- George Clooney and his fiancée were joined by family and friends at their rehearsal dinner in Venice
- The actor and the British human rights lawyer have planned a four day wedding celebration
- The wedding party dined at the exclusive five-star Belmond Cipriani Hotel on the nearby island of Giudecci
- Celebrity guests including Matt Damon and Cindy Craword began arriving on Friday
She’ll no doubt be wearing angelic white when she walks down the aisle, but on the evening before her marriage to George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin stepped out in devilish red.
The British human rights lawyer wore a stunning waterfall gown, with black oozing into the scarlet shade, a matching lipstick and her hair perfectly coiffed into a voluminous side parting, in Venice on Friday night.
Wearing a wide smile on her face, Amal looked happy as she left the exclusive five-star Belmond Cipriani Hotel on the nearby island of Giudecci, with her suited and booted husband-to-be George and their family and friends.
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The stunning brunette has upped her game in the style stakes ever since becoming engaged to the Hollywood heartthrob, and looked sensational in a Resort 2011 red printed Alexander McQueen dress that had been slightly altered to her preferences.
Showcasing her super svelte pins with the dress’ asymmetric hemline, Amal further glammed up the vivacious frock with a pair of drop diamond earrings and a slick of red lipstick, looking every inch the princess George is making her feel.
And although we can’t get our hands on the seasonal transitional number that can be worn right throughout the year with ease and a switch up of accessories, we can find a few good lookalikes that do just the trick in recreating the same vibe. Take Little Mistress’ moody bloom printed maxi below for £72 which we’d style with black patent stilettos and a metallic clutch bag for a wintery evening out.
Bridal party: Amal is joined by her mother Baria (left), sister Tala and the rest of her female friends and family
The Oscar-winning actor led his best man Rande Gerber – husband of Cindy Crawford – onto a speedboat along with his long-time producing partner Grant Heslov and a number of suited gents all enjoying what looked like some fine liquor.
Amal was given a helping hand down to her speedboat, and she was joined by her mother Baria, sister Tala and a number of other female members of her family and friends.
Protected: The wedding party are flanked by security as they head down to the boats which will escort them to their next destination
Radiant: Amal positively glowed with happiness while surrounded by her family
Centre of attention: Miss Alamuddin couldn’t stop smiling as she made her way into the five star hotel
Ecstatic: Amal’s gorgeous grin was firmly fixed on her face as she began prepared to enjoy her glamorous rehearsal dinner
Celebration: George Clooney, his rumoured best man Rande Gerber (centre) and his groomsmen enjoy some fine liquor after diiner at the exclusive five-star Cipriani Hotel on the nearby island of Giudecci
Beaming: The movie legend appeared to be in high spirits the night before his special day
Posing up a storm: George could be seen talking to his guests from his luxury boat
Excited: Amal looks so happy to be finally tying the knot with her Hollywood heartthrob of a fiancé
Glam to the max: Amal wore her dark locks in a voluminous style and added a red lip colour to complete her fiery outfit
Hint on what’s to come: Amal was seen walking into the hotel with her train flowing out behind her in a simlar fashion to a wedding dress
Follow me: The stunning lawyer was seen chatting away to her guests as they made their way off the boat
Her own catwalk: The lawyer proved once again she could easily have been a fashion model as she strutted into the hotel
Before the boats left it looked like George was offering his soon-to-be wife a drink for the journey, as he was pointing at his glass as he spoke to her from her across the Venetian canal.
They also posed for photos for a specially hired photographer who will be capturing every moment of their wedding weekend, not just for the happy couple, but also US Vogue who have bought the exclusive rights to the pictures on the day.
A fierce bidding war broke out among the world’s biggest celebrity publications, all desperate to capture the moment that Oscar-winner Clooney says ‘I do for the second time in his romantic history.
UNRIVALLED VIEWS OF THE LAGOON, MAJESTICS SUITES AND A VENETIAN INTERIOR DECORATED WITH LOCAL ARTIFACTS – A LOOK AT THE BELMOND HOTEL CIPRIANI
- Set at the far eastern tip of the Giudecca island, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani looks across the lagoon towards St Mark’s square.
- The five-star establishment proudly claims: ‘If Venice is a theatre, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani is the Royal Box’.
- It takes a four minute journey by private launch to arrive at the accommodation which offers picturesque views of the lagoon and gardens.
- Steeped in Venetian style, it is known for interiors decorated in exquisite local artifacts, classic cuisine with an innovative twist and the largest swimming pool in the city.
- The majestic Palladio & Dogaressa suites feature full-length windows that allow you to enjoy a breath-taking 180-degree view.
- The hotel offers guest the chance to be ‘pampered in the gardens where Casanova once wooed his lovers’ in their wellness centre which has a number of treatments and experience available.
- Belmond Hotel Capriani is also a popular location for wedding and honeymoons thanks to the opulent architecture and unique backdrop.
Hey there! Amal’s mother Maria gives a wave as she is escorted into the water taxi by one of the hotel staff
By her side: Maria looked beautiful in a mauve coloured gown gown, as she stood next to her daughter
First time: Amal has never been married before but George has – to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993
Oscar worthy outfits: Amal’s bridal party had chosen gowns worthy of a red carpet for the dinner as her mother, Maria (right), dazzled in a purple gown
Big weekend: The couple have planned a four day celebration for their wedding and they are expected to marry on Monday
Nearly time: Amal has been seen at the headquarters of Alexander McQueen, the fashion label that created Kate Middleton’s wedding dress
Fancy one? George looks like he is offering his wife a night cap on the water
Looking smart: George looked dapper in a navy suit with a white shirt as he headed of the venue with a drink in hand
The groomsmen: Cindy Crawford’s husband Rande Gerber and George’s producing partner Grant Heslov were among the male guests on Clooney’s boat
Red-dy to party! Amal looked flawless in her stunning crimson gown, as she stepped from the boat
Back in 1989, George married actress Talia Balsam in a wedding officiated by an Elvis Presley impersonator in Las Vegas. No doubt this time around, the nuptials will be a far more stylish affair, as it is understood US Vogue secured the rights after bidding well in excess of £1 million.
However, there are said to have been further negotiations for a British celebrity magazine to share the rights with a seven-figure offer being made.
Any fee given to the couple will be donated to a charity of their choice. The couple have already requested that guests do not bring mobile phones in a bid to prevent unauthorised pictures being leaked from the event.
Big day ahead: It has been 21 years since the Oscar-winner was last a married man
Chatty man: The Hollywood star conversed energetically with his guests on the eve of his wedding
All aboard! George leads his party towards the lavish five-star Cipriani Hotel
Dapper dudes: George was seen leaning casually as he spoke to his pals during the journey
Lads on tour: The suited and booted group hit the Venetian canal with drinks in hand
He gives good face: George pulls a funny look at his pals on Friday night
Here comes the stag: The wedding party enjoyed some of the night at the well-known Ivo ristorante
Having a sing song? George looked like he was treating his pals to a musical performance on the waterways
On the run: Bridal party and groomsmen’s boats took off along the water
THE FAMOUS FACES IN VENICE FOR GEORGE CLOONEY AND AMAL ALAMUDDIN’S WEDDING
- Matt Damon
- Cindy Crawford
- Emily Blunt
- Anna Wintour
- Ellen Barkin
- Miguel Ferrer
Securing the rights seems to be why the US Vogue editor Anna Wintour has been invited to the wedding,and she seemed to be getting on the same boat as Hollywood star Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso.
Luciana stunned in a floral dress featuring a keyhole neckline and an empire waist, while Matt wore a three-piece suit with a black shirt. Flower prints seemed to be popular that evening as Ms Wintour also wore a floral print dress with a blue base colour under a red jacket with a fur collar.
Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are also expected to attend the high profile ceremony this weekend. George’s actor cousin Miguel Ferrer, son of screen and singing legend Rosemary Clooney, was seen arriving with his wife Lori Weintraub on Friday, as was his Ocean’s Thirteen co-star Ellen Barkin.
On Saturday, the couple host a star-studded reception in the city’s seven-star Aman Hotel on the Grande Canal, an occasion that Amal’s parents reportedly insisting on paying for.
Flower power couple: Matt Damon accompanies his stylish wife Luciana Barroso out of the venue on Friday night
Five star style: The party was held at the luxurious Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice
A little bit of Hollywood: Matt is one of the few actors in attendance at the wedding, but Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are expected to attend
Star-studded: Emily Blunt – who is joined by her husband John Krasinski – gets a helping hand as she climbed onto the boat
Fashion: US Vogue editor was at the dinner and snagged an invite after her magazine landed the rights to their wedding photos