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!
Romance is so so important not just when you're dating and leading up to a wedding - but for the rest of your life! Keeping your spark alive should be a top priority in your marriage. We just adore this beautiful styled shoot by our friends down under! San Diego and Australia have a lot in common, sunshine, beaches and stunning, on-trend, wedding style!
Wedding Vendor Credits
Wedding Invitations: @invitationbweddings www.bweddinginvitations.com/
Photography & Concept: @sephoryphotography sephoryphotography.com.au/
Hair & Make up: @suzyselamakeup www.suzysela.com/
Menu & Place Cards: @adorninvitations www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Stationery Design: Catsy Creative www.catsycreative.com.au
Printing: Inktank Printing www.inktankprinting.com
Flowers: @chloelashay_florist www.chloelashay.com/
Dresses: @raffaeleciucabridal www.raffaeleciuca.com.au/ and by @heleneconstancebride | @berta
Cakes: @maryeatscake www.maryeatscake.com.au
Jewellery: @loveonjewellery www.loveonjewellery.com.au/
Model: @oliviaa.williams from @giant_mgmt
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!
We know Meghan (now Duchess of Sussex) changed into a gorgeous Stella McCartney design for her reception - we’re wondering how do you feel about the “two dress” wedding? If you have an extremely elaborate gown for your ceremony and find it difficult to really move, dance, and enjoy yourself -then a second dress is a nice way to get more comfortable and really get boots on the ground at your reception!
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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.
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!
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!
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.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's", starring Audrey Hepburn, is an iconic movie of style inspiring generations of fashion moments, designers and urban fashionistas everywhere. Bridal gown designer extraordinaire Reem Acra has created a collection of wedding dresses inspired by this sophisticated, elegant and beautifully classic style and thankfully Harpers Bazaar created a photo shoot in Tiffanys that will take your breath away!
Enjoy the video of this shoot too!
Make sure you are upstairs in the Presidential Ballroom at The US GRANT HOTEL next Sunday February 19, 2017 at The Wedding Party EXPO Special Edition fair to catch one of the most incredible fashion shows you will ever see! M Bride Salon of La Jolla will feature a multi-designer onstage show with looks straight from New York bridal fashion week and the pages of top bridal magazines! With designers like Ines di Santos, Sachin and Babi [as show below], Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Elizabeth Fillmore, Mikaella and more, you will, most definitely, be wowed. Get your discounted advance tickets to The Wedding Party EXPO now!
Then be sure to get your private appointment to the trunk show at M bride Salon February 24 through 26 to see the entire collection up close and personal!
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!