Wedding Flowers for George and Amal

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As we all know, George Clooney, formerly one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, finally found the right girl and decided that the altar was not such a bad place to visit. At age 53, Clooney is set to marry the lovely and intelligent Amal Alamuddin, a 37-year-old lawyer, activist and author. All signs suggest that their wedding is imminent and that the countdown has begun.

According to sources at US weekly, Amal’s parents, Ramiz and Baria Alamuddin, are paying for most of the wedding. I immediately wondered what the couple did for a living:  Ramiz is editor at a Lebanese newspaper. Based on Clooney’s own comments, signs point to a September 27 date, with the wedding to take place at the 7-star Aman Canal Grande Hotel in Venice, Italy. (Clooney fans and stalkers may be deterred by the prices to stay here: rooms start at $1800 per night).

Reportedly the wedding will have about 60 guests, including friends Matt Damon and his wife, and Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber (who is also George’s pal and business partner). Andrea Bocelli is expected to perform. It’s also expected that Amal’s younger sister Tala will be maid of honour, and Gerber will be best man.

The details of Amal’s dress are a closely guarded secret, but she was spotted recently at the offices of Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (the same designer who created Kate Middleton’s iconic wedding dress.) It’s been confirmed as of yesterday that Georgio Armani will be dressing George for the special day. The designer spoke out at his Emperio Armani show during fashion week in Milan, and had already dispatched a team to George’s home on Lake Como.

Now, given all these clues, what can we expect for the couple’s wedding flowers? Both George and Amal seem to favour simple, well-tailored, elegant lines for their fashion choices. Neither is especially flashy, and both lean toward classy sophistication. Their likely venue is the epitome of old world, Italian grandeur.

Our picks for their wedding flowers (and gorgeous looks, at thousands less than they will likely spend) are shown below. Given Amal’s dark hair and exotic beauty, some colour in the bride’s bouquet would be very striking so long as the selections are not too fussy. She might enjoy lilies, roses, and orchids, since all are popular in Lebanon. I might also include some small sprigs of cedar in Amal’s bouquet (if she didn’t mind a bit of scent) as a tribute to the national tree and symbol of Lebanon. (And the Pink Triumph wedding bouquet is aptly named, since it was s triumph for Amal to land Mr. Clooney.)

What do you think?

Graceful Blooms Bridal Bouquet

Pink Triumph Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

Secret Happiness Bridal Bouquet

Reality Wedding Insider: Samantha & Nathaniel

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Well, ladies, we are fortunate enough to have another of our beautiful Bunches Brides share her special day with us. The details were provided courtesy of the maid of honor, and the one who created the flowers for the wedding: the bride’s best friend Ashley! This is a prime example of the amazing results you can achieve for DIY wedding flowers, so get ready to be inspired!

The wedding was between Samantha and Nathaniel and took place in July 2014, in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. The ceremony and reception took place at the scenic Maple Downs Golf & Country Club. Guest assembled for the outdoor ceremony on a second story deck with a lovely view of the grounds. The wedding included seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen, a ring bearer, and three flower girls (including their daughter).

The blush pink dresses were a superb choice– the elegant lines and the pale pastel tone suited all the ladies well. And the shoes—love, love, these delicate silver heels with the intersecting straps!

Looks like some fun was had! Good job, ladies

Love the choice of using pomanders (sometimes called kissing balls) instead of all bouquets! The two older flower girls carried the pomanders (also made by Ashley), which were made with pink carnations; the youngest flower girl followed and scattered rose petals. Carnations are a great choice for pomanders as they fill up the ball well and hold up nicely over time.

Now, for the flowers! The couple opted to purchase fresh flowers in bulk from BunchesDirect, and do their own arrangements, which were made by the couple’s maid of honor, with some help from the bridesmaids! For those of you who are considering DIY for your wedding, read on: Ashley was kind enough to provide us a recap of the experience!

When my best friend came to me and asked me to do her wedding flowers, I was all up for the challenge. She knew I was very crafty so therefore seemed like the best person for the job. Myself and all of the bridesmaids were wearing light blush pink dresses and her colors would be a mix of the light pink, white and touches of hot pink. I thought having this blend of colours would work perfectly together so then I just had to work on flowers she liked and disliked.

This was easy enough because she did not have any flower preference other than wanting a few peonies in her bouquet. The rest was pretty much left to me. She knew she wanted the white hydrangeas for the centerpieces and then just a nice mix of flowers for the bouquets. For the bouquets I had a mix of lots of different flowers including white roses, bi-colored roses (pink/cream), white mini calla lilies, pink lisianthus, a few white carnations (to keep costs down) and then a few hot pink spray roses for the accent color. I calculated how many flowers I needed for each bouquet and figured out my quantities, and added some extras just to have some leftovers.

The flowers arrived to me 3 days before the wedding and I immediately cut them all and put them into buckets of water. I luckily had a walk-in cooler which helped to keep them cool. Two days before the wedding I started working on the smaller more tedious items such as the corsages, boutonnieres, flower girl bouquets, etc. Then the next day I worked on all of the 7 bridesmaid bouquets, bridal bouquet and 4 candelabra centerpieces.They came together pretty quickly once I got in the groove.

That night once I had finished all the bouquets we brought all of the bulk loose hydrangeas over to the bride’s house and got all the bridesmaids over to help make the centerpieces. With a bit of wine involved we got a lot accomplished. We chose to go with square cube vases for the centerpieces and she wanted to use the white hydrangeas and accents of baby’s breath. We used about 3 white hydrangeas in each cube vase and some baby’s breath scattered throughout the hydrangeas. They looked so perfect and were so easy to make!

All in all we got the flowers at the appropriate time, and that way I could play with the openness of the blooms. The flowers were fresh and beautiful once they were all properly “groomed”. I wanted them to be more open so getting them a few days before allowed me to monitor this and have them open up nicely before the wedding. Getting the flowers in bulk and arranging them ourselves was a great way to save money in the end and we all had a blast making them!”

All I can say is: AMAZING JOB, ASHLEY!! All of your arrangements are absolutely stunning. And I hope Samantha gave you a big, big, big thank you for all your hard work! Only a bestie would go above-and-beyond like this.

What do YOU think of the flowers?

 

 

 

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Well, for all you brides and brides-to-be out there, we have some new advice for you, courtesy of Jessica Simpson! Jessica just wrote an article for Glamour magazine, in which she reflects on her July wedding and her relationship with her husband, Eric.

Jessica lists 5 main “vows” she had decided to make with herself, which she feels will help her to feel her best and therefore be successful as a wife, mother, and person. I think all of us can take something from her list, especially in the midst of wedding planning stress or when facing the challenges that inevitably occur once you get hitched.

Here is Jessica’s list:

1. Remember Who You Are
“When I was younger and starting out in the music business,” Jessica reflects, “I always felt like I was being defined by other people … industry executives, fans, the media, and so on. It took a while, but now that I’m in my 30s, I’ve grown into myself and established my identity on my terms. I embrace my strengths and celebrate even the small victories. I’m certainly not perfect, but when I look in the mirror, I’m proud of the woman I see. I’m not only a mother, wife, and daughter. I’m me.”


2. Let Him Love All of You
“Let him love all of you,” is another thing she advises. “Eric has seen me at every size, and he loves me no matter what. When I got pregnant with Ace four months after having Maxwell, I was nervous about starting over again. I had come so far in learning how to balance my career, family life, and hormones, and starting over again felt overwhelming. Eric was so supportive and challenged me to accept my insecurities and focus on what truly matters. I feel stronger than ever, and Eric’s unconditional love has been a reminder of the love I should give myself.”


3. Invest in ‘Me’ Time
“We all have busy lives, but once the big day is over, it’s important to have something that you really love to do for yourself. That’s what building my business has been about for me. Whether it’s your career or a passion, find something that makes YOU happy. I sometimes second-guess spending time working … I want to be with my kids as much as possible! Then I remember how satisfying work is, and because I am fulfilled, I can offer the best version of myself to my family.”

 

4. Small Indulgences Make a Big Difference
“There were so many fun and special occasions leading up to the wedding that I wanted to enjoy with family and friends. I didn’t want to deprive myself or give up the foods (and cocktails!) I love in order to feel beautiful. Because of what I learned from Weight Watchers, I didn’t have to. I gave myself plenty of time to get my body where I wanted it to be, and I learned to make balanced choices in the process. The moment I put on my gown, I was proud that I had let myself celebrate along the way.”


5. Honor Your Support System
“I’m lucky to have a great group of friends, some of whom I’ve known since we were kids,” Jessica adds.”They are all unique, and their individuality inspires me daily to reach inside and learn more about my authentic self. The older I get, the more I value these friendships. My family has been by my side through the highest highs and the lowest lows. The loving support of friends and family has been the magic behind how amazing I felt on my wedding day. I believe that because I’ve nurtured and cherished these relationships, my marriage and the relationship I have with myself are strengthened daily.”

Some pretty decent advice! If only we could remember it each day, or when faced with the latest “personal crisis.” What do you think?