Purple and Orange Fall Weddings

While it may not feel like fall here in Southern California where we are based, it actually is the season!  So today we’re sharing some fun fall inspired prettiness in the palette of orange and purple.  Yes, these colors have a nod to Halloween, but they certainly don’t have to (unless of course you want to play up the holiday).  Take a look at a chic way to celebrate this season!

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{Photos: Bridesmaid + Bridal Party: Deborah Zoe via Heart Love Always, Groom: K&K Photography via Wedding Colors, Centerpiece: Etsy, Cake: Elegant Wedding Invites}

Barn Wedding in Camarillo

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Jane and Dan said I do in sunny California at Camarillo Ranch outside of Los Angeles. We asked wedding planners, Splendor and Bliss to tell us a bit about the day.

“When we first met Jane and Dan, it was like experiencing fireworks for the first time.  We fell in love with their laid back personalities, humor, their kind hearts, and not to mention their devotion for one another.  With Jane having to work long hours and later having to relocate her job across the nation, it was difficult for the both of them to endure long distances while planning for a wedding… so we knew that we had to make their wedding extra special.”

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“The venue the couple chose was a beautiful historic site, nestled in the city of Camarillo, just a little north of Los Angeles.   It was the perfect venue to go with their rustic style theme.  The ceremony took place in a whimsical garden with lush florals, divine natural light, and the perfect background of a charming red barn, which also served as the setting of their following reception.”

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“The only thing that was missing was “the romantic” look inside the reception site, which we collaborated with one of the best rental companies in town!  We incorporated dreamy lights and drapes, with matching furniture pieces to go with the theme, along with a gorgeous chandelier that hung right above the head table.  It was the perfect piece to tie in the entire space.” 

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We asked this pair what they remembered most from their big day. For Jane: “When we sat down to eat dinner, I looked out and saw both families and all of our friends gathered around for the first, and likely, the only time. Getting to see all the people who supported and helped nurture our relationship for 11 years, in the same place at the same time, felt really special.”

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For Dan: “The first look. I got to see Jane–she’s always been beautiful, but seeing her in her dress was breathtaking. We’ve been together for quite some time and I’ve always seen her as someone I would spend the rest of my life with. Seeing her dressed for OUR wedding brought on the reality that on that day, in that moment, she would be my wife.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Wedding Vendors: Photography: IL MARE Photography, Wedding Planner + Designer: Splendor and Bliss, Videography: Moka Visuals, Florist: Yamaguchi Flowers, DJ: JJ Productions, Cake: I’d Rather be Baking, Rentals: Party Pleasers, Officiant: Pastor John H. Song, Catering: Season’s Catering

Pink and Grey Wedding Palette

Pink and grey – two of my favorite colors on earth.  And when paired together for a pretty in pink bridal shower or a sophisticated and oh-so romantic wedding palette, you can’t go wrong!  Today we’re sharing a pair of pretty colors that will never go out of style!

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{Photos: Invitation: Etsy, Cake: Wedding Cakes, Bouquet: Captured Photography by Jenny via SMP, Table Setting: Ms MP Blogs, Escort Cards: Colin Cowie Weddings, Shoes: Martha Locklear}

Unveiled Bridal Event in Orange County – Oct. 9th

If you live in Orange County, CA and are getting married, then you’re in luck – we’ve got a discount on an amazing bridal event later this week!  Our friends over at Unveiled are giving our readers $10 off tickets to the upcoming bridal show taking place this Thursday, Oct. 9th at Segerstrom Center for the Arts where you’ll find a swanky fashion show by Mon Amie Bridal, oodles of event ideas from the top designers in town, lots of cake to taste, bubbly and more!

Here’s the deal:

Register Here.

Enter discount code: LOVE for $10 off tickets

When? Oct. 9th from 5pm to 9pm

Where? Segerstrom Center for the Arts

For more information, check out Unveiled Bridal Event

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Different French Twists for Your Wedding Day Hair

Hosting a beach wedding or wedding outdoors can do some serious damage to that fabulous hairstyle you’ve selected for your wedding day.  Rather than have it ruined in the wind, consider an up do, complete with accessories to fit the setting and a setting that will be locked in way into the wee hours of the morning.  For a classic, romantic, and even formal look, consider the french twist!  We’ve pulled a few looks with modern twists on the french twist for you to consider for your big day beauty!  Dance the night away with your hair intact and look still picture perfect with these do’s!

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{Photos: Top Row: The Small Things Blog, Second Row Left: Once Wed, Right: Bridal Musings, Third Row Left One: Girly Wedding, Third Row Left Two: Blog Lovin, Third Row Right: Once Wed, Bottom Row Left: Chelsey Heidorn via SMP, Right: BHLDN}

New Lounge Furniture for Your Wedding

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Looking for that residential vibe to carry throughout your wedding day?  From comfy ceremony chairs to chic cocktail hour pieces, even after party lounge furniture, we just discovered a beautiful new collection that gives you all you could ask for at home – only at your wedding!  Classic Party Rentals (our go-to rental source here at The Bridal Bar) recently debuted this swanky new set of furnishings called the Provance Collection.  The French-country style pieces are stunning and oh-so romantic for a reception with a white-wash finish and an updated old-world style.  Now as sad as it may sound, you can’t actually have these in your home, but you can rent them for your wedding day!

The collection includes sweet sofas, loveseats for you and your loved one, chairs, coffee tables, bars and matching back bars too!  We used the line at a recent event and fell in love so we just had to share it with you here!  If you’re in Los Angeles, ask for Leticia Ortega and she’ll hook you up.  But of course, Classic Party Rentals has offices all over the country, so you too can have your swanky living room setting no matter where you wed.

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Coke Bottle Wedding Details

If you’re having a vintage themed wedding, an American inspired I do, or perhaps you’re getting married over a long weekend or just love the look of Coke – yes, Coke (as in the bottles), then consider these creatives ways to infuse the idea into your big day!  From soda pop bottles becoming vases for flowers to a sugary sweet treat for guests tagged to their escort cards, Coke can create a fun atmosphere at your event – and not just for the kids!

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{Photos: Top Row: Krista Mason via HWTM, Second Row Left: Flickr, Right: The Pretty Blog, Third Row Left: The Knot, Right: The Bridal Detective, Forth Row Left: LH Calligraphy, Right: MSW, Bottom Left: Our Labor of Love via EAD, Right: Wedding Party App}

5 Questions to Ask Your Potential Wedding Photographers

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All Images by Maya Myers

 Today we’ve got more great tips from Bridal Bar vetted and approved wedding photographer, Maya Myers who brings us her expertise to help make your wedding planning that much easier.  The Los Angeles-based photography guru walks us through what questions to ask your potential wedding photographer before you book.  Don’t sign on the X without knowing the answers to these Q’s first!

1. Ask to see more then one complete wedding collection, not just a website or portfolio. Weddings are a full day of shooting in all kinds of lighting and moods from sun-drenched and emotional, to a moonlight party and it’s important to know you’ll get great shots regardless of conditions.   In addition to blog posts featuring my best work, I also send couples at least two complete collections so they can view a sample similar to what they would receive.

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2. What exactly comes with the package? (hi res files, albums, etc). Read through the package details thoroughly and make sure there’s no hidden price increases. If there are products you’re interested in that are not included in the package ask for an a la carte price list. I am always happy to customized packages, you should not only know what all your options are, but their cost as well.

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3. What is the photographer’s approach to shooting? Some photographers like to be invisible, some like to direct, and some do a little bit of both. These styles are somewhat dictated by their shooting styles (ie photojournalism vs fashion) and you want to make sure you’re comfortable with that on your wedding day.

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4. What would they do if there were a camera or lens malfunction? We are working with technology and it’s a simple unfortunate fact that every once in a while something malfunctions, (though not often thank goodness!). Having backup bodies and lenses is an absolute must for all photographers. I have two digital bodies and one film, as well as 5 lenses. My second shooter has the same set up as me, so if a piece of equipment were to malfunction we have more than enough backup to ensure we don’t miss a shot.

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5. What happens if they get sick or injured and become unavailable for your wedding? Thankfully this has never happened to me, but insurance is there for both my clients and myself if it does. To make sure you are covered, you should know exactly what your potential photographer’s plan of action is if an unlikely situation becomes a reality.   My contract states that I first offer my second shooter as the main shooter, continuing the contract under my studio for post production and products. If my client chooses not to go that route, I return the retainer in full and do my best to find a replacement based on my network of trusted photographers.

BONUS tip – Ask your photographer to email you a copy of their contract before your meeting and make sure all of the above is clearly outlined.

Thanks Maya for all the great insights!  For more on Maya Myers and her photography studio, visit her website here.

Navy and Gold Formal I Do’s

Now that fall is in full swing, the color palettes are shifting accordingly for the season.  Darker tones, sparkle for the winter that’s approaching, rich colors from nature all make great anchors to your wedding day design.  Today we’ve paired navy with some pops of gold to add to the celebration of it all.  A great combination for a formal wedding, a fall wedding, or even a winter wedding, navy and gold make a great pairing for your big day!

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{Photos: Invitations + Place Setting: Blue Rose Pictures via Ruffled, Bridesmaid: Southern Weddings, Flower Girl: Wedding Lisa, Cake: The Caketress, Bottles: Erin Milnik via Wedding Chicks}

Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

If you’re planning a wedding, chances are you’re also planning a rehearsal dinner the night before the big day.  This event can include close family and bridal party, out of town guests, or everyone!  It’s a bit more casually typically than the wedding, and often fun themes are incorporated to show a bit more of your personalities.  An invitation should be sent to this event as well so we wanted to share a few fun ideas for inviting loved ones to the night before!

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{Photos: Top Row Left: Rachel Brooks via SMP, Right: Etsy, Second Row: Minted, Third Row Left: Etsy, Right: Brooke Courtney via Oh So Beautiful Paper, Bottom Left: Etsy, Right: Etsy}

Unique Glitter Details for Your Wedding Decor

It’s no secret we’re obsessed with anything that sparkles.  Especially shoes, fashion, and big day details!  So today’s post shares some of our favorite sparkle ideas to brighten up your big day!  From glitter heels to sequined bridesmaid dresses, even glitter down your aisle, have fun with it and don’t forget to make your wedding pop with celebratory details like these!

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{Photos: Bridesmaid: via SMP, Shoes: Collin Cowie Weddings, Ceremony Aisle: Decoration De Mariage, Table Runner: Carasco Photography, Table Number: Natalie and Parker Bray via SMP, Linen Table: Yasmin Khajavi via SMP, Arrow + Tiles: Joielala via 100 Layer Cake}

Brides Entertainment: Cutest Kids Moments at a Wedding Contest

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We’ve got a great contest for you today! Get in on the action and you could win a Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera with two lenses an 18-55mm and a 55-200mm!! That’s a $550.00 value and a great way to capture your first life moments as newlyweds! Our friends over at Brides Entertainment are hosting a contest for the kids in your life. Well, the cutest kids at weddings. Just upload videos of the cutest kids moments at a wedding and based on the number of likes, comments and engagements your video gets, you could be the winner!

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Brides Entertainment is free wedding community that offers original webisode series, a wedding video community, and planning tools for the big day. It’s your one-stop-shop online to learn, share and connect through video and the bridal community! You can upload your own content and gain points each time you do (or every time you interact with the community via likes, comments or shares). Then use those points to redeem prizes later on. It’s a fun way to watch and share wedding videos – and you don’t even have to be engaged to enjoy it!

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So to enter the contest, visit BridesEntertainment.com and upload your videos of the cutest kids moments at weddings. The contest runs through Oct. 14th so hurry up – upload and get the community commenting and involved in your cutest kids!

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