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PRINCESS CATHERINE’S WEDDING DAY LOOKS 04.30.11

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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WE WELCOME KATHRYN GAYNER DISTINCTIVE FLORALS & EVENTS 04.28.11

The Bridal Bar is colorfully cheerful to plant another seed in our garden of beautiful designs….we proudly welcome Kathryn Gayner Distinctive Florals & Events!

Flowers are truly a passion of mine. From a very young age I found myself creating and designing projects around flowers. I love and appreciate all types of floral designs. From the ornate floral arrangement, to the simplicity of a single stem, I love it all.

I was fortunate to have lived in Asia as a child, and I have traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe. I am fascinated by different cultures and traditions, and I work to incorporate fresh and exotic details into my designs.

My own style leans towards the tastefully ornate and naturalistic. I love designing around natural elements such branches, stones, bamboo and exotic wood. Starting with your taste preferences, theme, and colors, I look for ways to bring out the unexpected in the arrangements. It could be the coupling of succulents and wildflowers that provides a pleasant contrast. Or tiny, hand appliqué gems at the center of each bloom. To me, flowers are an art form and a way of expression; so if you’re pursuing a theme or mood, let’s really go for it!

I’ve been designing florals for almost fifteen years now, and I’m fortunate to share the benefits of my experience with great clients. I work with exceptional brides, corporations, organizations such as the San Diego Opera and UBS, and wonderful charities including National Charity League and Las Patrones. I’m a So Cal native, and I have four adorable kids, a devoted husband, and two loyal dogs (a Basset Hound and a Bernese Mountain Dog.)

I believe that florals bring events to life, and I’d love to help you with yours.

~ Kathryn

 

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NEW @ LOUNGE APPEAL 04.27.11

WOW the guests at your next event with Lounge Appeal‘s newest addition, The Sectional Showcase Bar!

The Sectional Showcase Bar allows you to design the look and size to suit your event! The possibilities are LIMITLESS!

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ROYAL WEDDING TRIVIA 04.27.11

One special event in particular is about to take center stage. Will & Kate are getting married!!!

There is much to do and stress about when preparing for such an important event of a young couples life, especially when the whole world is watching. However, no event is without its lighter side. Here is some nonsensical trivia that you might find enjoyable.

1. Included in the things that Kate – I mean Catherine — will no longer be able to do are:

  • Vote – while the royal family can vote, they prefer to remain neutral
  • Play monopoly – in 2008, Prince Andrew declared the game “too vicious”
  • Eat shellfish - British Royals avoid this because of a fear of food poisoning
  • Finish her dinner – when the Queen stops eating, all in her presence must also stop
2. At a royal wedding, the groomsmen are known as “supporters.”

3. While the king can marry a commoner, Henry VIII made it illegal to marry a   Catholic.

4. Victoria Beckham, the English superstar, might assist the bride in dressing.

5. Ellen Degeneres will be invited because she is Kate’s 15th cousin.

6. The wife of the British king automatically becomes the queen — except in the case of Camilla Parker Bowles.  Part of the arrangement when she married Prince Charles was that the highest rank she could attain would be “Princess Consort”

Royal Wedding Trivia courtesy of NTC Promenade

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WEDDING VISION: VENUE ~ LA JOLLA SHORES HOTEL 04.21.11

A marriage of private gardens and picturesque ocean views make the La Jolla Shores Hotel the ideal location for a memorable wedding ceremony or reception.

Located on two beautifully landscaped acres at the edge of the ocean, there is no better setting to say your vows than on the sands of La Jolla Shores. That is why, year after year, La Jolla Shores Hotel continues to be one of the most desirable wedding locations in San Diego.

With the waves crashing just beyond, your guests will witness your ceremony with the sand under their feet and blue Pacific waters as the backdrop. Allow the full-service catering staff to plan your event with the warmth and personal attention you deserve – and discover a variety of endless possibilities.

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WEDDING VISION: VENUE ~ LA JOLLA BEACH & TENNIS CLUB 04.14.11

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club graces 12 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds on one of Southern California’s only private beaches and offers a variety of picturesque venues. The full-service catering staff, under the culinary direction of award-winning Executive Chef, Bernard Guillas will help you plan a wedding that will surpass all of your expectations.

From a casual oceanfront affair to an elegant wedding under the stars, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is the perfect location to begin a lifetime of timeless traditions.

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WEDDING VISION: VENUE ~ LA VALENCIA 04.12.11

Overlooking the Pacific since 1926, La Valencia is a charming boutique hotel offering a tradition of elegance and unparalleled service. Situated atop La Jolla Cove and just steps from miles of stunning coastline, world-class museums, shopping and galleries, La Valencia is a perfect blend of location and recreation.

The Mediterranean inspired architecture and décor, including beautiful courtyards, hand painted murals and exquisite Spanish mosaics, evokes old-world charm. Boasting perfectly appointed accommodations, the 113 luxury guest rooms, suites and Ocean Villas are decorated using warm tropical hues, luxurious textiles, custom furnishings and feature stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the lush tropical landscaping, or the picturesque La Jolla village.

With three distinctive restaurants including the award winning Sky Room, and full conference, catering, and wedding facilities with both indoor and outdoor banquet space, La Valencia’s extensive menu of services and amenities make it an ideal location to vacation, host a meeting or celebrate a wedding.

The Bridal Bar invites you to experience the beauty of Southern California in one of San Diego’s most elegant and historic hotels, and to become a part of La Valencia’s history.

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WE WELCOME LOL LETTERPRESS!! 03.30.11

The Bridal Bar is so very excited to add more creativity to our family’s array of artist!

LOL Letterpress is a premier design studio and letterpress print shop that specializes in creating innovative and stylish stationery goods while practicing green principles from concept to completion. Using tree-free cotton and post-consumer recycled paper, soy based inks and up-cycled elements, we are committed to bringing eco-sophistication to each and every invitation design. Our artisans combine the methods of old-world letterpress with the distinctive appeal of modern design to produce timeless beauty that you can see and feel. Browse our collection of proudest moments in custom wedding designs then contact us today to make your stationery statement that is truly one-of-a-kind.

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THE WEDDING PARTY BRIDAL SHOW @ THE SAN DIEGO HARD ROCK HOTEL 03.26.11

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WEDDING VISION: VENUE ~ HOTEL PARISI 03.25.11

Hotel Parisi is a beautiful, urban boutique retreat featuring just 29 guest suites ranging from 450 to 700 square feet, several offering partial ocean views. It has been described as having perfect “Zen-elegance”, due to its fusion of ancient cultures and modern contemporary comfort.

Hotel Parisi provides a lavish environment perfect for a private wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or honeymoon stay.

Since Hotel Parisi allows outside catering into the facility, your wedding day can be as unique and customized as its surroundings.

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