Beautiful Blush Bridal Gown by Jaime Elyse Brings a Royal Flair to Any Wedding

Jaime Elyse, known for the global success of her couture bridal collection, has announced the launch of a new red carpet collection. On the heels of a successful awards show season, for which she dressed several actresses, Jaime Elyse has had a strong presence in Hollywood. She has worked on set for both TV and Movies, including The Bachelor,  Truth Be Told, Sandy Wexler & the Ellen Show.

Jaime Elyse has been immersed in fashion since she was a young girl. With an innate penchant for design, she pored through fashion magazines and would frequent the local thrift shop to purchase garments that she could deconstruct and study how they were made. Self-taught, after high school she worked under the tutelage of Jessica McClintock bridal, and soon embarked on her own couture bridal designs.

Elyse believes that textiles are one of the most important elements of design. When consulting with clients for couture dresses, she meets one-on-one to determine the best silhouette and pairs it with the material best suited to bring the design to life.

She finds inspiration in architecture, with London, Paris and New York as her muses. “The architecture and beauty in the buildings is very similar to how garments are created. I enjoy looking at how all of the elements come together. It is similar to textiles. The luxe texture and weight of Duchess silk falls beautifully on the silhouette and is stunning in both person and images. While the depth of design for French lace allows for easy, seamless sculpting.”

An architect of couture, Elyse crafts garments into pieces of wearable art. Enjoy!

Ines di Santo shows off the Bridal Jumpsuit at NYBFW

Fabulously talented and well known bridal designer Ines Di Santo always tales risks - that's how you move an industry forward and keep others [and yourself!] inspired- especially in fashion.
So its no surprise the designer known for bold, dramatic, uber feminine styling has create her own take on the bridal Jumpsuit Gown. Take a look! If you're not into jumpsuits you can still find the most gorgeous bridal gowns by Ines Di Santo at local bridal fashion specialist M bride Salon in La Jolla

Don't Miss this Sunday's Amazing San Diego Wedding Party EXPO at the US GRANT!

Why plan your wedding in a convention center when you can plan in style at San Diego's biggest, most loved and longest-running, stylish wedding fair? Get your tickets now and save on San Diego's most gorgeous and amazing wedding planning day; The 45th San Diego Wedding Party EXPO! With 4 fashion shows, CAKE dessert lounge, a cake tasting contest, food, wine and more all this Sunday February 25, 2018 downtown San Diego at the breathtaking, Edwardian era US GRANT HOTEL! See you there!

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

The Master of Feminine Bridal Designs - Oscar de la Renta - Offers a Whimsical Collection for 2018

Whether floral, butterfly, vine petals [or even signatures] shaped we just love appliques on bridal gowns! And clearly so does bridal gown design house Oscar de la Renta - always the master of feminine design and of combining classical elegance and trends. Check out some of our favorites from this talented- gone too soon- designer who had fashionable ladies worldwide turning heads for decades. 

We’re so glad the bridal veil is back! Designer Justine M Couture brings you the dreamiest veils!

The bridal veil has been a tradition with many meanings and symbolism attached to it through history.  But today’s embellished and luxurious veils by designer Justine M Couture add glamour to any Bride’s special day!  Here we present the Camille veil from the recent  Embellished Veil Collection by Justine M Couture.

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photo by Stacy Childers

Gorgeous Handcrafting, Dramatic Lines, and Voluptuous Fabrics - it's the Bridal Gown Collection by Couturier KHOSLA JANI

At its core Bridal Gown Design House KHOSLA JANI has a clear devotion to multiple techniques crafted to create the finest bridal gowns. Voluptuous fabrics, lavish embroideries and embellishments are layered to create dizzying handcrafted style. Art, architecture, history and culture are influencers of this highly original expression. Twisting and tweaking the classical to reinvent the wedding gown, KHOSLA JANI is fabulously feminine couture at its finest. 

KHOSLA JANI's Design Philosophy is the uniquely captivating art of blending the traditional with the contemporary that Abu and Sandeep have mastered. What this fantastic designer duo have accomplished with their pioneering contribution to couture in the last three decades has awed and amazed lovers of Fashion & Art alike. 

"We believe in creating the most flamboyant, unashamedly extravagant outfits; in presenting a totally glamorous version of India, and of this world, for people who have forgotten how to dream.”- Abu Sandeep

Calling all '5th Avenue Princess' Brides - Here is Your Designer Bridal Gown Fashion Moment

“Breakfast At Tiffany’s” for the 5th Avenue Princess bride! "Muse" the Spring/Summer 2018 Collection by BERTA bridal gowns.

This shoot is the epitome of the raw industrial meets beautiful soft and feminine trend in fashion styled shoots right now! The gritty streets of NYC, the Brooklyn bridge, the sidewalks and street signs and yellow cabs, are all the perfect backdrop to highlight the rich feminine styles of these beautiful bridal gowns. We may be San Diegans through and through but we do <3 NY! 

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. 

Save the Date for M bride Gown Salon's White Sale November 24th-26th

It's back! M bride salon's White Sale on designer gowns! Receive 30%-70% off all designer sample wedding gowns from designers you love like Monique Lhuillier, Ines di Santo, Reem Acra, Pronovias, and many more. Take an additional 10% off by paying cash or check. Receive 10%-15% off all special order bridal gowns. Refer a friend and receive a $25 gift certificate.

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Please call 858-551-1718 for your appointment. Space is Limited. M bride is San Diego’s premiere bridal salon specializing in bringing the latest designers to the fashion forward bride. Their exclusive gowns combine a fusion of New York chic with Hollywood glamour. 

At M bride, they are redefining bridal…California Style.

Dreamy Beach Wedding Styled Shoot Inspires all Beach going Brides!

We all love the beach in So Cal! And it is especially fun to share a beautiful beachy bride wedding styled shoot with you! This dreamy, romantic meets boho styled shoot by Devyn Leone Photography has the model wearing a lace dress from Dainty Hooligan, and floral crown by Magsea Daisy with gorgeous sunbursts provided by Mother nature! This bridal session took place at Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach, CA at the iconic tower. 

Photographed by: Devyn Leone Photography
Bridal Gown by:  Dainty Hooligan
Flower Crown by: Magsea Daisy
Location: Laguna Beach Victoria Beach Tower

 

Our Age of Discovery themed Wedding Styled Shoot would make Charles Darwin swoon!

We love to play with wedding fashion and styling and look for things that, perhaps, others may not see.  We started with an ethereal muse of a beautiful, feminine spirit still happily living in, what we call, the "Age of Discovery"; that wonderful era of passionate Victorian riches and scientific discovery, with Charles Darwin at the helm of a ship finding wondrous new lands, new species and new ideas.  A time full of Victorian romance, explorations, the vast beautiful and phantasmagorical wonders of the earth and of new peoples, places and things, maybe a shipwreck or pirate or two, and the gorgeous and dramatic architecture of the time, like that reflected in the US GRANT HOTEL, the absolutely perfect home for this dramatic shoot.  Please see full credits at bottom and be sure to click on images to open to their full glory...enjoy!

With Designer Michelle Hebert's ethereal bridal gowns that harken back to an era of romance and adventure, Adrianne Smith's gorgeous and abundant florals and decor, our 'apothecarian' staging and props [hello terrariums!], Jessika Davis' breathtaking geodes and crystals that brought so much positive earth energy to the day, and Oiseau the Parrot, who was the clear star [love this green diva!] of the shoot and, yes, has his own Facebook page for his fans.   

We especially love that when approached about a "somewhat ghostly, Darwin-era, age of Science and discovery, romantic, ethereal, bridal fashion styled photo shoot", all of these artists couldn't say yes fast enough! With Alta DeKoven's truly artful makeup [which you may note changes throughout the long multi-locale shoot to reflect the setting and the light!], Lia of Kut Haus Glendora's romantic, period-perfect hair styling and Vintage Jewelry Lounge's authentic accessories brought the finishing touches to the alchemy of this shoot's style!

And, of course,  the man, the artist, our incredible creative photographer Paul Douda capturing the light, the mood and the style of this special era, in fact bringing the entire soul of the shoot to life.  Honestly we couldn't be more proud to work with this amazing talented team of artists. 

Special thank you to the US GRANT HOTEL for allowing us to roam your halls like happy, Darwin-era ghosts, capturing with love, the rich and historic beauty of your palatial venue!  And to our model Mather, the perfect muse for our day! When we get to work with people as awesome as this to create something so unique for the bridal fashion world we are over the moon!

Location Venue: US GRANT HOTEL

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography

Florals and Decor: Adrianne Smith Florals

Hair Styling: Lia of Kut Haus

Makeup and Styling: Alta De Koven

Guest Star: Oiseau the Parrot

Vintage and Antique Jewelry: Vintage Jewelry Lounge 

Crystals and Geodes:  Jessika Davis

Bridal Gown Designer:  Michelle Hebert

Organza Princess Jacket and Add On Organza Skirt: Private Collection / Mather Louth

Art Direction and Concept: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

Library Style Table:  Classic Party Rentals 

Art Direction, Concept and Styling: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

Assistant Stylist: Savannah Gentry

Local Event Designer Celebrates Her Own Beautiful Wedding Day with Style and Heart

Local Event Designer Christine Ong of Lavish Wed knows weddings! This sweet and savvy girl celebrated her own wedding day with beauty, style, heart and a happily ever after! To celebrate her 1 year anniversary [already!!?] we showcase her swoon-worthy, dreamy white wedding. <3!

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Cinematography | ENCOR STUDIO

Photography | Arina B Photograph

Wedding Planner | Lavish Wedding

Bridal Prep Venue | The Westgate Hote

Ceremony Venue | USD Immaculata Catholic Church

Reception Venue | Harbor Island Drive Park

Bridal Makeup | Love P Beaut

Bridal Hair |  SoCal Hair & Makeu

Priest | Father Gary Sanders

Organ | Leslie K. Gereghty

Harpist | Mary Shurtleff

Violinist | Spags Jennifer Spingol

Caterer | HS Catering & Event

Appetizer Bar Display| Mimi Totah

Sushi Bar | Sushi Affair

Rentals | Chiavari Chairs of San Diego, Platinum Event Rentals, Rustic Events, Concepts Event Design

Bar Service | The Traveling Tavern

Coffee Bar | Euro Bar

Floral Decor | ArtQuest Flower

Cake | Cute Cakes 

Band | Republic of Music

Uplighting | Party People SD

Videographer | Encor Studio

Transportation | Rolls Livery Featuring Rolls-Royce Wedding Car, Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego

Painter | Miles Pelk/ Tom H Faga

Photobooth | Nine10 Photobooth Image

Champagne Popper | Premiere Sabrage Champagne

Stationery | Take Note! Creation

Back Bridal Jewelry | De La Luna

Bridal Dress | Michael Costello

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Friar Tux Sho

Bridesmaids Dresses | Lulus

 

Save the Date for the Fall Wedding Party EXPO at Coasterra: San Diego's chic new event space

San Diego's hippest wedding expo comes to San Diego's hottest new wedding locale! With all the vendors, fashion, food, drinks and ideas to have you planning in style! The October 29, 2017 Wedding Party EXPO will be at the immensely popular and beautiful new event space overlooking the best view of the harbor and city skyline....at Coasterra with its lovely ballroom, open to the water terraces [with unforgettable views!] and special event float! Get your advance tickets here now and save

You will love The Wedding Party EXPO! Engaged couples and guests come enjoy a special day like no other to plan your wedding! Come enjoy this special show in a beautiful, setting and enjoy 3 huge exhibitor display exhibiting areas, fashion shows, tons of top wedding experts, musical entertainment and more.

The Wedding Party is San Diego's sophisticated wedding planning day for all couples with cocktails, fashion, wedding experts and 25,000 square feet of wedding inspiration.

The Bridal Shrug for cool San Diego Evening Weddings

Sure it's always sunny here [our wedding blog is even called 72°!] but locals know that San Diego evenings - even in the Summer - get cool, especially if you are celebrating near the water enjoying your cocktail and dinner reception after your wedding ceremony.  So we thought you might like this lovely lightweight bridal shrug by Meshka Bridal that complements a range of bridal gown styles, most especially strapless. Don't get caught on your wedding night thinking, "I should've brought a sweater!"

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Chantilly lace with a touch of embellished beading make for a charming shrug to keep the bride a little warmer. 

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We can't wait for next Sunday's multi designer bridal gown fashion show by M Bride of La Jolla!

Make sure you are upstairs in the Presidential Ballroom at The US GRANT HOTEL next Sunday February 19, 2017 at The Wedding Party EXPO Special Edition fair to catch one of the most incredible fashion shows you will ever see! M Bride Salon of La Jolla will feature a multi-designer onstage show with looks straight from New York bridal fashion week and the pages of top bridal magazines! With designers like Ines di Santos, Sachin and Babi [as show below], Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Elizabeth Fillmore, Mikaella and more, you will, most definitely, be wowed. Get your discounted advance tickets to The Wedding Party EXPO now

Then be sure to get your private appointment to the trunk show at M bride Salon February 24 through 26 to see the entire collection up close and personal! 

Gorgeous Winter Wonderland Styled Wedding Shoot Celebrates the Season

It's December 22 and Winter is officially here and it warms our hearts to celebrate the season with a beautiful styled shoot that brings fashion, evergreen wreaths, pine cones and glittering gold elements. This shoot inspires even the coldest Dickensian heart to warm with love! Happy Winter Solstice!

This stylized shoot brings to life the classic elegance of the holiday season. Incorporating winter details and classic holiday colors of green, red, and an elegant gold. Enjoy!

 

Photographer: C. Zolman Photography
Apparel:Mr. Tux
Floral Designer:Jocelyn's Floral
Dress Designer:Sassy Chic Bridal and Formal Rentals
Hair Stylist: Tracy's Makeup

Celebrating Life and The Day of the Dead - our Mexican Campasina Princess Editorial Shoot

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:

  1.  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 
  2. create an altar of candles for guests to light in honor of previous generations and family members
  3. 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 
  4. 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."
  5. 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
  6. wear a keepsake or photo of them on you bouquet or for the guys on your lapel
  7. 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
  8. 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!!"

Bridal fashion trend: filagreed bridal jewelry

Filigree, a delicate kind of metalwork, suggests lace and is reminiscent of Indian and Asian metalwork. Popular from the 17th to the 19th century in Italian and French metalwork from 1660 to the late 19th century, Filagree is making a fabulous comeback with brides.  

This beautiful Filigree encrusted bracelet by Justine M Couture, The Amalie - available in gold, rose gold [all the rage this year!!] and silver, celebrates this ancient form of art.