Grace Kelly Inspired High Tea at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Wedding Styled Shoot

Long before there was Meghan, Kate and even the lovely and beloved Diana, there was Princess Grace. Formerly Grace Kelly; the elegant, already regal and oh-so “to the Manor born” movie star who graced the silver screen with her divinely cultured elegance. Then, like a real-life fairytale, she and Prince Rainier of Monaco were so smitten with one another that she left Hollywood behind for true love and to become Her Royal Highness The Princess of Monaco. This exclusive styled shoot at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, photographed masterfully by nationally renowned portrait and visual artist Paul Barnett and his talented team of shooters, is an ode to this inspiring beauty queen. Here we find her at high tea on her beautiful lawn, in stunning bridal fashions by Gracy Accad and Justin Alexander, with just the right touches of mauve and rose style, her perfectly coiffed dog by her side; the true queen of grace and refinement. And we wish heartfelt congratulations to both Princess Grace’s granddaughter Charlotte and her grandson Louis both of whom just married their true love in Monaco!

Delicate Lace is Still Going Strong and Makes for Very Feminine Bridal Gown Fashion

The utmost in daintiness and femininity can no doubt be in expressed with lace, applique and embroidery and oh how we love seeing it on a beautiful wedding dress!  It’s truly like wearable art in motion!  Developed in Europe in the 1600’s, the intricacies of lace have never failed to astound.  Needle (single thread) or bobbin (the plaiting of many threads), these complex designs spell beauty!   Often named after the towns or villages they were made in, the preeminent lace making centers eventually became Italy and France.  They were painstakingly created (not to mention time consuming) and were considered true luxury items and reserved for sophisticates, social elites and the aristocracy.  Embroidery and applique, however, date back even further and were actually first use as artful techniques used to cover up and extend the life of blankets, quilts and finally clothing.   As time progressed, they were eventually used to decorate clothing and became status symbols denoting wealth and style.  All three of these “attentions to detail” have become things of style and beauty and never fail to impress.  They are truly the focal points on a wedding dresses - like these beauties by Berta - today! 

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!

Brides of San Diego Brings Amazing Bridal Fashions to Savvy Brides

Nestled in Mission Valley, Brides of San Diego has continuously served as one of San Diego’s finest bridal salons since 1968. You will be surrounded by a beautiful selection of Demetrios gowns with an expert staff that will give you the attention and experience you deserves. From conservative to trendy, traditional to contemporary, brides are sure to find the perfect dress for their wedding day. You'll fall in love with your dress at bridal gown salon Brides of San Diego

Wine Country Wedding and Styled Shoot Gives an All New Meaning to White Wedding!

This elegant rustic-chic themed styled shoot utilizes a neutral color palette with a bespoke dress from top So Cal bridal gown designer Madeleine Fig. The opulent villa with details like handmade furnishings, stonework, rich wood furnishings and pool, complete with private helicopter naturally, is nestled in the heart of Southern California's incredible wine country. This is sure to inspire couples planning their own intimate destination wine country wedding! 

The small-wedding / elopement trend with several unique elements served as the inspiration behind this shoot. The venue boasts amazing views of the wine country and also has a dedicated helicopter pad on site to offer guests private tours! The muted hues of bronze, gold, silver, copper, combined with plenty of greenery reflect the outdoor Southern California vibe and blend flawlessly into the rugged landscape extending into the distance. Overall, the scene conveys a simple purity that relaxes the senses. The handmade furniture such as the palette bar, the desert table with back drop, and the mismatched table settings lend a custom DIY element to the theme. The beauty of the scenes, the models, the make-up, the hair, and the dresses were expertly captured and edited by a talented photographer from Monterey. The videographer from Los Angeles worked alongside providing both drone and handheld coverage that documented the full process.

This was a truly collaborative effort that brought talented vendors from across California. It turned out to be much bigger than originally intended and consisted of a full crew included: photographer, videographer with drone, models, couture bridal designer, makeup and hair, florist, catering, calligraphy, accessories, rentals, and graphic design. Behind the scenes, the chemistry between the models and the crew added to the energetic and fun vibe on set!

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Photographer:   paulinar.photography//Calligrapher: Miller Photography Creations//Other: Upper Limit Aviation//Caterer: Parilla 84 Mexican Grill//Floral Designer: Petals of Poetry//Model:Anthony Gonzalez//Model: Paige Spagnoletti//Equipment Rentals: AKT Party Rentals & Custom Furniture//Cinema and Video: Black Tie Media Production//Invitation Designer:Brown Fox Creative//Design and Decor: Villa Del Enzo//Event Venue: Villa Del Enzo//Hair Stylist: Blush//Dress Designer: Madeleine Fig//Beauty: Blush//

The 'Endless Love' Morilee Bridal Gowns Debut at New York Bridal Fashion Week

Acclaimed bridal designer Madeline Gardner unveiled her Morilee ‘Endless Love’ bridal collection at New York International Fashion Week on Thursday, April 12th.  The highly anticipated runway show featured 25 romantic bridal looks. 

Each unique gown was inspired by endless and infinite love; falling in love is magical and falling in love with your wedding dress should be too. Madeline Gardner opted for subtle glamour this season; layered semi-sheer tulle coupled with flecks of unexpected sparkle. You will also find on trend features like chic-cup corset bodices, dramatic embroidered trains & ultra-feminine exaggerated silhouettes.

The modern yet timeless styles elevate every bride-to-be’s natural beauty; “We know that when we create a dress, we’re not just making something to wear. We’re making magic.” – Madeline Gardner, Designer & Creative Director of MORILEE

Madeline Gardner has perfectly blended her expert knowledge of design with her flare for beautiful details into each look this season. While her style is constantly evolving, her designs continue to transcend time.  With over 70 years in the industry, Morilee by Madeline Gardner has become synonymous with glamourous bridal and eveningwear. The guiding force behind Morilee’s remarkable success for more than 25 years, Madeline Gardner infuses the collections with marvelous style and is a steward of its outstanding quality. Morilee has become one of the world’s leading brands, with a presence in over 4,500 stores in 85 countries. 

A Peek Backstage at the 2018 Morilee New York Bridal Fashion Week Runway Show!

Backstage at a Runway Show is CRAZY! (We know from experience as we've produced over 50 amazing runway shows in San Diego!) So for us it is super fun to get a peek backstage at someone else's show and all the busy bees that make it come to life, like this gorgeous runway by Morilee Fashion Show from New York Bridal Fashion Week! Break a leg and check out these beautiful bridal gowns and the fun backstage as models, stylists and designer get ready for the big show! Check back soon for this finished product of the Morilee Collection on the Runway! 

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!

Gracy Accad's Sophisticated Elegance Reminds us of when Grace Kelly's Wedding Ruled the News!

With a refined, sophisticated style that harkens back to the magic of Grace Kelly in the 1950's, New York based Bridal Gown Designer Gracy Accad brings a classic elegance to bridal that we just love!  And we think this heavenly blue with white floral creation in particular is just divine! 

Gracy Accad is a fashion alchemist who blends simplicity, chicness and modern romance. Her collections bring to mind the elegance of haute couture with a downtown edge, using only the finest fabrications and sewing techniques. In four short years, this native New Yorker built a following among millennial women who come to her New York City atelier for handmade designs with modern sensibility.

Gracy Accad comes from a family whose heritage is rooted in the textile industry and sources only the finest materials and pays special attention to fit and form. Her looks are characterized as enduring and timeless, but still maintain a modern edge. Both her bridal and evening wear are elegant and refined, and known for having shimmer and sparkle. There's a classic touch to each of her designs—even the ones that are in tune with contemporary trends.

Gracy Accad continues to receive accolades from notable industry editors from her signature evening wear and bridal debut during the Fall 2018 season New York Bridal Fashion Week.

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.

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! 

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! 

Romance meets Industrial in a Beautiful Contrast of Bridal Style

Capturing contrast is the essence of art. Dark and light, rough and smooth, harsh and elegant. This styled bridal shoot took place in Poland; a land of contrasts, known for beautiful women and years of history, some of it beautiful and some of it harsh. The photographer Masha found this old industrial building that used to be a military factory before the second World War and wanted to show the contrast between feminine beauty and the raw, industrial surroundings, and how cold, forgotten places can change as soon as beauty touches it.  Artists like Masha know that finding and creating beauty makes the world a better place. We couldn't agree more.