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Here are the latest wedding trends for Spring/Summer 2011 from the experts over at Exquisite Weddings Magazine.

Rose Gold

Rose Gold “Rose gold gets its pink color from copper and can be found on many fashion forward, daring men and woman around town,” declares Jenny Seligmann, owner of Diamonds Forever San Diego.

Pocket Dresses

“I am seeing more and more gowns with pockets these days, especially in our A-Line dresses with the fuller skirts. They have little pockets hidden in the side seams,” says Courtney Gavin, owner of Isis Bridal Boutique.

Photo Wall Entrances

“Rather than displaying a single image on an easel, couples are opting to share their story in a larger-than-life way with multiple photos. This new trend makes a sensory impact on guests and lets them in on a couple’s life prior to the day of the wedding rather than just witnessing their special day,” says Meaghan Schmaltz, owner of Weddings Made Splendid. Schmaltz coordinated this wedding at the Ultimate Skybox on December 11, 2010.

Tie Clips

“With traditional suits becoming more prominent at weddings, grooms are starting to don Bond-esque classic attire with tie clips. Kenneth Cole has reasonably-priced, yet debonair clips,” says Nick Valley of Valley & Co.

Icing-Free Cakes

Some brides are skipping overly ornate cakes and choosing more natural-looking confections. “We’re seeing a new movement towards deconstructed cakes with an emphasis on taste and a rustic look,” says Annie Packman, founder of the wedding

Custom Welcome Bags

“Welcome Bags are amazing gifts for your wedding guests. It’s a wonderful personalized way to say, ‘Thank you for coming.’ Items to consider should be consumable, portable and useful, not to mention fun,” chimes Diana Romero, wedding coordinator and owner of Ah! Le Party.

Dress Rental

Style out your wedding party in designer couture without asking them to max out their credit cards. According to Rent the Runway, “Friends don’t let friends buy bridesmaids dresses.” And just think, one less unwearable piece in the closet.

Romantic Embellishments

“Custom, handmade headbands, sashes or jewelry are personalized touches that reflect a bride’s individual style and help her feel unique on her very special day,” explains Cecilia Church, owner of Vocabulary boutique.

Contents courtesy of Exquisite Weddings Magazine En Vogue Elements Spring/Summer 2011

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Whether your are a Mother of the Bride (MOB) or Groom (MOG) here are some inspirational fashions from the Spring 2011 runway collections.

Slim bride’s mother’s wedding dresses are fashionable, get expert tips and advice on weddings and dresses.

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The lace applique for the gown’s bodice and skirt was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. It was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

The bride’s gown featured individual flowers hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create an organic design with rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs.

The bride wore a translucent veil, apparently in spite of a tradition for a royal bride to leave her face uncovered in order to show she is not an impostor.

The wedding gown was classic-looking, in silk gazar with long, intricate Chantilly lace sleeves and a V-shaped neckline.

Catherine’s dress is likely to be a force of pop culture for years to come, influencing fashion trends and reinforcing the sociological significance of the white wedding gown.

The bride slipped into her second wedding dress — also designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen — to attend an evening reception hosted by her new father-in-law, the Prince of Wales. The dress is a white satin strapless gown with a circle skirt and diamente detailing around the waist.
Catherine demonstrated that she was more than fit to become a princess with her amazing choices. She looked stunning and we believe that choosing the house of McQueen shows great homage payed by her to a great fashion icon and has placed her in the same iconic status.

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Carolina Herrera. Her gowns are simply stunning, simply chic, and simply perfect. “Wow” is the best way to describe her collections, keeping with the equestrian and riding theme she has brought to us. Love it!! Wool, lace, fur, shades, coats, vests, hats, feathers, the list goes on…nothing boring, everything original….and oh so inspirational!For more bridal fashion coverage, check out the pages of – thanks for the fabulous photos!

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Michelle Rahn will be debuting the latest collection of gowns and gorgeous Swarovski crystal belts, plus brand new styles hot off the runway exclusively at M Bride. Here is a small sampling of the incredible designs you will be seeing at the show……






Whether you’re an ELLE, KYLE, LEIGH, MAE, or LOLA; this is an event you do not want to miss. By appointment only. Contact 858.551.1718 or for your very own one-on-one fitting & consultation, plus 10% deduction towards your trunk show purchase!

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You are cordially invited to a trunk show event featuring the latest fall 2011 bridal gown collection by…

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You are cordially invite to a trunk show event featuring the latest fall 2011 bridal gown collection by…

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San Diego Weddings and Parties

ShopLocalSD: Bridal Bar in La Jolla

Building the beginning of a “happily ever after”
By Rebekah Sager
Posted on Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Last updated Sat, Nov 20th, 2010

Anseth Page Richards is not your ordinary wedding planner.She calls herself a couple’s coach, whose job it is to help brides and grooms over the first roadblock to marital bliss—planning a wedding. Born and raised in La Jolla, Richards says she has seen the planning of a wedding end a relationship before it has had a chance to begin the “happily ever after” part.

Revolving table decor.

Photo by Rebekah Sager

Whether it’s finding a CPA or lawyer (both of which she recommends for newlyweds), a florist, a pole dance instructor or a pyrotechnic DJ, the Bridal Bar is a one-stop-shop for organizing the “big day” or any big event.

Ten years ago, thanks to Hollywood, a movie starring Jennifer Lopez called The Wedding Planner, changed the role of that job. The wedding planner became as essential to a successful wedding as a great dress and a beautiful cake. “Prior to the movie, it was the mother of the bride that did all the work,” Richards says. “But our world has changed and become very specialized–when you need your computer fixed you hire an IT guy, if you’re getting married you hire a wedding planner.”

Every bride is special.

Photo by Rebekah Sager

The Bridal Bar kind of works like a PR firm/concierge service: They vet vendors such as caterers, photographers, and florists and choose the best six. Those vendors become “members” for a fee. Couples come to the store to discuss the budget and look of their wedding, and the Bridal Bar can direct them to the appropriate vendors–saving them the time and energy of trying multiple bakeries, listening to multiple DJs, or tasting multiple caterers.

Weddings can be tricky to plan and budget. Bridal Bar suggests that weddings usually fall into one of three catagories: Enjoy, Relax, Dream—the differenceis how money is proportioned, according to the couples’ priorities—maybe more on food, or more on music, etc.

Although Bridal Bar has suffered in the last couple of years due to the economy, Richards says 2011 is going to be a great year. “The luxury wedding market was hit hard, but the modest vendors had very good years,” she says.

Weddings in general will be a booming business in the next few years due to the Baby Boomers’ kids are coming into marrying age. One third of the Boomer’s kids will be marrying in the next five years.

Although all of the Bridal Bars are independently owned, the original store and the brand was started in Los Angeles by Harmony Walton. There are three locations–one in Beverly Hills, one in San Diego, and one in Atlanta.

The Bridal Bar offers bride and groom gifts, jewelry and engraving; basically anything a bride could think of, and some things she didn’t. They help brides and grooms connect the dots.

“It’s our goal to help couples live happily ever after,” says Richards.

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About the author: Rebekah Sager is a San Diego writer and blogger. Her work has been published in San Diego Magazine, Pacific San Diego, Where magazine and the South African literary journal Words etc. Her Web site is More by this author

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We asked three wedding dress experts from local bridal salons for their favorite gown picks.  Find out which dresses they recommend and why.  Photos courtesy of The White Flower, Bliss Bride and Chez Bride Moderne.

Courtney Cole-Arlidge of The White Flower

Eve of Milady gown
“Eve of Milady is a time-honored favorite for her unique and luxurious choices.  This gown is singular in her collection for its decadent use of lace in place of hand embroidery.  The bodice fits exquisitely, lending the bride a sumptuous hourglass figure.  Decadent silk and a hem draped with French Alencon lace make this one of my favorite ball gowns ever.  An added plus: It’s exceptionally light and easy to wear.”   Eve of Milady Style E3 $3190 (including jacket)  This dress was featured in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Exquisite Weddings Magazine.

Martina Liana gown
“This exciting new design introduces a modern twist to a classic gown.  The gown is constructed from the finest French Alencon Lace with Parisian Silk Chiffon accents.  The built-in corset makes this lace gown especially flattering. To add to the glamour, customize your gown with hints of Swarovski sparkle, like on the one shown.”  Martina Liana gown Style 313 $3325 (including wrap)

Sienna gown by Simone Carvalli
“This gown is our newest addition to the boutique, and it’s already stealing hearts.  Made from beautiful silk satin, it features an alluring crumb-catcher neckline.  Flattering asymmetrical ruching, handmade flower petals, and Swarovski crystals highlight the skirt.  This fit-to-flair gown will create a dynamic look for your special day.  We are thrilled to share this new collection with San Diego.”  Simone Carvalli Style Sienna $2850

Anne Davis of Bliss Bride

Anne Barge gown
“Brides love the clean, architectural lines of this natural waist A-line. The pockets add a fresh and playful touch that’s hard to resist!   Brides who want to feel like the dress is something they would wear everyday will gravitate towards this dress.”  Anne Barge LF161: $2770

Christos gown
“A perfect balance of traditional and modern with the partially fitted shape and re-embroidered Alencon lace, this gown has a vintage, romantic feel.  Its hourglass silhouette compliments many body types.”  Christos 4015: $4940

Papillon gown by Jenny Packham
“Truly the dress for the non-traditional bride, this gown is glamorous!  Paired with a birdcage veil or feathers, it makes brides feel like they just stepped out of an old Hollywood movie.”  Jenny Packham “Papillon”: $4275  This dress was featured in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Exquisite Weddings Magazine.

Holly Bowen of Chez Bride Moderne

Va Lena Valentina gown
“This gown is one of our favorites!  It is made with light weight Italian silk and flatters many body types.  Plus it’s only $3,410!”

Royalty gown by Kenneth Pool
“This strapless, satin gown is over the top and very unique.  The full skirt, crystal beaded belt and softly draped bodice are gorgeous!” Royalty gown by Kenneth Pool $5800

Bijou gown by Amsale
“This silk taffeta gown is very romantic.  With hand-made Taffeta and Organza flowers, it would be perfect for a garden wedding!” Bijou gown by Amsale.  $8300

Wedding Dress Picks courtesy of Exquisite Wedding Magazine

Go to The Bridal Bar for additional information on great Bridal Salons and more!

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