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Colorful, Modern Geometric Shoot in San Diego at The New Children’s Museum

The creative geniuses out there in wedding land never cease to amaze me. It’s really incredible the amount of inspiration they crank out on the daily. And this heaping dose from Melissa Biador,  Penny Blooms Floral DesignNic. Roc DesignsLiz Cutrano (W.E.D. and Stevi Auble? It’s enough to inspire your whole darn week. It’s bright, bold and super beautiful - and there is more waiting for you here


From Melissa Biador PhotographyThis local colorful and modern geometric inspiration shoot was put together by a handful of San Diego wedding vendors. The creative team wanted to showcase a fun filled, eclectic and modern twist to styling a wedding.

This styled shoot featured a non-traditional bridal gown from the designer Monique Lhuillier and a brightly colored magenta dress from Badgley Mischka both from Rent the Runway. Menswear was provided by A Better Deal Tuxedo, a local San Diego suit/tuxedo shop.

The colors were modern, bold and bright and infused with a mix of colorful centerpieces with Jonathan Adler vases. Many of the custom wooded laser cut items (table numbers, the “hashtag”, heart shaped blocks for table numbers) and custom Malvi cake signs were created and designed by Nic.Roc.Designs. The items featured a fun and modern look to this inspiration shoot.

This faux wedding was photographed at The New Children’s Museum, which also houses some of the most interesting exhibitions for children and adults alike as well as weddings and other events. The NCM was a perfect setting for this styled shoot!

Photography: Melissa Biador | Floral Design: Penny Blooms Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Rent The Runway | Cake: Stevi Auble | Invitations: Nic. Roc Designs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Rent The Runway | Hair: Gercy Galang | Suits: A Better Deal Tuxedo | Chalk Artist: Cami Robinson | Coordination: Liz Cutrano (W.E.D.) | Dessert: Malvi Joy | Jewelry : Mae Bolcobero (Stella & Dot) | Linens: Ultrapom | Makeup: Kelsey Doonan | Models: Ben Stoodley, Barry Ishikawa, Samantha De Galicia, Natalia Caldwell | Photography - Assistance: Shelly Anderson | Rentals: Raphaels | Silverware: Ultrapom | Venue: The New Children's Museum

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Alexandra Grecco + A Discount + A Giveaway!

Since voicing my obsession with Alexandra Grecco sweet-as-can-be skirts, I’ve been dreaming up a time + place where I can wear my very own tulle number! Offering heirloom-quality pieces that are timeless with a hint of nostalgia, I’m loving them for everything from engagement photos + bridal brunches to bridesmaid attire!

Since releasing her first collection in 2010, brides have been falling head-over-heels for this collection that is inspired by designs of the past. Made in New York’s garment district, the high-quality, six-layer tulle skirts are fully lined and layered for a perfect fit and have a gorgeous silk waistband! Available in two lengths (24″ and 30″), in sizes 00-12 and in a gorgeous selection of colors, Alexandra Grecco’s skirts are about as pretty as they come.

Just for our lovely readers, Alexandra Grecco‘s offering 20% off any quantity with code TWENTY. Offer valid until September 12, 2014. 


The Prize: A lucky reader will win a gorgeous tulle skirt from Alexandra Grecco! (value $188)

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Modern San Diego Engagement + WIUP

I’m just going to come right about and say it – this San Diego duo is easily one the most stylish couples we’ve ever come across. It’s what happens when two creatives (him a photographer, her a producer) fall in love, and the snaps from Studio Castillero pretty much speak for themselves. Have a peek in the gallery and keep scrolling for this week’s lucky winners!

From the Bride-to-be… One of the first things my fiancé, James, and I did when we got engaged was book our photographers. As both of us work in creative fields, he’s a photographer and I’m a producer, it was essential for us to find people who’s work was unique, fun, and interesting. That is why we knew we had to go with the brilliantly talented photographers at Studio Castillero. In planning with them on where we should do our engagement session, we decided to shoot at two locations: our downtown San Diego loft that was converted from a 100-year-old church, and our wedding venue, The San Diego Museum of Art.

Regarding the locations, we decided to use our loft for a few reasons, the most obvious being that we love our home and it’s where we feel most comfortable. Another reason was that we wanted something unique to us as a couple (who doesn’t?). I mean, how many people live in a converted historical church and have their bedroom in a former confessional booth (complete with heavy 20 ft. tall doors with slats that open and shut in the middle)? It seemed fitting that while we’re not getting married in a church, we could at least include one in something wedding related.

The next reason is that if we shot at home we could include our dog, Whiskey (or as we like to call him, Whiskey Mittens) in the photo shoot. Boy, did he ham it up! When we normally try to take pictures of him he usually finds a way to move right when the shutter goes off, but the moment Megan and Brent start shooting you’d think he was born to be a puppy model. Seemingly, this was his shoot and his humans were just their as supporting cast members. The final reason is that it gave us a (semi) legitimate reason to jump on the bed, because well, why not?

After 30 minutes of shooting in and around our loft we headed over to our soon-to-be wedding venue, The San Diego Museum of Art. Once we arrived we made a bee-line for entrance. If anyone has ever been to Balboa Park they know that there are about 20 wedding related events going on at any given moment, especially during sunset. On our short walk up to the steps, we passed 3 other couples doing their engagement shoots. Once we made it up to the front entrance, chilled as I was in my slightly ripped dress, I grabbed James’ hand and stared at the sign. It was emotional and exciting and I think that came through in the photos.

I have to say, I think that is what is so great about our photos. While this location is very popular, Megan and Brent did an incredible job making our photos feel distinctive and special. Their images perfectly convey the tone for us as a couple and for what our wedding will be. Every time I look at our pictures, me in a white dress and James in a suit, in front of our venue I can’t help but get a flutter of excitement for our big day and I couldn’t help but want to share our praise for Megan and Brent’s phenomenal photos.

Photography: Megan And Brent With Studio Castillero | Black Suit: Cotton On | Blue Dress: Urban Outfitters | Blue Suit: H&M | Red Skirt: ASOS | Union Jack Pillow: Timothy Oulton | Venue: The San Diego Museum Of Art | White Dress: For Love And Lemons


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