You Belong with the Wild Flowers Bridal Fashion and Beauty Styled Shoot

We believe that true love is the ultimate freedom because when you are fully loved you can be free to be you. We called this the “You Belong with the Wild Flowers Bridal Fashion and Beauty Styled Shoot” for a good reason. Thanks Tom Petty for reminding us to always pursue passion and freedom in all things. [Disclaimer: No poppies were harmed during this photo shoot, the entire shoot team stayed on the trails and Photographer Melissa Fe has some mad Photoshop skills!]

Photographer Melissa Fe says “This year Mother Nature graced us with her presence by bringing the super bloom back to Lake Elsinore. It has been said that the super bloom attracted Disneyland-sized crowds to this poppy bloom spectacular. With valleys filled with beautiful poppy fields this was too good to pass up for a Springtime Bridal Session.

The Bride wore the Izzy gown designed by Minnesota Bridal Gown Designer, Bopha Sar Thomas. This flowy 3-tiered skirt showcased a silk and lace lining and was accompanied by a hand sewn lace top with exquisite lace detail and peep-a-boo back to show off those sexy curves. This flirty 2 piece gown is perfect for a youthful, daring Bride who isn’t afraid to show off some skin.

For the Bride’s Hair and Make up, I teamed up with the talented Juanita Lopez of @Brides_Grooms_by_JLo. I have worked with Juanita on multiple styled shoots in the past and is my go-to Hair and Make up artist for my Brides and boudoir clients.

I wanted an Ethereal vibe and look for this Bridal session so Juanita did an editorial bohemian dutch braid with some fly away pieces to frame the Bride’s face. She also used texturizing product to achieve the dreamy vibe we were going for.

Juanita went for a monochromatic, very clean "no makeup, makeup look" for the Bride. This is something that Juanita feels most brides should go for on their wedding day because it enhances their natural beauty. She used a spot concealer to allow the Bride's skin to look very natural yet maintaining a sun kissed glow. From the Bride's eyes to the blush and lip color the color palette applied was a warm light tint of orange colors to accent the pop of color from the poppies.

To bring the look together, Nancy the creative mind behind Nancy Lobo Designs, created a bouquet that was non-traditional using a combination of spring blooms and a dash of orchids. Knowing that the backdrop would be a field of orange poppies, she chose purple tones to play alongside and be as equally 

vibrant. For a little romance, she topped off the bouquet with a lace ribbon as an ode to the rolling hills. ”

Photographer + Styling: @melissafechapmanphotography

Bride: @brookeethompsonn

Hair + Make-up: @brides_grooms_by_jlo

Bridal gown: @bophasar_atelier

Florals: @nancylobodesigns

Dress Designer: Bopha Sar LLC//Beauty: Brides + grooms by jLo//Floral Designer: Nancy Lobo Designs//Model: Me//Photographer: Melissa Fe Chapman Photography

Wedding Day Must Haves to Keep You Looking and Feeling Your Best!

Wedding Day Must-Haves - Great tips to Keep You Looking and Feeling Your Best!

Any bride- or groom-to-be knows that planning a wedding isn’t easy, but can be a lot of fun and definitely pays off when the big day is finally here. A lot of decision-making and effort goes into the year or months before the wedding, but oftentimes, day-of tasks get forgotten in all of the excitement. One piece in particular that gets neglected is the getting ready process. Weddings often take place at a venue, leaving the bride to pack a bag (or two or three) with belongings that she might need to get ready to walk down the aisle. But what should be packed?

Hair, skin and nails

Every bride wants to look glowing in her wedding photos. A big, beautiful smile will do wonders, but if you’re looking to make sure your hair, skin and nails are perfect as well, make sure you prepare to keep them on-point the day of your wedding.

For your hair, you’re likely going to have practice appointments with your stylist in advance, so have conversations with him or her on any products that you might need. Sometimes they will supply items such as hairspray and bobby pins, and other times they’ll expect you to have them. It’s pertinent that you get on the same page. If you’re wearing special hair clips on your wedding, have some back up pins or clips handy (in your hair color, if possible), in case anything breaks or doesn’t work as it should. Also make sure you have extra-hold hairspray on hand, as well as a hair tie (these are great for maintaining crease-free hair!) for putting your hair up when you hit the dance floor with your new spouse.

If you’re getting married outside, protect your skin with sunscreen. Be sure to check out all of your options and find a product that won’t leave behind a greasy coat or make you smell like you just stepped off of the beach. Moisturizer is also a great idea for battling dry patches or simply for getting a little extra glow. With all skin products, make sure you try them out beforehand to check for any poor interactions. No bride wants an unexpected breakout!

Nails might not seem that important to every bride, but your hands will be in your photos as your photographer snaps pictures of your wedding ring, holding hands or any other photo opps that pop up. If you opt for a color or for fake nails, make sure you have a matching bottle of nail polish handy, or glue, to handle any digs, chips or broken pieces. If you’re not doing something fancy, a nail file and a clear coat will do the trick!

Find more beauty and pampering tips here!

Your wardrobe

For some brides, their dress is the most important piece of clothing that they will ever buy. Therefore, it needs to fit perfectly. Fittings will help get the sizing just right, but sometimes there are tiny fit issues that occur the day of your wedding. Stay prepared with a comfortable and supportive strapless bra, sewing materials and wardrobe tape. If you’re dress has any buttons, think about getting some extras in case one pops off. While you’ve already picked out the perfect pair of wedding shoes, bring along an extra option, such as flats or flip flops for something comfortable to slip into if your feet begin to get sore.

For fashion inspo, check out our Wedding Fashion & Attire section!

Stay healthy

Accidents happen, which is when a small first-aid kit will be super helpful. Even blisters from shoes can benefit from a quick dab of ointment and a bandage. Make sure you have some pain-relievers tucked in your kit as well in case a headache pops up, and don’t forget to pack a small snack and bottle of water to ease your stomach and stay hydrated.

Thoughtful side notes

There are going to be so many people that help make your wedding day a success. From parents to siblings, the wedding party, guests and vendors, wedding-day helpers are going to help out as much as possible. Show them that you appreciate what they’ve done by keeping some thank-you cards handy. You can even plan ahead with small gifts for your bridesmaids, parents, future in-laws and future spouse. Etsy is full of unique and thoughtful gifts that they won’t expect, but will definitely appreciate.

Ultimately every bride’s wedding-day bag is going to be different from the next. These are just some of the items worth considering, but there are surely others that will help make your day as stress-free as possible. Lean on those around you for suggestions, think through your big day from start to finish, and plan ahead so you’re prepared to focus on what’s most important - enjoying your special day.

Bridal Beauty Just For You by Bella D'Ora Salon and Spa San Diego's Wedding Beauty Experts

Bridal Beauty is such a personal thing! You want to look like you but your absolute best and more beautiful to enhance all the love but also get photographed and videoed looking recognizable and stylish! Bella D'Ora Salon and Spa know their beauty! Check out these Bohemian beauty looks for the bride who loves to be on trend! 

Christine Alvarado, bridal beauty expert from Bella D'Ora Salon ad Spa says " The Bohemian bridal hair is a nontraditional, laid-back, romantic, whimsical style. This look incorporates braids, loose waves, and has a tasseled, lived-in feel. The perfect accenting make-up for the Boho bride look is a fresh, glowing face with hints of color that [of course!] accent the bride's best features. For the bride with a little edge to her style, we do a bold lip and a darker eye pallet." We love this look and know you will too! 

Groomer Girl Beauty: the Beauty Professional of Real Celebrities and Movie Stars wants to Make Your Look Your Best at Your Wedding

Groomer Girl Beauty is one of our favorite beauty, hair and makeup people on the planet! This dynamic professional wants only to make you a bridal star, so you can walk the aisle with style and grace! Leah and her Groomer Girl team offer you celebrity style hair and make-up, brought to you, the day of your wedding. Check out some of her famous clients who trust Leah and her Groomer Girl team to make them look great for their big events! 

Bring your inner essence outward so you can shine brightly and radiate your best face on your Big Day! Don’t hesitate to book Groomer Girl and her team today!

With a mission like theirs: "Empowering your bridal process through mind, body and beauty." you know Groomer Girl will take good care of you!! 

Makeup artists - your best wedding day friend - just want to have fun!

Make up artists are amazing creatures! They combine countless options and palettes of colors with your natural beauty, add your wedding day style, the lighting for the day (and night!) and all kinds of new trends and classic looks to make you look your best on the most photographed day of your life! We happen to know that truly gifted make up artists also just want to have fun with all the different options of colors and palette and make up available to them. Finding the right brands to do the trick is a big deal to make up artist Alta DeKoven of  Alta Makeup Art. Everyone's skin and bone structure, coloring and features make up a unique universe of opportunity and a serious make up artist uses a wide range of products and available options to make sure that the individual shines as their own work of art.

Colors colors colors! Makeup artist extraordinaire Alta DeKoven is ready for any look!

Colors colors colors! Makeup artist extraordinaire Alta DeKoven is ready for any look!

Finding the right product to make Brides look gorgeous takes time and experience! 

Finding the right product to make Brides look gorgeous takes time and experience! 

Trying out different lipstick shades helps make the perfect lip. 

Trying out different lipstick shades helps make the perfect lip. 

With a truly staggering resume as a creative artist and make up artist in Los Angeles and Southern California, Alta DeKoven is a force to be reckoned with in the bridal beauty world and she definitely is a girl who wants to have fun with make up and beauty! Because after all what's beauty without a whole lot of passion and joy behind it?  Learn more about this passionate makeup artist and beauty aficionado on her website.


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


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]

Nicole Miller Bridal Gowns; the perfect style for the Lauren Sharon Designer Fashion Lounge

And there was a special little fashion show at the Valentine's Day Wedding Party EXPO! The Fashion Lounge by Lauren Sharon Design & Rentals was the perfect scenario for the subtle beauty of Nicole Miller Bridal Gowns. And in case you didn't hear Nicole Miller is now in the Forum in Carlsbad in a fabulous new location! Take a look at the Fashion Lounge from the show...

Gowns by: Nicole Miller

Staging and Decor by: Lauren Sharon Design & Rentals

Hair and Makeup by: Panache and Company Salon

Now that's what we call a VIP experience! A peek into a private penthouse designer fashion show

The Wedding Party EXPO is well known as a top, on trend, upscale wedding planning fair that produces unforgettable fashion shows. Their Valentine's Day show was a gorgeous day of romance and love and wedding style celebrated by hundreds of engaged couples and the areas top wedding experts and services. VIP's were treated to an incredible private salon style fashion experience in the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay's 18th floor Penthouse. Looking at this picture perfect day in this gorgeous venue overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay it's easy to see why San Diego is the 10th most popular wedding destination in the world! Check it out! 

Gowns: Allure, Winnie Couture, Allure Romance, Galia Lahav, Gemy Maalouf

Hair and Makeup: Panache and Company Salon

Purses: Fiori Couture

Accessories: Justine M Couture

DJ and Sound: San Diego DJ's

Desserts: Jennywenny Cakes

Photos by: James Lightby


Panache and Company Salon: an incredibly talented team of wedding beauty experts

Meet the super talented team at Panache and Company Salon at the 37th Wedding Party EXPO Valentine's Day February 14, 2016 at The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort and see them work their magic on the Fashion Show models! 

Panache and Company Salon does fabulous bridal and maids' hair, makeup, trials, styles and more! We think you will love these trustworthy and talented lovelies!