Every bride wants to look and feel her best on the Big Day. Nowadays, this goes beyond finding ‘THE Dress’, and includes the ensemble as a whole- shoes, jewelry, veil, the whole shebang! Why not use this as an occasion to treat yourself to a pair of heels you’ve been dying to buy, but just haven’t gotten around to. Or maybe even add a splash of color where it’s least expected- on your feet. Not everyone is guaranteed to notice, but those that do are sure to be pleasantly surprised! Here are some ‘great moments in bridal shoes history’ as captured by the lovely Crissy Farah.
One fabulous trend that has caught on big time is bouquet jewelry and accessories. I am a big fan as it is an easy way to add a small but noticeable personal touch to your Big Day. Afterall, your bouquet ends up making the rounds when it comes time for pictures. You can find a lovely and affordable brooch at many department stores; or if you are lucky enough, use an heirloom passed down from a female relative (that would take care of something old!). Enjoy the following pictures for some inspiration, courtesy of the wonderful Trista Lerit.
Don’t you just love it when you find the perfect vendor that can bring your vision to life? Recently, one of my couples (shout out to Ashley and Cort- stay tuned for their sure to be gorgeous wedding at the St. Regis this July) enlisted the services of Stacia from Serendipity Designs to create a custom Save the Date. Ashley had seen a vintage post card somewhere along her wedding magazine travels, and knew exactly how she wanted to work that into a unique Save the Date for her Big Day. The result? See for yourself; it is truly fantastic (and one-of-a-kind).
With flowers, a little can go a long way.
Many Brides assume that you have to spend thousands of dollars to have ‘amazing’ flowers- and this is absolutely not the case. Most florists are willing to work within a set budget; as long as you understand that some flower types do cost more than others. I’ve seen gorgeous centerpieces made out of only a few well placed blooms in groups of small, attractive vases. The sky literally is the limit!
Here are some fabulous flowers to get your imagination going…
You’ll probably hear me say this a lot: ‘It’s all in the details’. But really, it’s no secret that it’s the little things that make every wedding unique and special. The easiest way to make your Big Day memorable, is to infuse it with details that are ‘you’. Here’s a little inspiration:
Have you considered having your wedding, or even just the reception, at a golf course? Many Brides contact me looking for help to find their perfect venue. I’m not surprised to find out that all too often, they haven’t even considered any of the beautiful courses here in Orange County. Of course, they’ve thought of the usual suspects- the fabulous hotels, posh restaurants, and gorgeous wedding and special event venues. But golf course- not even on the radar!
Golf courses are great because they come with gorgeous scenery built in- and make for lovely outdoor ceremonies. Many of the clubs have reception spaces unlike any hotel- with lots of windows, and unique elements throughout.
I could make a list that goes on for days, but a few of my favorites include Arroyo Trabuco in Mission Viejo, Coyote Hills in Fullerton, and Strawberry Farms in Irvine. Desiree and Eddie were married at Strawberry Farms- and held their reception in their charming big red barn on the course. Talk about a wedding to remember! Who can forget a big red barn?
See the big red barn in the background?
I know the word ‘hidden gem’ is tossed around a lot in the wedding industry, but the Historic Cottage at San Clemente defines the term. I had never heard of the venue until working with Christine and Trevor (such a fun couple!) on their wedding at the end of July. The pictures speak for themselves; it is a one-of-a-kind location, right on the beach in the State Park, minus the ocean front price and pretentiousness. AND you get to dance the night away under the stars, with the waves crashing in the distance. Who could ask for more? Enjoy these lovely photos, courtesy of the ever-so-talented Sarah K. Chen.
The Bride’s luscious bouquet- from Everyday Flowers
It’s all in the details…
Hi there, and welcome to my blog!
If you’re reading this, then chances are, you’ve got a case of WOTB. Don’t worry- this condition is easily treated with a frequent dose of reading this blog. Here you can get a sneak peek into my wonderful client’s ‘Big Days’, as well as read up on wedding advice, and what’s hot on the wedding front.
Be sure to check back, as I’ll be posting often with new and exciting rantings and ravings.