Category: Adventures

Atomic Beach: Annual Honeymoon-ing in Saint John

Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine explores St John's Oppenheimer Beach and tire swing

Somewhere along the North Shore of the US Virgin Island of Saint John,  is one of the most beautiful beaches you’ve probably never heard of. Since tying the knot in 2013, an ‘annual honeymoon’ is something my husband and I try to plan each year, to treat ourselves and celebrate our marriage.  Call it a

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Red Rock Retreat

Designer Lauren Elaine explores Slide Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona wearing bohemian Free People Desert Wind's maxi dress with navajo print.

I’ve had a lifelong love affair with Sedona.  My love for this magical desert playground never wanes… so much so that even rides on Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland (supposedly inspired by Walt’s love of Sedona’s iconic landscapes) have me dreaming up return trips.   So, when planning a quick little R&R retreat with my husband,

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Sneak Peek: Alyssa’s Royal California Wedding

This special “sneak peek” edition of “Once Upon a Seam with Designer Lauren Elaine” highlights the making of Alyssa Campanella’s royal-inspired custom Lauren Elaine wedding gowns. Look for the full “Once Upon A Seam” episode coming this summer, and be sure to pick up the Fall 2016 issue of ‘The Knot’ magazine to see more

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ONCE UPON A SEAM, The Series: New Orleans

Once Upon A Seam with Designer Lauren Elaine. Episode 1, New Orleans and Lauren Elaine Bridal

For 2016, we’re excited to present Once Upon a Seam: The Series.  “Once Upon A Seam” highlights the inspirations and stories behind each Lauren Elaine gown and collection. In this premiere episode,  join me in New Orleans as I share an inside look at the importance of location and authenticity for each and every Bridal

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Walking in a November Wonderland

Southern California hasn’t seen rain in what feels like a year!  While Los Angeles was treated to much needed showers…in Big Bear Lake, CA, I got to experience precipitation in its most magical form–SNOW!!  I came up to the mountains a few days ago to spend Halloween and enjoy a long weekend/creative retreat after a busy October,

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Fall Florals

While it may technically be Fall,  in Southern California it still feels very much like summer. And although I’m desperate to break out the plaids, faux fur, and houndstooth, I couldn’t help but gravitate towards florals when picking a dress for my cousin’s recent wedding brunch in Montecito, CA.  With temps in the 80s, the

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