One night last summer, Amal Alamuddin and Jae Kim, her dear friend since law school, had a heart-to-heart about love.
“[We] stayed up talking late into the night about relationships and whether she would ever meet her partner in life,” recalled Kim during a touching speech at Alamuddin and George Clooney’s Sept. 27 wedding ceremony. “She had just been picked the ‘Hottest Barrister in London,’ and I was concerned that this would not work in her favor, as most men found her intimidating already.”
What’s more, Alamuddin’s bar was almost impossibly high. “The list of things she was looking for in this man, she readily admitted, could not realistically be found in one person,” shared Kim. “She was looking for Mr. Perfect, and he was nowhere to be found.”
Until she met George.
While Alamuddin, 36, was clearly smitten, the actor’s reputation as one of Hollywood’s longest-standing bachelors was not lost on her friend. “I have to admit, that caused some motherly panic,” Kim said in her speech. “Is she going to get hurt? He isn’t exactly Mr. Commitment, I thought.”
Those fears were quickly dispelled. “You could see in the way he held himself, treated her and others, and enjoyed life that his heart was big and he loved her with all of it,” she said.
The effect Clooney, 53, had on Alamuddin was evident: She quit smoking (“cold turkey!”), and uncharacteristically, Kim joked, “ever since she met George, she has been on time.”
But most of all, she said, “I had never seen her smile like that. She has had that smile now for almost a year straight.”
The couple’s love story, said Kim, “is nothing short of a fairy tale.”
Ok so we missed out on an invite to the best wedding in the world – George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s – but we’ve got next best thing, some of the speeches.
Mum of the Bride, Baria Alamuddin,had the bestest ever, ever, ever and her beautiful tribute just makes us crumble.
‘Amal to me is a sweet dream that started when I was pregnant with her and will continue for the rest of my life,’ she said.
Sharing a photo of her daughter as a one-year-old she revealed that Amal ‘gave me and my family only love and joy and lots and lots of pride’.
‘As for George,’ she added. ‘We love you truly, deeply and sincerely. We enjoy your charm, your wit, intelligent conversation and generosity. You are simply perfect.’
Pass. Us. The. Tissues. Now. If there’s anything that beats a Father of the Bride speech it’s an unexpectedly touching and sweet one from mummy.
As if mum’s words were not amazing enough George’s dad Nick Clooney gave us lots of insight revealing the proposal was just a casual affair.
‘George got down on one basketball-battered knee and asked the savvy Amal to marry him. And if you think that’s crazy, Amal said yes,’ Nick said. ‘In their tidal wave of generosity Amal and George present us with one more gift: hope. No, it’s more than hope. It is belief that in this place and at this moment, love is alive and well.’
Blub blub blub!
Best man John Lambros added the lols but also made us well up by saying: ‘To say we, George’s friends, have been waiting for you, Amal, for a while is an enormous understatement.’
Quoting George Eliot he added: ‘And when a man has seen the woman whom he would have chosen if he had intended to marry speedily, his remaining a bachelor will always depend on her resolution rather than his. Amal we thank you for your resolution.’
To get the party started there were shots of tequila – well maybe more than shots but there was definitely tequila anyway.
‘Well it’s Italy but we thought we’d fly a little of our tequila out as well,’ said George. His friend had been spotted loading 100 cases of their award-winning Casamigos Tequila onto a private jet to bring to Italy. And what about keepsakes?
‘Other than hangovers?’ George quipped. ‘Yes.’
The couple gave each guest a relaxed photo of them both looking happy and natural with a personal note which read: ‘Thanks for being here. It means the world to us.’
Also part of the highlights was the five-course Italian menu, lemon risotto with lobster, Chianina beef tagliata with porcini mushrooms and sea bass, followed by chaudfroid with strawberries and zabaglione.
From Lainey Gossip
So here’s what’s been coming up a lot in my inbox about Amal Alamuddin after the weekend wedding Spectacular! Spectacular!
1.She loves the attention, therefore she must be a fame-whore
2.If she’s a fame-whore, she can’t do her job.
3.When is she doing her job?
Amal Alamuddin’s credentials speak for themselves. She speaks several different languages. She’s the UN’s go-to on a number of pressing human rights issues. She’s widely regarded in her field.
So…why would you doubt her ability to do her job just because she was planning a wedding? You don’t think that a woman with her education and experience could write her papers and consult with her clients and pick some dresses and hang out with her fiancé now husband at the time? Isn’t that… insulting?
George Clooney once said that fame arrests at the age it arrives. If you’re 16 when you get famous, you’ll stay 16 forever. He also once told Ben Mulroney on etalk that if he’d broken out when he was in his teens, he’d probably be shooting crack into his eyes, that’s how f-cked up it would be. And the point is that when he actually became a celebrity, he was well into his 30s, equipped with many of the skills he’d need to navigate that reality.
The same could apply now to his wife. She’s 36 years old. She’s a fully formed person. She’s mature, she’d confident, she’s informed.
She knows herself.
And I think we saw that on the water in Venice this weekend. We saw a woman getting married, knowing that she had the world’s attention, and not letting it mess with her head. She waved, she smiled, she didn’t wig out, she didn’t cry, she was excited, she was poised, she was graceful, she was gracious.
What is the problem?
PEOPLE has released some of the wedding details in their online report and what I find interesting were the comments from their parents. This is what Nick Clooney said at the event:
“George and Amal present us with … belief that in this place and at this moment, love is alive and well.”
And this is the quote that they chose to share from Amal’s mother:
“George, we love you truly, deeply and sincerely. We enjoy your charm, your wit, intelligent conversation and generosity. You are simply perfect.”
It was like…she was telling him he was good enough for Amal. Like they, the Alamuddins, are the ones who have to be earned. Because their daughter is the actual star in this relationship.
She is a star.
And that’s where we bring it back to the idea of her being a fame-whore. Sure. I don’t disagree with you there. Not because I think she’s Mrs Timberlake but because Amal Alamuddin is a barrister. In the movies, they take some creative licence in courtroom depictions, fine, but come on, isn’t a barrister somewhat of a performer? Isn’t a barrister the person with the spotlight on that particular stage delivering a set of lines?
Amal’s lines are exponentially more important than the lines that are delivered from an actor, but here’s a woman who understands the power of a well-executed argument, the consequence of a poorly stated position, someone who very much appreciates the impact of an inspiring monologue – in her case, actual lives hang in the balance. She has to know her sh-t backwards and forwards, she has to have that research picked apart and put back together.
But she also HAS TO SELL IT.
That’s what great lawyers do. They sell. Just like great actors.
So, maybe that comfort that you’re seeing from her in being the center of attention isn’t so much a hunger for celebrity than it is another example of how she’s just really good at her job.
The groom wore Armani! For his Sept. 27 wedding to Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney showed loyalty to a label he loves. The actor, 53, selected a custom tuxedo designed by close friend Giorgio Armani, and PEOPLE has the exclusive sketch of his classic black tie look.
“For more than two So what exactly was Clooney wearing to greet his bride at the top of the aisle? A black tuxedo from Armani’s Made to Measure collection consisting of a ultra-fine wool/cashmere blend, paired with a white shirt, black bow tie and oxfords in smooth, brushed black leather. And he pulled it off in his signature dapper style.decades, George has been a dear friend and an honorary Italian,” the designer tells PEOPLE in a statement. “I admire him for his warm personality and strong character, and of course for his great talent as an actor, director and producer. It is a privilege and a pleasure for me to dress him for this occasion, in which he stars in the most important role: that of the groom. I created an all-Italian wardrobe; it’s tailored and refined, without being overdone.”
Clooney and his barrister bride, 36, married in Venice, Italy, in front of their family and friends. The actor, who has worn Armani suits on many red carpets, says it was a natural fit to collaborate with Giorgio once again.
“He’s the class act of all class acts,” Clooney tells PEOPLE of the designer. “He’s been a good friend for many years, and the night wouldn’t be complete without him.” Case in point? To make the tux extra-special for his friend, the Italian designer stitched Clooney’s name inside.
Armani also created four other suits for the groom for other wedding weekend events: three in gray and one in navy blue, with a single-breasted blue coat to top them all. Additionally, several members of the wedding party (including the couple’s fathers, Nick Clooney and Ramzi Alamuddin) wore Armani Made to Measure ensembles in a “two-button tuxedo silhouette with notch lapels in ultra-fine wool/cashmere and flat front trousers with satin details, worn with white shirt, bow tie and classic black brushed leather shoes.” RELATED: All the details on George’s new bride’s Oscar de la Renta gown! (PHOTO) “When I met George in the ’90s, I immediately took a great liking to him. He is not only brilliant, but also a man with great values,” Armani said. “George is genuinely charismatic and eclectic. One minute he is a prankster who enjoys joking around, while the next an authoritative spokesman for philanthropic initiatives. It will be a great honor to dress him for his next big role … that as a husband.”
Thanks to Catie from Clooney Aficionados for the find! and Congrats on the Mod Position too!
CHLOE MALLEANNIE LEIBOVITZ
For human-rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin’s fairy-tale wedding to George Clooney, only a dream dress would do. Enter Oscar de la Renta.
“He is the man every woman wants to hug!” Amal Alamuddin says happily. Surprisingly, the British-Lebanese human-rights barrister is not referring to George Clooney, her groom come September, but rather to the equally debonair Oscar de la Renta, who is designing her wedding dress. “George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress,” she says. “Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.”
Indeed, on a warm Wednesday in late July, 36-year-old Alamuddin gambols blithely into de la Renta’s Bryant Park offices on towering wedge sandals, eager to greet the designer with a double kiss. She wears a floral-printed day dress, also by de la Renta. A sand suede Balenciaga motorcycle bag dangles from her forearm. Her long jet-black hair is blown out with just enough volume around the temples to softly frame her minimally made-up face. Following her into the showroom are her mother, Baria, who lives in London, and sister, Tala, who has come all the way from Singapore for the fitting.
Soon after the trio arrives, Alamuddin is whisked away into a changing room to be outfitted in the almighty dress for her final appointment with de la Renta and head tailor Raffaele Ilardo, armed with a pincushion and a tape measure draped around his neck. Several minutes later, she emerges with a swishing sound. The dress is an exquisite mille-feuille of ivory tulle appliquéd with fourteen yards of Chantilly lace, its bodice hand embroidered with beading and crystals.
“Be careful, guys,” de la Renta calls to Ilardo and his team. “Don’t let the dress touch the floor!” Like a conductor Ilardo raises and then dips one hand, and in unison he and two helpers bend and pick up the skirt of the dress in one coordinated swoop. As Alamuddin arrives in front of her audience, Tala’s eyes well up immediately. Her mother’s eventually do as well, though she is temporarily distracted by the desire to add additional layers of tulle to the skirt. This is voted against by committee, one reason being that the role of train shepherd is already deemed too much for Tala’s twelve-year-old daughter, Mia, who is Alamuddin’s only flower girl. “That won’t be enough,” says de la Renta confidently. “You will need a grown-up to help as well—your sister.” He nods toward Tala, who is happy to take on the task.
Alamuddin twirls slowly toward the designer, careful not to upset the lower layers of the skirt. She, too, wipes the corner of her espresso-brown eyes as she stands resplendent in her dress. It is agreed by all that de la Renta was right about everything: the cut, the volume, the minimal beading, the subtle ivory hue. He smiles, satisfied. “Look at the color of the paper on the floor; that color is true white, so you can see the dress is cream.” Indeed, the floor has been carefully covered with crisp white butcher paper to protect the pristine hem.
“It’s the most important dress in the life of a woman,” de la Renta says. “Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her. Amal and I looked at a lot of evening dresses and wedding dresses together, and we discussed what she liked. That gave me the idea of what she wanted.” The Oxford and New York University law school graduate’s daunting legal résumé—she has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his fight against extradition, as well as Ukraine’s former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and acts as counsel to the United Nations’ inquiry into drone strikes—does not preclude her from having strong opinions on fashion and the minute details of her wedding day. As Ilardo pins a fold of lace at the small of her back, she asks de la Renta whether he thinks it is necessary to have a second, shorter veil for the wedding dinner.
“No, I think after the wedding you take off the veil altogether; you don’t need it anymore,” he replies. “Once you are married, you are married.” Alamuddin smiles. Like the dress, the cathedral veil is adorned with Chantilly lace and bead-and-crystal embroidery; it descends all the way down the back of the dress almost to the floor.
The topic of hairstyle is broached, and it is agreed that hair down but tucked behind the shoulders is the best solution so as not to compete with the neckline of the dress and the embellishment on the veil. The hair and makeup by Orlando Pita and Alice Lane for Alamuddin’s Vogue photo shoot will act as a wedding-day trial run.
The most envied bride-to-be since Catherine Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge, Alamuddin runs her fingers across the dress’s bateau neckline, exposing the seven-carat, ethically mined emerald-cut diamond that hovers like a Chiclet-size spaceship over the fourth finger of her left hand. She asks Ilardo about the neckline, cut off the shoulder to highlight Alamuddin’s Parmagianino neck and poitrine, and wonders if it will remain unfinished. He nods vigorously in agreement. “Oui, madame, it will be a raw edge. Un peu impur.” She discusses the details of the tailoring with Ilardo in French before replying to her mother’s questions in Arabic and proceeding to implore de la Renta, in English, to join their wedding festivities in order to see the dresses in action. Dresses, plural, includes the festive, Gatsby-style party frock that de la Renta is supplying as the second act of the evening.
This she slips into after the wedding dress has been carefully removed. Her entrance is preceded by a soft clicking sound, like the chicest swarm of cicadas, the all-over silver and pearl beading and beaded fringe hem snapping together with each step. The dress is from de la Renta’s fall 2014 collection, and Alamuddin’s reedlike frame fits effortlessly into the runway sample. It has been shortened from ankle to mid-thigh, the better to show off her endless legs and to make it a true dancing dress.
De la Renta studies the outfit and then issues a soft command to one of his deputies. Suddenly a pair of hand-embroidered beaded silver pumps emerges from a hidden closet. These Baroque marvels are the runway shoes for de la Renta’s upcoming spring 2015 show. The ensemble is complete. De la Renta looks on proudly, the elegant Dominican fairy godfather.
“You look hot!” he declares.
The room erupts into giggles.