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 Uber-current trends will sometimes look lovely this year, but outdated a mere year from now.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.
Today, we are thrilled to highlight a wedding that is both modern and classic. Check out this beautiful black and white event in Berkeley, California. Is there any better example of white than Vera Wang? We think not. It doesn’t get any more classic or elegant than a black and white affair, and Jack and Pearl’s beautiful wedding has elegance in spades. Want to know a little secret? All of the bouquets are fabric flowers. They are stunning and they’ll last a lifetime. Enjoy!
Photography: Boninger Works | Ceremony Venue: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, California | Reception Venue: Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley, California | Wedding Cake: Masse’s Pastries | Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang via David’s Bridal | Veil: David’s Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom | Bride and Bridesmaid’s Bouquets: My Favors and Flowers via Etsy | Groom’s Suit: Pronto Uomo via Men’s Warehouse | Groom’s Tie: Ermenegildo Zegna via Nordstrom | Pocket Squares: Nordstrom | Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Pretty by Julianne
Let’s talk ruffled bridal gowns.
Ever since Vera Wang’s landmark Spring 2011 bridal collection, frothy, flange wedding dresses have been everywhere. We saw hints of this technique in her Fall 2010 collection, but it wasn’t until Spring 2011 and the appearance of Ghillian, Gisele, and Genevieve that the bridal industry took note of the architectural beauty of more structured, ruffled skirts.
These gowns, with their statement skirts and soft details, are beautiful because they possess both extreme delicacy and modern structure. They are architectural pieces that look stunning in non-white shades, and they look gorgeous on anyone looking for an uber-feminine design or something chic and modern.
Vera Wang’s line for David’s Bridal, White by Vera Wang, has brought this couture look into reach for the masses. Her Organza Fit and Flare Gown with Bias Flange Skirt is stunning in ivory and blush, and the draped bodice is really flattering.
Let’s face it- it’s Vera’s world, and we’re all just (lucky enough to be) living in it.