From psychotherapist Esther Perel's advice on wedding vows to style icon Iris Apfel on everlasting love and pop queen Dua Lipa on loving your ex, ELLE's June issue is packed with wise advice, not just on romantic love but on loving what you do and loving yourself too. Here are a few of our favourites.
Iris Apfel on being a romantic
'I’ve never been able to decide whether I’m a romantic with no illusions or a cynic with dreams. I guess I’m a romantic without illusions. I believe in love at first sight, but I also believe in love at any time.'
Venus Williams on loving what you do
'You’ve got to love what you do. I made the decision a long time ago that I wouldn’t do anything that I didn’t love, and I always had a choice. That’s why I feel grateful – I get to choose my life.'
Esther Perel on self-love
'Self-esteem is not about being perfect. It’s about being able to see yourself as a flawed individual.'
Karley Sciortino on wedding sex
'Do things you think are beautiful and meaningful, and do something special – without thinking it’s cheesy because it’s ‘wedding sex’. I would obviously want to have sex in a veil!'
Dua Lipa on saying ‘I love you’
'You shouldn’t be afraid of it. If it’s meant to be, there’s no such thing as ‘going too fast’. It will feel right.'
Pandora Sykes on honeymoons
'Even when you’re sobbing over your lost luggage, you’re laughing through the tears with the person that you just pledged yourself to for, well (hopefully) forever. That will be the bit you’ll remember, wherever the hell you are.'
Anne-Marie Curtis on surviving the wedding season
'Weddings can be the most wonderful affairs, but they can also be emotional whirlwinds. It’s not always easy, but you can get through with your sense of fun and humour intact. After all, love – in its many guises – is something to be celebrated, not tolerated.'
Liv Little, founder of gal dem on marriage
'I think a wedding is what you make of it, and, for me, it doesn’t come from a place of giving something up; it’s about partnership on an equal footing.'
Susie Lau on having a baby
'I actually did not think Steve would be as amazing a dad as he is. We’re both sometimes self-obsessed, but when Nico came along, the patience he’s shown…He would do anything and everything for her.'
Susie Lau with Steve Salter and baby Nico
MP Tulip Siddiq on combining love and politics
'We got married at the House of Commons. I wasn’t an MP at the time, but I wanted to get married there because my life is so political.'
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