“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods…”
Nothing is more inspiring than Nature. I’ve lost hours to google, constantly on the hunt for interesting and inspiring photoshoot locations and scenery, and beautiful new places to discover. In February, I explored 5 national parks throughout California, ranging from prehistoric lakes to alpine forests. I kicked off a month of exploration in a place close to home–Angeles National Forest. While not exactly a new destination for me (see Sunday Safari), it’s landscape is vast and changes dramatically from one mile to the next. With a picnic in tow, I explored the eastern range of the mountains, complete with towering pines and rustic bridges in golden afternoon light. A perfect spot if I ever choose to revisit our ‘Little Red Riding Hood‘ campaign.
Get swept away in the romantic “Camellia” gown by Lauren Elaine Bridal. Layers of chiffon, textured 3D floral lace embroidery, pearl detailing, and a plunging illusion back enchant on an exquisite A-line silhouette. SHOP CAMELLIA here.
Model: Sabyr Omens | Photography: ULE Digital
Flourish in the whimsical beauty of scalloped lace, tulle, and flowing chiffon of the Briar Rose gown by Lauren Elaine Bridal. SHOP BRIAR ROSE here.
Model: Sabyr Omens
ULE Digital: Cover and Pages 1, 2, 3 (left), 5 (left), & 6
KEE Moments Photography: Pages 3(right), 4, & 5 (right)
FROCK ON! Presenting the inaugural lookbook for the Reception Collection by Lauren Elaine Bridal! Curated especially for destination weddings, elopements, wedding receptions and rehearsals, the Reception Collection offers a variety of fete-worthy retro-feel frocks in tea length silhouettes and unique fabrications, including Ombre tulle and 3-D lace flowers. To highlight the Reception Collection’s fun and retro mood, we headed to the bright lights of Las Vegas, NV. View the behind-the-scenes video from the shoot here. And shop all of the styles from the ‘Reception Collection’ at Lauren-ElaineDesigns.com.
Enjoy! – LE
Tomorrow’s the day! We can’t wait to release the new ‘Reception Collection’ from Lauren Elaine Bridal! Be sure to visit the Lauren Elaine Official Site tomorrow morning, at 9:30amPST, for the launch of the new collection and 27 page lookbook! If you subscribe to our newsletter, (or if you’re already subscribed) you’ll also be receiving a special promo code good towards any ‘Reception Collection’ style, for a limited time!
About the Reception Collection: We’ve created this collection in direct response to a growing demand for non-traditional wedding gowns. Whether it’s a dress for the first dance at a wedding reception, or a dress for the bride who’s opted for a civil ceremony, weddings and related celebrations come in all varieties, and we really wanted to embrace that. Many brides don’t want to wear the same dress they wore for their ceremony. The reception is all about the celebration. It’s a party! And the ‘Reception Collection’ offers bridal dresses that are fun to wear, and are perfect for the post-nuptials festivities. The femininity and overall prettiness of 1950’s silhouettes have always been a favorite of mine. I wanted to capture that lady-like elegance in the ‘Reception Collection,’ while keeping the looks wearable and flattering on all shapes and sizes.
Along with the easy-to-wear A-line shapes and tea-length hemlines, the ‘Reception Collection’ boasts lady-like charm with luxurious textures and details usually reserved for gowns of higher price points– and lady-like names for each of the four initial styles: the “Priscilla”, the “Shirley”, the “Lana,” and the “Margaret.” The “Shirley” features a signature ombre tulle skirt and bodice, available in 3 colors (Blushing, Mint-to-Be, and Something Blue.) Swarovski crystals and three-dimensional embroidered flowers pepper the cropper-mermaid silhouette of the “Margaret,” with French corded lace and satin adorning the more classic “Priscilla” and “Lana” styles.
Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter at Lauren Elaine Online and look for the launch of the Reception Collection tomorrow!
Today’s trend: Oversize Bows. As seen on the cover and inside the current issue of Brides Magazine, oversized bows are having a moment. Not only do they add a punch of unexpected drama with the right placement, but if you select a gown featuring a self-tying bow, like the Lauren Elaine Briarleigh, you can create the shape and look you prefer –from big and voluminous to loose and draped.
In the spirit of the New Year, we’re introducing new weekly themes to the blog! Today, I’m happy to be kicking off ‘Trend Tuesday’ - a weekly post highlighting timely trends in bridal fashion.
Today’s trend: 3-D Flowers. As seen in the current issue of Brides Magazine, currently on newsstands, up the luxe in your bridal look with textured flowers. Whether on the neckline, hemline, or even added to a veil or headpiece, texture is always exciting and decadent, and lace flowers keep the effect feminine and touchable.
Many of the newest Lauren Elaine Bridal gowns are peppered with our signature, 3-D french corded lace hand embroidered flowers – including the new Gardenia, Aurelia, Ivy, Aurora, and even the soon-to-be released Margaret dress from the upcoming “Reception Collection.”
If you’re keeping your gown look sleek but want a pop of floral, experiment with a textured hair accessory like the “Empress” headpiece (available by special order, firstname.lastname@example.org, see below.)
“Bright light city gonna set my soul
Gonna set my soul on fire
Got a whole lot of money that’s ready to burn,
So get those stakes up higher…
VIVA LAS VEGAS!”
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the new “Reception Collection” by Lauren Elaine Bridal photoshoot in Las Vegas. Shop the Reception Collection soon at Lauren-ElaineDesigns.com
Darby Buckley & James Grayson