Joy’s Castle Wedding at Cap Cana

 Once upon a time, in a land far far away, bride Joy said “I do” to fiance Stephen in a breathtaking castle overlooking the sea…

Today, I’m so excited to share this romantic look at Joy’s fairytale-worthy May wedding at the Sanctuary Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic- and her custom “Lotus” gown!  From the rustic stone walls, to the dreamy castle staircases, this enchanting location was made for a tulle ball gown – and I can’t stop swooning over the amazing images of Joy and her “Lotus” as captured by photographer Jay Melilli.  And for the icing on the cake, Joy went with something red (my favorite!) – a pair of the most gorgeous scarlett-hued heels.  May they live ‘happily ever after!’

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Inspiring Parks: Pt. 1

“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.

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Basking in an extra hour of daylight. #behindtheseams #thegreatoutdoors #californialove #laurenelaine

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THEODORA: Mini Lookbook

Embrace the exotic with the ethereal “Theodora” gown from Lauren Elaine Bridal. Decadent pearl-beaded lace and hand-crafted ruffles adorn an otherworldy A-line silhouette of luxurious draped chiffon. SHOP THEODORA here.

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Model: Sabyr Omens | Photography: ULE Digital


CAMELLIA: Mini Lookbook

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.

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Model: Sabyr Omens | Photography: ULE Digital

BRIAR ROSE: Mini Lookbook

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.

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Model: Sabyr Omens


ULE Digital: Cover and Pages 1, 2, 3 (left), 5 (left), & 6

KEE Moments Photography: Pages 3(right), 4, & 5 (right)

MONARCH: Mini-Lookbook

Flourish in the regal beauty of textured floral lace and cascading feathered tulle of the Monarch gown by Lauren Elaine Bridal.  SHOP MONARCH here.

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




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

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!


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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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…


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

Darby Buckley & James Grayson

Makeup by:
Kymberlee Curti


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