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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! 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

 

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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A fairy tale bridal shoot by Serena Cevenini. What kind of bride are you?

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Linen and Silk Weddings, Fairy tale bridal shoot, Serena Cevenini, Polka dot bridal dress, Woodland bridal shoot, Romantic inspiration shoot (19)Buon giorno spose! I have some fabulous inspiration for you today, and it comes from a talented team of Italian suppliers who, with this shoot, have found a way to mix that Italian je ne sais quoi with a strong independent bridal style and fairy-talish inspiration.

Inspired by conceptual photography and shot by Italian photographer Serena Cevenini, the idea behind the shoot was to create a sort of fairy tale in the woods, where the bride wears a different dress (by Nadia Manzato wedding couture) every time she meets a new animal. The various dresses represent the soul of the bride, more aggressive and decisive when she meets the moose; sweeter and romantic when she meets the rabbit.

Florist Jessica Di Giacomo tried to get across this message by alternating different floral compasitions: a bouquet of big camellias before, and then a delicate, pastels-coloured bouquet. Every prop and shot, from the bird cage, to the dress that is raised by an imaginary wind, to the smoke through the trees, has been thought out to bring you into a surreal and fabulous dimension where every bride can identify and inspire her to be true to herself.

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A multi-cultural Cambodian-Canadian wedding | by Bonnallie Brodeur Photographer

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Linen and Silk Weddings, Multicultural wedding, Bonnallie Brodeur Photographer, Quebec wedding, Cambodian wedding (3)If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably know that multi-cultural weddings totally tickle my fancy. Throw in a bit of a gold overdose, and you’ll have me hooked to those images! So when Bonnallie Brodeur – Photographer sent me this Cambodian-Canadian wedding of Anne-Maly and Elias, I couldn’t say no. I utterly adore the vibrant colours of Anne-Maly’s serval outfits, and I’m mesmerised by traditional elements, including guests queuing with wedding gifts to present to the bride and groom!

I love these traditions that are so different from what we are accustomed to, but which no doubt must have made the day so much fun!

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A vibrant wedding with splashes of yellow and blue | by Pepper Nix Photography

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Linen and Silk Weddings blog, Real wedding, Yellow, Ranunculus, Ranunculi, Yellow wedding flowers, Yellow ranunculus, Utah wedding, Mormon wedding, Nix Photography, (23)Yellow makes me happy! It’s the colour of the sun (well, sort of!), it makes you smile, and brightens anything up! This wedding, submitted by wedding photographer Pepper Nix Photography, is an explosion of yellow. Fully planned by the lovely bride and her mum, Jane planned an elegant yet vibrant wedding, introducing yellow ranunculi and touches of blue as her colour scheme.

Over to Jane who tells us a bit more about her wedding day and Pepper Nix Photography that tells us the story with her beautiful images :)

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