Bridal Gown designers Grace Loves Lace has just launched their exciting ICON collection - this designer brand, renowned for challenging the status quo and eschewing restrictive, uncomfortable dresses, Founder and Creative Director Megan Ziems says the collection is an exciting interpretation of what women want in 2018. ICON is a progressive range of wedding gowns born of a spirit of rebellion that celebrates the iconic woman. We love it!
Nestled in Mission Valley, Brides of San Diego has continuously served as one of San Diego’s finest bridal salons since 1968. You will be surrounded by a beautiful selection of Demetrios gowns with an expert staff that will give you the attention and experience you deserves. From conservative to trendy, traditional to contemporary, brides are sure to find the perfect dress for their wedding day. You'll fall in love with your dress at bridal gown salon Brides of San Diego!
We love gathering together a group of super talented wedding artists and making something creative and fun and fashionable! First we start with a theme: "Modern James Bond Meets His True Love" think 1960's Sean Connery Bond in an Apple Store - except even better we got to play all day at Tower 23 one of the hippest, most beautifully designed wedding ceremony and reception venues (and hotels) in San Diego! The bridal fashions of Viktor & Rolf and Justin Alexander and the latest men's fashions from Gentlemen's Tux for our modern day Bond, enhanced with a vintage black Jaguar and Pacific Beach's fun and youthful backdrop were the perfect way to celebrate this space. Enjoy. Please see full credits and gratitude at end of post.
A big thank you to Tower 23 for inviting us in for the day to see and portray your incredibly special space. Designed by the uber talented architect Graham Downes, who we knew personally and admired tremendously, Tower 23 is alive with vibrant details and light and space like no other venue. The hotel's design is super clean and modern with playful 1960's 'mod vibe' elements infused into fun little areas that surprise and delight at the same time. It's welcoming, with a smooth, defined style that soothes and refreshes like a tall, cool glass of ice water on a hot day, It's so enveloping that we were surprised every time we looked up to see the unobstructed view of the white sand beach, the pier and the incredible sunsets of PB. There's a reason this location is so respected and sought after as a wedding venue!
This is what a perfectly tailored suit looks like on a man, by John Jaques at Gentlemen's Tux.
While art directing a shot in this shoot we were overwhelmed by the feeling that Graham Downes had designed into the space and the lightbulb went on. We got it. Architecture, like other forms of art, is designed to induce a feeling - and this space makes you feel more alive and alight and at peace, it was almost meditative in it's simplicity, yet playful, bold and youthful at the same time.
And last but not least the man with the eye Justin Hulse of Hulse Photography - thank you for capturing our 'vintage mod' vision so flawlessly.
Wedding Artists Credits and a Big Thank You to....
Venue: Tower 23
Photographer: Hulse Photography
Art Direction: Love Your Show, Inc.
Her Fashions: Justin Alexander, Viktor & Rolf, Nurit Hen
His Fashions: Gentlemen's Tux
Hair Stylist: Lia Runs with Scissors of Kuthaus Glendora
Makeup: Alta DeKoven
Her Jewelry: Vintage Jewelry Lounge
His Jewelry: BeComb
Her Shoes: "Lady" by Hey Lady
Vintage Jaguar: Private Collection
British Flag Parasol: Pamela's Parasols
Dog Model: Tony the Wonder Dog
There’s nothing quite as beautiful, rich and classic as the silk satin bridal gallon like this beauty by Ines Di Santo featured at M Bride salon La Jolla. Silk satin was the fabric for dressy gowns of the Victorian era [and then in the 1950's - think satin and pearl as a classic formal dinner attire] and satin made from silk has a luscious sheen and a smooth 'melted icing' finish that exudes luxury.
Fabulously talented and well known bridal designer Ines Di Santo always tales risks - that's how you move an industry forward and keep others [and yourself!] inspired- especially in fashion.
So its no surprise the designer known for bold, dramatic, uber feminine styling has create her own take on the bridal Jumpsuit Gown. Take a look! If you're not into jumpsuits you can still find the most gorgeous bridal gowns by Ines Di Santo at local bridal fashion specialist M bride Salon in La Jolla!
‘The White Album’ Collection of Bridal Gowns by Claire Pettibone is a departure for the colorful designer, yet stays true to her oh so feminine and romantic aesthetic, even in all whites. A cleansing of the palette, a touch of the pure and classic. Introducing new Romantique bridal gowns with sensuous silhouettes and graceful details. Followed by a selection of couture gowns re-imagined in classic shades of pearl and ivory. And for the final ode to the color of purity, introducing Gypsy Moon, with sequins shimmering beneath layers of tulle, and a floral cape befitting the Moon Goddess herself.
Says the well known and well loved romantic bridal designer Claire Pettibone, "I know white and ivory are obvious in bridal, but for me, designing a collection with no color is actually a first! Each season is an evolution, and sometimes a fresh start from the last. Since my Vagabond Collection was color-filled, I felt the inspiration for this season to work exclusively in shades of white. There is a simplicity, and a purity to an absence of color, where the focus becomes purely focused on silhouette, texture and detail."
Acclaimed bridal designer Madeline Gardner unveiled her Morilee ‘Endless Love’ bridal collection at New York International Fashion Week on Thursday, April 12th. The highly anticipated runway show featured 25 romantic bridal looks.
Each unique gown was inspired by endless and infinite love; falling in love is magical and falling in love with your wedding dress should be too. Madeline Gardner opted for subtle glamour this season; layered semi-sheer tulle coupled with flecks of unexpected sparkle. You will also find on trend features like chic-cup corset bodices, dramatic embroidered trains & ultra-feminine exaggerated silhouettes.
The modern yet timeless styles elevate every bride-to-be’s natural beauty; “We know that when we create a dress, we’re not just making something to wear. We’re making magic.” – Madeline Gardner, Designer & Creative Director of MORILEE
Madeline Gardner has perfectly blended her expert knowledge of design with her flare for beautiful details into each look this season. While her style is constantly evolving, her designs continue to transcend time. With over 70 years in the industry, Morilee by Madeline Gardner has become synonymous with glamourous bridal and eveningwear. The guiding force behind Morilee’s remarkable success for more than 25 years, Madeline Gardner infuses the collections with marvelous style and is a steward of its outstanding quality. Morilee has become one of the world’s leading brands, with a presence in over 4,500 stores in 85 countries.
Backstage at a Runway Show is CRAZY! (We know from experience as we've produced over 50 amazing runway shows in San Diego!) So for us it is super fun to get a peek backstage at someone else's show and all the busy bees that make it come to life, like this gorgeous runway by Morilee Fashion Show from New York Bridal Fashion Week! Break a leg and check out these beautiful bridal gowns and the fun backstage as models, stylists and designer get ready for the big show! Check back soon for this finished product of the Morilee Collection on the Runway!
Nurit Hen, a well known Israeli designer, showcases her collections that are well known world-wide for their sophisticated look and detailing; giving an exotic, modern look to bridal design. Nurit feels that she designs each gown for a bride not only for her body, but also for her heart and her soul. At Nurit Hen, the design process begins at the foundation. Each and every gown is an art creation that is handmade by precise measurements. Each dress is beautifully beaded and well constructed with luxurious fabrics and lace, which are imported from fashion capitals from around the world, so that every bride will walk down the aisle feeling beautiful, confident, and comfortable. And special if we do say so!
Taking the plunge by getting married is a huge step no doubt, but wearing a daring, deep V-neckline as you walk down the aisle, like these bridal gown styles by BHLDN, is another step altogether! The deep V is most flattering for 'smaller cup' gals to keep a smooth line along ones decolletage without giving it all away, still we wonder; are you daring enough to take the plunge?
Christina Sfez is a bridal gown designer extraordinaire, mais non? With these hip and sweetly feminine designs that hail from her Maison Francaise. You can really see the French influence in her collection of feminine yet stark bridal gowns. Each of her creations is unique and personal and are designed and created by hand from the finest materials, meticulously selected, including silk tulle, Georgette crêpe and Calais lace. Nous aimons!
In addition to her desire for a more personal relationship with her clients, Christina has always loved collecting vintage pieces from flea markets either in Provence where she lives, or during her travels abroad. By marrying different styles from various eras, these pieces give a unique and timeless look to her dresses.
She welcomes each bride-to-be to visit her in her workshop situated in the heart of Marseille. Weaving a unique link with each of her clients, she is able to conceive a dress in their image, marked by elegance and 'delicatesse' to celebrate this exceptional moment.
Photo by Paul Douda Photography
Hey San Diego! Don’t miss this weekend‘s bridal gown trunk show at M Bride La Jolla featuring the only Southern California appearance of Sachin & Babi’s 2018 bridal collection. Call 858-551-1718 for your appointment. Special offer: get 10% off and free veil with any Sachin & Babi bridal gown purchase.
Andre Soriano is a Filipino fashion designer based in San Diego who channels the high fashion and high art with influences from cosmopolitan cities such as New York, Los Angeles,
Paris, London, Milan, and Tokyo. Andre specializes in wedding and couture gowns in luxurious fabrics such as satin, velvet, chiffon, cashmere, knits, and the crochet with bead-work materials from around the world. His fashion mantra is “peace, love, glamour and fashion!” and wants his brides to never forget, "Fashion is Freedom! Don't miss the Andre Soriano pop up shop and fashion show at The February 25, 2018 Wedding Party EXPO at The US GRANT HOTEL!
Whether floral, butterfly, vine petals [or even signatures] shaped we just love appliques on bridal gowns! And clearly so does bridal gown design house Oscar de la Renta - always the master of feminine design and of combining classical elegance and trends. Check out some of our favorites from this talented- gone too soon- designer who had fashionable ladies worldwide turning heads for decades.
There’s nothing like a beautiful bridal gown fashion show to inspire every bride to envision herself in one of the most incredible dresses she will ever wear! February 25 don’t miss the four fashion shows (like the premiere multi designer show by M Bride Salon - as shown below from last year’s show!) at the San Diego Wedding Party EXPO at the US Grant Hotel!
At its core Bridal Gown Design House KHOSLA JANI has a clear devotion to multiple techniques crafted to create the finest bridal gowns. Voluptuous fabrics, lavish embroideries and embellishments are layered to create dizzying handcrafted style. Art, architecture, history and culture are influencers of this highly original expression. Twisting and tweaking the classical to reinvent the wedding gown, KHOSLA JANI is fabulously feminine couture at its finest.
KHOSLA JANI's Design Philosophy is the uniquely captivating art of blending the traditional with the contemporary that Abu and Sandeep have mastered. What this fantastic designer duo have accomplished with their pioneering contribution to couture in the last three decades has awed and amazed lovers of Fashion & Art alike.
"We believe in creating the most flamboyant, unashamedly extravagant outfits; in presenting a totally glamorous version of India, and of this world, for people who have forgotten how to dream.”- Abu Sandeep
Jordanian Designer Zeina Nabulsi knows texture! Her bridesmaids gowns and evening wear are luxurious, modern and bold and are perfect for a dramatic evening wedding any time of year!
Zeina Nabulsi’s luxurious and sumptuous creations are put together with spectacularly rich fabrics and colors, delicate lace, intricate beading, and exciting elements, designed to make women feel elegant and divine with a touch of fantasy; to feel sensual all while being elegant.
Zeina Nabulsi is known as one of today’s most talented Jordanian Designers. Born and raised in Jordan by a creative and design oriented family, Zeina Nabulsi’s passion for fashion, curiosity for art and ambitions grew.
After finishing her studies at Central Saint Martins school of Design in London, she gained creative and technical skills in fashion design at the American Intercontinental University of London. Shortly after,Zeina landed an opportunity to work with the widely acclaimed Lebanese fashion designer, Elie Saab, as his coordinator and a part of his creative team. Her sumptuous for creativity and desire to enhance self-image led Zeina to put together her unique experience and character to reveal her first collection.
Oh yeah, Bridesmaids fashion has certainly come a log way baby! In the sixties strong colors and patterns were huge [literally] for bridesmaids.
But now designers like The House of Berta have a new take on the task of designing and creating bridesmaids dresses that are sheer elegance and beauty personified!
Just imagine the wedding you would have with these bold and beautiful dresses on your besties. Enjoy this breath of fresh air in wedding fashion!
Today's take on a patterned bridesmaid's gown by Berta with beading and more subtle lines.