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Amal Alamuddin is stunning in scarlet as she and George Clooney kick off their bridal weekend with rehearsal dinner

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Bride-to-be Amal Alamuddin was stunning on the eve of what is thought to be her wedding day, opting for a scarlet red waterfall gown with a black pattern as she and her future husband George Clooney were joined by friends and family for their rehearsal dinner on Friday evening.The beautiful human rights lawyer ensured all eyes were on her by adding to the Alexander McQueen-designed number with a pop of red lipstick, her brunette locks styled into voluminous curls and a pair of dazzling drop earrings.


Bride-to-be Amal was stunning in scarlet on her first night in Venice

A beaming smile conveyed her blissful happiness as she left the exclusive five-star Belmond Cipriani Hotel, accompanied by her mother Baria and other female friends and family. George, meanwhile, was handsome in an open white shirt and dark navy suit as he enjoyed the company of his friends on a speedboat.

George enjoys a drink on a speedboat with his friends

Excitement is building in Venice where George and his beautiful bride Amal have kicked off their bridal weekend. Just a few weeks ago Hollywood's hottest star talked of his eagerness to marry the stylish Brit, telling her in a speech at a gala event: "I can't wait to be your husband".

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A dashing-looking George makes his way onto the speedboat on Friday evening

Gorgeous George, 53, swept Oxford-educated Amal off her feet at the end of last year after they met at a charity event. By April he had proposed and his fiancée, who is of Lebanese origin, was wearing an impressive seven-carat diamond on her ring finger.The 36-year-old lawyer has built a stellar career, representing the likes of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. She is also an advisor to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.Meanwhile, the actor was for six years a UN Messenger of Peace, travelling to Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo to promote the organisation's work.

The happy couple pictured together recently at a charity dinner

She was immediately embraced by his wide circle of celebrity friends including Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber, who are both in Venice. Pretty Woman actress Julia Roberts said the news of her friend's engagement was "sublime".George's mother Nina also talked about how much she liked Amal, describing her as "brilliant and bright".

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