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The joys of being a wedding planner

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On a wedding day, however, you have to approach the job in a thorough, methodical way, sometimes devoid of emotions so as to never crack under pressure. You won’t believe the amount of times I wished I could just stop and savour the “I do” moment, shed a little tear and congratulate the couple as and when it happens! The truth is, there is no time for that. Nine times out of 10 there will be a call to be made to the driver, someone in the catering team who needs your attention, a table plan to be recheck, a gift for the bridesmaid to hide, a chat with the DJ about volume, a table cloth to iron, a restroom to be restocked… It is (underline “is” because I mean it) fun – not literally, of course, but it feels like it when you love your job – but intense too.

After a day on your feet, thinking about the 100s of things you need to do, you can’t even begin to imagine the joy and relief when you get at the end of the day and you finally get a quiet one-to-one moment with your couple, share a hug, maybe a little tear too, and you hear words of gratitude.Beach wedding, Elopement, Beach wedding in Sharm el Sheikh, Destination wedding, Wedding planner, Destination wedding planner, Elisabetta White, Linen and Silk Weddings, Red Sea weddings, Sharm el Sheikh wedding, Wedding planner Sharm el Sheikh, Wedding in Egypt, Wedding in Sharm el Sheikh, Sultan Gardens wedding, Wedding venue Sharm el SheikhThis gorgeous bride is Sophia and today she is celebrating her 1st year anniversary with her husband Matt (congratulations lovelies!!!!!). Last year I helped Sophia plan her gorgeous beach wedding in Sharm el Sheikh. The team and I worked incredibly hard for a days to make sure everything was perfect for them -  it was exciting and challenging and at the same time! We had 42C on that day, and we had to shoot the details at 1pm in the afternoon! Cakes were melting in front of our very own eyes, and just as the altar had to be set up, the wind picked up, making it all incredibly tricky. As you can see from my face, by the end of the day I was physically broken, but SO happy! As Sophia and Matt left the venue, the last words she told me were: “This girl is magic.” And right at that second, none of the challenges mattered. I completely forgot that I was sunburnt, swollen and exhausted, because all that mattered was that this couple felt that their trust had been rewarded.

So, as Matt & Sophia celebrate their first wedding anniversary, I will be thinking of them and all the couples that have allowed me so far to play such a huge part in their wedding with a lot fondness and gratitude. Your trust and love gives me joy and makes being a wedding planner the best job in the world! 

xoxo Betta

Credits: 2nd image courtesy of destination wedding photographer: Nora Photography

FEATURED | Linen and Silk Weddings on Y&YW July/August 2015

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Very excited to see some of our work featured on You & Your Wedding (July/August 2015) magazine and being listed as one of Y&YW contributors!

Huge thanks to the whole team that worked with me to create this beautiful “modern vintage” wedding inspiration and to Julia of Y&YW for choosing our work to grace the pages of the magazine!
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xoxo Betta

 

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

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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.

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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 (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

 

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