Grace Loves Lace Bridal ICON Gown Collection Celebrates a Spirit of Rebellion

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!

Gorgeous lace bridal gown by Jana Ann Couture wows on the VIP red carpet runway

February 25 saw one of the most fabulous VIP red carpet runways ever! VIP’s enjoyed this special event at the US GRANT HOTEL featuring bridal gown designer Jana Ann Couture’s lovely creations this lace dress.  Hair and make up by Groomer Girl’s talented team of beauty experts.  

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  Photo by Paul Douda Photography 

Sachin & Babi bridal gown designer trunk show at M bride this weekend

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. 

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Andre Soriano San Diego based Bridal Cosmopolitan Gown Designer

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

Sweet Sequin Topped Gown is Perfect for your Reception and the Holidays!

Getting near the holidays gets everyone in a sequin sort of mind and this charming dress fits the bill with style! Perfect for an evening wedding, a sparkly seasonal wedding soiree or any holiday event, this gold sequin topped ballerina tulle skirt of ivory and white is a confection that evokes the Nutcracker and New Years Eve all at once. This charming wedding gown is designed and made by Cleo and Clementine on Etsy and is all custom made to fit you. 

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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Bold and beautiful bridal gowns by designer YSA MAKINO steal the show!

Presented at the prestigious Milan show from 2000 to much acclaim, Bridal Gown Designer YSA Makino has been making waves and gaining a loyal and steadfast following amongst trendsetters in Europe and the U.S.A. and is available in San Diego at bridal gown salon Here Comes the Bride in Mission Valley.

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Based in NewYork, YSA Makino had its design roots in Tokyo, its design direction was to create beautiful dresses which represented a fusion of sensuality and attention to traditional details. Representing a new era in couture designer-wear, YSA Makino's revolutionary approach to dress making endeavors to produce a wonderful visual experience with impeccable quality.
 
Their fully in-house tailors, artists and embroiderers are highly experienced with skilled techniques in embroidery and tailoring, creating a product that truly differentiates itself. What evolves from this designer's Atelier is a truly different and unique masterpiece appreciated by stores and the woman who understands beauty and the joy of being in the center of a truly luxurious experience.

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YSA Makino is committed to working closely with its clientele to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction, catering to their needs and demands in the customization of each gown to satisfy every requirement of the customer. The benefit of these very different methodologies and techniques - where every aspect is hand made - gives the design its maximum potential in achieving the distinctive impact where no boundaries exist and no effort spared in creating the very best.

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Luxurious silk satin Duchess and Mikado are used lavishly to create sculptural foldings and drapes in YSA MAKINO Bridal Gowns. Feathers, Rosettes and Crystals Stones are applied to produce totally different dimension to bring out subtle details and bold expression of exuberance. 

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Brides who love drama your dream designer is here! Meet Indian Designer Naeem Khan

Born and raised in Mumbai, bridal gown designer Naeem Khan grew up in a world surrounded by culture, architecture, art, history and design. As a boy, he cultivated a vast knowledge of textiles under the watchful eyes of his grandfather and father, both of whom designed intricate clothing worn by Indian royal families. Khan ultimately moved to the United States as a teenager to become a designer and launched his career as an apprentice for legendary American designer Halston at the age of 20. During his time with Halston, he immersed himself in the ethos of modern restraint and learned the craft of draping and cutting fabric to create a clean, elegant and timeless silhouette. Khan eventually merged this design philosophy with the knowledge he gained from his family’s business to nurture his own unique style, and the Naeem Khan design aesthetic was born.

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Khan launched his eponymous collection in 2003 and began selling at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Since then his collections have adorned glamorous women around the world, including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Rachel McAdams, First Lady Michelle Obama, Queen Noor of Jordan, and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, among others.

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In 2008, he was inducted as a member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America and most recently launched the Naeem Khan Bridal collection in 2013. 

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Today the Naeem Khan Ready-to-Wear and Bridal collections are sold at more than 150 retail outlets across the world. The closest complete bridal selection for Nareem Khan is in Beverly Hills at the Saks Fifth Avenue on Wilshire Boulevard, but Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus do carry his incredible ready to wear collections locally.

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Seeing red: do you have the guts to wear a bold red bridal gown?

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.  

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A bonus about wearing red: it tends to be flattering on almost any skintone adding vibrancy and color to your complexion.

Lace, flowers and femininity; the hallmark of designer Oscar de la Renta's bridal gowns

Designer Oscar de la Renta has long been known for his love of feminine style (remember Carrie Bradshaw's Vogue bridal gown photo shoot?!), lace and flowers with a soupçon of Spanish influence added in for a special flair!

This legendary designer is still going strong with his bridal gown collection for 2017 featuring the beautiful Grace gown shown here.

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Ombré and dip dyed bridal gowns for a unique and creative bohemian wedding day style

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. 

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Cleo and Clemetine 

Dip dyed offers a bolder distinction between colors like this charming orange edged dress from Jenny Packham.

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Jenny Packham  

Galia Lahav's extravagant bridal gown collection: Le Secret Royal

If you love over the top extravagant style and you're looking to make a breathtaking entrance down the aisle look no further.  'Le Secret Royal', the new Galia Lahav collection is a show stopper. 

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To believe in love is the motto for the new Galia Lahav collection. You will find what you are looking for if you choose to see beyond your set boundaries. Le Secret Royal expresses deep love for couture through our extravagant silhouettes, floral design elements and glamorous shades of pink. Inspired by the royals, their essence and poise, Galia advanced her designs to something unfamiliar yet extraordinary.

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The sophisticated floral arrangements along the body of the gowns are made to replicate the captivating sense of strolling through royal flower gardens. Through decorative design and rose color shades, petal details are evident through Galia’s creations. As the dresses are bountiful in silk tulle embroideries and chantilly lace, this is a collection for queens. With this collection Galia wants you to believe in love and you will find your magic. You are a Queen.

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Enjoy this video of the Galia Lahav  Le Secret Royal bridal gown collection. 

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 “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl

Featured bridal gown designer: Kenneth Winston

If you're looking for a bridal gown that melds modern sass with old-fashioned charm then Kenneth Winston is your designer. With a lovely selection of wedding gowns that feature Swarovski crystals, fine laces, and beautifully body accentuating silhouettes, Kenneth Winston speaks to the feminine, classical,Southern belle in every bride. 

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Every bride wants to shine. They want to sparkle. They want to be able to stand out and impress. Kenneth Winston always see brides start their dress shopping with styles that are understated and maybe even more conservative in styling. But as they've proven time and again, once a bride sparkles, they'll never settle for anything less.

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With over 30 years if experience, the people behind this charming collection say "The beauty is in the details. Every design element, every intricate lace pattern, every crystal bead we put on our dresses are tirelessly thought out. After 30 years we've become masters of our craft. We create designs across the whole spectrum: From A-line ball gowns with 30,000 crystals beads to seamless all-over lace trumpet silhouettes showcasing our fine expertise in pattern making. More importantly everything flows, every piece and element makes sense. This makes our designs easy to wear and allows our brides to effortlessly walk down the aisle knowing we've taken care of all the details."

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With this season's collection Kenneth Winston focused on revisiting traditional build ups and illusion backs. They took what is usually considered conservative design elements, and turned them into something sexy in a classy way, working with low back illusion lace elements, and playing with how the under layer satin slip lining could be shaped to be more revealing, but still elegant with the soft lace illusion layer. They deepened necklines and beaded beautiful new patterns to further shape silhouettes showing off and accentuating curves. And we love the results! 

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The M Bride Summer sale is coming! Save on the designers you really want!

Dont miss the M Bride end of the summer sample sale August 17 through 21. Gowns 30%-70% off. Featuring gowns from Monique Lhuillier, Ines di santo, Modern Trousseau, Pronovias, Mikaella, and many more. Please call 858-551-1718 for your appointment. 

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Gowns starting at 695.00. Take additional 10% off if you pay cash or check.

San Diego's very own BHLDN store is opening soon!

You heard right! Anthropologie's fantastically popular, trend inducing bridal division BHLDN (pronounced "beholden") is opening a bridal store in Carlsbad at the Forum next month! The grand opening is slated for August 9 with a special Soiree August 11. Prepare to swoon!

Elaborate detailing highlights the 2016 collection  

Elaborate detailing highlights the 2016 collection  

BHLDN Took the bridal fashion world by storm a few years ago when they were introduced to rave reviews with a rich style that speaks to brides young and old p, casual and formal.

Flattering necklines, sheer overlays and beautiful lines are very BHLDN  

Flattering necklines, sheer overlays and beautiful lines are very BHLDN  

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Coming up the annual bridal gown sample sale at The Bustle bridal gown salon July 16

The Bustle in Del Mar, Ca will be holding their Sample Sale next month on July 16, 2016 and they could not be more excited to show brides the amazing gowns that will be available off the rack!

Check out The Bustle gown salons blog for tips on how to find the perfect sample gown and a little insight as to how the sale works!

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The Bustle team tells us "Our One-Day Sample Sale will be a little bit different than our regular appointments, and that’s the beauty of the sale.  This sale will not require you to make a bridal appointment as usual, but will work on a first-come, first-served basis in our upstairs boutique. The sample bridal gowns will be exceptionally discounted, so you have the chance to find something that’s within (or below) your budget so that you can pocket the extra cash! Many of the sample gowns available are high-end designer gowns that are heavily marked down and are the last existing gown of that style so you know you won’t find your friend wearing the same dress." Sounds good to us!

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Bridal Gown Designer Winnie Couture: the classicist delivers

A true classicist, the designers at Winnie Couture has been the go to bridal gown designer for brides who want to reflect a beautiful, abundant elegance on their big day. Offering two collections; Blush and The Diamond collection, Winnie Couture offers brides a multitude of styles that all bring glamour, elegance and classic grace to any wedding. 

Painstakingly handcrafted with the finest imported fabrics and Swarovski-crystal embellishments, these extraordinary creations rise above bridal fashion into the realm of artistry. - See more at: http://www.winniecouture.com/wedding/collections

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Based in Beverly Hills, California, Winnie Couture is a high end attire brand with a modern mix of classic elegant and sophisticated couture. It blends femininity and luxury to create bridal attire silhouettes that are flattering and timeless. 

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Winnie Couture is founded by Winnie Chlomin and Chris Lee, a wife and husband team in 2001. Their passion and devotion to the bridal industry have gained them continuous success. After just a few short seasons, Winnie’s incredible sense of style and Chris’ business and entrepreneurship skills have positioned the Winnie brands as one of the fastest growing, most-in-demand bridal collections across the country and overseas in places like Europe and Asia. In fact, in just less than five years, the brands have become available in over 150 stores. The company progressively developing a range of distinctive luxury attires consistent with the brand’s values and is internationally regarded as a prestigious leader in the bridal industry.

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Featured in prominent high-fashion publications such as InStyle, Brides, Modern Brides, The Knot, Modern Luxury, People, etc... plus numerous appearances on National TV shows and Hollywood films, Winnie’s designs quickly became known for their immaculate craftwork and impeccable fit. 

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Winnie’s profoundly feminine gowns have become favorites amongst industry insiders, celebrities and fashionistas alike, as seen on Kelly Clarkson, Lea Michele, Giuliana Rancic, Masiela Lusha, Helen Hunt and many more. 

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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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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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