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Wedding Dress Eye Candy: Pronovias ‘Talud’

I’m currently helping one of my fabulous brides choose a gown for her 2011 wedding, and wanted to find something stunning on a budget. Since I just received an email from Jobyna’s Bridal Salon in Glendale about a 2010 Pronovias gown sample sale, I perused the Pronovias 2010 collection today to send some options to my bride.

Among the options I found this gorgeous wedding dress… the Pronovias by Manuel Mota ‘Talud’ dress. It’s certainly not for every bride (or even for most brides, ha), but for the right woman who has a love affair with fashion and enjoys making a dramatic style statement, it’s perfection. And if you think the front view is stunning, be sure to check out the details in the back – love it!

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More Details from our Chanel-inspired wedding shoot…

Some of my very favorite details from our Chanel wedding inspiration shoot included the bridal and bridesmaid accessories. The white enamel and gold bangles, the Kenneth Jay Lane oversize flower ring, gloves, lace tights and the big floral headpieces injected the ‘wow factor’ into the bridal and bridesmaid looks. That is precisely why I love styling brides – it truly is an art, and you have to have a well honed sense of balance, taste, color and proportion to get it just right. Every new outfit I set out to create for this shoot felt like an exhilarating new challenge… especially since the store that originally promised us pieces for the bridesmaids fell through a day before and I picked out all new the pieces seen in the shoot in an hour.

Doing a wedding shoot like this once again reminded me that beauty really is all around, and I am so grateful to have a career that I am deeply passionate about. Hope you have enjoyed all the eye candy. Until next time…


Yelena Johnson

Creative Director & Principal Consultant, The Stylish Soiree

Vendor Credits: Styling, planning & design development: Yelena Johnson, The Stylish Soiree / Photography: Allison & Kyle Richter of Studio 28 Photo / Floral Design: Carissa Jones, JL Designs & Events / Paper Goods: Calligraphy Katrina and Maison du Papier / Hair & Makeup: Dedra Whitt / Venue: Brookside Equestrian Center, Walnut, CA; Contact Lisa Walton-Cortes / Wedding Dresses: L’ezu Atelier in Beverly Hills, CA; Contact Patricia Nevil / Dresses Used in Shoot (from L’ezu): Acqua di Rosa (blush silk gown with chiffon detail at neck), Acqua di Giglio (silk with chiffon overlay, one shoulder and black pearl/floral details), Alonso (short dress) / Rentals: Party Rental King; white ladderback chairs, mirror and black French glass chargers / Linens: Wildflower Linens

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Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping: Day 1

Christos Desiree gown, new for Spring 2010As promised, I’m going to cover some of my top tips for wedding dress shopping. Finding the perfect dress is a different experience for everyone, but I am a firm believer that every woman should fall in love with her wedding dress.  Even if you do not feel that your wedding day is “the most important day of your life,” the fact remains that the dress you choose to wear on your wedding will be forever commemorated in nearly 1,000 pictures from your photographer. In addition to it being the most photographed day of your life, all of your favorite people will be there (probably at least 100 of them) to see you, many of whom you do not see on a regular basis. The bottom line is that you want to look beautiful, feel comfortable, and really shine in the dress you choose for your wedding day.

Over the course of the next week or two, I’m going to cover my top tips for finding the right dress for your wedding. Today I will start with the first in the series. I hope you find this info useful and helpful – feel free to email me with any questions or comments, I’d be happy to give additional advice tailored to your situation.

Wedding Dress Shopping Tip #1: Know Thyself

The girl who knows her own personal style well will have a much smoother time finding her perfect wedding dress. It”s important to remember that you should look like you on your wedding day – only better.  If you have always loved frilly, girly clothing, start by looking for wedding gowns that match that style aesthetic. You might look great in a slinky, body-hugging silk dress fit for a Hollywood starlet, but when you look back on your photos a year from now are you going to wish you opted for something made of tulle and lace?

Your wedding day is the ultimate expression of you and your fiance – of who you are as a couple, and who you are as individuals.  When shopping for a dress, this means you should stick with what styles resonate with your personality and usual clothing taste. The other benefit of knowing thyself and your preferred style is that it helps narrow down the overwhelming sea of wedding dress options, which are easy to get lost in when you start looking at all the dress ads.  Of course the dresses all look great on models in the magazines (let’s be honest, the ads were specifically styled with a certain type of model that best fits the dresses aesthetic!), but by sticking to styles that align with your own innate style you will guarantee finding a dress that you love.

Stay tuned for more wedding dress shopping tips, including who to bring to the bridal appointment, how to set a dress budget, alteration advice, where to find the best wedding dress deals, and which silhouettes are ideal for certain body types. Let me know if you have any special requests too!

XO, Yelena

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