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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s nuptials heralded a new era in glamorous celebrity weddings, and was the best we witnessed in all of 2014. When we say “witnessed” we mean drooled over the pictures rather than actually having been there to sip George’s alcoholic homage to his bride (the Amalini, made with his own award winning brand of tequila, natch), but whatever. We’re not remotely jealous of the 100 guests who were invited…
As their first anniversary approaches let’s have a look at how to get the look Amal and George Clooney’s wedding.
Everything about the event was classic Hollywood. The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is an iconic Venetian landmark having been opened in the 1950s by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar and creator of the Bellini. It’s also one of the most discretely luxurious and expensive hotels in the world with rooms starting at $1,500.
They married at sunset which isn’t only romantic it’s the most flattering natural light for photos. Guests, who were transported in gleaming wooden boats, included Cindy Crawford, Matt Damon, and Anna Wintour.
The spectacular hotel setting was tastefully adorned with white flowers, including a floral arch for the wedding ceremony, however other decorations were kept to a minimum.
Amal Alamaddin’s Wardrobe
It takes a special woman to stand next to George Clooney and not come off second best in the style-stakes, however Amal is more than a match for him. She arrived in Venice in striped Dolce and Gabbana, wore a gorgeous floor length red Alexander McQueen dress for dinner the night before her big day, a white Stella McCartney trouser suit and elegant hat for her civil ceremony, Oscar de la Renta couture for the big day, and an asymmetrical couture dress by Giambattista Valli to face the press the morning after the big event.
Any of these dresses wouldn’t look out of place on the red carpet at the Oscars, but her wedding dress – a custom French lace design by Oscar de la Renta – was divine. Lace is definitely back in fashion, and her choice to wear her hair down added to the ultra-feminine effect.
Amal has the knack of simultaneously looking both modern and timeless. She does this by wearing clothing which suits her (enviable) figure, with clean lines that won’t date.
George wore a lightweight cashmere tuxedo by Armani.
Hair and Beauty
Amal Clooney’s hair is the envy of women around the world, out-glossing even the Duchess of Cambridge’s royal tresses. It radiates health and wealth, because you don’t get hair this good without regular maintenance.
Amal’s crowning glory is looked after by Max Coles at the upmarket Michaeljohn salon in London’s exclusive Mayfair district. To keep her locks full and sleek, despite the Venetian humidity and regular travel by boat, he started with a volumiser spray, hairdryer, and paddle brush, before finishing with polishing products.
Showing off her emerald cut diamond engagement ring to perfection was Amal’s manicure. She kept things simple with a short squoval nail and sheer light nude polish.
Keeping the details simple, avoiding trends, and choosing quality over quantity means that, just like a Fellini film or Sophia Loren, this wedding will look as gorgeous in fifty years as it does today. However long their marriage lasts – and we hope it’s forever – Amal and George Clooney’s wedding will stand the test of time.