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! 

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!

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. 

Christina Sfez wows with her ultra-French, hip and feminine, Bridal Gown Designs

Christina Sfez is a bridal gown designer extraordinaire, mais non? With these hip and sweetly feminine designs that hail from her Maison Francaise. You can really see the French influence in her collection of feminine yet stark bridal gowns. Each of her creations is unique and personal and are designed and created by hand from the finest materials, meticulously selected, including silk tulle, Georgette crêpe and Calais lace. Nous aimons! 

In addition to her desire for a more personal relationship with her clients, Christina has always loved collecting vintage pieces from flea markets either in Provence where she lives, or during her travels abroad. By marrying different styles from various eras, these pieces give a unique and timeless look to her dresses.

She welcomes each bride-to-be to visit her in her workshop situated in the heart of Marseille. Weaving a unique link with each of her clients, she is able to conceive a dress in their image, marked by elegance and 'delicatesse' to celebrate this exceptional moment.

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.

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!