It Girls Everywhere Celebrate Parisian Bridal Designer Donatelle Godart

With a catalog reminiscent of how we imagine a bride in a Wes Anderson film would appear, Parisian bridal gown designer Donatelle Godart creates clean, yet bold, designs that surprise with their powerful simplicity, sixties era lines, and drama. Tres jolie!

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Like Debussy’s tunes, from which Donatelle Godart wedding dresses borrow their names, the 2018 collection is placed under the sign of the avant-garde. A feminine avant-garde without code or barrier, where elegance courts irreverence.  Available in the United States in San Francisco and New York City.

Designer Spotlight: Jordanian Bridesmaids Designer Zeina Nabulsi's Rich Textures

Jordanian Designer Zeina Nabulsi knows texture! Her bridesmaids gowns and evening wear are luxurious, modern and bold and are perfect for a dramatic evening wedding any time of year! 

Zeina Nabulsi’s luxurious and sumptuous creations are put together with spectacularly rich fabrics and colors, delicate lace, intricate beading, and exciting elements, designed to make women feel elegant and divine with a touch of fantasy; to feel sensual all while being elegant.

Zeina Nabulsi is known as one of today’s most talented Jordanian Designers. Born and raised in Jordan by a creative and design oriented family, Zeina Nabulsi’s passion for fashion, curiosity for art and ambitions grew.

After finishing her studies at Central Saint Martins school of Design in London, she gained creative and technical skills in fashion design at the American Intercontinental University of London. Shortly after,Zeina landed an opportunity to work with the widely acclaimed Lebanese fashion designer, Elie Saab, as his coordinator and a part of his creative team. Her sumptuous for creativity and desire to enhance self-image led Zeina to put together her unique experience and character to reveal her first collection.

Bridal Gowns with a Wild and Wonderful Sense of Wedding Style By Wilderly Bride Celebrate the Nature Goddess

Certain brides know exactly what style of bridal gown will look right for them before they ever go online or step into a bridal salon. One brand of these style conscious girls is what we like to think of as the 'Nature Goddess'.  She is the Chieftess of the woodlands, the happy sprite of the stream,  the powerful Madonna of the mountaintop, the beautiful nymph of the field, and she is definitely the Queen of any desert.  What with today being the first day of the Winter Solstice, honored by Goddesses and Nature Lovers everywhere, we thought we'd bring you this beautiful Joshua Tree desert shoot by Wilderly Bridal Collection by Allure Bridal. This collection reflects the free spirit style of the Nature Goddess and honors any Bride in harmony with the forces of nature. Enjoy, and Happy Winter Solstice! 

This gorgeous and Goddess-y bridal gown collection is available locally at Bridal & Veil in Mission Valley and Mia Bella in Del Mar. 

Fit for a Queen, Jana Ann Couture's Gowns are the Stuff Wedding Dreams are Made of!

We hope Meghan Markle is paying attention! Recently unveiled at New York Bridal Fashion Week, this collection of bold and beautiful bridal gowns by Jana Ann Couture was inspired by the drama and timeless styling of real European Royal Weddings. With most of the gorgeous lace worked into the dresses hailing from France, Italy and Turkey, these very regal bridal gowns are the perfect fit for any Royal bride! 

Introducing Israeli Designer Limor Rosen, as seen at Elle Bridal Boutique

Fresh, youthful and beautifully styled, bridal collection by Limor Rosen is an exciting celebration of well crafted bridal gowns taking the bridal runways by storm! Designer Limor says, "Coming from a heritage of fashion designers who were among the first to establish themselves sixty years ago in Israel, fashion design was a natural choice for me."

"I started at Bezalel art academy, where I was given the freedom to relate to garments as works of art and not only as items of clothing.  Studying fashion at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Madrid, I came in contact with the highest standards of the European fashion industry. After training later on as part of the design team of the Diane von Furstenberg fashion house in New York, I set up my own studio, Limor Rosen Bridal Couture, in the heart of the Tel Aviv gallery district."

Limor's collection is available locally at Elle Bridal Boutique.  These fresh styles can be seen on the runway July 30, 2017 at the Summer Wedding Party EXPO at Venues Liberty Station.

Elle Bridal will style you from head to toe for every step of the bridal journey. Starting with getting-ready robes, to the perfect wedding dress, and on to the romantic wedding night, we make sure you're styled to perfection. Shop for lovely locally made bridal gifts, paper goods and decor, as well.

Elle Bridal carries a hand-curated collection of gowns; only la crème de la crème. This boutique is all about “her” and about creating the wedding style of her dreams. The loving staff pays particular attention to the quality of the fabric and the manufacturing of their wedding gowns, as the foundation of any beautiful piece of clothing. Lightweight silks, lace, chiffon, and hand-embroidered detailing, all have their place at Elle.  Says owner and Founder Krystal Tien "Inspired by French Couture and San Diego style, we provide a unique selection of gowns and accessories that is both elegant and fresh." 

Elle carries a lovely selection of bridal style must haves including:

Gown Designers: Anais Anette, Badgley Mischka, Pronovias, Limor Rosen, Karen Willis Holmes

Bridal Accessories: Florrie Mitton, Mimi & Lu, Noon Designs,  Olivia Headpieces,  Sophia & Chloe, Twigs & Honey

Lingerie: Eberjey, For Love and Lemons, A Girl with a Serious Dream

Paper Goods:  Rifle Paper Co., Sugar Paper, The First Snow

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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Featured Designer: Sachin & Babi Create Fresh & Feminine Fashion for Brides

Sachin & Babi, one of the hottest new bridal gown designers is known for their romantic and feminine approach to fashion. Having formerly created all of Oscar de la Renta's hand embroidery this team understands detail! available at M Bride the fabulous bridal gown salon in La Jolla. 

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For the past twenty years, Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia have made their mark in the luxury fashion and lifestyle worlds. To this day, the husband and wife team are sought aft­er by the most exclusive couture designer houses as a creative resource for unique embroideries.

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The M bride gown salon sample sale is back!

Don't miss the sale that brides wait all year for! The Spring Designer Sample Sale at M bride Salon in La Jolla is back! This week April 12- 15 get down to this very popular upscale salon to see the bridal dresses you've been dreaming about on sale! M bride, San Diego’s premiere bridal salon specializing in bringing the latest designers to the fashion forward bride. Their exclusive gowns by uber designers like Ines di Santo, Sachin and Babi, Bliss- Monique Lhuillier, Elizabeth Fillmore, Isabelle Armstrong, Mikaella, Monique Lhuillier, Pronovias, Reem Acra, and Ulla-Maij, combine a fusion of New York chic with Hollywood glamour.  At M bride, they are redefining bridal…California Style.

M bride salon is located at 702 Pearl Street, Suite H, La Jolla, CA. 92037 CALL (858) 551-1718

White Lace Dresses by Oscar de la Renta deserve an Oscar in Our Book!

White lace gowns are a classic for weddings even if they're a little more casual like these brand new beauties by the incredibly talented designer Oscar de la Renta. The man has dressed movie stars, royalty and yes, even Barbie! Check out all of Oscar de la Renta's new arrivals for 2017.

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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Sweet flower girl fashion styles for your littlest wedding party member

Somsi Couture introduces stunning and beautifully created (yet affordable!) flowergirl dresses for on trend young girls who want to make the perfect style statement at any wedding. With rich embellishments, laces, top quality tulle, satin and organza, these dresses really wow and are sure to make any flowergirl eager to get down the aisle! 

The Portia flower girl dress from "The Little Prince" by Brit Jaye Photography

The Portia flower girl dress from "The Little Prince" by Brit Jaye Photography

The Elsa in blue

The Elsa in blue

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Talk about precious! Cute and fun, these flower girl dresses are stunning with poofy tulle skirts, satin sashes, hand made flower accents, beautiful laces, rhinestones that sparkle and a comfortable fit to keep even your littlest bridal party member happy. 

Somsi Couture is made with love, made with passion and proudly made in the USA.

4 sweet muses show off fresh and charming trend in bridal gowns

With so many uber sexy bridal gowns coming down the runway it is nice to see these sweet lace overlays, ruffles, a little peek-a-boo skin showing and illusion/sheer bodice straps; some of the less racy bridal gown trends this year. Here is some sweet, young and charming bridal style on 4 muses brought to us by wedding photographer Sara Ranlett.  Enjoy the fresh face of some of today's most popular and youthful bridal gown styles.  

Sara tells us "My dream was to create a series of looks that were soft, romantic and with the feeling of being effortlessly beautiful for today's bride. I wanted brides to look at the photos and be able to dream of how they'd look walking down the aisle in the dresses. I love how both fresh and classic the photos we created look!" These lovely models are wearing bridal gowns from 4 on trend bridal gown designers: L'ezu Bridal Atelier, Blush Collection by Hayley PaigeDemetrios, and Jim Hjelm

Photography by:  Sara Ranlett

Jewelry by:  Jax Jewelry

Gowns from Blue Sky Bridal an eco-conscious bridal gown salon in Seattle

Make Up by: JoAnn Persephone Or

Hair Styling:  Grow Salon Seattle

Editor's note: Since we are all about a San Diego wedding, we did a little research for our brides to help you find these designers locally: Blush by Hailey Paige at Mia Bella Salon, Demetrios in San Diego, L'Ezu Bridal Atelier is just in LA and Jim Hjelm is at Here Comes the Bride.

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!

Meet Designer Adolfo Sanchez in person April 24 in San Diego [and get wowed by his designs on the catwalk!]

Fresh off the runways of New York and LA Fashion Weeks uber talented designer Adolfo Sanchez will be showcasing his 2016 Bridal Collection at San Diego's hippest on trend wedding  planning fair the April 24 Wedding Party EXPO at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla! And you can even meet him in person on the show floor! Here's a quick tease of some of this fabulous designer's looks....

 

 

Adolfo Sanchez takes you on a journey to a world of freedom where women dare to be strong and different.  The collections consist of different experiences and inspirations that he has encountered in his life.  Understanding how saturated the fashion world has become, he shows people that he is unique and so are his creations.  Sanchez knows that to stay ahead he has to constantly search for new ideas and challenges.

The career of Adolfo Sanchez started in 2006, when he decided to take his creativity and begin a women's ready to wear line. "I would have never thought that I would have ended up in this industry, but it just feels so right that I know it was meant to be," comments the designer.  After being featured in countless magazines and having the great opportunity of working with so many amazing people, Adolfo Sanchez has grown his business into a brand that offers custom, ready to wear, accessories, leather goods and most recently a home collection.   "I'm inspired by everything - people, places, music, and there is so much more to do, that I sometimes wonder if I have become obsessed with this industry"

Source: http://www.sandiegoweddingparty.com/

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.

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]