Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Beach Wedding Dresses

I am extremely happy to welcome Natalie Tsang from www.simplybridal.com to my blog today.

Beach Wedding Dress Ideas by ChelseaM@simplybridal.com.

It’s always very exciting when a bride plans to do her wedding ceremony on the beach somewhere. Whether it’s close to home or a destination wedding, finding the right dress is crucial. You’re going to want something that really fits your beach themed wedding day but also a dress that still reflects who you are as a person!

Here are a few options for your beautiful beach ceremony:

1. Long Chiffon Dress 

You can never go wrong when picking a long chiffon dress with a matching long veil for your beachside wedding. Not only is it a very classy and timeless look but it also fits perfect with your theme. The Irene Gown (shown below) has such an easy fit and can accommodate many body types. If long and elegant fits your personality, this gown is going to be your perfect look. The other great thing to keep about this wedding dress is that it is made of chiffon which is so lightweight making it easy for travel!

2. Short Flirty Dress

If long and simple isn’t your style, try wearing a shorter cut dress and have some fun with it. For some brides, going with shorter dress may be a more appealing option for their beach getaway. It makes it easier when trying to walk down the sandy aisle! The Audrey Gown (shown below) is a very youthful dress that is perfect for your destination! If you want to add a bit of flare, try pairing it with a unique birdcage veil to complete your look. Because this dress is shorter in terms of length it will also make it much more simple when it comes to packing your bags!

3. Detachable Train

A dress with a detachable train is a great gown for a beachside ceremony! This is a very elegant look but at the same time works perfect for your theme. The long train resembles the waves of the ocean and will look exquisite trailing behind your as you make your way down the aisle. The best part about this Valentina Gown (shown below) is simply that the train is detachable. A detachable train is a very handy feature when it comes to outdoor ceremonies because it can help keep the dress from dragging along the ground. The perfect way to dress this gown up is with a lovely Spanish mantilla veil. You will be all set for your destination ceremony.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The monkeys and The Beatles.

Last Saturday, June lst, here's a picture of my groom from England clowning around with his groomsmen while we were waiting for the bride to arrive.  They decided to do the monkeys - Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See no Evil! We waited and waited, with guests teasing, "runaway bride ... runaway bride."  And, then we heard that the restaurant where the bride and groom were going to have their reception afterwards -- WAS ON FIRE!   Traffic was all bogged down on Pacific Coast Highway and the bride was stuck in the traffic.    She finally arrived, still not sure what they were going to do about the reception, and we did the ceremony.   She looked a little frazzled - so we took a moment to get her dressed all fluffed out and she put a smile on her face and walked down the aisle.    And when I declared them to be husband and wife, my assistant started the music for their trip back down the aisle --- The Beatles -  All We Need Is Love!
In their personal vows, the groom said that one of the things he loved about his bride was that she loved The Beatles, and the bride said she loved his sexy British accent!      

The next morning the groom called me and said that the owner of the restaurant had taken them and their 39 guests up to his private home in Laguna Beach which turned out to be a fabulous $20K mansion rivaling any  movie star home you've ever seen on the internet!   Giant glass walls looking out to an infinity pool sitting on the edge of the hill overlooking the ocean.   The owner brought up all of his servers and the food from the restaurant (the kitchen was not involved in the fire) and they had a wonderful evening, far more than they could have ever imagined in their wildest dreams!      

This couple had taken my advice about everything:  the location for the wedding, the celloist, the photographer, the florist, and also the restaurant for the reception.  And, everything turned out perfect, perfect, perfect, perfect, perfect.           

biggest & most beautiful orchid bride's bouquet

This is by far the most beautiful orchid bride's bouquet I've seen in the 19 years I have been doing weddings at the beach.  This couple came from San Francisco, and all of their guests flew in from Florida, George, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas!  Everyone said, "Well, we all got to have our vacation this year in California!"