We love a bride who opts for a few nontraditional details on her big day. And if you’re looking for a dress that makes a statement, a halter dress may be for you. With the help of our new and improved Look Book, we pulled together 14 of the most stunning halter dresses out there. Any one is guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd, and for more dress inspiration get lost in our Look Book!
Vespas and umbrian feasts are two very awesome ways to incorporate Italy into a California wedding. It also helps to have a team of wedding elves to take that vision and make it a reality. Talents like Sweet Marie Designs, LVL Weddings & Events and wildly beautiful images by Ashley Kelemen. Together they masterminded an elegant affair filled with white blooms and al fresco details. See it all unfold here.
From Ashley Kelemen…Kate and Nate’s wedding was an absolute dream. They carefully incorporated so many personal details, and created a Umbrian feast to remember. From their custom Italian meal from Heirloom LA to the rented Vespa the Kate surprised Nate with, the wedding day was special from beginning to end. Sweet Marie Designs’ signature florals were stunning as always, and included a hidden artichoke in the brides bouquet (which held special meaning to the bride and groom) and cumquats in the arrangements for a touch of whimsy. Kate and Nate’s wedding artfully highlighted the things they love most as a couple — family, friends, food and wine.
From Heather of LVL Events...Washington DC love birds imagined a California wedding that was more than going through the motions of tradition, that truly encompassed who they are as a couple and provided an intimate dinner party to share with friends and family. The dinner party theme was born and allowed us to incorporate the textured, details and feel of their travels and celebrations in Orvieto, Italy.
Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Wedding Gown: Anna Maier | Bakery: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Heirloom LA | Hair & Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy | Entertainment: Austin Hendrix Productions | Caligraphy: KaKalligraphy | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Estate | Coffee Cart: Joes On The Nose | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Florals: Sweet Marie Designs | Getting Ready Venue: L'Auberge Del Mar | MOH Dress: Philip Lim | Musicians: Eliana Strings | Photo Assistant: Ryan Johnson | Planning & Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
We’re always in full swoon mode when anything Joanna August shows up in our mailbox. And today is no different my dears, because we’ve got a sneak peek at this season’s stunning new styles + colors! We’re loving these new designs that are a bit sexy + more streamlined featuring slits, cut outs and even seam details. Ready to see more? Introducing seven new styles, each available long and short, and three new colors (Into the Mystic, Scarlett Begonia + a yet-to-be-named Emerald) Joanna August comes through with another collection of bridesmaid dresses that can be worn long after the big day. We’re loving all-chiffon Sammy and the Ava which features an ivory lace bodice and chiffon skirt. These two new styles are even convertible and can be tied into over 14 different styles! To celebrate these gorgeous gowns, Joanna August put together a moody, Art Deco-inspired photo shoot at the amazing Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles! I mean, how gorgeous?! To start shopping for your ladies and to see a full list of stockists, head over here. But stick around, SMPers, because there’s more; Joanna August is hosting a contest to name their new Emerald color!
The Prize: One lucky reader will win two Chiffon Ceremony by Joanna August dresses (valued at up to $550)!
To Enter: Think up a fabulous name for the new Joanna August emerald color! Contest submissions should be made through the Joanna August website contact page with SMP CONTEST as the subject line. Color names need to be song titles. The title can be a literal or obscure reference to the color- it does not need to say the color in the title, just to evoke the feeling of the color. Examples of current colors are “Smoke on the Water” for steel gray, “Going to the Chapel” for vanilla and “Tangled Up in Blue” for navy. Submissions must be made by November 6, 2014 at midnight.
To Win: One winner will be selected by Joanna August and announced on their site on Friday, November 7, 2014Joanna August Styles: Sarah Short | Stephanie Long | Ava Long | Elena Long | Elisabeth Short | Kimberly Long | Sammy Long
I am a self-confessed gold junkie through and through so the second I spotted this boho bride and her glamorous “goldie” dress from Sarah Seven, I was hooked. And the day behind that sparkling gown is equally as fab. It’s a beautiful mix of modern art gallery meets floral halos by Butterfly Petals and glam details planned by Hello Gem. Head to the gallery captured by Elizabeth McDonnell for so much more.
From the Bride… When you marry into the surname Gold, you are basically hand-fed the perfect wedding theme. From there, it was simple: Sarah Seven “Goldie” wedding gown, chunky ByAMT classic gold wedding bands, a neon “Stay Golden” sign, and gold foil invitations. We wanted our wedding to be like our relationship: deeply intimate, frolicsome, and unorthodox. Originally when our creative backbone/day-of-coordinators Hello Gem asked what I envisioned, I told them I wanted our wedding to look like Juliet’s bedroom in Baz Luhrmann’s take on Romeo & Juliet.
A Golden Affair was structured around the idea of throwing a modern, industrial bohemian party in the desert. We chose the Icehouse as our venue for it’s exposed brick walls and ceiling ducts. Our florist Butterfly Petals, assembled a bougainvillea trellis to serve as an alter piece, and we lined the open-ceiling ceremony space with an ombré runner, candles, and wooden pews to create the illusion of an old, deconstructed cathedral. The white column room allowed us the creative space to hang a light installation that pooled onto the concrete flooring and suspend hand crafted, dimly lit clouds from the ceiling beams. White geodes and terrariums were collected to create the centerpieces. The head table was lined with forty Louis chairs to seat our bridal party and their respective dates and faced the dance floor, naturally delineated by family-style wooden picnic tables, adorned with wildflowers and candles.
Perhaps our favorite element of the wedding was the ceremony. I walked down the aisle under a cotton candy-colored Arizona sky to “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence + the Machine live at the Royal Albert Hall. The ceremony itself, inspired by a traditional Buddhist wedding, incorporated mindfulness and a collection of readings we felt captured the intellectual spirit of our meeting and union. We chose Chito’s cousin, Tara Martell, a yoga instructor and a close friend, to officiate our wedding, for her positive energy and free-spirit. We wrote our vows together, based on the virtues we believe make for a blessed and happy union. In the beginning we collectively settled on three components which we believe make a wedding enjoyable for others: good beats, toothsome food, and a limitless open-bar stocked with the holy trinity of booze-whiskey, tequila, and champagne. By far the most difficult task for us was finding a DJ; we wanted Erykah Badu meets Adventure Club. We ended up flying out DJ Smiles Davis from Los Angeles and were enamored with her beauty, energy, and ability. Our very talented and close friend, chef, and restaurateur Aaron May of BLTconcepts designed a menu of gourmet comfort food items served buffet style. In lieu of a wedding cake, we opted for a dessert table of our favorite confections including: lemon meringue tartlets, doughnuts, strawberry rhubarb pies, and très leches.
I wore “the Goldie” dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Bride in New York City; a headpiece of purple peonies; Olcay Gulsen lavender suede scalloped pumps with gold piping; a favorite vintage gold cross my deceased mother purchased in Santorini, Greece one summer during my childhood, as well as her gold Rolex watch, paired with a Cartier love bracelet that was a wedding present from my father and his current wife. Chito, the groom, wore a midnight blue tuxedo made-to-order from Brooklyn Tailors in Williamsburg, and Dsquared2 patent shoes. Each of the ten bridesmaids wore a unique white dress, because, honestly, what is sexier than a woman in a sundress? The maid-of-honor, my sister, wore a vintage floral kimono from our parent’s wedding in the 1970’s. Half of the bridesmaids wore floral headpieces, and the other half metal headpieces made by Pamela Love and Jacquie Aiche. Our friend Alexis, owner of Avenue Boutique, in Tucson, gifted each bridesmaid a unique necklace, bracelet, or set of earrings. Each girl carried a simple bundle of lavender, cabbage, or wildflower. The flower girls wore apron dresses, caftans, and rompers by Tutu du Monde with floral headpieces. Former brides always give you terrific advice for the day-of: take time to eat something, don’t get too hammered, embrace the madness, etc. At the end of the day, we really felt like we put such a tremendous effort into creating this gathering of our most beloved and intimate kin, and we made a pact to be present in the moment and enjoy the fruits of our labor. We sat down and ate together, had conversations with the people we love, danced, and sipped champagne. Afterwards we sat and discussed our favorite moments: His was our un-choreographed, puerile first dance to the Montmartre remix of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” because he said it was the only time he felt alone with me; mine was him sprinting outside insisting that I come dance because Smiles Davis was playing “Flawless” by Beyoncé (do you see why I married him?).
Photography: Elizabeth McDonnell Photography | Event Planning: Hello Gem | Floral Design: Butterfly Petals | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Aaron May | Invitations: Jay Strehlow | Ceremony Venue: Ice House | Reception Venue: Ice House | Catering: LTB Concepts- Aaron May | Make Up: Glam Lounge | Hair: Lisa Fresa Palacios | DJ: Smiles Davis | Bridesmaid Gifts: Avenue Boutique | Photography - Assistance: Kelsey Shirley Photography