New Spring Collection from David’s Bridal

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Major news for every bride-to-be! The Spring 2014 collection has officially arrived at David’s Bridal!  Their design team focused on creating a vast selection of new bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and accessories for the season, and we absolutely adore what they’ve put together! This season, we’re spotting an abundance of new trends, designed to awaken the most discerning fashion palettes: from softer silhouettes and fabrics to new iterations of pastels in bridal and bridesmaid looks.

David’s Bridal is embracing the latest bridal trends and has designed a gorgeous collection full of different shades of soft pastels and pastel accents in flowing and delicate fabrics. These softer silhouettes and colored bridal gowns in Champagne, Blush, and Whisper Pink pair well with almost any skin tone and create an airy, ethereal feel. These ball gowns and A-line styles are perfect for the bride who envisions pure romance on her big day (think peonies, cosmetic palettes, and lace accent after lace accent).

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A keen eye for trend-worthy style also translated into an expanded selection of soft and fresh bridesmaid dress colors and fabrications. New colors Ballet, Biscotti, Blonde, and Mint round out David’s Bridal’s assortment of over 40 colors, allowing brides to create endless palette possibilities. Choose just one color or select different shades for different ‘maids! And hello, lace! We’re thrilled that David’s Bridal has introduced lace into their bridesmaid collection, now available in two styles and six shades. We love, love, love the simple elegance of their short strapless allover lace dress in Biscotti that’s just arrived and could just picture this dress coming down the aisle at any garden wedding.

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David’s Bridal has partnered with designers like Melissa SweetWhite by Vera Wang, and Oleg Cassini to create a collection of affordable designer dresses that keep up with the latest fashions. And they just launched Zac Posen’s first bridal collection, Truly Zac Posen, and we’re obsessing over the sophisticated bridal gowns and social occasion dresses. From these designers this Spring, you’ll see dresses with sleek fitted corsets, along with gowns that feature more modest necklines. All of these new designs would look amazing on any bride looking for a classically designed gown for her wedding. We simply adore all of the new designs, and we love even more that the new collection is on point with spring bridal trends!

It’s not often that fashion, quality, and reasonable prices intersect, but David’s Bridal excels at creating on-trend styles for budget-conscious brides and bridesmaids. We love that David’s Bridal makes it a goal to lead the bridal industry in wedding dress and bridesmaid fashion!

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02.10.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Vintage Wedding Dresses from Mill Crest Vintage

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Are you looking for a vintage wedding dress for your big day? Have you always dreamt of walking down the aisle in a one of a kind, vintage piece? Are you completely lost on where to start looking? Well, we’re here to help! One of our favorite sponsors, Mill Crest Vintage, takes all of the guesswork out of looking for your perfect vintage wedding dress.

After being in business for 30 years, Mill Crest Vintage has accumulated thousands of vintage wedding, bridesmaid, and mother of the bride dresses and operates their shop in Lambertville, New Jersey, which is conveniently nestled between New York City and Philadelphia. But it’s Mill Crest Vintage’s website that is really impressive. Mill Crest Vintage understands what is important to look for in a vintage dress, and they’ve used their discerning eye to create a huge collection of vintage finds in one place. Their website is full of 19th and 20th century wedding gowns for you to choose from, and the selection is absolutely amazing.  These beautiful vintage gowns would make perfect rehearsal dinner or wedding dresses! And Mill Crest Vintage makes shopping for the perfect wedding gown easier than if you were shopping in a store! Each dress is rated based on condition so you can find the style you want in the condition you’re looking for. And if you’ve looked over hundreds of dresses, and you still can’t find the vintage dress of your dreams, they’re more than willing to help you find one with just a quick phone call. So, why settle for a vintage-inspired gown when you can have the original?

We absolutely adore the personalized service that Mill Crest Vintage gives to each one of their Brides, and we highly recommend them to anyone looking for a vintage piece for their wedding day!

Rehersal Dinner Dresses from Left to Right: 1950s Champagne Dress, 1960s Pearl Dress, 1960s Crepe Dress

Wedding Dresses from Left to Right: 1950s Floral Lace Dress, 1960 BOHO Lace Dress, 1950s Sequin Tulle Dress

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02.07.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Atlantis and One and Only Ocean Club

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Nassau Paradise Island in the Bahamas is home to some of the world’s most luxurious resorts and spas, which are all perfect destinations for couples looking to honeymoon or wed abroad. I was lucky enough to be invited by The Cove Atlantis to visit for a couple of days to learn about what makes their resort world class and why it is the perfect location for destination weddings and honeymoons in the Bahamas.

The Cove Atlantis is perched on a peninsula above two of the most magnificent white sand beaches in the world. With 600 luxurious rooms and suites with oversized living spaces, you’ll feel right at home in this glorious resort. Once you check in, you have access to adult only, and family pools, and the beach, which is lined with amazing cabanas for you to lounge underneath.

During our first night on the island, we ate dinner at Olives, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The Mediterranean cuisine was absolutely delicious and the perfect way for us to start our trip!

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Our second day at The Cove Atlantis, we enjoyed a tour of the exclusive One and Only Ocean Club, where Casino Royale was filmed! This luxurious section of the resort offers a wide range of guest accommodations outside of the gorgeous suites at The Cove Atlantis. We ate an amazing breakfast at Dune, a crucially acclaimed French-Asian restaurant on the island. After seeing more of the One and Only Ocean club, including the 18 hole Ocean Club golf course, One and Only Spa, and Versailles Gardens, we enjoyed an amazing day next to the clear turquoise blue waters of the Atlantic. There is so much more to do, however, if you’re looking for other activities while you’re at The Cove Atlantis like the world famous Aquaventure, full of wave pools, waterslides, and even more water fun!

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I’m so thrilled that we were lucky enough to see how fantastic The Cove Atlantis is for destination weddings and honeymoons. Atlantis offers different wedding and vow renewal packages for you to choose from depending on the size of your bridal party. Included in the different wedding packages are your venue, an on-site officiant, marriage license, flowers, and photography. Your options for wedding style and venue are endless with The Cove Atlantis. You can choose from traditional garden and terrace weddings, or a modern and organic ceremony on the beach. They even offer custom invitation suites to coordinate with your gorgeous destination wedding.  You are also provided with fantastic options with regards to accommodations, and airport transportation to make your wedding planning even easier!

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The Cove Alantis also makes planning your honeymoon easier than ever with their different honeymoon packages. The last thing you need after planning a wedding is planning a complicated honeymoon. You are able to choose from simple honeymoon packages to all-inclusive stays at the resort that include meals, spa treatments, activities like swimming with dolphins, and entry into the casino. They have even opened a wedding honeymoon registry for your friends and family to use to gift you with a dream honeymoon. Your guests can purchase accommodations, meals, activities (like a yacht charter), and even spa services for you to enjoy on your honeymoon, which is perfect for the couple who has everything!

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Atlantis has so many great activities for you to enjoy on your dream honeymoon. You have unlimited access to the private Atlantis beach, aquatic adventures like swimming with dolphins, up close experiences with marine life in their marine habitats. The island offers 21 restaurants, and 19 bars from you to choose from along with the Atlantis Casino, which is the largest in the Caribbean. You also have access to Mandara Spa, which is a full service salon and spa. Choose from a wide variety of treatments from couples massages, aroma stone therapy, manicures and pedicures, and facials. The spa has perfected a technique that provides ultimate skin therapy through specialized massage techniques combined with formulas that restore skin radiance. And remember, these great activities won’t just be amazing for you on your honeymoon, but if you choose to have your destination wedding at The Cove Atlantis, your friends and guests can enjoy these great amenities as well!

We can’t thank The Cove Atlantis and the One and Only Ocean Club for our visit to the Bahamas! I hope everyone visits their websites to learn more about The Cove Atlantis and the One and Only Ocean club, and how amazing you can make your destination wedding or honeymoon with these world-class resorts!

02.06.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Effortless Outdoor San Jose Wedding

I love the simplicity of this elegant and effortless wedding Austin Gros recently sent to us. The bride and groom wanted their wedding day to be a relaxed gathering of their families and best friends, and the result was a sweet party full of love and delicate details.

From the Bride and Groom:

Mike and I are high school sweethearts. Over 10 years ago, while Mike was a senior and I was a junior, we met in our Math Analysis class. Mike apparently noticed me, and ‘stole’ my name from a sign-in sheet so he could strike up a conversation. Our friendship and relationship quickly blossomed over a series of late-night chats and time spent goofing off in class. Shortly thereafter, we had our first date and were joined at the hip…
After high school, I went to college at Cal Poly while Mike studied at San Jose State. Over the course of 5 years there were countless trips up and down the coast so we could spend weekends together. The 3-hour distance definitely tested the strength of our relationship, but while most couples would have grown apart at this stage in their lives, we grew closer together as we grew up together. 
 
Coming from two very different cultural backgrounds, our Vietnamese tea ceremony in the morning served as a bridge between families and a homage to the bride’s ancestors.
 
We value uniqueness and simplicity, and envisioned our wedding to be a relaxed, less-traditional celebration, with an emphasis on good people, good food, and good music. The overall style we hoped to create was simple, effortless and a bit rustic. We wanted to keep the decor minimal and focused on items that we could source ourselves. The dishes were inspired by meals that Mike and I have shared over the years, and we opted to not serve a cake, and instead focus on our love for ice cream. In essence, we wanted the day to feel like a festive home gathering peppered with details of what make us ‘us’.
Photographer: Austin Gros | Venue: Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast | Caterer: Five Star Catering | Dessert: Pop Nation | Music: DJ Umami through Scratch Weddings | Officiant: Linda Belton | Day-of Coordinator: Aimee Newlander from Weddings by Aimee |Cinematographer: Graham Lovelis from Grimace Films | Makeup: Friend of the Bride | Wedding Dress: Reformation| Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Topshop | Groom’s Suit: J.Crew | Wedding Invitation Suite: By the Bride (with the help of the Groom) | Floral and Decor: Bride and Groom/ San Francisco Flower Mart

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02.03.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog