You Belong with the Wild Flowers Bridal Fashion and Beauty Styled Shoot

We believe that true love is the ultimate freedom because when you are fully loved you can be free to be you. We called this the “You Belong with the Wild Flowers Bridal Fashion and Beauty Styled Shoot” for a good reason. Thanks Tom Petty for reminding us to always pursue passion and freedom in all things. [Disclaimer: No poppies were harmed during this photo shoot, the entire shoot team stayed on the trails and Photographer Melissa Fe has some mad Photoshop skills!]

Photographer Melissa Fe says “This year Mother Nature graced us with her presence by bringing the super bloom back to Lake Elsinore. It has been said that the super bloom attracted Disneyland-sized crowds to this poppy bloom spectacular. With valleys filled with beautiful poppy fields this was too good to pass up for a Springtime Bridal Session.

The Bride wore the Izzy gown designed by Minnesota Bridal Gown Designer, Bopha Sar Thomas. This flowy 3-tiered skirt showcased a silk and lace lining and was accompanied by a hand sewn lace top with exquisite lace detail and peep-a-boo back to show off those sexy curves. This flirty 2 piece gown is perfect for a youthful, daring Bride who isn’t afraid to show off some skin.

For the Bride’s Hair and Make up, I teamed up with the talented Juanita Lopez of @Brides_Grooms_by_JLo. I have worked with Juanita on multiple styled shoots in the past and is my go-to Hair and Make up artist for my Brides and boudoir clients.

I wanted an Ethereal vibe and look for this Bridal session so Juanita did an editorial bohemian dutch braid with some fly away pieces to frame the Bride’s face. She also used texturizing product to achieve the dreamy vibe we were going for.

Juanita went for a monochromatic, very clean "no makeup, makeup look" for the Bride. This is something that Juanita feels most brides should go for on their wedding day because it enhances their natural beauty. She used a spot concealer to allow the Bride's skin to look very natural yet maintaining a sun kissed glow. From the Bride's eyes to the blush and lip color the color palette applied was a warm light tint of orange colors to accent the pop of color from the poppies.

To bring the look together, Nancy the creative mind behind Nancy Lobo Designs, created a bouquet that was non-traditional using a combination of spring blooms and a dash of orchids. Knowing that the backdrop would be a field of orange poppies, she chose purple tones to play alongside and be as equally 

vibrant. For a little romance, she topped off the bouquet with a lace ribbon as an ode to the rolling hills. ”

Photographer + Styling: @melissafechapmanphotography

Bride: @brookeethompsonn

Hair + Make-up: @brides_grooms_by_jlo

Bridal gown: @bophasar_atelier

Florals: @nancylobodesigns

Dress Designer: Bopha Sar LLC//Beauty: Brides + grooms by jLo//Floral Designer: Nancy Lobo Designs//Model: Me//Photographer: Melissa Fe Chapman Photography

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

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

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. 

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!

Stephanie White's Romeo & Juliet Inspired Collection - Turning Dreams into Reality

Designer Stephanie White, creator of the bohemian style bridal line, Odylyne the Ceremony, takes on a romantic yet exotic twist for her newest collection: ‘Star Crossed Lovers’. ‘Star Crossed Lovers’ is the perfect bridal collection for the free-spirited bride who wants to look magical and timeless on her wedding day (and, who wouldn't want to?!). Stephanie White's enchanting designs transform the classic every day bridal gown into a modern take on the vintage Renaissance look; ranging from long trains, unique embroidery, bell sleeves, high necklines, and an abundance of silk.  this collection can make the Montagues and the Capulets make up for good!

Source: https://odylynetheceremony.com/collections/star-crossed-lovers/products/everly

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. 

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Wedding Pro Credits:

Photography by: Masha'S Photography

Florals and Headpiece by: Infloral

Bridal Gown by: OM Wedding Dress

Bridal Makeup by: Kasinho Makeup

Veils and Custom Headpieces by: Cheri Elizabeth

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. 

Color Us Beautiful! Pantone Shows off their Spring 2018 Color Trends from London's Fashion Week

Straight from London Fashion week Pantone brings you Spring 2018 color palettes! 

Each season the team at the Pantone Color Institute creates the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report; a color overview highlighting the top colors fashion designers showing at London Fashion Week will be featuring in their collections for the upcoming season. With color on the catwalk a key indicator of the color stories we can expect to see showing up across all areas of design, the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report is your easily accessible guide to the season’s most important color trends.

Unique shades for the London runway convey themes of energy, sophistication and serenity. There are multi-dimensional and grounded hues, while others exude a vibrant breath of fresh air. The color story is wildly divergent and we see a kaleidoscopic bounty of uplifting shades and feel-good tones. That doesn’t mean that we don’t continue to look for more neutral or classic shades. Whether on their own or providing the landscape for complex color mixes, core basics are an essential for any season.

The desire for colorful self-expression is a key take away for Spring 2018. Similar to observations made by Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman in our NY PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report, designers for the UK market are comparably responding to the consumer’s growing appetite for flexibility in color expression by introducing more unusual colors and color stories in their collections for Spring 2018. Overall there is a feeling of optimism and confidence driving a new vitality into fashion trends.

Along with this recognized freedom to explore and experiment with more color, fashion, and the people who interact with it, no longer want to feel limited by traditional color guidelines. Gender and seasonal borders continue to be non-issues when it comes to color. Untypical spring shades that make for complex and original combinations, communicates the consumer’s desire to experiment with color all year round without any restrictions. The color story for Spring 2018 is a perfect reflection of this new sentiment. About the Spring 2018 Top 12 Color Palette The Spring 2018 palette encourages a sense of fun and playful release. With an air of complexity and distinctiveness, we find ourselves in a sanctuary of color that is ideal for some more unique and dramatic color mixing. 

Images extracted with permission from PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner Spring/Summer 2018. See all of our PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner trend forecasts.

Thanks Pantone, for bringing so much color to our lives!

Find the perfect modern wedding suit or tuxedo on Stitch & Tie by Friar Tux Shop

Modern wedding suits and tuxedos are now available with the ease of online shopping through the new online rental destination Stitch & Tie by Friar Tux Shop.  The site offers a curated selection of suits and tuxedos for men, women and children! Whether you are a groom, bride, groomsmen or wedding guest Stitch & Tie has you covered with one of the largest section of color/pattern options and sizing in the online market. 

Stitch & Tie carries everything from slim fit black tuxedos to trendy and unique colors like burgundy and cobalt blue and grey.  The women’s tuxedo is a stunning black shawl lapel tuxedo available in sizes 0-22. Every suit and tuxedo is expertly styled for an effortless shopping experience or each look can be customized with over 100 tie and vest options. 

The easy-to-use platform guides you through the rental process with access to knowledgeable stylists for any step of the process. Consumers experience the same personal customer service that only the devoted team at Friar Tux Shop with over 40 years of experience could provide. Stitch & Tie has highly accessible price points on some of most fashionable formalwear on the web with designer brands like Michael Kors and Ike Behar. Rentals start at $119.95 and discounts are given when booking a group for weddings and black tie events. 

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Orders arrive a week before your event giving you plenty of time to try it on and if for any reason you’re not satisfied with the fit, a replacement order will be sent for free. Return shipping is simple using the prepaid label provided with the order. Customers also have access to Friar Tux Shop’s over 30 locations.

Something Bleu Bridal Boutique Understands Bridal Gown Magic and Wants to Share it with You!

Something Bleu is a bridal and formal wear boutique, located in the coastal city of Oceanside, that specializes in cultivating a truly unforgettable experience for the bride and her bridal party.

Something Bleu Bridal Boutique carries your favorite [and many up and coming] bridal gown designers like Reem Acra, Claire La Faye, Jude Jowilson, Sophia Tolli, Enchanting and Montage by Mon Cheri, and Lillian West plus bridesmaids & formal fashions, flower girls, accessories and more!

The girls at Something Bleu know... it all starts with finding that fabulous dress and then everything else falls into place.

Founder Ginny Lopez and Fashion Director Bebe Lashley bring their valuable expertise and knowledge to So Cal brides, these ladies have traveled extensively, both locally and internationally, to create a collection so amazing all to make sure that their clients have an outstanding and unique selection of bridal fashion. 

Something Bleu founder Ginny Lopez is an established event stylist and interior designer with an extensive portfolio. Her passion for design and love of fashion was evident at her own Great Gatsby inspired wedding, as well as many other weddings and events she has styled.

Something Bleu founder Ginny Lopez is an established event stylist and interior designer with an extensive portfolio. Her passion for design and love of fashion was evident at her own Great Gatsby inspired wedding, as well as many other weddings and events she has styled.

Bebe Lashley is a San Diego based personal stylist with a deep love for fashion. In addition to previously owning a retail store, Bebe has an impressive knowledge of fashion trends and styles garnered from years of experience in fashion merchandising and retail management.

Bebe Lashley is a San Diego based personal stylist with a deep love for fashion. In addition to previously owning a retail store, Bebe has an impressive knowledge of fashion trends and styles garnered from years of experience in fashion merchandising and retail management.

Bridal Gown Designer Gemy Maalouf Offers a New Twist On Length

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.

Bridal fashion editorial Hipster Eco Feminine Style

We loved this shoot done at Green Acre Restaurant one of San Diego's coolest and greenest eateries, where we featured beautiful greenery by Sugar Rose Flowers and decor by Lauren Sharon and gorgeous crocheted couture fashions by Sicilian Gypsy. Credit and links at end.

Photography:  All Days Wonder

Florist:  Sugar Rose Flowers

Event decor & styling:   Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals & Design w/ Jillian Ziska

Make up artist & Hair:   Jennifer Bueno

Stoneware/ table settings:   not my dish

Venue:   Green Acre Campus Point

Clothing & Accessories:   Sicilian Gypsy

Models:  Katya Beatty & Rebecka Palter