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!
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.
“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!
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 love to play with wedding fashion and styling and look for things that, perhaps, others may not see. We started with an ethereal muse of a beautiful, feminine spirit still happily living in, what we call, the "Age of Discovery"; that wonderful era of passionate Victorian riches and scientific discovery, with Charles Darwin at the helm of a ship finding wondrous new lands, new species and new ideas. A time full of Victorian romance, explorations, the vast beautiful and phantasmagorical wonders of the earth and of new peoples, places and things, maybe a shipwreck or pirate or two, and the gorgeous and dramatic architecture of the time, like that reflected in the US GRANT HOTEL, the absolutely perfect home for this dramatic shoot. Please see full credits at bottom and be sure to click on images to open to their full glory...enjoy!
With Designer Michelle Hebert's ethereal bridal gowns that harken back to an era of romance and adventure, Adrianne Smith's gorgeous and abundant florals and decor, our 'apothecarian' staging and props [hello terrariums!], Jessika Davis' breathtaking geodes and crystals that brought so much positive earth energy to the day, and Oiseau the Parrot, who was the clear star [love this green diva!] of the shoot and, yes, has his own Facebook page for his fans.
We especially love that when approached about a "somewhat ghostly, Darwin-era, age of Science and discovery, romantic, ethereal, bridal fashion styled photo shoot", all of these artists couldn't say yes fast enough! With Alta DeKoven's truly artful makeup [which you may note changes throughout the long multi-locale shoot to reflect the setting and the light!], Lia of Kut Haus Glendora's romantic, period-perfect hair styling and Vintage Jewelry Lounge's authentic accessories brought the finishing touches to the alchemy of this shoot's style!
And, of course, the man, the artist, our incredible creative photographer Paul Douda capturing the light, the mood and the style of this special era, in fact bringing the entire soul of the shoot to life. Honestly we couldn't be more proud to work with this amazing talented team of artists.
Special thank you to the US GRANT HOTEL for allowing us to roam your halls like happy, Darwin-era ghosts, capturing with love, the rich and historic beauty of your palatial venue! And to our model Mather, the perfect muse for our day! When we get to work with people as awesome as this to create something so unique for the bridal fashion world we are over the moon!
Location Venue: US GRANT HOTEL
Photographer: Paul Douda Photography
Florals and Decor: Adrianne Smith Florals
Hair Styling: Lia of Kut Haus
Makeup and Styling: Alta De Koven
Guest Star: Oiseau the Parrot
Vintage and Antique Jewelry: Vintage Jewelry Lounge
Crystals and Geodes: Jessika Davis
Bridal Gown Designer: Michelle Hebert
Organza Princess Jacket and Add On Organza Skirt: Private Collection / Mather Louth
Art Direction and Concept: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com
Library Style Table: Classic Party Rentals
Art Direction, Concept and Styling: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com
Assistant Stylist: Savannah Gentry
It's December 22 and Winter is officially here and it warms our hearts to celebrate the season with a beautiful styled shoot that brings fashion, evergreen wreaths, pine cones and glittering gold elements. This shoot inspires even the coldest Dickensian heart to warm with love! Happy Winter Solstice!
This stylized shoot brings to life the classic elegance of the holiday season. Incorporating winter details and classic holiday colors of green, red, and an elegant gold. Enjoy!
Sometimes something you create really stays with you. And we had such a great time creating this wedding fashion editorial shoot at the Pearl Hotel in San Diego so it seemed like a good time to share it again. Enjoy the complete shoot here.
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
The Day of the Dead is a celebration of all those we love who have passed over and blurs the line between those we love who are still with us and those we love on the other side. Honoring our loved ones past and present is such an important part of any wedding celebration. This exclusive editorial work of art celebrates this colorful and powerful day of remembering all whom we have loved [human non human] and keeping them close. With incredible photography by Betsy McCue of LaVida Creations, styling by Love Your Show, Inc./SanDiegoWedding.com and gowns by Pas de Deux, we hope you love our celebration of life everlasting on this day that celebrates Dia de los Muertos with color, altars, an ode to Our Lady of Guadalupe, a little Frida Kahlo, and of course, adorable rescued perros.
Venue: Marriott Marquis San Diego
Photographer: Betsy McCue of LaVida Creations
Staging Furnishings: Lauren Sharon
Custom Staging and Altars: Love Your Show, Inc.
Gowns: Pas de Deux
Hair & Makeup: Studio Savvy
Florals: Studio B
Crown: Justine M Couture
Other Jewelry: Private Collection
Guest Star Dog Models Dozer and Muncha: San Diego Humane Society
Looking to honor your loved ones who have passed at your wedding in a tasteful and meaningful way? Be sure to keep it respectful but yet not maudlin - your loved ones wouldn't want you to be sad on your wedding day! Try these tips:
- create a nice decorated table with framed images of your loved ones - add some quotes that they were known for to help people smile in memory of them
- create an altar of candles for guests to light in honor of previous generations and family members
- family tree decor is a popular trend for good reason - check with your calligrapher to create a beautiful family tree masterpiece to display at your reception
- have your officiant talk about the qualities that loved ones past have brought to you and your family - the more specific you get the better; "Sara brings to her marriage the loyalty and kindness that her Grandmother Maria showed her every single day by telling her how much she loved her and believed in her."
- have a special song played during ceremony if the person who you are honoring is recently passed or if the loss is not as recent, play the song during your reception for all to join in in honor of all family - make sure your DJ clearly announces the meaning of the song and gets everyone up to join in and move to celebrate life in the oldest traditions; dance
- wear a keepsake or photo of them on you bouquet or for the guys on your lapel
- lighting a candle in honor of all family during your ceremony is a discreet and classic way to honor those who are not at the wedding
- offer a big happy toast to loved ones and name them specifically to celebrate their spirit and joie de vivre "Here's to you Grandpa Dave!!"
A rooftop scene overlooking America’s finest city combined with the chic beach styling plus bridal gown Designer Hayley Paige's contemporary style, and that gorgeous Afghan dog model, makes for an awesome 'modern coastal glam' bridal styled shoot by Photographers Heather and Skip Middleton of Shadowcatcher Imagery.
The Renaissance San Diego Hotel [a new and exciting Marriott property] located in the middle of the Gaslamp district of San Diego provided a picture perfect bold and dramatic locale for this fun shoot. The models had a lot of fun inside this trendy hotel and AKC Champion Afghan show dog Bo was the star of the shoot!
When Skip, Heather and Kendra from Shadowcatcher Imagery collaborated with Diana from At Your Side Planning to style this dramatic and one-of-a-kind shoot they pulled out all the stops. The jaw dropping bridal gowns by Hayley Paige from The White Flower Boutique brought the perfect architectural drama to this venue and shoot. The reception room was grand with a welcome champagne table, message in a bottle guest book, sea shells delicately placed throughout and the most gorgeous sweetheart table ever styled. Everything was designed with a coastal element and The Renaissance Hotel's posh style was the perfect backdrop for all this coastal glam style!
Photography: Shadowcatcher Imagery
Venue: Renaissance Hotel San Diego
Planning & Design: At Your Side Planning
Print: Harken Press
Floral: Designworks Florals
Gown Designer: Hayley Paige
Dress: The White Flower
Accessories: Sandra Nicole Designs
Hair/Makeup: Brenda Espinoza
Linens: A Perfect Table
Rentals: Enticing Tables
Assistant to Photographers: Kendra Koenig
Bride Model: Brooke Proctor
Flower Girl Model: Stelly McClain
Dog: AKC Champion Afghan 'Bo'- Mark & Lori Stephen
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 --