Photography | Dapper Images
Venue, Catering, Cake, Wedding Night Hotel & Lighting | The Grand Del Mar
Coordination & Candy Bar | Create The Day Weddings & Events
Floral Design | Jose’s Floral Couture & Design
Linens | Valentine Textile Inc.
Rentals | Lounge Appeal
Invitations & Wedding Day Stationery | Delights & Invites
Entertainment | Bruce and Friends
Videography | Geldermann Team
Gown Designer | Inbal Dror
Bridal Salon | Panache Bridal Costa Mesa
Bridal & Bridesmaid Jewelry | Royal Accessories
Bridal Shoes | Valentino
Hair | Keyonna Tillman International
Makeup | Alex Butler Makeup Artistry
Groom’s Formalwear | Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Formalwear | Calvin Klein
Bridesmaid Dresses | Sherri Hill
Rings | Los Angeles Diamond Factory
From Francesca Miranda:
Inspiration: The Francesca Miranda Fall 2017 collection was inspired by a fairytale. Each gown alludes a deep sense of romance with hints of whimsy in every detail, including hand embroidered butterflies, meticulously placed pearl accents, and French lace appliqués.
Photography | Andres Oyuela
The Beauty of a Bride
By Marissa Boucher, Owner of The Boudoir Divas in San Diego
While boudoir photography was introduced as the “sexiest gift for the groom”TM not too long ago, this new trend took off rapidly as more and more grooms were stunned speechless by this surprise gift. As a photographer who was part of this new movement, it was fun to see it gain momentum. Word spread as groomsmen watched the groom’s eyes get wide with amazement as they saw him open this secret book just minutes before his bride walked down the aisle toward him.
It was quite the new hot topic, and everyone understood why.
Boudoir was once considered risqué and taboo, but it has now been converted into what we love it to be — a private celebration of the beauty of intimacy within a couple. And not just for the couple as a unit, individually for the bride herself as well. It’s a way to celebrate and document what has always been one of the most special traditions in womanhood, the season of wedding preparation. It looks much different these days than it did say even a hundreds of years ago, with pinterest, wedding magazines, and going down the #wedding hashtag rabbit trails, but the overall anticipation and tradition remains.
While our prep looks different, the sweet sentiment swirling in a bride’s heart is all the same as it ever was. She radiates with the hopes, wishes and dreams this memorable time inspires. And as photographers, we love that we get to celebrate and document the bride aglow with anticipation and rosy with the frantic pace that accompanies this season. It’s wonderful to see the bride’s experience play out. She comes to our studio nervous, but enjoys this confidence-boosting experience more than she ever thinks she will. While feeling better in her own skin, she romances her groom with this sweet gesture. It’s a win-win.
We feel our job is to enter into that space with her, inspired to create something that represents her beautifully. At the risk of sounding entirely cheesy, we boudoir photographers feed off the hopes that are quietly spilling from our brides’ hearts, and I don’t think there is anything more a photographer loves than this in a subject.
So much of the wedding prep is about tasks, to-do lists, and deadlines. We love that a boudoir session is a time to slow down, tune out the details, and to step into this season by being present. We highly encourage you to do this for your spouse-to-be but even more so for yourself. Look for a highly qualified boudoir photographer, read their testimonials, look for consistency in their galleries of images, and most importantly, get a sense that you will feel comfortable with them. You won’t regret it!
Photography | The Boudoir Divas
Photography | Jim Kennedy Photographers
Floral Design | Sweet Peas
Venue | The Red Horse Barn
Planning | Shelly Fronk and Shea
Videographer | Related Grey
Hair | Vanilla Salon
Makeup | Julia Biglari
Dress Designer | Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner
Suit | David August
Rentals | Signature Party Rentals
Cake | Great Dane
Photography | Studio EMP
Coordination | Trina Schmidt Weddings & Special Events
Formalwear | Friar Tux Shop
Ceremony Venue | Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
Reception Venue | Private Residence
Floral Design | Kwasney Designs
Linens | Luxe Linens
Rentals | Signature Party Rentals
Lighting | Illuminated Events
Invitations & Stationery | Sugar Press
Catering | Olive Pit Grill
Cake | Love Cakes
Entertainment | Spindle 45
Videography | Video by Melissa
Bridal Salon, Hairpiece, Veil & Bridesmaid Dresses | Alfred Angelo
Bridal Shoes | Nordstrom
Transportation | Unlimited Limo & Charter
Hair | Vanity Belle
Makeup | Makeup by Melinda