From time to time, we will be featuring vendors that are known for being the best of the best. Our very first dream vendor is Jose Villa, photographer extraordinaire. He captures the unique feel of each and every event he shoots, and the result is a collection of photos that are breathtaking reflections of love, joy, and beautiful details. This post is going to be very photo-heavy because every single one of his images is absolutely to die for, and I simply couldn’t narrow it down any more than this. I’m going to let this small sampling of his work speak for itself, because it has a lot to say.
Sometimes I would advise brides not to go too “trendy” with their wedding plans. Uber-current trends will sometimes look lovely this year, but outdated a mere year from now. Sometimes, though, a trend comes along that is so fabulous that I think it will stand the test of time. Sparkler exits are one of these trends.
Besides being a spectacularly fun way to depart from your wedding, sparkler exits make for breathtaking photographs and lasting memories. Your guests will love playing with sparklers, especially the kids, and you will love running off as newlyweds through a tunnel of sparkling light. Check with your venue to see if they allow sparkler exits (some don’t), and make sure your photographer knows your plans so he is prepared. Also, make sure you get extra-long sparklers (like these) so there is plenty of time to light them and have you run under them without them burning out. Also, make sure you designate someone to hand out the sparklers and get them lit before you come out so there is no confusion.
Seriously, though, how beautiful are these pictures?!
Pronovias has really mastered feminine details. Their 2014 Bridal Collection doesn’t do anything truly groundbreaking, but it does do classic bridal looks beautifully and incorporates details like lace, beading, and bows in a fresh way. I especially love the way they are using illusion necklines with lace. It just feels so perfectly romantic. Check out these highlights from the Pronovias 2014 Bridal Collection and see if anything tickles your fancy. All looks featured here and many, many more can be found on the Pronovias Bridal page.
BHLDN, Anthropologie’s sister store dedicated to all things wedding, has brought Anthropologie’s signature craftsmanship and feminine detailing to the bridal world. Every single thing in their store is so old-world romantic. They carry everything you need to outfit the bride, bridal party, guests, and venue from head to toe in the most beautiful way. Here are a few of my favorites from their collection.
This post is not sponsored by BHLDN.
This couple is just too darn cute for words. The bride beamed all day long, and the look on the groom’s face said it all. The wedding was a celebration of two very different cultures- the groom is French and the bride is Chinese. Language differences didn’t stop this from being one of the most beautiful and joyous events we’ve ever seen.
Ah, the pre-wedding parties. Each is just another excuse to look gorgeous (not that you need one!). A bachelorette party is a celebration the passing of your single years, so why not say goodbye in a fabulous way in one of these pretty little dresses?
A little black dress is the eternal standard of sexiness and sophistication, making it a classic bachelorette option. You can also go in a completely different direction with a little white dress. You’re the bride! Why not wear white any chance you can get? Check out this collection of black and white looks for any budget. They start at $17.80!
1. Kenna Lace Dress ($248) via Anthropologie | 2. Flare Dot Dress ($248) via Anthropologie | 3. Paisley Scroll Dress ($298) via Anthropologie | 4. Lace Shift Dress ($50) via Nordstrom | 5. and 6. Pins And Needles Lace Sheer-Back Dress ($79) via Urban Outfitters | 7. and 8. KNT By Kova & T Long-Sleeve Windsor Dress ($99) via Urban Outfitters | 9. Lace Trimmed Bodycon Dress ($17.80) via Forever 21 | 10. Pins And Needles Embroidered Mesh Crepe Dress ($79) via Urban Outfitters | 11. Pleated High-Low Dress ($78) via Nordstrom | 12. Open Back Lace Dress ($40) via Nordstrom
If you are like me and have taste that exceeds your budget, you should consider renting a designer dress from Rent the Runway. We are in no way affiliated with Rent the Runway, we are just fans of their to-die-for dresses and famous customer service. Their whole site is brimming with beautiful dresses that you can wear once and send back, at a small fraction of the cost of retail price.
Most of the Rent the Runway dresses I’ve featured below are at or well below $100, and you get to pick a second backup size to be sent to you for free. These dresses are perfect for every event from engagement parties to post-wedding brunches. From Dolce and Gabbana to Reem Acra to a Tracy Reese dress that the First Lady herself wore, as a guest or as the guest of honor, you’re sure to receive plenty of compliments on your lovely outfit!
1. Godiva Gown by Catherine Dean | 2. Florence Gown by Reem Acra | 3. Up in the Air Dress by Erin by Erin Featherston | 4. Botanical Berry Sheath by Carmen Marc Valvo | 5. Derby Girl Dress by Lilly Pulitzer | 6. Jenn’s Jaguar Dress by D&G by Dolce and Gabbana | 7. Celina Dress by Kate Spade New York | 8. No Turning Back Dress by Z Spoke Zac Posen | 9. Don’t Mind if I Do Dress by Lela Rose | 10. The Vote is In Dress by Tracy Reese | 11. Yellow Rose Bodice Dress by Moschino Cheap and Chic | 12. Rustic Plum Lace Dress by Nanette Lepore
All via Rent the Runway