Gorgeous bridal gowns by Demetrios on the runway in San Diego

Demetrios Bridal Gowns have long been known as the choice for brides who want bold style, drama and femininity on their wedding day!

Showing on the red carpet in San Diego on October 29, 2017 at the Wedding Party EXPO at Coasterra on Harbor Island, internationally beloved bridal gown and evening wear designer. Demetrios wedding dresses are known for their high quality, exquisite details, and timeless designs. 

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Available locally at Brides by Demetrios, bridal gown specialist offering diverse collection of the namesake designer's wedding dresses. You can meet this team of caring bridal gown pros at the show along the red carpet! 

 
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Lead Designer Demetrios James Elias who was born in Athens, Greece. As a young boy, he immigrated to the United States with his family. While still in school, he assisted his parents in their family-owned bridal store in Warren, Ohio. It was during this time that his love of the bridal industry grew and his passion for designing wedding dresses took hold.

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In 1980, Demetrios' dream of owning his own company became a reality. Virtually overnight, he turned an unknown local business into a thriving, international company. Today, bridal boutiques throughout the world proudly sell Demetrios wedding dresses. As both designer and owner, Demetrios is an icon in the bridal fashion industry. His wedding dresses offer women the widest and most versatile styles, and are on the cutting edge of the fashion world.

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Eddie + Alexandra's Quintessential San Diego Bayside Wedding is a Blast!

From the moment you land in San Diego, you are surrounded by sailboats, water, and always a full marina. It is THE backdrop of San Diego. San Diego's marinas and bayfront beauty have proven time and again that "America's Finest City" makes the perfect wedding backdrop. Eddie and Alexandra had the most beautiful late Summer wedding along the marina with classic styling, bridesmaids in soft peach, beautiful blue groomsmen, and just the right amount of bling! They also had a blast of we ding reception thanks to some wedding reception music and party experts who know how to rock a crowd [Sage Productions!]. Check out this special day captured by Bob Hoffman Video & Photography below and you'll see what we mean! 

Photographer: Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//Dress Store: 2000 Dreams Bridal//Event Planner:Benny & Blaire Events//Floral Designer: Francos Flowers//Event Designer: Marina Village//Reception Venue: Marina Village//Caterer: Ranch Events//DJ: Sage Productions//Hair Stylist: Bryll Hair Lounge //Band: The Flashback Boyz

The VeraWang #Fall2018 #Bridal Collection, "Jardin du Luxembourg" will have you saying merci beaucoup to these stunning bridal gowns

Discover the #VeraWang #Fall2018 #Bridal Collection, "Jardin du Luxembourg." Visit verawang.com to see the full collection.

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Photographed by: Patrick Demarchelier
Creative Direction: @verawanggang Patrick Demarchelier
Styled by: @verawanggang
Hair by: #Shon
Make-up by: Tracey Gray Mann
Talent: @jayjankowska @gie_ccino
Location: Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

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Color Us Beautiful! Pantone Shows off their Spring 2018 Color Trends from London's Fashion Week

Straight from London Fashion week Pantone brings you Spring 2018 color palettes! 

Each season the team at the Pantone Color Institute creates the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report; a color overview highlighting the top colors fashion designers showing at London Fashion Week will be featuring in their collections for the upcoming season. With color on the catwalk a key indicator of the color stories we can expect to see showing up across all areas of design, the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report is your easily accessible guide to the season’s most important color trends.

Unique shades for the London runway convey themes of energy, sophistication and serenity. There are multi-dimensional and grounded hues, while others exude a vibrant breath of fresh air. The color story is wildly divergent and we see a kaleidoscopic bounty of uplifting shades and feel-good tones. That doesn’t mean that we don’t continue to look for more neutral or classic shades. Whether on their own or providing the landscape for complex color mixes, core basics are an essential for any season.

The desire for colorful self-expression is a key take away for Spring 2018. Similar to observations made by Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman in our NY PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report, designers for the UK market are comparably responding to the consumer’s growing appetite for flexibility in color expression by introducing more unusual colors and color stories in their collections for Spring 2018. Overall there is a feeling of optimism and confidence driving a new vitality into fashion trends.

Along with this recognized freedom to explore and experiment with more color, fashion, and the people who interact with it, no longer want to feel limited by traditional color guidelines. Gender and seasonal borders continue to be non-issues when it comes to color. Untypical spring shades that make for complex and original combinations, communicates the consumer’s desire to experiment with color all year round without any restrictions. The color story for Spring 2018 is a perfect reflection of this new sentiment. About the Spring 2018 Top 12 Color Palette The Spring 2018 palette encourages a sense of fun and playful release. With an air of complexity and distinctiveness, we find ourselves in a sanctuary of color that is ideal for some more unique and dramatic color mixing. 

Images extracted with permission from PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner Spring/Summer 2018. See all of our PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner trend forecasts.

Thanks Pantone, for bringing so much color to our lives!

Create your own seasonal wreath at the October 25 Isari floral workshop

Getting excited about the holidays:)? Join one of the top floral arists in the county at one of their fun in-studio workshops where Tam Ashworth of Isari Flower Studios will be showing you how to create beautiful harvest wreaths to adorn your home

 Give them a call or shoot them an email to save your spot for the last in-studio workshop of the year! Tickets are $175 and include all class materials and refreshments. And, you go home with your wreath!

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Exotic Moroccan Bohemian Wedding Styled Shoot from Australia Just Sends Us Into Heavenly Lavender Bliss

We love our So Cal style but always have one eye on the talented and creative artists and stylists around the globe- just take a gander at this gorgeous styled shoot by out pals 'down under' from Adorn Invites! We love how you inspired us with your Bohemian-Moroccan-lavender-bliss!! 

Here's what this shoot's talented stylist had to say about her inspiration: “It’s amazing to witness how this theme and style organically developed into something so different from our early idea. I still can’t believe that our original palette involved oxblood and navy and our lavender Spring time setting was actually a brooding forest with an alternative-tatted up gypsy bride!

Scrolling through our digital mood board – you can clearly see how the progression evolved. Ominous fashion editorials developed into ethereal models and fairy like details, and vivid lilacs and shades of gold slowly made their way in. Despite the ever changing theme – at the core of our shoot, was the desire to craft something completely different and accessible to a number of brides......read more below...

"...Although our theme was heavily influenced by Bohemian and Moroccan styles, we didn’t want to limit the décor to only one look, which is why we included more romantic and elegant details. You’ll find this harmony throughout the whole editorial, for example our indoor dining table features an installation of wild flowers, lush unstructured greenery and an entire set of semi-precious stones and crystals. We balanced this organic look with more minimal pieces such as art deco inspired vases, elegant gold cutlery and whimsical satin ribbon.

The mascot/embodiment of the day was no doubt our stunning cow skull motif that was used as the key centerpiece in the outdoor shoot. This guy was clearly from our initial theme – embodying the darker style that we initially wanted, however we brought him into our lilac fairytale by DIY-ing him with more feminine details. We spray painted him white and gold and found pearls and diamantes from a costume jewelry store. We hoped that by transforming him into a less avant-garde detail, we could inspire other brides to include more eccentric elements into their own wedding. After all, it is only one day – brides don’t be afraid to embody your unique personality and style! Cow skulls and all.”  

Photographer:  Sephory Photography     
Sault Daylesford
Katerina Vermes    
Florals and Decor:  Babylon Flowers    
Wedding Cake: Mary Eats Cake    
Invitations: Adorn Invitations     
Hair Makeup: Nicole Highfield     
Bridal Gowns:  Raffaele Ciuca     
Prinzi Collections     
Jewelry:  LOVEON Jewellery     
Crystals:  Crystal World Brunswick     

San Diego Featured Wedding: Darline + Norman's Traditional Chaldean Wedding

Darline and Norman have a fun meet cute. The two originally met for the first time some years ago in the bridal party of a friends’ wedding.  And while the meeting was memorable, it’s because they were butting heads the whole time! It wasn’t until being in another friends’ wedding six years later that they started to get to know each other and begin a friendship. That friendship, of course, blossomed into such a strong love between them that Norman proposed in San Francisco for Darline's birthday last year! The two agreed that keeping their Chaldean culture alive during the wedding was of the most importance. The couple can be seen wearing ceremonial crowns at the ceremony which represents Christ and the Church-and representing their equality in their relationship. According to Chaldean traditions, you must have one to preserve the other. Many other cultural elements can be seen throughout the night, but a Chaldean wedding would look and feel familiar to most Westerners as its traditions are Christian based. A few cultural traditions like the Yalekhta, a piece of thin, transparent, square fabric richly decorated with different little beads or the addition a decorated cane, used by the person leading a dance honor their heritage and their family. And a grand entrance starts with traditional music and people cheering. The rest of the couples enter one couple at a time and finally the bride and groom enter as the cheering gets louder and the dancing continues until they reach their table. Any wedding that starts with this much vibrant energy is bound to be a special and very memorable day of love and family for all! Congrats to Darline and Norman!  For more insight into this exciting and revered culture and their history scroll down...

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography// Dress Designer: Berta Bridal// DJ: DJ HeartAttak// Cake Designer: Dream Fountain Catering// Makeup Artist: Flora Wade//Band: Haddad Entertainment// Floral Designer: Le Reve Flower// Dress Store: Lovella Bridal//Reception Venue and Caterer: Manchester Grand Hyatt// Hair Stylist: Sandra Hallak Hairstyling// Cinema and Video: Studio Kasha// Transportation: Talia First Class Limousines,INC.// Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dressing Room// Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Gentlemens Tux Club// Shoes: Valentino// Lighting: World Audio Services

Chaldeans are the indigenous people of Iraq who speak a form of Aramaic and are Eastern Rite Catholic. They mainly resided in Northern Iraq as mountain dwellers and farmers, in villages dating back over two thousand years. Historically, Chaldeans are from the Arab World but are not Arabs. 

It's estimated that over 300,000 Chaldeans/Assyrians reside throughout the United States, particularly in Arizona, California, Illinois and other states. The community is known for caring for their own, especially the influx of refugees who have fled Iraq in the face of religious persecution, and feels a deep kinship to these victims of war and helps them in many ways through the Chaldean Community Foundation.

Like many ethnic groups, Chaldeans began immigrating to the US in the 1920s in search of better economic, religious and political freedom and opportunities. While some were lured by Henry Ford’s famous $5-a-day working wage, in true Chaldean fashion entrepreneurial endeavors quickly took hold – particularly mom and pop food markets. Today, 61% of Chaldean households own one business and 39% own two or more. Chaldeans enjoy large, close-knit families. They are bound by their faith and unique culture.

Chaldeans differ from the majority of Iraqi in three major aspects: first, they are Christian rather than Muslim; second, their ancestral language is Aramaic rather than Arabic; and third, most prefer to identify themselves as Chaldeans rather than Arabs or Iraqis. Information courtesy Chaldean Community Foundation.

Bridal Shoes full of style and Full of Heart - check out these gorgeous Vegan non-leather heles!

We are always watching what intrepid Fashion Editor, the adorable, stylish and style obsessed Kelly Brown, Editor of the fashion blog Lula and Sailor, is up to! We especially love that Kelly is always on the lookout for vegan or cruelty free products and we have to say wit these shoes she scored! Check out these gorgeous vegan, non-leather bridal shoes at Macy's! Bravo Macy's for carrying humane accessories! 

About Kelly:

with a background of 8 years dominating the fashion industry in breeds of PR, Marketing, Designing, and Styling, Kelly Transformed her career into a full time Fashion And Lifestyle Blogger at Lula and Sailor

With her Love of travel and home decor, she dreams of showing the world beauty through her eyes.

A new take on Pink and Blue makes for a Sweetly Romantic Grand Tradition Wedding

With vibrant melon pink bridesmaids and florals, sharp-as-a-tack blue-suited groomsmen, a couple deeply in love and the fairytale setting of Grand Tradition; this charming wedding in San Diego North County was set to be a romantic classic right from the start. We already know that this couple is going to have the most magical and fairytale-like marriage. Christian and Courtney had an obviously magical wedding ceremony and reception. We are swept away by their sweetly romantic theme. And we love the fresh summer-like youthful feel of their decor and colors! They had us at the "First comes love then comes cake" sign on their dessert table!

And yes, their emotional responses were a good sign that these two have something special between them as well. You know that a couple is so far fallen for each other when BOTH are crying tears of joy together!

However, it's HOW this wedding came about that we know their many years together are about to be the most magical yet. See, Cristian proposed to Courtney at a place that is full of nothing but pure magic. Disneyland. If this is how this couple started out, we know they're in for the [Disney-like] ride of their lives. 

Photography:  Astray Photography

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Grand Tradition 

DJ: Rick Walker with ProCity DJ 

Videographer: Rick Martinez with Diamond Image Films

Florist: Patricia Sterger with Wedding Flowers By Patricia

Bakery: Alexis Kuehl with Heaven Sent Cakes

Makeup: Courtnee Purdie with Purdie Makeup 

Hair: Britt Carattini 

Dress: Essense of Australia

Officiant: Steve Salomon with Rancho Community Church 

A Beautiful Light Photography: the Artists Who LOVE what they do...Capturing your Wedding day!

When you find a photographer whose style is fun, casual, contemporary, artistic, unposed, non-obtrusive, stylish, story-telling... well you have found your dream artist to capture your love on your wedding day!

A Beautiful Light Photography loves what they do...as they say "words can not describe how much we truly love what we do, but we hope our images will! It is very important to us that you enjoy the day that you have been planning over the years. We strive to capture you with your friends and family in a very casual and unobtrusive way. As you connect with our images we think you will see that we love to document the real-life emotion and all of the details that so many times are overlooked on such a busy day."

Lead shooter Svetlana, of ABL Photography's newborn division, loves loves loves capturing the pure beauty of newborns!! She says, "Newborns are my passion and my absolute favorite subject to capture. I love every single bit of what makes each newborn special - from peeling skin to tiny toes, from pouty lips with milk blisters to wispy hair and squishy newborn rolls. My style is simple and classic; I love working with organic textures, wooden props and earthy tones. My goal is to focus on precise newborn posing to make sure that the baby looks relaxed and comfortable. I love it when my clients tell me they have been researching for weeks, but kept coming back to my website. It warms my heart and encourages me to continue working hard at what I love to do!"

A Beautiful Light Photography shoots mostly with natural light, and when they use a flash, they do so in creative and dramatic ways. Whether your wedding is during the daytime or evening, your photos will have the the "WOW" factor that will have guests impressed every time they open your albums. Their main goal is for you to be absolutely thrilled with the beauty, joy and emotion captured in your pictures. All we can think of is... do you have my date open?! 

Find the perfect modern wedding suit or tuxedo on Stitch & Tie by Friar Tux Shop

Modern wedding suits and tuxedos are now available with the ease of online shopping through the new online rental destination Stitch & Tie by Friar Tux Shop.  The site offers a curated selection of suits and tuxedos for men, women and children! Whether you are a groom, bride, groomsmen or wedding guest Stitch & Tie has you covered with one of the largest section of color/pattern options and sizing in the online market. 

Stitch & Tie carries everything from slim fit black tuxedos to trendy and unique colors like burgundy and cobalt blue and grey.  The women’s tuxedo is a stunning black shawl lapel tuxedo available in sizes 0-22. Every suit and tuxedo is expertly styled for an effortless shopping experience or each look can be customized with over 100 tie and vest options. 

The easy-to-use platform guides you through the rental process with access to knowledgeable stylists for any step of the process. Consumers experience the same personal customer service that only the devoted team at Friar Tux Shop with over 40 years of experience could provide. Stitch & Tie has highly accessible price points on some of most fashionable formalwear on the web with designer brands like Michael Kors and Ike Behar. Rentals start at $119.95 and discounts are given when booking a group for weddings and black tie events. 

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Orders arrive a week before your event giving you plenty of time to try it on and if for any reason you’re not satisfied with the fit, a replacement order will be sent for free. Return shipping is simple using the prepaid label provided with the order. Customers also have access to Friar Tux Shop’s over 30 locations.

San Diego Featured Wedding: Katie + Adam's New Family of Four

The blending of families in the pursuit of true happiness and love is always a marvelous sight. Katie and Adam wed at the San Diego Administration Center in front of just their closest friends and family. The setting was small, yet so full of bliss. And now, their little family is just that. Adam has two children of his own who stood right beside them throughout the ceremony, symbolizing the unity that this family now holds. What was once three is now four, and their family couldn't be more thrilled by their new tribe and all the love they look forward to for the rest of their lives!

Here is a little inspiration for all couples who wed and increase their family and their hearts by 'marrying' their true love's children. 

Children teach us all how to stay wrapped in the arms of love simply by the way they live each moment. They show us the truth and remind us to look out in wonder at the abundance and joy that life holds. To view everyone with the eyes of your heart and to look within and find the divine existing within yourself. Very importantly, living in love means being able to live in a place in your heart where you feel as safe and as loved as a child. And forming a circle of love that encompasses all your family and friends.

Congratulations to all the families celebrating a new marriage! 

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography// Ring Designer: Copper Canary// Floral Designer: Epic Stems// Hair Stylist:Hair by Dee Newman//Event Venue: San Diego Courthouse// Jewelry: Zales Jewelry

Dive in Movies the Perfect Romantic Date Night in San Diego

Summer may be over, but our Dive-In Movies at the totally retro cool Pearl Hotel in Point Loma go ALL YEAR LONG! Get in the festive spirit this fall and winter with flicks that are sure to entertain. While you watch, sip and dine on irresistible food and drink from their on house restaurant EAT at The Pearl! Movies play every Wednesday at 8PM! ** Reservations Strongly Encouraged**

Looking to dine and watch? Give them a call for reservations (619.226.6100) or go online. Reservations fill up far in advance so book early! Looking to just watch? The Pearl has limited first come-first serve seating around the pool and at the bar and of course you will want to take a dive in their saltwater pool and watch from there! Upcoming movie schedule below... see you there! 

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OCTOBER

04 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

11 Labryinth

18 Hocus Pocus

25 Scream

31 The Shining

NOVEMBER

01 Cocktail

08 Revenge of the Nerds

15 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

22 Planes, Trains and Automobiles

29 Edward Scissorhands

DECEMBER

06 Elf

07 Elf (Double Feature)

13 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

20 A Christmas Story

27 Scrooged

Modern, Masculine Wedding Styled Shoot Proves Love (and Style!) Wins

We are gushing over this modern, yet masculine styled shoot. This is just one in a series by a beautiful partnership of Left Coast Design Studio and Fairy Godmother Weddings called "Love Wins." This shoot stunningly captured intimate moments between the couple. We love how the compassion between them contrasts the rugged and darkness of florals and decor. The set is so unique that it gives an element of mystery and wonder. Stylists Fairy Godmother Events said it best when they shared: " Utilizing geometric shapes in décor, complete with triangular plates, giving us a new outlook from every angle."

Photographer: Left Coast Design Studio//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer:70 Knots// Hair Stylist: Blackboard Barber Shop// Specialty Foods: Cloud 9 Coffee Company// Event Designer: Fairy Godmother a Wedding & Event Company// Apparel: Fino's Menswear and Tuxedo// Cake Designer: Gimme Some Sugar// Floral Designer: House of Flowers Bakersfield// Invitation Designer: Matinae Design Studio// Videographer: Videographer/Marteen Arredondo Event Venue: The Padre Hotel// DIY or Handmade Goods Designer:Those Things By That One Girl// Linens and Coverings: Walker Lewis Rents

Bold macrame sleeves make a bridal gown's modesty neckline pop with 60's power!

Looking for a bridal gown with sleeves that would make Twiggy drool? These bold 'macrame' style full length sleeves make this bridal gown by Carrafina [with a very on trend modesty neckline that covers your entire chest and shoulders] pop with 60's power! Perfect for the mod bride who wants to stay classy and covered! 

We Love these Gorgeous and Unique Handcrafted Raw Stone Engagement and Wedding Rings

Do you believe in the power of the earth, the strength of intention, and the beauty of art? Well look no further then, for you have found your next jewelry obsession!

Handcrafted Gems offers a collection of handcrafted rings to bring joy, healing, and power to the lives of others. Their gems are carefully sourced and thoughtfully collected and their designs speak of the raw power of nature and magic!

Artist Olivia Rose creates gorgeous, unique and soulful raw stone jewelry infused with stories of healing, wellness, and health. She thoughtfully collects stones like Blue Apatite (the stone for deep spiritual and dream work), Rose Quartz (the stone of the heart and love!) , Moonstone (mysterious and powerful stone of the inward journey), Aquamarine (the stone of the sea, inspiring truth, purity and safety), Turquoise (the stone of the sky and talisman of both shamans and warriors) and more and blends them with settings that enhance the rawness of the stones to create something magical and beautiful to adorn your hand - and give that left hand ring finger something natural and exciting to rave about. 

She Sells Seashell Wedding Cakes by the Seashore in San Diego

As you may have guessed by now we love cake! Pretty cakes, yummy cakes, fun cakes and of course unique and stylish wedding cakes!! So park your peepers on this seashell decorated multi tiered wedding cake by our cake heroines at CAKE. Oh these girls know just how to win our hearts [icing helps]!! This aqua and subtle peach toned cake embellished with edible icing starfish and seashells would make Arielle swoon and is the perfect finish to a fun beach wedding! 

CAKE is also a bakery you can visit so grab your dingelhoffer and get on in there and say hi to Kimberly and Jen, the girls who sell seashell wedding cakes [and every other kind of scrumptious dessert] by the seashore:) 

 

Bold, Red Wine Inspires Dark Romance in this Gorgeous Goth-y Wedding Styled Shoot Celebrates Autumn Perfectly!

We love a good collaboration of stylists! When you get together a group of creatives like this clearly magic happens! These bold, red wine tones inspire a gothic, wanderlust-infused, palette of pure wildness (perfect to start off our favorite season) in this beautiful styled shoot by a truly talented team of wedding artists! Lacey O. Photography, Baldwin Bridal and Events, Pinestreet Floral, makeup artist Desiree Vi of Beauty Collective Co., and friends created a dark and gothic, nature-infused, romantic setting that was inspired by those rich colors we all love to celebrate as Autumn nears! And since today is the first day of Fall, we thought we'd celebrate the season's changing with this richly toned, non-traditional styled wedding shoot. Please see full credits at bottom of post.

Wedding Pro Credits:

Photographer: Lacey O. Photography 
Stylist:  Baldwin Bridal & Events
Beauty: Beauty Collective Company 
Bridal Fashion: Iselle Design Studio
Linens: Patty's Linen Rentals 
Stationary: Four Things Paper 
Location: Milagro Winery
Furniture and Rentals: Lexington Rentals & Design
Tatum Sterling Model@notchanning_justtatum
Daniel Mark Vasquez Model@23dantheman23
Florals: Pine Street Floral 
Cake: Rebeca Adai Cake Design Design
Jewelry: Handcrafted Gems