We love designer Yumi Katsura for her ultra feminine take on bold bridal designs! Check out these exciting patterned bridal dresses from Bridal Fashion Week! These bold, ‘beyond lace’, fabrics make for designs with depth and imagination, perfect for the creative bride!
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!
What amazing Fall Wedding Inspiration from A Better Deal Designer Suits and Tuxedos! Thank you Pretty Branch Wedding Photography for these outstanding shots! Ten days and counting until its officially Fall! Get ready to bring on the pumpkin spice and everything nice!
With a catalog reminiscent of how we imagine a bride in a Wes Anderson film would appear, Parisian bridal gown designer Donatelle Godart creates clean, yet bold, designs that surprise with their powerful simplicity, sixties era lines, and drama. Tres jolie!
Like Debussy’s tunes, from which Donatelle Godart wedding dresses borrow their names, the 2018 collection is placed under the sign of the avant-garde. A feminine avant-garde without code or barrier, where elegance courts irreverence. Available in the United States in San Francisco and New York City.
With rich, dusty, vintage hues, lots and lots of beautiful handmade laces, and layer upon layer of surprising design elements, Italian bridal gown designer Elizabeth Delogu brings drama and a timeless beauty to her 2019 ‘Early Autumn Dawn’s Dream’ collection of bridal gowns. Ciao bella!
For its Spring-Summer 2019 Bridal collection, Maison GEORGES HOBEIKA highlights the supreme symbol of love – the rose – and brings to the newest generation of brides the Couturier’s deep passion for nature. Inspirer of charity balls and bucolic poetry and celebrated since antiquity by great painters and mythical writers, the ‘Queen of flowers’ develops the ever-changing enigmas of her germination on precious fabrics, with a lightness and grace as a delicate as her petals.
Internationally known for his signature expression of femininity, romance and elegance, haute couture designer Georges Hobeika has captivated the fashion world with his creative style and his consistent crafting of statement pieces admired as works of fashion art.
During his civil engineering studies, Georges Hobeika discovered his innate passion for fashion design when he began sketching dresses to assist his mother who owned an atelier business with a growing clientele. Pursuing his passion, he left to Paris during the height of the Lebanese War and was immersed in the world of fashion via his internship at Chanel. Georges Hobeika returned to Beirut, established his atelier and was ready to debut on the Paris couture runway in 2001. Today, Georges Hobeika enjoys an ever-growing haute couture clientele and has successfully established three ready-to-wear lines – Georges Hobeika Bridal, Georges Hobeika Signature and GH by Georges Hobeika.
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!
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!
We love gathering together a group of super talented wedding artists and making something creative and fun and fashionable! First we start with a theme: "Modern James Bond Meets His True Love" think 1960's Sean Connery Bond in an Apple Store - except even better we got to play all day at Tower 23 one of the hippest, most beautifully designed wedding ceremony and reception venues (and hotels) in San Diego! The bridal fashions of Viktor & Rolf and Justin Alexander and the latest men's fashions from Gentlemen's Tux for our modern day Bond, enhanced with a vintage black Jaguar and Pacific Beach's fun and youthful backdrop were the perfect way to celebrate this space. Enjoy. Please see full credits and gratitude at end of post.
A big thank you to Tower 23 for inviting us in for the day to see and portray your incredibly special space. Designed by the uber talented architect Graham Downes, who we knew personally and admired tremendously, Tower 23 is alive with vibrant details and light and space like no other venue. The hotel's design is super clean and modern with playful 1960's 'mod vibe' elements infused into fun little areas that surprise and delight at the same time. It's welcoming, with a smooth, defined style that soothes and refreshes like a tall, cool glass of ice water on a hot day, It's so enveloping that we were surprised every time we looked up to see the unobstructed view of the white sand beach, the pier and the incredible sunsets of PB. There's a reason this location is so respected and sought after as a wedding venue!
This is what a perfectly tailored suit looks like on a man, by John Jaques at Gentlemen's Tux.
While art directing a shot in this shoot we were overwhelmed by the feeling that Graham Downes had designed into the space and the lightbulb went on. We got it. Architecture, like other forms of art, is designed to induce a feeling - and this space makes you feel more alive and alight and at peace, it was almost meditative in it's simplicity, yet playful, bold and youthful at the same time.
And last but not least the man with the eye Justin Hulse of Hulse Photography - thank you for capturing our 'vintage mod' vision so flawlessly.
Wedding Artists Credits and a Big Thank You to....
Venue: Tower 23
Photographer: Hulse Photography
Art Direction: Love Your Show, Inc.
Her Fashions: Justin Alexander, Viktor & Rolf, Nurit Hen
His Fashions: Gentlemen's Tux
Hair Stylist: Lia Runs with Scissors of Kuthaus Glendora
Makeup: Alta DeKoven
Her Jewelry: Vintage Jewelry Lounge
His Jewelry: BeComb
Her Shoes: "Lady" by Hey Lady
Vintage Jaguar: Private Collection
British Flag Parasol: Pamela's Parasols
Dog Model: Tony the Wonder Dog
There’s nothing quite as beautiful, rich and classic as the silk satin bridal gallon like this beauty by Ines Di Santo featured at M Bride salon La Jolla. Silk satin was the fabric for dressy gowns of the Victorian era [and then in the 1950's - think satin and pearl as a classic formal dinner attire] and satin made from silk has a luscious sheen and a smooth 'melted icing' finish that exudes luxury.
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 White Album’ Collection of Bridal Gowns by Claire Pettibone is a departure for the colorful designer, yet stays true to her oh so feminine and romantic aesthetic, even in all whites. A cleansing of the palette, a touch of the pure and classic. Introducing new Romantique bridal gowns with sensuous silhouettes and graceful details. Followed by a selection of couture gowns re-imagined in classic shades of pearl and ivory. And for the final ode to the color of purity, introducing Gypsy Moon, with sequins shimmering beneath layers of tulle, and a floral cape befitting the Moon Goddess herself.
Says the well known and well loved romantic bridal designer Claire Pettibone, "I know white and ivory are obvious in bridal, but for me, designing a collection with no color is actually a first! Each season is an evolution, and sometimes a fresh start from the last. Since my Vagabond Collection was color-filled, I felt the inspiration for this season to work exclusively in shades of white. There is a simplicity, and a purity to an absence of color, where the focus becomes purely focused on silhouette, texture and detail."
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.
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!
Nurit Hen, a well known Israeli designer, showcases her collections that are well known world-wide for their sophisticated look and detailing; giving an exotic, modern look to bridal design. Nurit feels that she designs each gown for a bride not only for her body, but also for her heart and her soul. At Nurit Hen, the design process begins at the foundation. Each and every gown is an art creation that is handmade by precise measurements. Each dress is beautifully beaded and well constructed with luxurious fabrics and lace, which are imported from fashion capitals from around the world, so that every bride will walk down the aisle feeling beautiful, confident, and comfortable. And special if we do say so!
Taking the plunge by getting married is a huge step no doubt, but wearing a daring, deep V-neckline as you walk down the aisle, like these bridal gown styles by BHLDN, is another step altogether! The deep V is most flattering for 'smaller cup' gals to keep a smooth line along ones decolletage without giving it all away, still we wonder; are you daring enough to take the plunge?
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.
Photo by Paul Douda Photography