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Reception Dress

Wearing a second dress for the reception is becoming more and more popular. It makes all the sense in the world to be as comfortable as possible during the celebration part of your night. Who wants to be pulling up your strapless 15lb gown when your shimmying on the dance floor? Nobody. Keep in mind if you are going to purchase two dress you should watch your budget, dresses can add up. It could be a good idea to scale back a little on your ceremony dress. You can still easily find a stunning dress that fits your personality and wows your guests without going overboard with the price. You want to look special during both your ceremony and reception dress so don’t skimp out on either. Balance out your budget so everyone’s jaw drops twice! Nordstrom and Ann Taylor is a great place to start. You can try on several styles and designs to get a feel for what your looking for. Online stores such as lightinthebox.com has a great selection and prices.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/wedding-dresses

http://www.anntaylor.com

http://www.lightinthebox.com/c/weddings-events_1180

http://www.davidsbridal.com

http://www.bhldn.com/shop-the-bride-reception-dresses/


Pamper Yourself

It is important to stay as relaxed as possible during the days nearing your wedding. Try not to get too overwhelmed and let other people help you. While other people are doing your dirty work spend a blissful day at the spa. Either by yourself, with your bridal party, or even your soon to be hubby. Everyone could use a nice rub down to ease the mind. There are countless spas within the greater Los Angeles area all with great reviews and rates. Many also have packages exclusive to a bride and her company. Check out hot spots like Sauvage in Laguna or bring the experience to you with MobileSPA! Make  it an event and turn the day into a low key bachelorette party or just invite your mother and mother-in-law to be to enjoy a relaxing bonding experience. Whatever the case may be don’t forget to continue to pamper yourself during the process of planning your wedding. It will be worth every second and every penny.

http://www.salonsauvage.com/spa-bridal-parties.php

http://www.mobilespa.com/spaparty.html

http://www.thehuntingtonspa.com/menu/spa-retreats

http://www.lacosta.com/pre-wedding-events/

http://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/los-angeles/hotel-bel-air/spa-hotel

http://www.argylela.com/packages/

http://cielatsls.com/treatments/spa-packages

 

Groom Shower Photo Shoot

Everyone says the wedding process is all about the bride – it’s the most special time in her life, her fairy tale moment – but what about the groom?  The bridal shower is a significant event, and having an equivalent event that’s right for men has been missing for far too long.   We think its time for the groom to step it up in the celebratory tradition arena by throwing a Groom Shower – a masculine celebration for the man-of-the-day and his closest friends.

The below photo shoot highlights some really unique and fun Groom Shower ideas.  For this event, we chose a sleek black and gold look with punches of bright yellow.  The invitation was simple with black and white detailing, sealed in a gold envelope.

The welcome sign sat beside a black bow tie, revealing the theme of the event.  As guests arrived, a sleek black table with bright yellow flowers sitting on a gold sequined runner, made a striking centerpiece for the room.  The floral arrangements sat in a variety of multicolored vases and were filled with lush, yellow flowers.  Intricate gold and black plates and added a classy touch!  Individual bottles of whiskey served as the place cards for each of the attendees. 

The groom and his friends enjoyed signature cocktails created especially for them, and snacked on an assortment of nuts with a sign that read Lets Go Nuts Today- such a cute touch!  A variety of manly hors d’oeuvres were available for the groomsmen to fill up on, including newspaper-wrapped beef sliders and sweet potato fries – yum!  Each guest left with a bow-tie and flask, and a small note of appreciation from the groom.  

This was the perfect moment for the bride-to-be to send her soon-to-be-husband a groom’s survival kit complete with stain remover, mints, lint roller – and of course – a little more whiskey.  All of the fun leading up to the big day does not need to be limited to the bride – now it’s the grooms turn to join in on the fun and throw a groom’s shower! 

  

 

A special thanks to Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City, Duke Photography, Butterfly Floral Design, Lulubee Design

Greystone Mansion & Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills Wedding | YinYin + Jose | Featured on Style Me Pretty

Family and friends joined YinYin & Jose in Beverly Hills as they said their I Do’s at a ceremony that was classy and elegant.  The bride wowed guests in a jeweled gown and sparkling heels.  She held a soft blush floral arrangement with hints of yellow and bursts of pink for a romantic feel. The bridesmaids wore dresses in soft neutral colors; their bright pink rose bouquets added a beautiful pop of color.

The ceremony took place outdoors at the Greystone Manor on a lush green lawn decorated with comfortable and stylish furniture from Found Rentals – creating a look that was unique and whimsical.  Gold chiavari guest chairs were laced with purple and pink floral garlands.  As the wedding party made their way down the aisle a string quartet played in the background.

The reception took place at the famous Luxe Hotel, under a white canopy with sparkling crystal chandeliers, vibrant pink centerpieces, and a stunning view of the city skyline.   Guests enjoyed signature cocktails and a variety of delicious food, including a yummy late night snack.  This wedding was glamorous simplicity at it’s best – and we are so happy we were a part of it! A special thank you to Duke Photography for sharing these stunning images!

This wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty.  Click here to view now.

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Santa Barbara Courthouse | Gypsy + Bill

A unique wedding for a special bride and groom!  Gypsy and Bill wed in front of family and friends at the beautiful Santa Barbara County Historic Courthouse.  The landmark building offered a stunning backdrop for the day with its Spanish Colonial architecture and sweeping grounds.  Gypsy and Bill said their I-Do’s in the famous Mural Room, known for its hand painted Groesbeck murals and intricately painted ceiling.  Because the venue is naturally sophisticated and beautiful, minimal decor was needed for the ceremony!

During the vintage-style reception, guests danced under floating fairy lights and wrought iron chandeliers, and ate at tables draped in lace and strands of pearls.   The flowers included soft blush and sepia arrangements on wrought iron stands, and roses sitting in lace-covered vases.  All of the soft colors and warm light created a cozy, romantic feel.  We truly enjoyed working with this happy couple – congrats to you both!

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