Lauren Elaine Bridal: RECEPTION COLLECTION LOOKBOOK

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

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Frocking out the New Year with the Reception Collection!

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!

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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!

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TREND TUESDAY: Oversized Bows

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.

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TREND TUESDAY: 3-D Flowers

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.” Lauren Elaine Bridal Brides Magazine Review

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, salesrep@lauren-elainedesigns.com, see below.)

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Bright Light City

“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



Starring:
Darby Buckley & James Grayson

Makeup by:
Kymberlee Curti

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Holiday Road

Oh how I love a good road trip.  Maybe it’s the change of scenery, or maybe it’s the drawn out anticipation of the destination. When it comes to traveling, I’d happily trade a day on the road, inspired by new landscapes, for a few hours in the sky.  Road trips are not only an American tradition, but when it comes to the holidays, road trips are just as much a tradition as decorations and presents.  To Grandmother’s [ or insert family member’s] house we go… LaurenElaineHolidayRoad4

I kicked off this holiday season with a road trip into high altitude and cooler temps for Thanksgiving.  And next week,  I’ll be road-tripping to Las Vegas for a project I’ve been dreaming up for a while.  I’m exciting to be launching a new collection of tea-length, 1950’s inspired bridal dresses geared towards receptions, rehearsals, showers, and unconventional weddings.  They’re fun to wear, and made for celebrating.  I love it when brides break away from tradition when it comes to their weddings – whether it’s the location or the gown.  And so I thought, what  better place to capture the nontraditional, fun, and flirty retro feel of the new collection than Vegas, and all it’s neon glory!  I can’t wait to head out on a road trip through the Mojave desert  to bring this vision to life– behind-the-seams blog post to follow!!LaurenElaineHolidayRoad8LaurenElaineHolidayRoad1LaurenElaineHolidayRoad2LaurenElaineHolidayRoad7LaurenElaineHolidayRoad5

 

 

 

 

 

LOTUS: Mini-Lookbook

Shimmer in the iridescent beauty of cascading tulle and horsehair petals over the sumptuous ball gown silhouette of the Lotus gown by Lauren Elaine Bridal. SHOP LOTUS here.

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SHOP LOTUS HERE.

(Model: Sabyr Omens |  Photography & Post by ULE Digital )

GARDENIA: Mini-Lookbook

Bloom in the delicate, hand-crafted beauty and charm of the feminine Gardenia gown from Lauren Elaine Bridal. SHOP GARDENIA here.

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SHOP GARDENIA HERE.

(Model: Jessica Minter |  Photography & Post by ULE Digital )

Epilogue: Lisa’s Victorian Violette

Vintage inspirations are prevalent in many of our bridal gowns, from silhouettes and fabrications, to finishing techniques and embellishments.  Additionally, many of the brides we work with are quick to describe their wedding theme as vintage-inspired.  While vintage inspiration can take many forms,  I truly fell in love with these dreamy images from beautiful bride Lisa.  Not only did she make for one stunning bride, but her Victorian venue was such a perfect compliment to the vintage-inspired Victorian lace and feminine details of her “Violette” gown.  I also adore her use of  color (the red shoes!) and her spot-on styling. Here’s a look at some of the images from her wedding at the Top O’Woodland Historic Inn in Nashville, TN,  photographed by Suzi Daggs.

 “I absolutely loved this dress, and it was perfect for the venue and feel of the wedding.” – Lisa

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Gown: Lauren Elaine “Violette” | Photography: Suzi Daggs | Venue: Top O’ Woodland Historic Inn in Nashville, TN

 

 

 

 

Inspiration Orientation

I get inspiration from just about everything– places I’ve visited, movies, music, nature…the list goes on.  As inspiration is such a huge part of my world, I’ve decided to make a change.  Can you see/guess what it is? …As you may have noticed, the name of the blog has changed! And over the course of the next week or so, we’ll be making some other additions and modifications to the blog and the layout in the spirit of this theme.

Just as every fairytale begins with ‘Once upon a time…” — every creation of mine starts with a seam.  But more meaningful to me is the inspiration behind the seams, and what inspires every design, collection, photograph and fashion film from the very beginning. I love reading and seeing the inspiration behind other artists’ work, just as I enjoy sharing mine. Inspiration is a story, and you can read all of my stories on ‘Once Upon a Seam.’

One of my biggest sources of inspiration is travel – and visiting new places.  While I frequently trade Los Angeles for a change of scenery in Big Bear,  it’s not exactly a “new place”- as it’s more like a second home. However, on a recent trip I did a little exploring  of the town of Fawnskin, CA–nestled on the other side of Big Bear Lake.  As you enter the rustic town square, it’s hard to miss the massive and seemingly abandoned Fawn Lodge.  Today it looks like a wild-west inspired saloon, but apparently it wasn’t always that way (it even holds a deep dark secret.) I love it’s kitschy look, and it helped inspired the wild west cowboys and indians theme and concept of our 2014 SWIM campaign film, shot entirely in Big Bear.  While exploring, I paired the western-inspired “Polly” dress from ‘Laine by Lauren Elaine’ with a chunky wool cardigan, tights, and my favorite boots. Gingham can be a go-to year round with the right layering.

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