Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Justin Timberlake sings at his own wedding

Yes, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are now husband and wife. Two of Hollywood’s A-listers have bid farewell to their single life and tied the knot on Friday at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia, Italy. Among the wedding guests were celebrity friends, including Andy Samberg, Timbaland and Beverly Mitchell.

“It’s great to be married, the ceremony was beautiful and it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends,” Justin and Jessica first told People.com right after the ceremony.
Notably, the 31-year-old singer-and-actor sang one of his previously unreleased songs at the couple's nuptials,  which saw The Roots' drummer Questlove DJ at the reception - and he dedicated the performance to his new wife.

A source told US Weekly: ''Questlove played a bunch of Justin Timberlake songs, but no *NSYNC. Justin performed one song at the wedding. It's a new one that he hasn't released yet. He dedicated it to Jessica.''

It is still unknown that if that song will make it to public ears.
If you are a singer/songwriter, or simply love singing, you can consider adding a personal touch to the celebration by composing and singing a song for the special one. I have personally witnessed the bride, the groom, and the guests being moved to tears when a special song was sung. This little extra gesture could potentially stir up lots of emotions, thus allowing wedding photojournalists to capture and freeze that moment in time. 
Photos courtesy of Avior Pictures


Friday, October 5, 2012

Jared Followill and Martha Patterson

Cat Deeley isn't the only one who utilised twitter to talk about her eventual nuptials.

Together with Holly Valance and Anne Hathaway, Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill also got married with model Martha Patterson, at each of their own weddings separately of course. This means at least 4 celebrities celebrated their nuptials over the same weekend.

The 25 year-old rocker shared his excitement on Twitter soon after tying the knot, he wrote: “Aaaaaand I'm married. Happiest man in the world.”

With Martha tweeting: “Marrying my best friend today. I'm the luckiest girl in the world. :)”

The couple, who got engaged in April, spent their big day in the grounds of a rustic farm house with sources saying that their wedding reception featured “a beautiful firework display and a five-tier strawberry cream cake".

The beautiful blushing bride wore a strapless gown with a lace bodice and feather styled full skirt, her brown locks falling simply around her bare shoulders with no jewellery except for the rings.

The minimalist approach is gaining momentum over the recent years. If you have the face and figure of a model, why let all the bling overshadow your natural beauty? Kudos to Martha.

Jared's marriage makes him the final member of Kings of Leon to tie the knot - frontman Caleb married supermodel Lily Aldridge in May last year, Nathan wed singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin in 2009 and Matthew exchanged vows with musician Johanna Bennett that year too


Cat Deeley's Surprise Wedding

What even more secret that Anne Hathaway's Secret Wedding? The So-You-Think-You-Can-Dance host Cat Deeley nuptials to tv and radio presenter Patrick Kielty. The couple secretly tied the knot in Rome this weekend with their close family and friends present.
“The wedding plans were top secret. Friends of Paddy and Cat only found out in the last few days,” a source told. “It was a very intimate service with just 60 friends and family.”

Their big day may come as a surprise to their fans as it was only one month ago that 41-year-old Patrick denied rumours that they had gotten engaged, and Cat, as recently as August claiming they had no plans to marry

The pair first went public with their relationship in May, and although they had been friends for years, their romance still came as a bit of a shock.

It was shortly after this that Patrick moved into Cat's £1.7million Beverley Hills mansion with plans to renovate the property.

The couple kept their blossoming relationship out of the public eye for quite some time after rumours about their friendship turning romantic began to surface after they went on holiday together in February.

Patrick, made it known last year that he has been thinking of tying the knot in 2012, saying: 'I think that might be my New Year’s resolution... to get married.'

He and Cat have been friends since they hosted one of the original TV talent shows Fame Academy together from 2002.

As for Deeley, she perhaps offered a hint as to her marital status last week, posting a photo of herself and Kielty leaving the Emmy Awards last week. "And then they lived.... Happily ever after....cx," she wrote on twitter.
Planning a secret wedding requires a lot of hush-hush, especially with the wedding suppliers. You have to let them know the details, yet have to trust them not to leak the news to the public. A contract comes in handy most of the time, but it is only as good as the parties who sign it. No contract can stop someone from speaking, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
I had the honour to photograph an engagement party of a celebrity few years ago. There wasn't any physical contract but only a verbal agreement. A lot of trust was placed in me, mainly because previously we had worked together and I was found to be trustworthy :). I have heard stories of how a wedding was ruined because of a rogue wedding supplier, so it pays to write everything down in black and white - the details of the items/services that you have purchased, the payment plan, and agreement like photo copyrights and "vow of silence".


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Anne Hathaway's unique Valentino wedding gown

Continuing from the topic of wedding veil, Hollywood A-lister Anne Hathaway also said "I Do" in a secret sunset wedding at the scenic coast of Big Sur, California on 29 Sept 2012. The 29-year-old actress tied the knot with actor/jewellery design Adam Shulman.

The Dark Knight Rises star who recently chopped off her hair for the Les Misérables movie, sported a super-short pixie cut and didn't wear any extensions for her wedding. A lot of women probably imagine long flowing locks pinned into a meticulously braided updo (not that there's anything wrong with that) underneath a sheer veil, but Anne just proved that short hair on your wedding day can be just as beautiful.

 Her romantic off the shoulder dress that had a delicate lace trim was a vintage inspired dress personally designed for the bride by couture designer Valentino Garavani. The bridal gown featured intricate lace and embroidery and was paired with a dramatic floor-length veil and vintage-inspired headpiece

Anne also reported wearing minimal jewellery which is quite an interesting choice, given her husband is a jewellery designer and co-designed her engagement ring.

However, not all of the people agree — especially on the matter of the headpiece.“looks like she had a serious head injury… hope she’s okay,” joked Twitter user danielleNhale. “I like the dress, but the head piece and bridal veil are awful,” added @SummerMarisa.

While there were other criticisms of the headpiece over on People.com, the dress received pretty positive reviews. “Beautiful gown and it’s NOT STRAPLESS! Yay,” wrote SavedByGrace. Aliciad2649 agreed. “I LOVE the headpiece and the dress is classic. Anne’s a lady, through and through.”

Personally, I think with the face like Anne's, she can easily pull off any looks, including this one. That veil and headband combo complimented the pixie cut perfectly.

As usual, dirt and dress doesn't play well together (unless you are going for a "trash-the-dress" photo), so get a helper to manage the dress and veil. It is usually the job of the bridesmaid, but husbands, you can start your new life on the right foot by learning from Adam.

Anne's wedding comes as a bit of a surprise as she previously insisted the wedding would not take place until 2013 because of her work commitments. She told Hello magazine recently:
"We're getting married, probably sometime next year-ish. Not this year, it’s too big with two films coming out."

Checkout more paparazzi pictures here.


Holly Valance's 15ft veil

Former Neighbours star-turned-millionairess Holly Valance married Nick Candy in a large and lavish fairytale wedding on the weekend in Beverly Hills.

The 29-year-old bride could have chosen any of the world's designers with what seemed like a limitless budget for her nuptials, but went back to her roots, opting for Melbourne couturier J'Aton for her full meringue-style skirt resembling feathers and a bodice-like top. Unfortunately, the dress has found itself on the end of some less-than-flattering criticism.

The Daily Mail said the gown was a "Barbie-meets-Miss-Havisham frock...[with] cascades of pigeon-coloured frou-frou about the hem."

While the Telegraph likened the gown to an all-inclusive British package holiday stalwart. Which is no good thing.

The British newspaper said the "rag-taggle skirt...looked like it had been concocted from endlessly layered lettuce leaves faithfully reproduced in singed white silk."


Nevertheless, Valance topped it off with an exaggerated lace veil in a vintage style which also acted as a train, and carried a dramatic dark-red bouquet, with the wealthy property owner wearing a Dolce and Gabbana tuxedo.

The fifteen footer (4.5 meters) veil, although a traffic-stopper, is barely a fraction of the world's longest veil as confirmed by the Guiness Book of Records. The bride Elena De Angelis from Italy arrived at church with a mammoth 3km (1.86 mile) long veil, literally a traffic-stopper!
More on that story here.

Personally, whenever I see a long veil, I will secretly jump in joy, because I get to shoot photos like this:
So if you have a simple wedding gown but still seeking for that WOW factor,  consider adding a floor-length veil. Preferbly, nominate a helper to manage the veil. It requires delicate care but it is certainly a lot easier to manage than a feet-dragging wedding dress like Holly Valance's. 


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