Gracy Accad's Sophisticated Elegance Reminds us of when Grace Kelly's Wedding Ruled the News!

With a refined, sophisticated style that harkens back to the magic of Grace Kelly in the 1950's, New York based Bridal Gown Designer Gracy Accad brings a classic elegance to bridal that we just love!  And we think this heavenly blue with white floral creation in particular is just divine! 

Gracy Accad is a fashion alchemist who blends simplicity, chicness and modern romance. Her collections bring to mind the elegance of haute couture with a downtown edge, using only the finest fabrications and sewing techniques. In four short years, this native New Yorker built a following among millennial women who come to her New York City atelier for handmade designs with modern sensibility.

Gracy Accad comes from a family whose heritage is rooted in the textile industry and sources only the finest materials and pays special attention to fit and form. Her looks are characterized as enduring and timeless, but still maintain a modern edge. Both her bridal and evening wear are elegant and refined, and known for having shimmer and sparkle. There's a classic touch to each of her designs—even the ones that are in tune with contemporary trends.

Gracy Accad continues to receive accolades from notable industry editors from her signature evening wear and bridal debut during the Fall 2018 season New York Bridal Fashion Week.

Calling all '5th Avenue Princess' Brides - Here is Your Designer Bridal Gown Fashion Moment

“Breakfast At Tiffany’s” for the 5th Avenue Princess bride! "Muse" the Spring/Summer 2018 Collection by BERTA bridal gowns.

This shoot is the epitome of the raw industrial meets beautiful soft and feminine trend in fashion styled shoots right now! The gritty streets of NYC, the Brooklyn bridge, the sidewalks and street signs and yellow cabs, are all the perfect backdrop to highlight the rich feminine styles of these beautiful bridal gowns. We may be San Diegans through and through but we do <3 NY! 

A Better Deal Designer Tuxedos & Suits elevates men's wedding fashion with designer Joseph Abboud

Designer Joseph Abboud is well known in the fashion industry for his cutting-edge men's fashions, sharp clean lines and gorgeous fabrics. From chic classic tuxedos to on-trend suits and jackets, he's one of the hottest designers bringing style to groomsmen's fashions.

Local men's styling experts Jerry and Janet Klein, owners of A Better Deal Designer Tuxedos in Bird Rock La Jolla, are one of the largest and most experienced tuxedo rental companies in Southern California. Most importantly (and often overlooked these days) they are true men's fashion fitting experts. Nothing looks worse than an ill fitting formal suit on a man! And they even sell suits and tuxes for the man who goes formal on more than his wedding day. We love this inspiration gallery of Joseph Abboud tuxedos in some of today's hottest men's wedding fashions. If your groom and groomsmen really want to look their best on their wedding day give Jerry and Janet a call!

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The A Better Deal Tuxedo experience includes expert guidance. Jerry and Janet are menswear professionals with over 40 years in the fashion business. They really know traditional black tie, including every refinement and detail that creates this sophisticated look, and are always on trend with the most current, contemporary formal fashions as well. Your ultimate choice depends upon your personal style, the type of event you are attending, and the cuts that best complement your physique. Grooms are invited to schedule a personalized complimentary "try on" of their desired wedding day look. Jerry and Janet will never rush you (editors note: we know we work with them on styled shoot and fashion shows and they really know their stuff!) and provide a comfortable, unhurried environment to explore. They happily offer complimentary on-site tailoring to ensure an optimal fit. No matter how fabulous the clothing, it won’t be flattering or comfortable if it doesn’t fit you right! 

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4 bridal crowns that will make you feel like a Queen on your wedding day

Many people talk about wanting to feel like a princess on their wedding day but we think it's better to straighten that crown and feel like a queen!  Wearing a crown gets you in touch with the empowered beautiful and regal soul that you are and these four crowns by uber bridal accessory designer Justine M Couture (Kleinfeld New York and Kleinfeld Canada's favorite and best selling accessory designer!) will have you enjoying your wedding day like royalty!

 The Florence Crown by Justine M Couture

The Florence Crown by Justine M Couture

The Florence Crown with 13 pieces of large diamond filigree create a full oval crown decorated with Swarovski baguette, princess and navette cut rhinestones in silver, gold , rose gold or white metal silver stones.

 The Mermaids Purse Crown by Justine M Couture

The Mermaids Purse Crown by Justine M Couture

The Mermaids Purse Crown, molded filigree encrused with Swarovski rhinestones and mother of pearl flowers in antique silver metal.

 The Sirens Crown by Justine M Couture

The Sirens Crown by Justine M Couture

The Sitens Crown is a tall, vintage soft silver filigree decorated with rhinestone chain and Swarovski rhinestones.

 The Windsor Crown by Justine M Couture  

The Windsor Crown by Justine M Couture  

The Windsor Crown has an antique base Spanish filigree encrusted with Swarovski rhinestones and chain creating a tall regal crown in soft sillver.

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Born in Southeast England, to a family of French and English lineage, Lead Designer of the Justine M Couture collections, Justine Louise Helena Murray, brings a sophisticated marriage of the romantic, feminine flair of French style and the tradition and regal elegance of English aristocracy, to all her jewelry and veil designs.

Traveling the world collecting ideas and inspiration, Justine made her home in Southern California and in 2002 created The Tiara Room, a charming and popular retail boutique offering her own designs to Southern California brides and event stylists.

From this hands-on beginning with bridal clients, Justine evolved into designing solely for retail boutiques around the world and the Justine M Couture collection was born.

Justine M Couture offers discerning brides a distinct alternative to traditional accessory styling. The collection aims to capture the imagination through extensive use of eclectic materials, raising the level of bridal fashion to that of artistry.

Justine believes Each piece I create is its own unique work of art that hails back to a time when elegance in fashion was more important than a passing trend” 

The 2015/2016 Justine M Couture collection reflects both her English and French heritage.  Her pieces relate both a vintage appeal and a contemporary impact, with a timeless classical foundation that is the key to its appeal and success with brides everywhere. Culling from a wide range of components; from laces to filigree metals, the Justine M Couture line captures attention worldwide.

The exciting and thoughtful designs of designer Gemy Maalouf

Are you looking for something genuinely unique for your big walk down the aisle? Well look no further than the exciting design from brilliant Lebanese designer, Gemy Maalof.

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Gemy Maalouf was born and raised in Lebanon, where she grew up surrounded by the colorful materials at her father’s fabric factory. Little did she know at such a young age that she was about to embark on a life-long journey into the world of fashion, despite her parents’ wish that she study law. Further motivating her choice of career was her captivation with the designer gowns she saw on models gracing catwalks and on celebrities walking the red carpet during her adolescence. As a result, she decided that she would bring a novel approach to the industry by making haute couture more accessible to women. 

Building on her desire to create simple yet intricate formal wear for sexy, modern, young and active woman with attitude, Gemy quickly developed an exceptional eye for fashion. Cultivating her innate artistic talent, she first began designing gowns for friends and neighbors at just 17 years old and gradually increased her acumen for design, working in small workshops to bring her beautiful creations to life. 

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By 1996, Gemy was ready to open her first atelier in Beirut, making her dream of becoming a globally recognized designer a reality. From the onset of her career, she stayed true to her initial vision and launched her first line of clothing under her name, embodying all the high-end qualities and luxury of the haute couture. The release of the collection met with much acclaim and only four years after starting her label, she reached the fashion world’s center stage when she became one of the first Lebanese designers to show at the Salon du “Prêt a Porter” in Paris. 

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Not one to remain satisfied with the status quo, Gemy soon sought other avenues through which she could expand her innovative designs and took an ambitious step by bringing her unique flair to the fashion-conscious bride in 2004 with the GEMY MAALOUF Bridal line. In 2006, she once again embraced progress and change with her GEMY “Le Prêt” line, which provides a complete range of formal attire, from tops and skirts to short dresses. Finally in 2007, feeling the increasing demand for her designs from a niche of clientele with lower budgets, Gemy launched her 2nd line Beside Couture by GEMY providing the style at more affordable prices.

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A Light Exists in Spring....A Natural Fashion Editorial Shoot by Christopher Todd

Just a little breathtaking fashion, styling, photography and beautiful nature to brighten up your day with light. We love this Bridal Fashion editorial shoot captured by Christopher TODD Studios in the open fields and rolling hills of Thomas Riley Wilderness Park, California.

With Mother Nature's stunning hues of greens and blues brightening the palette, bold natural and wild flowers bringing natural drama, a butterfly net to catch a few dreams and fabulous gowns by Pronovias Atelier and Yumi Katsura, we know you will see the light!

The Poet Emily Dickinson wrote: 
A Light exists in Spring, Not present on the Year, At any other period -- When March is scarcely here.
A Color stands abroad, On Solitary Fields, That Science cannot overtake, But Human Nature feels.
It waits upon the Lawn, It shows the furthest Tree, Upon the furthest Slope you know, It almost speaks to you.
Then as Horizons step, Or Noons report away, Without the Formula of sound, It passes and we stay --


Photography by Christopher TODD Studios

Setting Thomas F. Riley Wildnerness Park

Wedding Florals by French Buckets

Hair and Makeup by Flawless Faces

Gowns with plain train are by Pronovias Atelier and gowns with ruffled train are Yumi Katsura from Mon Amie Bridal Salon

Source: http://christophertoddstudios.com/

Bold design meets fairytale drama with bridal gown designer Yumi Katsura's 2016 collection

Bridal Gown Designer Yumi Katsura is taking the bridal fashion world by storm! Her dramatic mix of regal feminine with a hint of 'Game of Thrones' power has brides swooning! Take a peek at some of her 2016 collection of bridal gowns...

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Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yumi Katsura graduated from Kyoritsu Women's University with a degree from the Department of Apparel Science Studies. After moving to Paris, Katsura studied the techniques of haute couture in Paris at Les Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de La Couture Parisienne.  

In 1964, Katsura opened her first bridal salon, as well as presented the first bridal collection show ever held in Japan. Not too long after opening the salon, Yumi Katsura published "The Bridal Book," the first Japanese book specializing in bridal fashion. In 1981, Katsura expanded her business into the U.S., France, and England where she participated in the Japan Fashion Fair. Some of the most exclusive stores in the States, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Neiman Marcus, purchased her dresses.  

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The sexy bride: how designer Galia Lahav is changing the face (and figure!) of the bridal gown

SanDiego is home to so many wedding styles, all of them beautiful. But one thing a San Diego wedding [or any Southern California wedding] has over other parts of the country (and the world) is our nice warm weather; perfect for body-conscious, revealing bridal styling like that of gown designer to the stars Galia Lahav.

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For brides who want to rock this look, Galia Hahav now has a flagship store open in Los Angeles just a few hours to the north. 

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And one more thing, here's a cool video about the making of a Galia Hava work of fashion art!

Custom cage purses by Fiori Couture take accessories to a whole new level

If you are looking for the most fabulous purse accessory to pair with your gorgeous bridal gown look no further. Fiori Couture has created a line of metal cage handbags that are individual works of art. These hand made metal creations pair perfectly with any dramatic style, especially an over-the-top very feminine bridal gown!

Nicole Miller bridal gown show and sale is on this week!

Save the dates!  This Thursday March 17 through Sunday March 20 for the Nicole Miller bridal salons spring collection exclusive look and sale!!! The Nicole Miller collection of bridal gowns are perfect for San Diego brides: they're so flattering on so many figures and look amazing indoors and out. Be sure to make an appointment at this popular salon who takes such great care of their brides. Visit Nicole Miller at The Forum online or call 760-632-7000.

Featured bridal gown designer Allure Bridal offers sweet, romantic styles for brides and maids

Beautiful, feminine and romantic; everything a bride dreams her gown should be! That's exactly what Allure Bridal gown designs deliver. With lace, beaded embellishments, the finest fabrics and tulle we just love the allure of Allure! Check out these lovely bridal gowns shown on models and on real brides...

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The Pavilion fashion show from the Valentine's Day Wedding Party EXPO

The February 14 Wedding Party EXPO was a fun day of engaged couples, wedding style, wedding experts celebrating love and weddings! The Pavilion Tent was host to a few special fashion shows for the general admission attendees: 

The first was on the heart stage and featured Designer Bridal Gowns by: Allure, Winnie Couture, Allure Romance, Galia Lahav, Geny Maalouf and Nicole Miller

Hair and Makeup by: Panache and Company Salon

Accessories by: Justine M Couture

Sound and Lighting by: San Diego Disc Jockey (The Kelley Company) 

Backdrops by: The Foto Box [heart] and With Love Event Decor [ribbons]


Just thinking about pink cakes and how great the world is because of them!

Pink at a wedding just makes you feel rosy, especially when it's a yummy pink wedding cake! 

 Love this pink cake with edible roses and sweet petals  

Love this pink cake with edible roses and sweet petals  

 Lace designs on cakes are huge for 2016 weddings &nbsp; 

Lace designs on cakes are huge for 2016 weddings   

 This one has a little touch of classic Parisian style  

This one has a little touch of classic Parisian style  

 Monograms are always in style and are a classic style for any wedding

Monograms are always in style and are a classic style for any wedding

Check out some awesome San Diego wedding cake bakers in our directory! And remember to save your fork for dessert! 

Keep your maids happy with Vow to Be Chic rental designer maids dresses!

What do you get when you combine top designer bridesmaids styles in the latest on trend colors for a super decent rental rate? The love and respect of your close friends who are a part of your wedding that's what! Vow To Be Chic is the first and only designer bridesmaid specific rental company in the industry founded by CEO, Kelsey Doorey. This e-commerce site offers designer rental and buying options from 16+ designers including Nicole Miller, Jenny Yoo, Cynthia Rowley and the most recent exclusive addition, Monique Lhuillier.

And it is all so simple and user friendly!  Brides-to-be receive a complimentary consultation from a personal stylist, a platform to interact with their bridal party and the option to rent, try-on or buy. Renting costs start at just $50 and all bridesmaids are provided with two sizes, two weeks before the wedding, making Vow To Be Chic a fun and convenient way to style your bridesmaids without breaking their banks! 

With top, in-demand designers like Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Yoo, Nicole Miller, Cynthia Rowley, Alvina Valenta, Jim Hjelm and more at fab prices your best gal pals will love you forever! Anyone who has been a bridesmaid at least once knows that the struggle is real.

Vow To Be Chic is the one and only designer bridesmaid rental site with a new and innovative digital platform for brides-to-be– making the entire process of getting your maids taken care of from beginning to end as seamless as possible! 

This unique platform offers a simple, step-by-step process for brides:
1. Bride selects the styles & colors she envisions from hundreds of designer bridesmaid dresses
2. Bride assigns the selections to each of her girls individually – all styles can be rented for under $95
3. This state of the art platform tracks the girls activities and orders and even sends friendly reminders via email
4. Gorgeous Designer bridesmaids dresses arrive (in 2 sizes!), 2 weeks before the wedding! 

So the final scoop on this genius idea is:

  • Your maids save a ton of money - no longer do bridesmaids have to spend $300+ on a dress in a random color/style that they will never wear again (and remind you of for years!)
  • Gorgeous designer options in all the on trend colors and styles you want - no more tacky, unfashionable options – we've all seen 27 dresses.....
  • Super convenient and accessible management of styles for all your maids at once - no more wrangling your squad that is displaced all over the country via text, email, calls, g-chats, Facebook messenger, snapchats, etc.
  • Perfect fit every time so everyone looks and fells great - no need for alterations.

Yes, it’s THAT easy! Men have had easy access to this seamless rental model for wedding tuxes for decades, now the girls have it too! 

Welcome Rose Gold: the vintage metal color that adds a blush of color to your jewelry!

Rose Gold is a gorgeous, rosy metal color created when copper is added to yellow gold. This vintage shade originated in 19th century Russia and made a few notable comebacks during Victorian times and the roaring 20's and now in 2016! Thanks to designers like Justine M Couture, one of the USA's most popular accessory and veil designers and Kleinfeld New York's - home to the popular TV show "Say Yes to the Dress" - biggest selling accessory line] this color will wow on runways and wedding aisles all over the world.

Justine M Couture has included this exciting shade to key pieces in her collection for 2016 [ahem one of Pantone's colors of the year is Rose Quartz after all!] and this color will probably take off with brides who want to showcase a rosy tone in their cheeks, pull in a little timeless style and, of course, stand out a little from the crowd.

Want to find the Justine M Couture collection in San Diego? Well lucky for us The White Flower Boutique is a Flagship Justine M Couture location!

The White Flower Boutique is also having a trunk show Wednesday January 27, 2016 where you can meet Lead Designer Justine M of Justine M Couture in person and try on [and purchase] her beautiful pieces. 

Appointments are essential at this busy salon even for trunk shows!

Obsession alert: the Trickling Capelet by BHLDN

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Finally! It's the perfect accessory to take any sweetheart neckline bridal gown to a rich, more mature level and give the bride a little (beautiful) coverage when needed.

Lines of shining beads course down over soft ivory tulle, where they drip past a hem embellished with scallop upon glimmering scallop on the Trickling Capelet by BHLDN. 

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Save 10% on any parasols with Pamela's Parasols hot Summer special. Plan ahead to keep your cool at your outdoor wedding and order now!

Now Is the perfect time to take advantage of this Summer special. Beat the heat in style at your wedding with a beautiful Designer Parasol that complements your gown and event style. Special applies to bulk Parasols for guests too! 

 As seen in German VOGUE, The Anna parasol has Chantilly lace overlay, Alencon lace border, scattered pearl detail and a blusher veil. Detachable full length veil available.&nbsp;

As seen in German VOGUE, The Anna parasol has Chantilly lace overlay, Alencon lace border, scattered pearl detail and a blusher veil. Detachable full length veil available. 

 Pamela's Parasols uses the finest fabrics and laces (Alencon lace shown here is imported by the crafters who made the lace for Kate Middleton's wedding gown)  to create beautiful accessories for outdoor weddings and events.

Pamela's Parasols uses the finest fabrics and laces (Alencon lace shown here is imported by the crafters who made the lace for Kate Middleton's wedding gown)  to create beautiful accessories for outdoor weddings and events.