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!

Bridesmaid Dresses Have Come a Long Way Baby!

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Oh yeah, Bridesmaids fashion has certainly come a log way baby! In the sixties strong colors and patterns were huge [literally] for bridesmaids.

But now designers like The House of Berta have a new take on the task of designing and creating bridesmaids dresses that are sheer elegance and beauty personified!
Just imagine the wedding you would have with these bold and beautiful dresses on your besties. Enjoy this breath of fresh air in wedding fashion! 


Today's take on a patterned bridesmaid's gown by Berta with beading and more subtle lines.

Bold macrame sleeves make a bridal gown's modesty neckline pop with 60's power!

Looking for a bridal gown with sleeves that would make Twiggy drool? These bold 'macrame' style full length sleeves make this bridal gown by Carrafina [with a very on trend modesty neckline that covers your entire chest and shoulders] pop with 60's power! Perfect for the mod bride who wants to stay classy and covered! 

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

Bridesmaids Separates Make for a Modern Wedding Party Fashion

Separates are coming together to make a fresh new look for the modern bridesmaid!

Designed for universal flattery, a sweeping chiffon skirt boats classic wrap styling with a defined waist by  Joanna August .

Designed for universal flattery, a sweeping chiffon skirt boats classic wrap styling with a defined waist by Joanna August.

Bridesmaids separates are perfect for anything from a casual to a semi formal event and are extremely re-wearable (your maids will thank you). Check out these gorgeous bridesmaids looks by designers Joanna August, Jenny Yoo and Monique Lhuillier.

An A-line skirt offers delightful flounce sewn from layers of frothy tulle that drop from a fitted waist by  Jenny Yoo .

An A-line skirt offers delightful flounce sewn from layers of frothy tulle that drop from a fitted waist by Jenny Yoo.

Editors tip: bringing a similar color palette story; soft grey with blues, blush with pink, lilac with purple, for your wedding party will give your girls a cohesive look in person and in your photographs.

Reminiscent of a prima ballerina this high low tulle skirt by  Monique Lhuillier  brings a fresh look to a formal affair.

Reminiscent of a prima ballerina this high low tulle skirt by Monique Lhuillier brings a fresh look to a formal affair.

Gorgeous sequin combo by  Jenny Yoo  is perfect for your maids in a formal wedding wedding. 

Gorgeous sequin combo by Jenny Yoo is perfect for your maids in a formal wedding wedding. 

Ombré and dip dyed bridal gowns for a unique and creative bohemian wedding day style

It's always fun to follow all the bridal gown trends! We get to see if the next few seasons will bring more lace and illusion, or if bridal styles will point back to more traditional looks. But for bride who wants something very nontraditional an ombre or dip dyed bridal gown brings a really bohemian creative look for the big day! 

Cleo and Clemetine makes beautiful ombré bridal gowns like this soft white to pink dress. 

Cleo and Clemetine 

Cleo and Clemetine 

Dip dyed offers a bolder distinction between colors like this charming orange edged dress from Jenny Packham.

Jenny Packham  

Jenny Packham  

Keep your maids happy with Vow to Be Chic rental designer maids dresses!

What do you get when you combine top designer bridesmaids styles in the latest on trend colors for a super decent rental rate? The love and respect of your close friends who are a part of your wedding that's what! Vow To Be Chic is the first and only designer bridesmaid specific rental company in the industry founded by CEO, Kelsey Doorey. This e-commerce site offers designer rental and buying options from 16+ designers including Nicole Miller, Jenny Yoo, Cynthia Rowley and the most recent exclusive addition, Monique Lhuillier.

And it is all so simple and user friendly!  Brides-to-be receive a complimentary consultation from a personal stylist, a platform to interact with their bridal party and the option to rent, try-on or buy. Renting costs start at just $50 and all bridesmaids are provided with two sizes, two weeks before the wedding, making Vow To Be Chic a fun and convenient way to style your bridesmaids without breaking their banks! 

With top, in-demand designers like Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Yoo, Nicole Miller, Cynthia Rowley, Alvina Valenta, Jim Hjelm and more at fab prices your best gal pals will love you forever! Anyone who has been a bridesmaid at least once knows that the struggle is real.

Vow To Be Chic is the one and only designer bridesmaid rental site with a new and innovative digital platform for brides-to-be– making the entire process of getting your maids taken care of from beginning to end as seamless as possible! 

This unique platform offers a simple, step-by-step process for brides:
1. Bride selects the styles & colors she envisions from hundreds of designer bridesmaid dresses
2. Bride assigns the selections to each of her girls individually – all styles can be rented for under $95
3. This state of the art platform tracks the girls activities and orders and even sends friendly reminders via email
4. Gorgeous Designer bridesmaids dresses arrive (in 2 sizes!), 2 weeks before the wedding! 

So the final scoop on this genius idea is:

  • Your maids save a ton of money - no longer do bridesmaids have to spend $300+ on a dress in a random color/style that they will never wear again (and remind you of for years!)
  • Gorgeous designer options in all the on trend colors and styles you want - no more tacky, unfashionable options – we've all seen 27 dresses.....
  • Super convenient and accessible management of styles for all your maids at once - no more wrangling your squad that is displaced all over the country via text, email, calls, g-chats, Facebook messenger, snapchats, etc.
  • Perfect fit every time so everyone looks and fells great - no need for alterations.

Yes, it’s THAT easy! Men have had easy access to this seamless rental model for wedding tuxes for decades, now the girls have it too!