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Wedding planning, inspired by the best society weddings

26/09/19

Look to the show stopping society weddings that have had everyone talking over the last few years, and see how to plan your wedding in graceful, timeless style. From the destinations you should consider, to the flower you need in your wedding.

Destination weddings: Phoebe Saatich & Arthur Yates in Lake Como

Designer Arthur Yates married daughter of Charles, Phoebe Saatchi in a balmy lakeside wedding in Italy’s Lake Como, and we couldn’t be more jealous of the attendees. The likes of Instagram-greats Laura Jackson, Edie Campbell, Naomi Smart and Daisy Hoppen were amongst the guests dressed in bold florals and bright gowns. The florals didn’t end with the guests’ outfits, as lakeside garden and table settings were strewn with fresh roses in romantic pink and peachy tones, whilst the couple were showered with dried rose petal confetti as they left the ceremony. See the luxurious Villa Balbianello for breathtaking views over the lake, hirable for weddings.

Whimsical wedding dresses: Charlotte Casiraghi in Giambattista Vall

Granddaughter of Grace Kelly, Charlotte Casiraghi won, in our opinion, dress of the year award with her custom gown made by Giambattista Valli in homage to her mother’s wedding dress. The dress was whimsical and lacy. Embroidered floral motifs, semi-sheer fabric and an off-the-shoulder illusion all made for an extraordinarily ethereal look, reminiscent of mother Caroline’s 1970s gown. For a wonderfully whimsical dress, check out the jacket and dress Goya Voulaire & Noor Voulaire combo from Charlie Breer.

Charlotte Casiraghi in Giambattista Valli wedding gown

Wedding venues: Amanda Hearts & Joachim Rønning in a hilltop castle

Amanda Hearts married at her family castle, sitting atop ‘La Cuesta Encantada’, or ‘the Enchanted Hill’, located near the coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The historic building is beyond opulent, adorned with carvings, paintings and fabrics that could rival any royal residence. The couple took the terrace to tie the knot, with breathtaking views of the rolling hills of California. If you’re looking for a castle a little closer to home (with equally enchanting views) see Polhawn Fort, set amongst the verdant Cornish cliffs of the Rame Peninsula - the venue is complete with a drawbridge, spiral staircase and 80ft vaulted hall.

Wedding Bouquets: Victoria Swarovski’s Baby’s Breath

Heiress to her namesakes crystal empire, Victoria Swarovski wed Werner Mürz in 2017 surrounded by delicate baby’s breath. The dainty white flower was the perfect choice for the crystal heiress, the white flowers evocative of twinkly gems as she carried them down the aisle. One for a theme, the flower of choice also lined the church and was worn by Werner on the lapel of his suit. As Flowerbx explain, Gypsophila is a popular flower to accent bouquets, corsages and flower vases, especially as a dried flower, but is extremely beautiful when bunched on its own as the flower itself. The white Gypsophila is an ideal choice to accompany you down the aisle.’

Sapphire engagement rings: Princess Eugenie’s Padparadscha gem

Princess Eugenie’s now husband proposed back in 2018 with a loose, pink sapphire sourced from Sri Lanka. He chose to propose with the loose sapphire so they couple could design a bespoke engagement ring together - a beautiful sentiment. The warm, orangey-pink stone is the perfect complement to Eugenie’s complexion, and together they chose to brighten up the ring with a halo of colourless diamonds. Whether you’d prefer to propose with a loose gemstone or create the ring of your partner's dreams, the experts at Hearts of London are on hand to help you source the ultimate diamond or gemstone and, when the time is right, design the ultimate ring.

Princess Eugenies Padparadscha sapphire engagement ring

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