Archives for July 2016

Wedding Dress Trends For Fall 2016

Hello lovelies!

Mira Zwillinger by Alyssa Greenberg

Photo Credit: Mira Zwillinger by Alyssa Greenberg Photography

As we round the corner to the middle of summer, the fall wedding season is soon to be upon us. To get us geared up for the upcoming months, we wanted to share some of our favorite trends that have been predicted for Fall 2016. We know that sometimes keeping up with the latest trend, especially for weddings, can be stressful, but this season’s trends can be achieved by any bride and not just for the runway!

Trend 1: Simply Modern

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Designers (Left to right) Carolina Herrera, Stone Fox Bride and Lela Rose

Many designers are now appealing to the minimalist bride. The designs are kept to look sleek and modern by focusing on geometric lines instead of playing up lace and silhouettes. The focus is now turned away from the dress and onto the bold accessories that many brides will choose to accent it with.

Trend 2: Lingerie Inspired

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Designers (Left to right): Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang and Marchesa

Taking bustier tops and sleek silhouettes make for the perfect daring bride while still keeping it classy. Designers are using more tulle and low necklines to create a chic look and even antique-like feel. Who can resist silk and lace with meticulous placement of sheer?!?

Trend 3: Overskirts

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Designers (Left to right): Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang and J. Mendel

Sofia Vergara’s wedding dress was pure bliss and swooned over by many when she was able to detach her gown from her long skirt. There’s no surprise that the detachable gown is now also a bride favorite as it creates a look for your ceremony and for the reception.

Trend 4: Off the Shoulder

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Designers (Left to right): Madison James, Pronovias and Christian Siriano

After the cap sleeve and one shoulder craze comes the off the shoulder look, which helps modest brides show a little skin. The sleeve design can be paired with many styles of bridal gowns from mermaid or for a flowing gown as it allows a more form-fitting feel.

Trend 5: 1930s Throwback

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Designers (Left to right) Madison James, Oscar de la Renta and Lela Rose

The 1930s was all about beading and embroidery, stepping away from the minimalist ideals. Silhouette sleeves and buttons all the way down the back. These dresses bring back a timeless elegance with its long sleeve silhouettes and draping at the waist, yet keeps it up to date as a form fitting gown.

Trend 6: The Crop Top

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Designers (Left to right): Lela Rose, Carolina Herrera and Theia Couture

A trend from 2015, the crop top seems to still be a fabulous wedding trend even a year later. Now instead of wearing a crop top solo, designers are opting for a crop top over the gown to create an extra layer and design such as lace to a bride’s gown. A casual yet stunning look!

Oscar de la Renta by Alyssa Greenberg

Photo Credit: Oscar de la Renta by Alyssa Greenberg Photography

We hope to have inspired you on finding your wedding dress this fall! Depending on what you are looking for, each dress is unique and can help you achieve the look and feel you are going for. And take it from Lela Rose, who says you can’t wear pants on your wedding day??  Fall 2016 offers plenty of different styles from casual chic to modern elegance and we can’t wait to see some of our beautiful brides in their wedding dress this coming season!

Romantic Coastal Elopement: Anastasiya & Oleg Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday, Friends!

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Summertime in California is just the best! Here in LA, we are lucky enough to have the beach nearby and help so many of our couples plan celebrations with sweeping coastal views and gorgeous skies that go on forever! To captivate one of my favorite times of the year, I wanted to share Anastasiya and Oleg’s elopement by the coast. Anastasiya and Oleg live in Boston and are both originally from Russia, so with guests coming from all over the world to SoCal, the couple was super interested in showcasing the Pacific in a villa-style setting, which we were able to find at La Venta Inn. We utilized a palette of varying greens, whites and creams with pops of warm peachy pinks woven throughout. We worked to bring in curvy, delicate and long, clean lines with both soft and bold textures. This weddings turned out so beautifully that you can see it featured in the Summer 2016 issue of California Wedding Day (currently on the stands – so go grab your copy and swoon along with me!).

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Anastasiya’s bouquet was designed with silver dollar eucalyptus, maiden hair, olive branch, large fully bloomed pink peonies, Juliet garden roses, ranunculus and hydrangeas to create the perfect lush organic look. The tablescape was extremely romantic and included all soft and fully bloomed florals; hydrangeas, roses, cafe aulet dahlias, ranunculus, peonies, garden roses, ivory majolica, olive branch, jasmine & silver dollar eucalyptus. We accented the table with lots of candle light votives and clear mason jars for pillar or floating. Even more swoon-worthy.

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We started the design process with a more luxe direction, but as our designs took shape, we moved toward a more relaxed vibe (which was was just perfect for the venue). Overall, our aim was to create an intimate dinner party celebration with an overall sense of easy elegance – something clean but with interest. One of my favorite visuals from the wedding was the champagne tower! It’s something you don’t see too often any more, but everyone just loved interacting with the tower and we just loved the elegant and fun visual it created.

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One of my personal favorite moments of the night was when the sun started to set. The guests were all dining in the garden when someone happened to notice. It was if someone had yelled “fire” – everyone jumped up from the table and fled the back side of the property to watch the sun go down. It was beautiful! I felt so bad for the caterers who were just serving the entree course, but it was definitely a sweet and carefree moment to remember!

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Wedding Design 101: Outdoor Venue Lighting

Happy Wednesday!

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Photo Credit: Andrew Abajian

With the arrival of summer also comes the arrival of outdoor weddings full of great weather and sunset photos. But, when the sun goes down, it’s important to keep your party going and there’s no better way to do that than with some fun lighting. Lighting accounts for so much of the look that you want to bring to life since it can help create glows, romance and accents to your decor, so how do you choose ways to light up your venue? Today, we want to help break down some of the methods of adding lighting to your indoor, outdoor or indoor/outdoor spaces!

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Photo Credit: Andrew Abajian

Go-To Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor weddings need great lighting, especially for functional purposes. Our go-to options for the outside are bistro lights. We have found that this is the most cost effective, cute way to help cover a big area of space with light when keeping dinner and dancing in mind. It can easily be draped above guest dining tables and provide a soft ambiance for a great reception dinner experience.

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Left: Steve Steinhardt Right: French Grey Photography

Hanging Lights

Any light can be done hanging from or between trees. Depending on the feel you are going for, you can use hanging icicle lights from the trees or attach lanterns from tree to tree. Rental companies can even provide chandeliers, which we like to use to highlight places like the bar, dessert table and sweetheart table.

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Left: Nessa K Photography Right: Steven Michael Photography

Wrap Lighting

Wrap lighting is commonly seen wrapped around big trees around and near the venue space to help set the mood for the night. You can also get creative and wrap lights on railings, posts and fences. Take anything stationary at the venue, wrap it in lights and you can make anything look enchanting!

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Left: Colin Cowie Weddings  Right: Morgan Gallo Events

Uplighting

Once the sun sets, if there aren’t any lighting on specific decor or beautiful landscapes, then they will not be noticeable. Uplighting can come in handy and be placed in bushes, pretty palm trees and architectural structures, so your guests can still enjoy the swoon-worthy details of your day.

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Left: Studio Impressions Right: Axioo Photography

Covered Spaces

When a reception dining area is either covered or inside, it can also use a little extra lighting! We love the idea for these places to have individual hanging or groupings of Edison lights. It never hurts to skip the simple lighting and add some flavor to your indoor venue with some mood lighting.

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Photo Credit: Iris & Light

We hope we have lit up your wedding world with our design recommendations and inspiration. Before you jump in and go crazy on lighting up your venue – make sure to remember about lighting areas that need lights for function or safety. This would be places including your walkway, stairs, bar or kitchen. A simple wash in white, yellow or a diluted amber will do the trick!

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Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Wedding Processional Procedures: Options & Etiquette For Your Walk Down the Aisle!

Hello lovelies!

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Photo Credit: Becca Rillo Photography

Summer is here and we are smack in the middle or helping our fall couples work out their detailed day of flow! Part of this process is walking them through their processional options and all the wedding etiquette that goes with it! Two items that are absolutely central to how the rest of the processional will flush out is for the couple to decide who they want walking down the aisle in general (think bridal party plus immediate family members) and who they would like to walk in with, specifically. There are a number of different orders and ways to get everyone to the party, so we are here to give you a couple options as to how to do it (but don’t be afraid to mix and match however you would like!). To keep the flow of options going, we have given a general view of the processional, so don’t feel as if you can’t go off book and, for example, have your best guy friend as your Man of Honor instead of having a Maid of Honor.

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Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Standard Processional in the Non-Denominational or Civil Ceremony Tradition

In the common standard or traditional processional, ladies generally go on the left and fellas go on the right. In this case, important family members and your bridal crew are the ones to walk down the aisle. There are a number of ways of doing this and even though we gave you two options, don’t be afraid to mix and match from A & B. For example, you can have all the grandparents start in the front row and also have both parents walk the bride down the aisle.

A:

  • All grandparents start in front row
  • Officiant takes place by alter
  • Cue Music for Processional – Song Name by Artist
  • Parents of Groom walk down aisle
  • Mother of Bride walks down aisle escorted by TBD (close family member or friend)
  • Groom and crew come in from side and take their spots at alter (best man closest to groom)
  • Cue Music Change – Song Name by Artist
  • Bridesmaids
    • Insert names starting with person farthest from bride, ending with Maid of Honor
  • Ring Bearer walks down aisle
  • Flower Girl walks down aisle
  • Cue Music Change for Bride – Song Name by Artist
  • Bride walks down aisle with Father

The wedding of Irene Legaspi and Chris Josol was photography by Hannah Arista for Docuvitae at the Carondelet House in Los Angeles, CA on September 27th, 2014.

Photo Credit: Docuvitae

B:

  • Cue Music for Processional – Song Name by Artist
  • Grandparents of Groom walk down aisle
  • Grandparents of Bride walk down aisle
  • Parents of Groom
  • Officiant, groom and best man
  • Cue Music Change – Song Name by Artist
  • Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
    • Insert names starting with person farthest from couple
  • Maid of Honor walks down aisle (alone or with Best Man)
  • Cue Music Change for Bride – Song Name by Artist
  • Bride walks down aisle with Father & Mother

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Photo Credit: Andrew Abajian

Standard Processional in the Jewish Tradition

In Jewish tradition, ladies are on the right and fellas are on the left. The options we have listed depict option A as an example of a more strict, traditional Jewish wedding and option B as a more relaxed version.

A:

  • Cue Music for Processional
  • Chuppah brought in by cousins
  • Rabbi or Cantor walks down aisle
  • Grandparents of bride walks down aisle
  • Grandparents of groom walks down aisle
  • Siblings and other significant others
  • Groom walks in with parents
  • Bridesmaids & Groomsmen walk down aisle
    • Insert names starting with person farthest from couple
  • Cue Music change for Bride
  • Bride walks in with parents

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Photo Credit: Iris & Light

B:

  • Rabbi or Cantor positioned at front
  • Cue Music for Processional
  • Chuppah brought in by cousins
  • Grandparents of bride walks down aisle
  • Grandparents of groom walks down aisle
  • Siblings and other significant others
  • Bridesmaids & groomsmen walk down aisle
    • Insert names starting with person farthest from the couple
  • Cue Music Change for Groom
  • Groom walks in with parents
  • Cue Music Change for Bride
  • Bride walks in with parents

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Photo Credit: Andrew Abajian

Same Sex Wedding Processional

For same sex couples it seems the B option for the Jewish wedding makes the most sense to use. This way the couple can both walk in with their parents.

  • Officiant positioned at front
  • Cue Music for Processional
  • Grandparents of bride/groom walks down aisle
  • Grandparents of bride/groom walks down aisle
  • Bridesmaids & Groomsmen walk down aisle
    • Insert names starting with person farthest from the couple
  • Cue Music Change for bride/groom
  • Bride/groom walks in with parents
  • Cue Music Change for bride/groom
  • Bride/groom walks in with parents

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Photo Credit: Chloe Moore Photography

Music & Final Thoughts

What about the music cues, you ask? You can have as many or as little music changes as you would like! If you have live music, then we would suggest one song for everything before the bride and if you have a DJ, then feel free to switch it up as often as you would like. We know this could be an overwhelming amount of options to choose from.  Remember, this is your wedding, so you can have whoever you want walk down the aisle and whatever you choose to do will be the right decision for you big day.

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Photo Credit: Dennis Kwan Photography