George Clooney’s Venetian Dream Wedding

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It was quite the weekend in Venice, Italy, as George Clooney, once the world’s most eligible bachelor, married Amal Alamuddin in a spectacular four-day wedding event.

 

The celebration began on Friday night with friends, family and assorted celebrity guests as the couple hosted a dinner at the five star Belmond Cipriani Hotel on the island of Guidecci. Amal looked amazing in a fiery red dress as various guests boarded water taxis for the commute to dinner and hotels.

 

 

 

Amal celebrated with the ladies after supper while George enjoyed some stag party time, drinking tequila (his own brand, Casamigos, of course) and red wine (2010 Sassicaia, a very pricey vintage supplied as a gift by the restaurant owner). George looked relaxed and happy, joking with guests and smiling throughout the evening.

Saturday morning, George had breakfast with good friends Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber. He was full of smiles again, mugging with photographers and apparently relaxed and excited.

Saturday afternoon the preparations continued. Crews erected scaffolding to create a more dramatic landing area with canopies to help shield some of the guests from paparazzi.

Various vintage water taxis were decorated with flowers (our first sneak peaks at the wedding flowers!) and other delivery taxis brought wedding flowers to the venue.The water taxi bouquets are done in a palette of peach and pink roses.

If you like this look, we recommend the Bunches Direct bridal bouquets Pretty Woman, Pink & Peach, Pink Focus, or Forever Delicate.

 

 

The tall wedding flower arrangements are ivory. If you like tall flowers like this, gladiolas, larkspur, and stock all work beautifully, (and all are available through Bunches Direct bulk flower selections…).

The ceremony took place Saturday evening at the glorious seven star Aman Hotel, on the Grand Canal. Vintage water taxis ferried guests to and from the ceremony, while crowds lined the Canal. Amal remained inside with her family.

Celebrity guests including Matt Damon and his wife (who were some of the first guests to arrive), Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski (love her elegant keyhole-neck blue dress), Bill Murray, Ellen Barkin, Cindy Crawford, Vogue editor Anna Wintour (in a chic black and silver dress with a fur stole) and Bono (in yes, his trademark black) began arriving at about six-thirty p.m. After their arrival, guests were treated to champagne and canapes including polenta with wild mushrooms, and prosciutto ham with figs.

George arrived with his father Nick just before seven p.m. for the sunset ceremony. He looked suave and distinguished in a black Armani tux.

He used his customary water taxi, which is named, appropriately, “Amore” (“love” in Italian) for the 15 minute trip from the Cipriani Hotel to the Aman. He again appeared relaxed and excited, waving to the crowds. The ceremony was conducted by friend and ex-mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni. Saturday night the party continued late into the evening.

Sunday, the couple was seen strolling in Venice after another water taxi ride, to a brunch they hosted at the Cipriani Hotel. Amal’s dress was a gorgeous (love the exquisite flower designs!) Giambattista Valli creation and her rings were proudly on display. If she wore this to brunch, can you imagine what her wedding dress must have looked like? Can’t wait for the photos, although supposedly there is a bidding war over them (I think Vogue will get them out first.)

And then there was ceremony number two! Monday the couple took yet another water taxi (it is Venice) to the fourteenth-century Ca’ Farsetti Palazzo, where Venice’s town hall is located, to complete the require civil procedure. The short 20 minute process was also completed by Walter Veltroni, who emerged with the couple afterward. George wore a grey suit with matching tie, while Amal looked stylish yet again with a cream-colored short-sleeved jacket and palazzo pants. She added a wide brimmed hat with a navy ribbon to really nail the elegance factor. The couple reportedly left Venice not long after the civil ceremony, no doubt exhausted but elated from their spectacular Venice weekend.

Best wishes to George and Amal! We can’t wait to see more photos…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bulk Roses in Various ColorsFor someone buying bulk flowers for the first time, knowing how to care for your flowers might seem like a daunting task. We’ve compiled a list of instructions for beginners to help you care fo your flowers when they arrive.

General Flower Care Instructions

When the flowers arrive they will need to be taken out of the box, stems cut on an angle, remove all leaves that will go below water line, and allowed to drink for several hours.  They will be thirsty and this should be done as soon as possible.  This small step will allow your flowers get back to a lush, and beautiful state.

Please Note: Keep flowers in a cool, dark location away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat. Exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, a hot room, etc) will help the flowers bloom, and storing your flowers in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process.

Also, it is important to keep flowers away from fruits, vegetables and/or plants which produce ethylene gas which could cause your flowers to wilt prematurely.

Check out our resident floral expert, Bunches Bob unpacking some fresh flowers.

Wedding Flower Care Instructions

Bridal Bouquets/Centerpieces

(1) Remove flowers from box

(2) Remove cellophane wrap

(3) Remove green foam from bottom of stems and rinse thoroughly

(4) Cut stems ¼ inch and place in a container with 1 inch of water

Centerpieces

Most centerpieces are to be placed in the container of your choice. Remove from foam, rinse stems, cut 1” from stems, put in at least 3” of room temperature water.

*Some centerpieces are to remain in plastic container it was shipped in, keep foam moist.

Corsages and Boutonnieres

Place in a covered container, or plastic bag and refrigerate.

Please Note For Bulk Flowers and Wedding Flower Arrangements

Exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, hot room, etc) will help the flowers bloom, and storing your flowers in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process.

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For all of you newly engaged and planning brides, there are a lot of things to consider when getting your big day in order. For the style-conscious among us, we want our celebration to be reflective of our personal taste and ideas. Pantone’s announcement early this year crowned Tangerine Tango as the “it” colour for 2012. Close runners up include Cabaret, Sweet lilac, and Driftwood.  The common theme seems to be bright pops of colour against classic neutrals.

Pantone pulls it’s list from New York fashion week and we’ll be sure to be seeing these colours featured on the runway and in stores soon!

How do these colour announcements affect your planning? Many brides are opting for bright in-your-face blooms in their bouquet to have a noticeable pop of colour against their dress. For those of us that love colour but are afraid to do it on a large scale, adding in items like bright florals or accent textiles can be a great way to have some fun with colour.

Another way to incorporate these trend colours without being too “trendy” is to include them as a nail polish or featured on your stationery. Another great idea is to choose the bright color as a bridesmaid dress and offset it with a traditional white bouquet.  Bright fabrics can really make a traditional choice like white come alive.

Tell us in the comments how you’ll be incorporating colour trends into your wedding plans!

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The Budget Bride

The Budget Bride – tips and tricks to keeping the cost of your big day down without having to compromise on style!

FRIENDORS. This term has been used all over in the wedding industry in the past few years.  What is a friendor and why would you want to employ this strategy in your budget ceremony?Is hiring a friend the right thing for you?A friendor is the balance between a friend and a vendor. You make the decision to hire a talented (professional or amateur) friend to complete services at your wedding or event. The benefit of which usually means less cost than hiring a professional – or no cost if they agree to give the service in lieu of a wedding gift! Choose wisely, know your friendors as well as their limits. As much as you love your cousin’s cooking, and as excited as she may be to cater your wedding, be sure she can handle the task of managing a 4 course meal for a party of 200 if that is what you require before you make your final decision.

Preparing a delicious mealHaving a friend as a vendor may allow you to include someone in significant ways for your wedding, especially if you plan on having a small ceremony and would not otherwise be sending them an invite. Of course, your friendor may complain about not being able to enjoy your wedding because they are too busy working. Be sure to be very clear about their roles and expectations – treat the relationship just as you would for any vendor.

However, since you’re deciding to make it personal, confrontations can escalate quicker than normal, and it’s easy to get uncomfortable being completely honest with them since you don’t want to hurt their feelings. The decision is a tough one —what you trade off in price ends up being bartered for trust and commitment. Also, remember that the services your friendor is offering you cannot really be compared to full cost professional options. You cannot expect a low-paid or volunteer team execute the same level of service as a professional. Make sure you both understand the expectations involved and have fun planning and collaborating together!

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Many brides-to-be, wedding enthusiasts and romantics at heart watched the 2011 Royal wedding of William and Kate in awe. The entire event was a spectacle to be remembered for years to come. While it was easy to be swept away by the grandeur of William and Kate’s nuptials, we cannot forget the other royal weddings from 2011. We’ve complied a list of bridal bouquets from the various royal weddings in 2011 as an inspiration guide.

royal wedding Kate's BouquetComprised of a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley and hyacinth, Kate’s bouquet draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family. Kate was also sure to include a flower called “sweet William” in honour of her groom.

Zara Phillips wedding bouquetZara Phillips’ bouquet included white calla lilies, sea holly also known as alpine thistles and Dusty Miller foliage. She also included thistles, the national emblem of Scotland.

Charlene Wittenstock  wedding bouquetCharlene Wittstock’s (princess of Monaco) bouquet included white freesia, white dendrobium orchids combined with pittosporum foliage. The variation in size of blooms created some excellent texture in her bridal bouquet.

Princess Nathalie of Denmark's wedding bouquetPrincess Nathalie of Denmark was famous for forgetting her bouquet upon arrival to the ceremony- the quests patiently waited for it to arrive before her walk down the aisle with white and cream roses!

Princess Sophie's wedding bouquetFor Prince George Friedrich Ferdinand of Prussia’s wedding, his bride Princess Sophie carried a bouquet of white orchids, orange blossoms and white roses for an ultra-feminine feel.

Which bouquet was your favourite? Tell us in the comments how each bridal bouquet has influenced your decisons when planning your big day?

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