George Clooney and Amal Alammudin Wedding

It’s official, Hollywood’s everlasting bachelor is no more.  George Clooney married Amal Alammudin on Saturday, September 27th at the 16th century grand palazzo, Aman Canal Grand Hotel, in Venice.  The two exchanged vows just after 8 pm in the evening under an arch made of white roses.  The ceremony was presided over by Walter Veltroni, a former mayor of Rome whom Mr Clooney befriended through his humanitarian work.

Clooney before the ceremony.

The bride wore a white dress designed by Sarah Burton.  Guests sat down to a five-course dinner that included lemon risotto, lobster and polenta with mushrooms, while a string quartet and a jazz trio played.  The star studded event included, Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford, and Bill Murray.  It is said that the last of the guests left the celebration at 5am.

Guests headed to the ceremony, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Matt Damon

It’s not over yet.  This is a wedding weekend as the couple hosted a lunch on Sunday and is scheduled for a formal civil wedding ceremony at Venice’s 13th century town hall, Ca’ Farsetti, on Monday to make the marriage legal under Italian law.

On Sunday afternoon the newlyweds hopped in a water taxi to reunite with their guests and continue the weekend-long celebration at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani for brunch with their guests.   It was quite a show stopper as the two cruised through the canals in a gorgeous wooden motor launch in their first public appearance since they exchanged vows during the star-studded party on Saturday night.  Wearing a lacy white dress embroidered with pink and red floral motifs by the Italian designer Giambattista Valli Couture, the 36-year-old human rights lawyer waved to the crowds, as a diamond-encrusted engagement ring shimmered on her right hand, as is tradition in Europe.  The two wore platinum wedding bands on their left ring fingers.

With the Grand Canal having choppy waters, Clooney, 53, wrapped his arm around his wife’s waist, and they whispered to one another and waved to the fans who turned out to see them, lining the walkways and extensions and actually dangling from housetops. The tumult prompted a couple of minor accident in the waterway, with one boat driver catching the side of a ferry.  Around after 15 minutes, the couple landed at the Cipriani, where they rejoined with wedding guests for the luncheon they were hosting.

Later they were expected to hold  a dinner at the Antichi Granai, a converted 19th century grain warehouse adjacent to the Cipriani. We hope that the couple will save some energy for their appearance at the civil ceremony as they will arrive at the historic town hall, close to the Rialto Bridge, just as angry council workers stage a protest over budget and salary cuts. Protesters are hoping that Mr Clooney, who has been outspoken on issues such as the war and famine in Darfur, may help publicise their grievances.   We wish the couple a celebratory wedding weekend and that the fairytale continues despite the realities of life.

 

 

 

Fall Wedding Gown Inspiration

With the arrival of fall we found a beautiful vintage dress that exudes fall.  This is a 1950’s Chiffon dress.  It’s a light peach color which keeps it fresh and the brilliant orange waist has a grounding effect that brings to mind Autumn’s root vegetables and earthy vibrant colors in the changing leaves.   It’s vintage style and sheer kneckline  creates elegant demure for a bride, particularly for the fall season, when too much bare skin can be a little out of climate.  We love the full skirt for a sweeter effect.  This dress is absolutely befitting a simple autumn affair or even suitable for the bride’s maids.

fall gown

Photo: Weddingbee.com

Autumn Equinox Celebrations

It’s the first day of fall and the Autumn Equinox has arrived.  The Autumn Equinox is the time when the Earth will reach a point in its orbit known as the equinox, where the sun shines directly on the equator. This is when for just one day, both hemispheres of the Earth experience 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, before parting temporal ways. This moment in time has been a ritualistic time for many parts of the world. There are various celebrations and observances.

In China the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is celebrated around the time of the September equinox. It celebrates the abundance of the summer’s harvest and one of the main foods is the mooncake filled with lotus, sesame seeds, a duck egg or dried fruit.

Buddhist services are observed in Japan during both the equinox. Higan, or Higan-e, is a week of Buddhist services and it is a time to remember the dead by visiting, cleaning and decorating their graves. Higan means the “other shore” and refers to the spirits of the dead reaching Nirvana.

Generally, the autumn equinox is an indicator of the arrival of fall and a time of harvest, when many have celebrations and give thanks. So, if you are having a harvest celebration, you may bring to the table root vegetables and grains for a hearty meal and be thankful for your bounty. Light candles that are symbolic of the plentiful, such as green and gold colored candles.  Create a beautiful table setting with all the elements of fall.

Enjoy the food, laughter, and appreciate your good company.  In a giving gesture, offering parting gifts to your guests, such as Autumn Equinox Party Crackers wrapped in apple themed paper.

Falling In Love

“Falling In Love.”  That’s what we want to make autumn leaves all about. Today we have some fall love quotes for you to ponder upon.

 “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love”

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

 Mignon McLaughlin

 

In terms of my marriage, you know, falling in love with my husband was by far the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

 Caroline Kennedy

 

You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.

 Albert Einstein

 

The key is falling in love with something, anything. If your heart’s attached to it, then your mind will be attached to it.

 Vera Wang

 

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Married on their French Estate

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt married in an intimate ceremony on August 23rd held in the chapel of Château Miraval, the family’s estate in the French village of Correns. Their sprawling French estate in the south of France is truly a masterpiece that boasts 35 rooms, a mote, and a vineyard all on the grounds. The château hit headlines in late May of 2008 when it was revealed that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had leased with the intention of having the twins they expected born in France. It is now owned by Pitt and Jolie.

Chateau Mirval

The stunning home in the South of France is no stranger to having famous faces occupy its halls. Music giants, Sting, The Cranberries, and Pink Floyd have all recorded songs inside the home. Château Miraval is best known for its outstanding rosé called “Pink Floyd” after the group that recorded one of its albums in a studio on the property. Internationally applauded for its light, flinty and quite unique flavors, Pink Floyd is much sought after. Now Jolie and Pit have entered the wine business and he first bottles released out of their Château Miraval vineyards in Correns about 110 km east of Cannes are the Miraval rosés. In 2013, Château Miraval Cotes de Provance Rosé ’12 received a 90 from Wine Spectator magazine. Château Miraval won the Wine-Spectator award of best Rosé in 2012 in the world, ranking 84 in the Top 100 in 2012. The Viticulteur is Marc Perrin.

Miraval Rose

With so much history and love put into this estate, it’s no wonder that the couple chose this location for their long awaited special day. The two exchanged vows in the gothic chapel dating back to the 1200s and the ceremony was attended by just 20 friends and family members. Their children had key roles to play in the wedding planning and celebration. Their eldest sons Maddox, 13, and Pax, 10, walked their mom down the aisle. Nine year old Zahara, and six year old Vivienne were flower girls and tossed petals gathered from the garden. Shiloh, who is now 8, and Knox, 6, served as ring bearers. This could not be a more intimate and family nurtured event as the kids also helped write their parents’ vows and Pax baked the cake.

Even Jolie’s dress incorporated of her kids’ creativity. Luigi Massi, the master tailor at Atelier Versace, sewed dozens of designs from her children’s drawings into the dress and veil. The Atelier Versace creation worn by Jolie was a custom white satin gown gathered at the bust, while the elongated train was decorated with embroidery of drawings created by her children, which were also reproduced on the veil. Jolie finished the look with white satin Versace pumps. Pitt wore a suit from his closet – with a tie borrowed from one of his sons because Pitt forgot to pack his. Zahara’s dress was designed by family friend Adama Kebe. Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, and Knox wore black suits (Shiloh’s included shorts and a top hat), and Vivienne wore a white dress from her closet. Jeweler Robert Procop, who designed Jolie’s engagement ring, created the couple’s wedding bands.

Photo Credit: Luxuo.com

The entire wedding with exclusive photos of the ceremony, Jolie’s unique dress,  and the family’s celebration is featured in PEOPLE, in conjunction with Hello! magazine internationally.

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Wed at the Historic Hotel Baker

We have a few big celebrity names that recently tied the knot. Last Sunday, August 31st, Jenny McCarthy married Donnie Wahlberg at Hotel Baker outside of Chicago, Illinois. Only a hotel steeped in history would do for this glowing couple. The hotel features the scenic Fox River as your backdrop, and the bride and groom may recite their wedding vows on their Waterfront Patio or in the lovely Rose Garden. Then the party can move inside to either a newly-renovated Waterfront Ballroom or their spectacular, two-tiered Rainbow Room where couples can share their first dance as husband and wife amidst the multi-colored lights

Hotel Baker

Hotel Baker in historic downtown St. Charles was built in 1928. Over the years, the colorful Rainbow Room has featured many famous entertainers, such as Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Louis Armstrong and Lawrence Welk. The Hotel Baker has also welcomed guests such as John F. Kennedy, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, Gerald Ford, Illinois Governors Adlai Stevenson and Jim Thompson, and Senators Charles Percy, Everett Dirksen, and Edmund Muskie, as well as entertainers Jeanette MacDonald, Mary Martin, Eddie Arnold, Edgar Bergen and evangelist Billy Graham.

Now Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg can be added to this list as they celebrated their wedding in the tradition of excellence. McCarthy wore a strapless Ines di Santo wedding dress and held a bouquet of red roses for her bridal bouquet. Her hair was down in waves and she wore a deep red lipstick to match her roses. The blushing bride had a very special escort walk her down the aisle, her son Evan.

In attendance were 90 guests for their big day. Among the guests were former “View” co-host Sherri Shepherd and Wahlberg’s New Kids on the Block bandmates. After feasting on Chicago and Boston specialties to represent both of their hometowns the newlyweds danced the night away.