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Must-See Moments from our Little Black Book Members

I’ll let you in on a little secret: while everyone else is lamenting Mother Nature and below freezing temps, I’m over here, absolutely lovin’ on February. It’s the month for sweet love, hugs and kisses to no end, and prettiness spread all over the place. Basically, it’s a month made for SMP. And in that case, it’s a month made for our LBB members. And they’re on a roll already, showing off their talents and sparkle in these moments from the past week – so cheers to month #2 and more goodies ahead!

Must-See LBB Moments
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Featured Members: Photography: Joel Serrato | Invitations:A Day In May Design | Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Photography: Anna Roussos – Photographer | Event Planning + Design: White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination | Photography: Lisa O’Dwyer | Bridal Boutique:Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Photography: Koman Photography | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Plum Pretty Sugar | Flatware: Bella Acento

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Modern Boho Meets British Bridal Inspiration

I’m dealing with an intense case of dress regret right now. I loved my own wedding gown, don’t get me wrong. But if I’d been able to dig through these designs by Luella’s Boudoir, well, I may have chosen differently. My personal fav – this one right here. But it’s one among many, all captured by Ashlee Taylor in the Spanish town of Tarragona. Start perusing the Vault and do tell – which one would you wear!?

From Ashlee Taylor… This shoot took place in a small beautiful village in the heart of Catalonia, Spain. We thought that this would make a perfect backdrop for these stunning gowns providing inspiration for destine brides. The gowns looked stunning in the warm Spanish sun and the delicate colours were captured perfectly on film.

From owner and designer Rachel Attwell of Luella’s Boudoir: The Luella’s Collection of Wedding Dresses has been designed in partnership with British Wedding Dress Designer Charlotte Casadejus. Charlotte was chosen because of her natural sense of style, her ability to create beautiful silhouettes that are both sexy and easy to wear, her creative ability to produce something that is extraordinary in design and her fastidious attention to detail. Having spent many years living in France, Charlotte is also very familiar with the principles of haute couture and has a real passion for exquisite fabrics. Charlotte worked seamlessly alongside Luella’s own design team resulting in a unique collection of extremely wearable and sophisticated dresses and a refreshing new approach to bridal design.

The collection can be described as Modern Bohemian with a British Victorian influence and has been inspired by the feminine and floaty shapes of bohemianism mixed with the glamorous Biba style of the late 70’s. The dresses are a combination of long, loose flowing skirts, intricate looped chain and fringe detailing and beaded floral motifs indicative of bohemian style fashion and the intricate laces, long sleeved and high necked frocks of the Victorian era. The collection consists of seven unique styles in a mixture of warm Mediterranean colours and further variations of each style have been created with the use of different beading and detachable elements.The team have also produced a complementary set of accessories, including a variety of belts designed to work with several of the dresses, and a stunning hand beaded cape.

Since the original Bohemians were from central Europe it seemed like a natural choice to shoot the collection somewhere in Europe, and when trying to locate a photographer, the Luella’s team discovered Ashlee Taylor from Taylor Barnes Photography. Ashlee lived and worked in Spain which meant that she was very knowledgeable about which locations would be suitable for the shoot and was extremely comfortable working with the variances in the Spanish light and scenery. Her fine art style of photography was also the perfect complement to Luella’s own romantic, understated bridal style.

The shoot took place in the beautiful region of Aragon and was specifically chosen because of the warm colour palette of pinks and gold tones, reflecting the collection of dresses own soft selection of nude and metallic hues. Using local models and a local hair and make up artist also meant that the shoot had a distinctly European feel.

The collection took over eight months to make from the initial design concept to completion and part of the reason for this was that the team decided to use some intricate design techniques, including hand painting gold leaf on to the fabric, the inclusion of a hand pleated gown, producing a unique cornelli lace and a number of intricate hand beaded details. All of the dresses are made in the UK and as such, can be made with extremely short lead times.The collection has also been specifically designed to be as versatile as possible with the option to have the dresses made in other colours, with variations to the original styles. Some of the designs will also be available in larger sizes.

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Photography: Ashlee Taylor | Floral Design: Westwood Design | Wedding Dress + Accessories: Luella's Boudoir

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Rustic Elegant Fall Wedding at Chateau St. Jean

I’ve developed quite a crush on this whole celebration. It started with the beautiful bride and her stop-everything-and-stare dress. And then it was the venue itself, decked out in pretty florals by Vanda Floral Design and La Tavola’s bright linens. But really, it all comes down to the gorgeous images from Koman Photography – and their gallery in our VAULT is what I like to call my new happy place – see it all here!

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From the Bride… Jason and I got married in wine country, during the harvest. The outdoor vineyard setting was not only a beautiful backdrop, but it was also meaningful to us. We went wine tasting on one of our first dates… our first trip together was to wine country… Jason proposed to me after a day of wine tasting in Malibu. Needless to say, it felt appropriate to get married at a winery. A few weeks after Jason and I got engaged, we took a trip to Sonoma from our home in Los Angeles. My parents had recently moved to Sonoma, so they took us around town to some of their favorite vineyards and wineries. As soon as we stepped foot on the grounds of Chateau St. Jean, we knew it was where we wanted to get married!

Once the venue was selected, it was easy to get an idea of the kind of wedding we wanted to have. We pictured a wedding that was equally fun, natural and romantic, like our relationship. Chateau St. Jean was the perfect venue to have a soft and sweet outdoor ceremony, as well as a lively dance-party reception! We wanted the ceremony and reception to feel sophisticated yet easy-going. We chose a light, rustic color scheme that complemented the earth tones of the autumn grapevines. The floral arrangements were neutral but eye-catching. The scenery was airy and ethereal.

Donna Sievers, at Pineapple Planet, was an attentive and caring wedding planner who really understood the idyllic-yet-elegant “feel” we wanted for our wedding. She got to know Jason and I, and incorporated personal touches into every detail. She knew how much we love our French bulldog, Dyson, so she decorated the lounge furniture with subtle, chic French bulldog pillows! I am a busy litigation attorney in Los Angeles, without much free-time for wedding planning, so it was a huge blessing to know that our out-of-town wedding was in truly amazing hands. Pineapple Planet worked closely with my mother to really bring my visions to life! John and Marlene, of Koman Photography, brilliantly captured every aspect of the event. The photos they shot gloriously depicted the charming ceremony, the delicate details and the fun crowd.

I wore a gorgeous low-back, long-sleeve wedding gown by Berta that made me feel both ladylike and sexy. Jason wore a sleek navy blue Hugo Boss suit, which was complemented by his groomsmen’s navy suspenders and bowties. My bridesmaids wore champagne colored convertible dresses; each girl was able to style the top of the dress however she wanted. I loved this idea because I had ten bridesmaids who were all able to feel pretty and comfortable wearing the same dress! Thanks to our family, friends, planners and vendors, our wedding was more exquisite than we could have dreamed of!

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Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Imperial Video | Event Planning: Pineapple Planet | Floral Design: Vanda Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Berta | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White House Black Market | Catering: Grapevine Catering | DJ: Runaway DJ | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Chateau St. Jean | Chiavari Chairs: Especially Yours | Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Menus + Place Cards: Egg Farm Lane | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | String Ensemble: Musical Heart Strings

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