The White Dress in Color – New Book!

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We are so excited for our friends over at The White Dress by the Shore for releasing this beautifully styled book, The White Dress in Color: Wedding Inspirations for the Modern Bride. Written by three amazingly talented women, Beth Lindsay Chapman, stylist and bridal boutique owner, Candice Coppola, and event designer, and Carla Ten Eyck, a wedding photographer, The White Dress in Color is filled with gorgeous eye candy meant to inspired the modern bride as she embarks on her wedding planning journey. We are loving this book because it celebrates true wedding couples, from various types of ethnic backgrounds to same sex couples. The White Dress in Color isn’t just another pretty book you can put on your coffee table, it provides brides with real information including fashion and photography tips, creative planning, as well as direct links to the companies featured in each photo shoot- how great is that?

Here’s a sneak peak at you’ll find inside the book!

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The book can be purchased at many independent book stores around the country, find your local book store at indiebound.org,  or on Amazon.com

{All Photos Provided By: Carla Ten Eyck Photography}

A Traditional Virgina Wedding with Lots of Color + Character

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Ann and George wed in Charlottesville, Virginia at a beautiful estate called Keswick Hall (which we’re obsessed with!).  This venue is the perfect spot for a swanky outdoor I do!  We asked Ann to share some special moments and details from the day and their planning process.  “We wanted an outdoor wedding that really showed off the beautiful mountains of Virginia so everything picked complimented the beautiful scenery.”

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“The entire day was a blast!  My favorite moments were getting ready and laughing with my bridesmaids, seeing our families have a great time, dancing to our awesome band and of course saying our vows!” 

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We asked the bride how her color palette and design came to be.  “This was hard as there are so many great colors to choose from!  We started off with all creams and green but added a pop of color on the bridesmaids with coral dresses.  At the end we had a difficult time picking the linens so we totally tossed the rules of choosing a color out the window and used light blue for the table cloths.”

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“Most of the ideas we got were from friends, family and pinterest.”

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 Ann’s advice for couples like you? “Planning a wedding will definitely have its stressful moments (they ripped up the entire golf course up which was our whole view for our wedding just 6 weeks before the wedding!) but remember it is about celebrating with your new husband, family and closest friends!  No matter what goes wrong it is guaranteed to be a blast when you are surrounded by your favorite people.  Don’t let all the stresses get to you.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Jack Looney Photography

Wedding Vendors: Makeup Artist: Elan On-Site Salon, Favors and Gifts: Jenny Commins Designs, Wedding Planners: Adam Donovan-Groves and Jenny Commins, Reception Venue: Keswick Hall, Cake Designer: Maliha Creations, Floral Designer: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs, Musicians: Terra Voce, Band: The Maxx / East Coast Entertainment, Rehearsal Dinner: Pippin Hill Farm, Cake: Anita Gupta (Maliha Creations)

Bridal Beauty + Fitness – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talked to experts who help you get your sweat on and shape up for the big day.

A big thanks to our guests, Melody Ward and Quinn Smith from Club Pilates and Dr. Kaplan from Celebrity Laser Spa.

We also connected you to some great resources to help you get in shape and get healthy before you say I do including Cascade Ice Water, Nekter Cleanse, Toe Sox, and Philosophy.

And for our cocktail, we shared a Grapefruit Sparkler from Cascade Ice Water.

Here’s what you’ll need:

5oz of Cascade Ice zero-calorie Pink Grapefruit

2oz of club soda

1oz of vanilla vodka.

lime wedges

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Mix 5oz of Cascade Ice zero-calorie Pink Grapefruit with 2oz of club soda and 1oz of vanilla vodka. Squeeze in some lime wedges for a zesty twist. Garnish with small grapefruit wedges and you’re ready to serve!

Happy Friday and we’ll see you next week!  And don’t forget, if you missed the episode you can tune in anytime on demand here!

What to Tell Guests to Wear to Your Wedding

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{Catherine Ann Photography via The Bride Link }

Nowadays wedding invitations have gotten so creative that sometimes even the dress code requires de-coding.  Keep it simple and smart and of course oh-so you with these tips to planning what your wedding guests will wear.

1.  Be specific! Black tie is different from formal, casual is different from California casual, barbeque is different than country rustic. The more specific you can be the more helpful for your guests (and the more you’ll love the look of your wedding).

2.  Even if you painstakingly come up with a theme and let all your guests know in detail what to wear, be prepared for some to miss the mark (or even forget).  That’s ok – go with the flow on the big day!

3.  Your invitations will help set the tone for your event and give your guests the best idea of what to expect and what to wear so make sure they are a mini representation of your wedding in the tone and formality of the event.

4.  You can inform your guests with a post script at the bottom of your invitations, and your wedding website is a great way to elaborate on attire with photos and examples if need be.

5.  Themes are wonderful, but make sure they make sense with your venue, the weather, and the kind of wedding you’ll be having. The last thing you would want is your guests to be uncomfortable or unprepared for what awaits them –  such as extreme heat!  In addition, don’t theme so much so that you’re asking each wedding guest to go shopping; respect their wishes too.

Spring Time Wedding Drinks

As much as I love Winter, there comes a time when we all crave something new, fresh, and crisp! So, I have complied a list of some delicious drinks to try for your Spring wedding! From Mint Julep to pink lemonade, I’m sure you will find something to love in this list! Take the recipes to your bartender and add your own twist to them. These drinks are all spring, summer, outdoor, beach, and hot sunny day wedding approved.

1. Classic Kentucky Mint Julep –  Camille Styles

Perfect For: Southern Belles (real or at heart), mint obsessed, and those looking for a refreshing drink.

2. Raspberry Beer Cocktail – A Cup of Mai

Perfect For: Fruit lovers, beer drinkers,  and those who want a grown up pink lemonade.

3. Strawberry Gin Smash – The Kitchn

Perfect For: Sweet tooth Brides, those who love strawberries and something bubbly.

4. Fruity Spring Cocktail – Tablespoon 

Perfect For: Warm afternoon weddings

5. Old Fashioned Pink Lemonade – Babble

Perfect For: Kids, pink aficionados and tropical environments.

6. Lime Sherbet Punch – Paula Deen

Perfect For: Kids, pineapple juice drinkers, and super sweet drink lovers.

Cheers! Enjoy in the sun and of course, remember to drink responsibly!

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How to Make it Easy for Your Guests to Attend Your Big Day

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{Rosapaola Lucibelli Photography via Hey Wedding Lady}

The guest experience at your wedding is such an important part of the big day (and the days leading up to it).  Keep in mind their comfort level when designing the decor, the menu, and all the little details.  Over communicate to help make the process a breeze for them and always say thanks!  Here are five things never to forget when thinking of your wedding guests.

1.  Send thank you notes!  The most important way to show your guests you respect them is through a hand-written, personal thank you note.  Whether they gave a gift or not, a thank you note should be sent to every guest. And you are allowed to wait until after the happy honeymoon!

2.  Make sure that you give your guests a fair amount of time to RSVP to your wedding. The time frame should be at least 4 to 6 weeks after they receive the invitation and/or about 2 to 3 weeks before giving the final head count to your caterer.

3.  If you’re hosting your wedding ceremony and reception at two different sites, you’ll want to provide your guests with adequate directions, maps, and time to get from one place to the other.  They should be no more than 30 minutes apart and if the budget permits, you may want to provide your guests with transportation to and from, especially if you have a lot of out-of-towners.

4.  Giving your guests programs or an itinerary of the night’s events is the proper way to keep them informed at the event and it allows them to follow what special moments of the day they can be a part of.

5.  Sending your guests off at the end of the night with a favor is customary and appreciated. You can get creative and fun with these and make them personal to you as a couple, your event location or theme!

Bridal Parties – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we took a look at who’s in your wedding party, what their roles are and what to gift them to say thanks for standing by your side!

A big thanks to our guests, Ilana Stern from Weddington Way and Charlotte Hale from Plum Pretty Sugar.

We also connected you to some great resources for your bridal parties including Dogeared, Eclu, Wedding Chicks, Dessy, and The Busy Box Company.

And for our cocktail, we shared a blackberry mint julep from Martha Stewart.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 4 cups small ice cubes
  • 4 sprigs mint, for garnishing

Roughly chop mint leaves.  Puree the mint, blackberries, and sugar in a blender. Press through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard seeds.  Rinse blender, then return puree to blender, and add bourbon and small ice cubes; blend until smooth. Divide mixture among 4 glasses. Garnish each with a mint sprig.

 Happy Friday and we’ll see you next week!  And don’t forget, if you missed the episode you can tune in anytime on demand here!

Spring Wedding Inspiration

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Spring has finally sprung! Well, really here in California we’ve been in Spring mode for a while now. Spring brings flowers, lots of color, sunny weather, bright lipstick, and long walk in the park. Personally, I love spring weddings because they bring a freshness and a sweet punch  after the abundance of dramatic and deep colored wedding in the winter. If you’re a lover of color, the outdoors, and warm weather then this is the perfect season for your big day!

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{Cover Photo: Elevate Photography via Elegance & Engagement, Pink + Blue Groom Attire: Southern Weddings, Flower Girl Hair: Watson Studios via The Perfect Palette, Hot Pink Table Center: SMP, I Do Straws: Brides, Yellow Bridesmaids: Trent Bailey Photography via SMP, Coral Drinks: KT Merry Photography via Inspired by This, Boutonniere: Half Orange Photography via Ruffled Blog, Butterfly Crown: Dreamy Wedding Ideas}

Laura Hooper Calligraphy Classes

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Today we’ve got a little calligraphy inspiration for you with a dash of floral goodness from a recent workshop that was held here at The Bridal Bar by our very own Laura Hooper Calligraphy.  She’s on the road teaching you to create your own beautiful calligraphy, hitting cities across the country (see where/when here) and we were lucky enough to get her here in LA!

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Each guest got lots of goodies, including one of Laura’s signature tote bags (great for destination weddings)!

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The fun and festive florals were created by Borrowed Blu.

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And Classic Party Rentals kicked in the gear needed to get the class going.

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Laura has more workshops coming up in Seattle, Boston, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, New York and back here in Manhattan Beach so be sure to check out the full schedule here to sign up!

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All Photos by Kym Vitar Photography

Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Floral + Decor: Borrowed Blu, Location: The Bridal Bar

Appy Couple Coupon and Website

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We’ve got another gift for our amazing readers!  If you’re on the hunt for a fabulous wedding website (that comes complete with a matching app to use on and before the big day), then you’re in luck because we’re giving you a deal on all your purchases over at Appy Couple.  The wedding website and app company known for it’s swanky designs and easy to use backend makes sharing information with your wedding guests a breeze (and pretty too)!

Just enter promo code BB25 at checkout and save!

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And don’t forget to check out our very own Bridal Bar collection while you’re browsing through your choice of designs.  We’ve helped to create a set of websites that we just adore and we think you will do!  No matter what website you choose, enter BB25 when you checkout and you’ll get a loyal Bridal Bar reader discount!  Happy shopping friends!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day friends!  Today we’ve got a little luck of the Irish for you and some green goodies to spice up your wedding reception and big day details.  From a floral wreath in your hair to Guinness for the guys on your wedding day, consider these Irish-inspired and green ideas – whether you wed on March 17th or any time of year!  Be safe today and have a great holiday!

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{Photos: Bride: Le Piu Belle, Invitation + Ring: JJ Horton Photography via Wedding Chicks, Floral + Bridesmaid: Chard Photographer via Ruffled Blog, Beer: Larissa Cleveland via Bridal Guide}

Green Weddings – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we took a look at eco-chic weddings and a few fun St. Patrick’s Day big day ideas just in time for the holiday!  Our guests this week include eco-couture designer, Deborah Lindquist and OceanFM in Ireland radio personality, Shane Smyth.

We also connected you to some great green resources for your weddings including the Green Bride Guide, the Green Nest Guide, and Eco-Chic Weddings.

And for our cocktail, we shared one of my favorites – a whiskey ginger.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 ½ parts of Jameson Irish Whiskey

Ginger Ale

Lime Wedge

Pour the whiskey into a highball glass and fill it with ice.  Fill up the remainder with ginger ale and take the lime wedge and squeeze it into the drink and then drop it in and stir.  Simple, sweet, and so good!

Happy Friday and we’ll see you next week!  And don’t forget, if you missed the episode you can tune in anytime on demand here!