A timeless gown makes a comeback

I'm smitten with the 50's A-line gown right now. Completely versatile, it goes from sophisticated to adorable without missing a beat. Think Audrey Hepburn. Perfect for the late morning, early afternoon springtime wedding.  I envision great photos on the steps of city hall, a vintage car.... I'm in love. 

Stephanie Allin
Johannah Hehir
Alfred Angelo

Navy and Chartreuse color palette

Navy blue is such a great base color for a bright, modern touch like chartreuse. Accent it with white, chartreuse or bold floral colors and you have an elegantly bold palette.

 Bridesmaid Dresses Jenny Yoo Chicago IL  BoutinniAdd Imageere Custom Design Floral Denver, CO
Cake Cheryl Kleinman  Invitations Crescent Moon Paper Co, CA  Candles Pottery Barn  
Table Arrangement Wedding Flowers by Lisa, TX  Gown Vera Wang

Happy Shots

Photography by Kelly McCord

Photography by Terry Way

Here are some happy shots I've found recently.  Don't you love the joy captured in each photo? Enjoy!

Trunk Sales Galore

Another incredible trunk sale.. mark your calendars for this one.  January 30-February 1, again at Gabrielle's Bridal Boutique on University Ave in Los Gatos...  10% off Junko Yoshioka gowns.  I love her work, not being a huge fan of the frou frou all over lace panels myself.  Junko's gowns showcase clean lines and gorgeous details.. while still maintaining such elegant simplicity. 

San Francisco Sample Sales

Some great dress sales in the Bay Area for the month of December. In Los Gatos, at Gabrielle's Bridal Boutique, visit December 5-7 for the Melissa Sweet trunk show- 10% off Melissa Sweet gowns!!  More to come, stay tuned!

Gorgeous Guestbooks

 can you believe how great these handbound books are? Use it as a guest book, a fantastic wedding photo album.. whatever floats your boat. Customizable with awesome fabrics, so the sky's the limit.

Icy crystal and blue

crystals from ethereal decor

Snowflake Ornaments from Favor Ideas

Invitations from Crescent Moon Paper Co.
Following the blues from my last post, here are some sparkly crystal accents for a winter wedding.  

springtime blues..

Some lovely blue inspiration for different accents in your wedding. Add teeny doses of blue for a delicate look, or pour on the blue for a more modern, contemporary look!

Placecards from Martha Stewart

hairpiece by Myrakim

Dogwood Blossom Cake by Edith Meyer

Wow. These silk floral hairclips are just incredible.  The stunning attention to detail- these look like real flowers.. only better!   Find them at Mikiye

Wedding Vendors I love

Last night I was invited to a lovely post-wedding season party with some of the greatest wedding vendors in the area.  What a pleasure, to spend an evening chatting with the people I work alongside but never get to see!  The party was hosted by Heidi Hughett of Couture Celebrations and Linda Arietta up at the gorgeous Country Essences Flower Farm in the Watsonville mountains. Here's a little gallery of some of the fabulous folks we saw last night.

A Great Guestbook Idea

I just found the guestbookstore- what a creative departure from  the boring white satin book with lines! I think it's a great idea to give guests some creative license within a nice looking layout! Just imagine how fun it is to read all the pages after the wedding!

Gorgeous. and on sale!!

I am totally smitten with Kelly Meeker's jewelry. I love freshwater pearls- so fresh and elegant, while just irregular enough to stand out.  What could be better? how about a sale?!

Check out her website for details!

Set the table

 when I think about incredible tableware, I think Annieglass .  All her work is mindblowing, while maintaining a timeless elegance.  It's really that good.  It's collectable, but not collectable like a delicate figurine, because you'll use it all the time.  Made in the USA too- can you believe that?  Visit her website  or drop by her lovely storefront at 110 Cooper St. in Santa Cruz. 

Dress of the day..

From Caroline DeVillo couture. I'm in love with the flowy fabric, the simplicity of the elegant line.. the incredible drape of the back. A timeless, beautiful dress! Find her dresses at Haute Bride in San Francisco at 1954 Union St or in her showroom in Chicago.

And for your groomsmen

So you've got these groomsmen do you? And they're kind of an eclectic bunch? Not sure what to give them?  Look what I've found!! (I'm loving that guitar pick!)

sterling silver guitar pick by chrisparry 

Personalized fine silver keychain by westbyron
vintage typewriter key cufflinks! jenniferperezdesigns

Go on, prove me wrong.

I dare you to try to find measuring cups cuter than these.  While not technically a wedding accessory, they'd make a really adorable wedding gift.  Find them at three potatoe four

The ring pillow

ring pillow by Bklyn Pillow
Let's talk for a moment about ring pillows.  Now back when I was a bride, back in the 90's  (well, it was the late 90's, okay?)  the choices for ring pillows were few.  There was the white satin square. The white satin heart. {shudder} the white satin.. right, you see where I'm going with this.  But today, lucky brides, you have a whole world of choices for your ring pillows. Or ring baskets. Or ring books....

make me proud, brides.  Let's see what you're planning to use! 

lovely love birds

This is a design for one of our August brides.  Swirly simplicity with some sweet little love birds.  My client Katrina wanted something swirly and organic.. and the love birds were the perfect accent.  This design was carried through on her wedding favors as well!

Ahhhhh, candlelight!

There's just something amazing about the glow of candles. Everything (and everyone!) looks better in candlelight. The evening becomes more magical, more intimate- even with 120 of your closest friends! And as for cost, candles are generally less expensive than giant floral displays, while still bringing height and volume. Take a look at some of these beauties!

Dazzle your bridesmaids

With something they'll wear for years to come. Rather than buying identical pairs of earrings, select each pair to compliment your bridesmaids style. If she loves to sparkle, find some incredible crystal drop earrings. For the lover of vintage jewelry, these roses are ideal. Stay within the same color family and you'll find some incredible pieces your bridesmaids will love wearing. All jewelry is from www.etsy.com ... the very best place to find incredible handmade items online.