Stylized Shoot by Maile Roseland Photography

Maile, of Maile Roseland Photography, brings us an amazing 1920’s inspired shoot. Inspired by her love of beautiful things, her photos are filled with natural elements and definitely dream like aspects. Along with talented vendors, we give you a gorgeous 1920′s bride!

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Photographer:  Maile Roseland 
Gown: Simply Bridal’s Lydia Gown
Hair, Makeup and Styling:  Gina Ludwig from Hair Comes the Bride 
Accessories: Hair Comes the Bride & Bridal Jewelry Boutique
Flowers: My Floral Bliss 

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100 Most Iconic Wedding Dresses

From classic & traditional (Queen Elizabeth II) to dramatic & diva (Dita Von Teese), check out the amazing collection below:

100 Most Iconic Wedding Dresses

Check out the full 100 iconic wedding dresses website at Vashi.

From Huff Post

 

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9 Essentials for Wedding Dress Shopping

 

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1. Have an idea of what you want before going to your appointment

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Look for dresses and styles you love on magazines and Pinterest before you head to the store. Come prepared with your wedding binder, magazine tears or pictures on your phone. Your consultant will want to get a sense of your style and what you love.

2. Be up front about your budget

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Make sure the bridal shop associates, your crew, and yourself are on the same page about your boundaries. And remember to account for alterations in your budget as it can sometimes add up to an extra $200 to $800.

3. Bring a pair of shoes

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If you already picked out your shoes for your big day, perfect! If not, find a pair of shoes with roughly the same height as the ones you’ll wear so you can see where the hemline will actually hits. This is also good to know for alteration purposes!

4. Wear or bring your own undergarments

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Before going to your appointment sans underwear, remember this: most bridal shops have limited types of bras for fitting, and many salons do require you to bring them. Plus, it will help you get a much better idea of how the dress will look and feel with the right undergarments.

5. Tone-down your hair and makeup

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You wouldn’t want to try on your dress for your big day with a rolled-out-of-bed messy bun now would you? Do yourself up a little, but not too much to risk staining the dresses. Also, bring an extra elastic band to help get a clear view of the necklines.

6. Don’t forget about the headpiece, veils and accessories

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It’s the little details that will compliment your entire look. So if you already have accessories you know you want to wear, whether that be something old, new, borrowed or even blue, bring it along!

7. Consider the venue when choosing your perfect dress

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Is your wedding at a church, by the beach or at a farm? Is it during the summer or in the fall? Take the environment into consideration when choosing the style, length and fabric.

8. Bring your trusted counsel

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Enlist the people whose opinion you trust. But limit your crew so you don’t feel pressured by too many opinions. And make sure they know who has the final say, which is always you, the bride!

9. Most importantly, Have fun!

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Have an open mind and remember that dress shopping should be fun and exciting. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find anything you like! Anything less than 100% is a no!

In the Los Angeles Area? Come check us out!

Call 1-888-722-5034 to make your appointment today at SimplyBridal’s LA Showroom!

We have hundreds of gowns from $99 to $1299, we will find you your dream dress. Walk-ins welcome.

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Stylized Shoot by Inkspot Photography

Elise, from Inkspot Photography, is a Bay Area photographer with a beautiful style inspired by natural light. She brings us a gorgeous and creative photo shoot inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

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The bride is looking gorgeous in our Savannah Gown and look at the beautiful decor and props! Nothing like a bridal tea party, Alice in Wonderland style!

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Photography: Inkspot Photography
Gown: Simply Bridal’s Savannah Gown 
Stylist: Mariko Giverink
Florist: Catherine’s Creations
Custom Signs: Bee Curious Designs 
Cake: Taylor Made Cakes 
Hair: Rocci Stoddard
Make Up: Heather Knowles

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Stylized Shoot by Hello Miss Lovely

This hauntingly beautiful deco bridal shoot was done by the artistic photographer based in Florida, Hello Miss Lovely. This shoot featuring our Lianne Gown is a little vintage and a little mysterious, but it’s giving us a lot of inspiration for an industrial wedding.

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Photography: Hello Miss Lovely
Stylist: Lauren from Love Good Weddings
Floral: Supposey Florals
Cake: Emerald Coast Custom Cakes
Gown: SimplyBridal Lianne Gown

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Great Reasons to Consider having a First Look on your Big Day

We have a guest post from our friends at Petersen Pictures Photography. The First Look or the “Reveal” is something I highly suggest doing. Whatever the bride and groom chooses is definitely always the correct choice, but please proceed to see why I consider the First Look as a great option!
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What is the First Look?
Also known as the “Reveal,” the First Look is considered to be the moment the groom sees his bride for the very first time before the ceremony. Usually this happens when the bride is walking down the aisle. In the past, arranged marriages were quite popular, so this would literally be the first time the groom sees his bride. The main reason for the First Look was to prevent the groom from running away. Can you imagine going into a blind marriage?

What’s so great about the First Look?
As a wedding photographer and an ex-groom, the first look was the most memorable and definitely the most emotional moment in the wedding. At that moment, time seems still and anything that was on your mind just crumbles away. The only thing you see is the person standing in front of you, whom you will spend the rest of your life with. It’s a beautiful, magical and extremely intimate moment. As a photographer, I will be sure to preserve the moment on camera, but I prefer letting the bride and groom take in this blissful reality. I’ve noticed following this moment, the bride and groom looks the most natural, relaxed and absolutely in love. That is why I prefer to proceed in capturing portraits after they are ready to move on.

Great Reasons to Consider having a First Look on your Big Day

More time for cocktails and chit chat! The one thing I remember is my wife’s expression on our wedding day while trying to find one of my cousins for a family photo. Can you imagine having to do couple portraits after the ceremony too? All my wife wanted was to hang out with friends and relax with a glass of wine. Why not free yourself from portraits after the ceremony by having a first look?

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Think for yourself and your team. Going through the ceremony can be hard work! Everyone wants to have time to enjoy themselves after the ceremony instead of taking portraits. You can make the whole experience more enjoyable by having the first look, portraits and photos before the ceremony. You wouldn’t want to look stressful in photos, and everyone probably looks better right after they are made up!

Prolonging the magical moment. The day can fly by with all the events. You might remember walking down the aisle and the next thing you know, the day has ended! When seeing their beautiful bride in a wedding gown, many grooms start to feel extra emotional. They want to express their feelings, but before they can do so, they are on the way to saying “I do”. By having a first look, the groom has the chance to take in the beauty of it all. He has the time to hug her, kiss her and cry with her as long as he likes, since time for this moment has been set aside just for this. No rush at all!

The first look is an event itself! It creates a beautiful and intimate moment with just the two of you. There are no distractions, and no pressuring stares from the crowd of 200. It is that loving, private moment before tying the knot! Furthermore, the most beautiful and natural photos come during this moment. When you’re happily in love, the world seems to stop around you and the only thing you see is your partner.

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The perfect environment is important. For the sake of the first look, I try my best to look for a private location with great lighting and a beautiful background. Even though we will get lovely photos all day, there are other factors that I won’t be able to control. On your big day, you will definitely glow with radiance and be stunningly beautiful. Even so, you will look your absolute best, right after your hair and makeup is done. That is when you should definitely do your “Picture Perfect” first look!

Goodbye distractions! In order to get the most creative photos, you have to be focused and not thinking about who you didn’t greet yet. There are also a lot of uncontrollable variables during the ceremony that can influence the picture perfect moment. While during the first look, I am more likely to guarantee beautiful photos. Also, couples who do the first look usually stay in that emotional mindset when walking down the aisle.

Happy bride and groom.  I love seeing how happy my clients are after taking my suggestions to do the first look. For those that didn’t plan on having one, they usually gushed about how great of a decision it was afterwards. There is no other moment that is as private or as intimate on your wedding day. It’s all about you! With that said, it really is all about you, so decide whatever you think is best. There is no wrong or right choice.

Other Thoughts & Considerations Do exchange any letters or gifts during the ceremony. It will put you in that perfect mood! Be sure to put time aside before the ceremony. You want to have time to relax, have a snack and hang with your wedding team. Also, it’s a great way to avoid bumping into arriving guests.

To see more of Petersen Pictures Photography, check out their work here: http://petersenpictures.com/portfolio/

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Stylized Shoot by Jen Marino Photography

Jennifer from Jen Marino Photography has the amazing abaility of capturing emotions as well as down-right stunning photos. It is with pleasure that we show you this beautiful photoshoot that is pretty, pink and romantic!

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Photographer: Jen Marino Photography
Gown: SimplyBridal‘s Kay Gown
Hair: C D Hair
Flower: The Bespoke Florist
Venue: Elmore Court

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Stylized Shoot By Aaron Huniu Photography

Aaron of Aaron Huniu Photography is a talented San Diego based photographer. With 7 years of professional experience, he has a gift and passion for capturing amazing images.

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Aaron has amazing attention to detail and his eye for composition and lighting is evident in his work. Aside from capturing great poses, he captures beautiful candid photos as well!

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Photographer: Aaron Huniu Photography 
Dresses: Simply Bridal’s Helena Gown 
Location: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa 
Hair & Makeup: Antonella Annibale 
Florist: Third Bloom 
Tux: Friar Tux Shop 
Bridal Props: The Bridal Prop Shop 
Models: Morgan Boberg & Stefan Toler

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Incorporating Pets into Your Wedding

Admit it, you love your pets more than you love some of your family members. So, you believe it is only fair you should have the furry love of your life participate in your wedding. But even though you know your fur baby won’t be present during the entire ceremony and reception, you still want him to be a big part of your day. Here are a few ways to make that happen…

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Wedding photos are our favorite way to incorporate pets into a wedding. This way you can get multiple shots of your fur baby without having to assign a designate a friend to watch him or her. Photos are the easiest way to have your pet appear in your wedding while minimizing responsibility to guard him throughout the wedding.

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Ring Bearer
We never get tired of seeing the family pet walk down the aisle dressed in a tuxedo as the ring bearer. This act tends to be a crowd-pleaser and makes for some great photos as well. Since a cat or dog ring bearer has a bit of responsibility, we recommend only older pets that are able to follow instruction participate in this wedding activity. The last thing any bride and groom need is for Fido to decide the wedding is the perfect time to chase birds with the wedding rings tied around his neck.

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Walk the Bride Down the Aisle
Calling all horsewomen! Now we love dogs and cats walking brides down the aisle, but what better way to make an entrance at your wedding than on the back of your favorite steed? Horses have been appearing in a lot of bridal photos as of late and we think they’re terrific. A word of warning though, it is best to do a test run with a billowing dress before the big day. Some horses can become easily spooked by billowing fabric and you don’t need your horse to suddenly morph into Secretariat for your big entrance.

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Pets have become loyal members of the family, so it’s only normal to play a role in your wedding as well. Just make sure they can perform the actual task you are asking them to do ahead of the big day. And make sure you send us through some of your pet-friendly photos. We can never get enough of seeing wedding photos with everyone’s favorite furry critters!

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Stylized Shoot by Alyssa Campbell Photography

Alyssa, of Alyssa Campbell Photography is a talented photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona who is able to use her awesome scuba diving skills to capture interesing photos underwater.  We just love all the different elements of nature, and of course our romantic Morgan Gown in this artistic, fun and cool stylized shoot!

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Photography: Alyssa Campbell Photography
Gown: SimplyBridal’s Morgan Gown

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