Promo Code for 20% Off This Weekend’s Luxe Hotels Wedding Event!

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I blogged earlier this month about being on the host committee for this weekend’s Luxe Hotels Wedding Event and I’d love to extend an invite and a discount to any brides out there looking for vendors and design inspiration for your wedding.

LHWE_Evite-V2To score 20% off your ticket, use PROMO CODE: GENLUX 20% when purchasing your tickets, here: All of the details regarding time and location can be found in the image above as well. For details about all of the fantastic vendors and wedding professionals that will be in attendance, and for fun giveaways that will be happening at the event, LIKE them on Facbeook! I hope to see you this Sunday, March 17, 2014.

NEW – Wedding Style Quiz

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Earlier today, I decided to do a quick wedding style quiz! I pulled three very different wedding dress images and then posted them to my Facebook page with the following caption: If you were getting married tomorrow (go with it!), which dress would you choose?

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The results are in! According to my Facebook friends, the best choice is Dress #2. I can see why ladies would want to wear this beautiful dress by LAZARO. It has a lot of the details most bride’s dream of wearing on their special day. It’s strapless, has a fitted bodice, a full tulle skirt, and the flower details around the waist, in addition to the subtle sparkle and blush color, make it really feminine and fun.

Which dress would you chose? Let me know, and please LIKE me on Facebook ( so that you can get in on all of my upcoming wedding style quizzes. Heads up, I’ll be posting another one tomorrow!

Secondhand Doesn’t Mean Second Best: My Tips Featured by!

Hey Ya’ll,

Do you LOVE to shop at thrift stores? Would you ever consider buying a secondhand wedding dress either online or in a store? I recently spoke with about this very topic, and while there are a few things to be weary of when buying secondhand, overall, I think it’s a great way to save money and be environmentally friendly on your wedding day.

Click HERE to read the entire article, which explains the benefits of buying your wedding dress secondhand and all of the things you should keep in mind while you’re shopping.

There are a lot of reputable websites dedicated to selling pre-owned (sometimes the dress was never even worn!) wedding gowns. If you’re buying your secondhand dress online, my biggest tip to keep in mind is as follows: Unless you are able to go to a local store and try on the same dress or another dress by the same designer in person, look for dresses that are slightly larger in size than you’d normally wear.

Why? First off, wedding gowns tend to run smaller in size than other types of dresses/clothing that you’re used to buying. Second, having a dress let out or having to add fabric for length is difficult and costly. On the other hand, taking a dress in is pretty easy, and with all of the money you’re saving by purchasing a secondhand gown, spending a little dough to make sure it fits you perfectly is well worth it.

More of My YOU-nique Wedding Tips Featured by Wedding Bells Magazine!

Hey Ya’ll,

I hope you all had a great weekend. Today, I’m sharing another one of my sure fire ways to create a unique wedding celebration. Click here, to read all of my best tips as featured by Wedding Bells now. For the next tip in the series, read on…

In my first post we covered Tip 1: The Venue. Today, I’m skipping ahead to #10, because it should actually be #1…

10. The Dress
Say it with me, “It all starts with the dress.”  Whenever I start working with a bride, I ask her what her dress style is. I think it’s important to incorporate elements of the dress into the wedding.

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A good place to incorporate your dress’s personality (and hopefully your own!) into your wedding is usually with the centerpieces, invitations, or even the cake.

Knowing the dress helps me also understand what type of bride I’m working with. I can tell if I’m going to design a princess-style wedding…

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Or a chic and modern one:

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So, when you’re looking for ways to infuse your wedding with your own YOU-nique personality, remember that everything radiates from the dress! Think about who you are and don’t be afraid to make a bold statement on your wedding day. As long as your fashion choices are authentic to your personality and taste, you’ll love like the stunning bride you always dreamed of being as a little girl! Happy shopping!

March Wedding Series: It Starts With The Dress!

Hey ya’ll,

When it comes to designing a wedding, it all starts with the dress! And for a bride looking for the perfect dress, the process can be a lot like finding a husband. Meaning, a bride will try on many dresses, but she’ll always choose the one that makes her feel most beautiful.

As a designer, I see the dress as the centerpiece of the entire wedding. I use the dress for design inspiration as well as a way to understand the personality and taste of the bride I am designing for. For example, when a bride comes to me with a picture of a poofy ballgown, I know that I am dealing with a bride that wants to be a princess on her wedding day. This type of bride typically wants something more conservative that makes a statement and is usually in love with big centerpieces and lots of bling. However, when a bride shows me a picture of a sheath dress or something a little more sexy, then I know that I will have some room to be a little more playful and the opportunity to push the envelope a little more.

Above is a picture of my sister’s wedding dress… I went to the textile show at the fabric mart in downtown LA and ordered the fabric for her myself. It came from Milan and then she had someone in Austin make her dress for her. It was so much fun choosing the fabric that created her wedding dress, which then inspired the design for her entire wedding.

Here are some dresses I found online that inspire me:

I also found this helpful silhouette guide by Brooklyn Bride, which can help you get your dress jargon down and better explain what you’re looking for:

Lastly, don’t be afraid of color! The color of a bride’s dress helps in determining the other accent colors that we will be using in the design of the wedding.  The bridesmaid dresses also help to play a secondary roll in determining the colors of the wedding, what colors the invitations will be, the flowers, the linens, etc. Some of the most stunning brides I’ve ever seen have worn ivory, cream, champagne, or beige, as opposed to a traditional, stark white gown. As of late, it also seems like a lot more brides have embraced the idea of wearing a gown in pale pink or blush (see below). My advice: Try on dresses based on the silhouette and fit—not the color.

As far as wedding dress designers go, I love Monique Lhuillier for her creative styling and timeless designs that are true works of art. Plus, I pass by her store on La Cienega almost daily and I always find incredible inspiration from her window displays and use those to help me expand the design ideas I use when designing an event or wedding.

I think that Vera Wang is a master of creating beautiful gowns that are nothing but elegant and classy. Her designs are tasteful and I love when I get to use one of her dresses to create a stunning wedding. In fact, my cousin is getting married in July and wearing Vera Wang and just the thought of her wedding dress has given me so much inspiration to be creative.

Reem Acra is another one of my top picks for wedding dress designers. Reem Acra’s designs are eclectic and dramatic, and I love the way they style a bride for a photo shoot in a Reem Acra dress. They always look so bold and powerful.

Lazaro also tops my list. His dresses are carefully extravagant while giving a vintage nod through the use of floral embellishment and embroidery.

Who’s your favorite wedding dress designer? Let me know in the comment section below.

I hope this post was helpful for any of you searching for your perfect dress. Remember, you had to kiss a lot of frogs before you found your prince… and unfortunately, the same thing goes for finding your dream dress! Try not to compromise and have faith in your vision. I know you’ll find what you’re looking for!