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.
Alpacas!! This adorable, alpaca-filled, wedding shoot is a new favorite [sorry dogs in weddings!] and was shot on an alpaca farm… need we say more? These fluffy, adorable creatures make their appearance next to the bride and groom throughout the entire shoot and we just can’t get enough. For those brides and grooms looking for unique, unconventional wedding ideas for their big day then an alpaca farm wedding might just be for you. This shoot incorporated some amazing rustic decor with a wood table, bright pink florals and some fun orange pillow decor on the white chairs that added great color and some stylish [naturally] wedding cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.. Enjoy these huggable alpacas and all the bright happy colors that foreshadow Spring's imminent arrival, all in this super fun wedding shoot below!
Wedding Vendor Credits:
Venue: Alpaca Farm
Design + Coordination: Cana Collective
Photography: Ashley Williams Photography
Menswear Style: Navy Notch Lapel Suit
Video: Audrey Alba Films
Florals: Bloom Babes
Hair + Makeup: Head for Change
Rentals: Pow Wow Design Studio
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.
Dress: Archive Bridal
Jewelry: Simply Kasia
Model: Samantha Louise Moments
Calligraphy: Samantha Louise Designs
The bride wore a simple but beautiful a line wedding gown with a lace bodice and chiffon style. This look works for any wedding style or theme and never goes out of style, perfect for the brides who love their simplicity. The bride also added some personal, rustic touch with some cowboy boots under her dress. The groom is rocking our navy notch lapel suit with no tie and the top button of his dress shirt open for a more casual ensemble. Skipping a tie on your groom’s look is an easy and efficient way to achieve that casual, laid-back look you are searching for.
Something Bleu is a bridal and formal wear boutique, located in the coastal city of Oceanside, that specializes in cultivating a truly unforgettable experience for the bride and her bridal party.
Something Bleu Bridal Boutique carries your favorite [and many up and coming] bridal gown designers like Reem Acra, Claire La Faye, Jude Jowilson, Sophia Tolli, Enchanting and Montage by Mon Cheri, and Lillian West plus bridesmaids & formal fashions, flower girls, accessories and more!
The girls at Something Bleu know... it all starts with finding that fabulous dress and then everything else falls into place.
Founder Ginny Lopez and Fashion Director Bebe Lashley bring their valuable expertise and knowledge to So Cal brides, these ladies have traveled extensively, both locally and internationally, to create a collection so amazing all to make sure that their clients have an outstanding and unique selection of bridal fashion.
Bridal Gown Designer Jana Ann located in New York and now in Rancho Bernardo is a favorite on TLC's popular bridal gown show "Curvy Brides"! We have personally met and worked with Jana Ann and she is as sweet and authentic as she seems! Jana Ann genuinely cares about each and every bride's experience and is ready to help them look amazing on their wedding day. Whether in a curvy gown, a gown from her popular destination collection or her timely modesty collection, Jana Ann makes every bride look and feel special. Take a look!
Jana was born in Turkey on September 1st 1974. As a young girl, each time she found the opportunity to hold a pen in her hand, the only thing she found herself drawing were wedding gowns and dresses. She knew that every woman possesses an inner princess that comes out when she is wearing the perfect dress. The Jana Ann Collection has been designed to awaken that inner princess and shine a lavish and royal aura for all those around her to see!
In a traditional Chinese wedding the bride wears red (since white is the color of the mourning and is reserved for funerals) this is true in many other Asian cultures like those of Japan and Vietnam. And, of course, a bold, red, beautifully embellished sari is often the choice of a bride celebrating her Indian culture. But in Western culture it takes guts to wear a red bridal gown at your wedding. But honestly we love the girl that does go for it! Check out this beautiful down by designer Michelle Hebert in a deep rich red.
A bonus about wearing red: it tends to be flattering on almost any skintone adding vibrancy and color to your complexion.
The Day of the Dead is a celebration of all those we love who have passed over and blurs the line between those we love who are still with us and those we love on the other side. Honoring our loved ones past and present is such an important part of any wedding celebration. This exclusive editorial work of art celebrates this colorful and powerful day of remembering all whom we have loved [human non human] and keeping them close. With incredible photography by Betsy McCue of LaVida Creations, styling by Love Your Show, Inc./SanDiegoWedding.com and gowns by Pas de Deux, we hope you love our celebration of life everlasting on this day that celebrates Dia de los Muertos with color, altars, an ode to Our Lady of Guadalupe, a little Frida Kahlo, and of course, adorable rescued perros.
Venue: Marriott Marquis San Diego
Photographer: Betsy McCue of LaVida Creations
Staging Furnishings: Lauren Sharon
Custom Staging and Altars: Love Your Show, Inc.
Gowns: Pas de Deux
Hair & Makeup: Studio Savvy
Florals: Studio B
Crown: Justine M Couture
Other Jewelry: Private Collection
Guest Star Dog Models Dozer and Muncha: San Diego Humane Society
Looking to honor your loved ones who have passed at your wedding in a tasteful and meaningful way? Be sure to keep it respectful but yet not maudlin - your loved ones wouldn't want you to be sad on your wedding day! Try these tips:
- create a nice decorated table with framed images of your loved ones - add some quotes that they were known for to help people smile in memory of them
- create an altar of candles for guests to light in honor of previous generations and family members
- family tree decor is a popular trend for good reason - check with your calligrapher to create a beautiful family tree masterpiece to display at your reception
- have your officiant talk about the qualities that loved ones past have brought to you and your family - the more specific you get the better; "Sara brings to her marriage the loyalty and kindness that her Grandmother Maria showed her every single day by telling her how much she loved her and believed in her."
- have a special song played during ceremony if the person who you are honoring is recently passed or if the loss is not as recent, play the song during your reception for all to join in in honor of all family - make sure your DJ clearly announces the meaning of the song and gets everyone up to join in and move to celebrate life in the oldest traditions; dance
- wear a keepsake or photo of them on you bouquet or for the guys on your lapel
- lighting a candle in honor of all family during your ceremony is a discreet and classic way to honor those who are not at the wedding
- offer a big happy toast to loved ones and name them specifically to celebrate their spirit and joie de vivre "Here's to you Grandpa Dave!!"
It's always fun to follow all the bridal gown trends! We get to see if the next few seasons will bring more lace and illusion, or if bridal styles will point back to more traditional looks. But for bride who wants something very nontraditional an ombre or dip dyed bridal gown brings a really bohemian creative look for the big day!
Cleo and Clemetine makes beautiful ombré bridal gowns like this soft white to pink dress.
Dip dyed offers a bolder distinction between colors like this charming orange edged dress from Jenny Packham.