Sunset Cliffs Beach Bridal Photo Shoot Welcomes in Spring by the Ocean

We just love Sunset Cliffs and we know you do too! The view, the water, the air, the breeze, the gulls, the surfers; it's the quintessential San Diego view! The gorgeous view was enhanced in this photo shoot, styled by Jessica J Events, with a lovely bride model holding a sweet Springtime bouquet by create by Genesee Florists just for the occasion! 

Photographer:   Mattie Taylor Photo & Film//Other Location:Sunset Cliffs National Park//Floral Designer: Genesee Florists//

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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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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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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Ciao Bella! It's a Romantic Mona Lisa Styled Shoot in Florence, Italy

Photographer Johanna Jacobson of Ambientimages Photography has outdone herself with a gorgeous Italian styled shoot set atop the Antique Tower Via Tornabuoni and on the bridges and streets of romantic Florence, Italy. This shoot was inspired by the real Mona Lisa, or Lisa Gherardini "la Gioconda" and her enigmatic espression painted around 1503 - 1506 by Leonardo da Vinci in Florence. Mona Lisa, or Lisa del Giocondo was the wife of a rich Florentine silk merchant. Through a series of circumstances the Mona Lisa can be found at the Louvre in Paris, but in 1911 an Italian employee of the Louvre feeling patriotic, felt that the painting deserved to be in Italy. He stole the painting and attempted to sell it two years later to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Makeup artist Silvia Gerzell used golden eye shadow power and tones as a reference back to the nearby Uffizi galleries and the golden halos painstakingly applied to the saints portrayed in masterpiece works of that era. Located near Santa Trinita, where Mona Lisa spent her childhood, the Antica Torre di Tornabuoni is a historical residence built in the 1300's that Mona Lisa certainly passed by daily. We can imagine that she may have been a visitor to the property and perhaps friendly with the tower's original owners, the Gherardini family. 

With an unmistakable resemblance to our famous muse, model Kristina from Look Now Model Management captures the enigmatic and undecipherable, but welcoming smile that graces the most famous painting in the world.The modern, yet romantic silhouette of Sarah Foy's wedding dress design effortlessly reminds us of a classic but aristocratic style that perfectly mirrors the renaissance monuments in the background. The red-hued Duomo in the center of Florence, along with the San Miniato al Monte church overlooking the city, all contribute to the overall feeling of La Gioconda in a modern, but historical Florence.

Smitten on Paper's gorgeous stationary reflect the pink and green pastel marble used on the intricate designs of the Duomo. The pastel pink and white blooms further contribute to this soft modern romance under a turquoise sky. The gold makeup and hues are further reflected in the choice of shoot location in front of the Ponte Vecchio where the world's finest goldsmiths sell their historical designs.

Photographer: Johanna Jacobson
Wedding Planner and Stylist: Rosie Meleady
Dress: Sarah Foy
Model: Kristina from Look Now Model Management
Hair and Make up: Silvia Gerzeli 
Florist:  Violamalva
Confetti (bonbons): La Confettia Firenze 
Guest Gifts: Officina Profumo - Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Venue: Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni, Florence, Italy
Stationary: Smitten on Paper
Postcard, Stamps, Florentine Leather Journal - Photographer Ambientimage's private vintage collection.

 

 

A pillow fight Bachelorette Party wins the award for cutest idea ever!

Did we say 'Pillow Fight Bachelorette Party'?! Yup we sure did! When Twinkle (yes, that is the bride's real name, she is amazing, and could this get any cuter?) contacted local wedding photographer, artist and expert fun-capturer Chris Wojdak Photography about shooting her Bachelorette party, Chris had to pinch herself to make sure the email was legit. A pillow fight?

Chris's reply? "YES. Yes please. Sign me up!" Twinkle and her friends rented a super cute vacation home here in San Diego, and brought the perfect mix of beauty and fun to their pillow fight photo session. Not only is this an adorable and original idea but what a memorable (and photo worthy) way to commemorate such a fun occasion! Thank you Chris! 

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Embroidered Veils bring a little Bohemian Luxe to any bride's ensemble

Check out this gorgeous embroidered veil by designer Justine M Couture. The Gypsea [reversible] Veil is a stunning piece of fashion to add to a bride's day! Shown here is silver.

Richly embroidered accessories are so 2016! We just love this piece of fashion art- it's luxurious and Bohemian with a vintage feel all at the same time!

Save the date February 14, 2016 for the romance themed wedding party expo

San Diego's great big beautiful wedding planning show for all engaged couples is back at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay on Sunday, February 14 of next year and we can't wait! 

Brides, grooms, maids, groomsmen, moms, dads...everyone loves the Wedding Party! 

The Wedding Party has the most stylis, on trend wedding fashion shows in the country.

With fabulous food and fashion you'll love this show famous for its open and stylish format. 

Gorgeous displays from top wedding resources are like a living Pinterest board!  

Meet top caterers, florists, rental companies, photographers, videographers, DJs, musicians, bands, event planners and some of the finest reception and ceremony venues in the country

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. 

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.

Rustic Chic Styled Shoot with gorgeous florals and farm tables

It may be rainy today [in San Diego!!?] but check out this sunny styled shoot in our new section. We've got about 100 more on the way! We love this rustic /herbal /chic / bridal shoot sent to us by Stegela Photography, Inc. and Classic Blooms Studio: Floral Designs! Beautiful work all!! Gown from Dahlia Bridal.

Check out the entire shoot in our new styled shoot section - much more coming soon! 

Show the sun you're covered with Pamela's Parasols couture collection

Pamela's Parasols offers the most stylish sun protection for Brides, Maids and Guests with numerous collections including the Couture Collection with fashion designers' coveted imported French Alencon lace [from the very same lace makers who did Kate Middleton’s dress!] and New York garment district couture flowers, Swarovski pearls and more! 

The Andrea with Chantilly lace over custom color parasols sweet and delicate and perfect for a sweet Summer's wedding day!

The Andrea with Chantilly lace over custom color parasols sweet and delicate and perfect for a sweet Summer's wedding day!

As seen in German VOGUE, the dramatic Anna parasol with a Chantilly lace field, Alencon lace border, Chantilly blusher veil and scattering of pearls makes for a dramatic entrance! 

As seen in German VOGUE, the dramatic Anna parasol with a Chantilly lace field, Alencon lace border, Chantilly blusher veil and scattering of pearls makes for a dramatic entrance! 

The show stopping Cream Puff with 30 yards of tulle swirled into rosettes each with a delicate flower center with matching Swarovski pearl.  Wow!

The show stopping Cream Puff with 30 yards of tulle swirled into rosettes each with a delicate flower center with matching Swarovski pearl.  Wow!

Featured wedding ARTIST: Holly Ireland Photography

Our jaws were pretty much floored the entire time we were looking through the photos. They captured every single moment...every detail...every expression...every emotion. Her photos filled in the moments we were too caught up with everything else to be able to enjoy.
— — From Jenny and Umar

Holly Ireland Photography loves telling the story of your day. Husband and wife team, Holly and Bruce, will work with you to design your day the way you want it told through photos. They love to do a mixture of candid photos along with the posed photos of family and friends. They use a several lenses through your special day to get some creative shots from 2 angles at all times so those spontaneous moments won't be missed! For more information please contact Holly Ireland by email or visit the website.