For fans of the movie “Father of the Bride II” decorated tennis shoes are a sweet tribute to the father daughter bond. Now Kate Spade has brought out a knockout collection of Keds tennis shoes decorated to win the day for the bride. Oooooh love!
Bridal stylist and designer Sandra Nicole Designs knows how to accessorize! This dynamic mother and daughter duo have styled and designed accessories for bridal designers for New York, Los Angeles and Orange County fashion week and have helped hundreds of lucky brides find their way to their perfect wedding day style. We love this collection of bridal headpieces [live from New York bridal fashion show] by Sandra Nicole Design - this line brings drama and fun to your wedding day ensemble!
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.
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.
This Sunday February 19, 2017 at the gorgeous US GRANT HOTEL in downtown San Diego meet and find 100 wedding experts, bridal gown designers, caterers, florists, DJs, photographers, decor artists, videographers, wedding cake bakers, photo booths, beauty experts, reception and ceremony venues, event planners, wedding style suppliers and more at the Special Edition 41st Wedding Party EXPO!
hey look! A FREE ticket for 2 (a $40 value) from us to you! shhhhhhh!
The Bridal Veil is such a romantic and powerful accessory to wear only once on your wedding day! We love that veils, whose popularity had diminished for a few decades, are back in a big, bold, beautiful way like this embroidered masterpiece named "The Rose Hip Veil" by Justine M Couture!
In Bridal Gown Designer Gemy Maalouf's exciting Bridal Gown 2017 collection the designer creates new lengths for brides to choose from (and lets the bride show a little leg on her special day). Maalouf works her magic creating beautiful gowns while honoring tradition and creating the latest trends.
Gemy Maalouf is a talented artist draws her inspiration from the color and harmony of textiles to weave collections that tell a story through every piece. Exceptional sophistication in the details has become Maalouf's signature. Check out our local San Diego Bridal Gown Salon listings in our wedding directory.
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.
The 'choker' necklace has a long and illustrious history. The choker [or very fitted necklace the sits snugly around ones neck like a turtle neck] is by far this season's boldest statement piece of jewelry! Pairing well with low or plunging necklines the choker first made a fashion appearance around the time of English Queen [and notorious bold woman!] Anne Boleyn (remember the pearl "B" necklace worn by Natalie Portman playing Anne Boleyn in "The Other Boleyn Sister"). The choker was immensely popular in the late 19th century partly due to England's Alexandra, Princess of Wales [precursor to Diana!] who wore thick rows of pearls and velvet, setting quite the trend. Fitting right in for today's bold Queen (or future Queen) is this gorgeous and bold choker by Justine M Couture bridal jewelry and accessories.
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 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, molded filigree encrused with Swarovski rhinestones and mother of pearl flowers in antique silver metal.
The Sitens Crown is a tall, vintage soft silver filigree decorated with rhinestone chain and Swarovski rhinestones.
The Windsor Crown has an antique base Spanish filigree encrusted with Swarovski rhinestones and chain creating a tall regal crown in soft sillver.
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.
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 Paige, Demetrios, 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.
Shakespeare's famous tale of love "Romeo and Juliet" offers visions of true love, romantic drama, and hearts filled with longing. One of this year's hottest trends the Juliet Cap Veil offers all that and more. With it's snug to the head style, often delicately embroidered like the Willow Veil by Designer Justine M Couture seen here, plus a gathered side or back and long veil trailing down, this look is very classic, feminine and very Downton Abbey! Top veil and accessory designer Justine M of Justine M Couture [whose beautiful veils and jewelry are top sellers at Kleinfled New York] says "The Juliet Cap Veil is really having a revival with on trend brides. Queen Elizabeth II's mother Elizabeth wore a capped veil in her 1922 wedding to Albert who sooon became King of England.* This feminine, snugly capped veil style matches perfectly with 1920's styled silk biased gowns, big floral arrangements, romantic weddings and all romantic styles from the past!"
*Editor's note: movie fans may note that Elizabeth and Albert were the royal main characters in the movie "The King's Speech" played by Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 --
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...
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.
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)
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...
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!
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!
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!