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That’s a wrap, 2016!


As the first week of 2017 comes to a close, I’m sharing some of my favorite things from 2016 – as featured on our @LaurenElaineBridal Instagram countdown! I can’t wait to share what we have in the works for 2017!


 

See Alyssa Campanella's custom Lauren Elaine wedding gown and reception dress in the Fall 2016 Issue of The Knot magazine!

Now on Newsstands: The Knot Fall 2016 featuring Lauren Elaine Bridal

Be sure to pick up your Fall 2016 Issue of The Knot for a feature on Alyssa Campanella’s custom Lauren Elaine wedding gown, reception gown, and bridesmaids gowns for her royal-inspired California wedding, and a gorgeous photo spread captured by The Why We Love! We’ll be sharing more images shortly, as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes feature on the making of these custom gowns, but in the meantime, enjoy these swoon-worthy peeks into this stunning Santa Ynez ‘happily ever after!’

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Double Take: Alyssa’s Briar Rose in British Columbia

If this bride looks familiar, it’s because she’s quite possibly one of my favorite people to dress:)  From red carpets, to her own wedding aisle, Alyssa Campanella (now Coombs!) has worn her fair share of Lauren Elaine gowns.  And while you’ll have to wait until the end of August  for a full look at Alyssa’s wedding and her two custom Lauren Elaine wedding gowns (and her bridesmaids’ custom Lauren Elaine gowns!)  to release in the Fall 2016 issue of The Knot – today I’m happy to share these lovely images of Alyssa’s 2nd wedding reception in her Lauren Elaine Briar Rose gown.

Back in April, this fashion blogger and former Miss USA  wed actor Torrance Coombs in a royal-inspired wine country wedding at Sunstone Villa in Santa Ynez, California.  This July, the newlyweds celebrated with their extended family in Canada during a second wedding reception in British Columbia. For this intimate second reception, Alyssa chose the aptly named, and fairytale-inspired “Briar Rose.”  While we stayed away from tulle and opted for more a traditional look for Alyssa’s main ceremony gown in April,  the soft layers and bohemian lace of the “Briar Rose” offered the perfect effortless and playful look for her second celebration, without straying from her regal royal wedding vibe.

Have a look at these enchanting images, capture by Alyssa’s husband Torrance.  Be sure to pick up the Fall 2016 issue of The Knot on newsstands soon – and stay tuned for a full behind-the-seams look at the making of Alyssa’s custom wedding and bridal party gowns.

 

Sneak Peek: Alyssa’s Royal California Wedding

Alyssa Campanella's custom Lauren Elaine Bridal gowns

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 from Alyssa’s fairytale wedding to actor Torrance Coombs. Be sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel for all of our future episodes.

People Magazine First Look: Alyssa’s Custom Lauren Elaine Wedding Gowns

I’m beyond excited to share this magical first look at Alyssa Campanella and Torrance Coomb’s wedding this past Saturday, and a first look at her custom Lauren Elaine gowns! We’ve been keeping this special secret for a while now;) Such an honor and pleasure designing for this friend and muse, and I’m so happy to be a part of her ‘happily ever after.’ Visit People Magazine’s Style Watch to see the exclusive first look on Alyssa’s two gowns!  Look for the full reveal on Alyssa’s wedding  and wedding fashions in an upcoming issue of The Knot, along with special behind-the-scenes features on the making of Alyssa’s custom wedding gowns and  bridesmaids gowns.

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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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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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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, and this early snowfall was nature’s icing on the cake!  After frolicking in this November wonderland, I spent the day curled up by a blazing fire, sipping hot cocoa, and looking over photos from a recent shoot we did last week for Lauren Elaine Bridal.  A perfect Saturday. Happy November, everyone!

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It's snowing!!! Walking in a November wonderland… #behindtheseams #bigbear #snow #november #californialove #yourstruly

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Dress: Lauren Elaine Black Label – available by special order (inquiries to salesrep@lauren-elainedesigns.com)

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 jewel-toned “Petunia” dress from LAINE by Lauren Elaine not only felt appropriate for the event, but also for exploring the picturesque 1920s historical home that accommodated my family for the wedding weekend.

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Pair florals with black, navy, or chocolate accents and accessories to make them wearable year-round in warmer climates. SHOP PETUNIA here.