an appreciation for elegance and style, Olivier Laudus asked me to give them a hand styling their “Great Glamour” collection – a range of bridal accessories inspired by the glamour of the 1920s. I love this collection. Without pretending to be ‘vintage’, it is actually the epitome of the timeless elegance that 1920s fashion did so well and that, to this day, we are still influenced by.

Ever-resourceful Sangeeta had managed to secure the stunning Massimo Restaurant of the Corinthia Hotel in London – the perfect backdrop for this art deco inspired photo shoot.

Having worked with photographer Fiona Kelly on previous shoots, I knew it would be just fabulous! So with Fiona behind the camera, Ana Ospina behind the make up brush, and Joshua Altback behind the hair brush, the Olivier Laudus beautifully came to life!

Styling dresses by Sabina Motasem and Ellis Bridals and flowers by Bluesky Flowers, we created two distinctive bridal looks: a glamorous, art deco look for the bride that loves an authentic classic style, and a more relaxed, romantic look, for a younger but discerning bride.

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