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Haute Bride Gets Hauter

Haute Bride is known across the nation for their stylish wedding accessories—including jewelry, tiaras, hair ornaments, necklaces and veils; lucky Northern California brides can browse these glittering embellishments in person at Haute Bride’s cute Union Street salon.

articles_altAnother bonus: Haute Bride has just expanded their bridal gown selection to include such fashion forward couture designers as Adele Weschler and New York’s fresh face, Jane Wang. Also new to the store’s line-up are a treasure trove of bridal shoes, shoes, shoes!

Whether you are just beginning to assemble your aisle look, or are browsing for that final bit of bling to complete the pretty picture, Haute Bride is worth visiting in person.

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Mar 10, 2008.
Filed under AccessoriesFashion

The Art of Floral Design

My all-time favorite San Francisco event is coming up this week: the Bouquets to Art floral exhibit. The idea behind it is genius: florists interpret a masterpiece of art or sculpture, like a Picasso or a Rodin using flowers. Think fine art meets floral design. (Honestly, if art history was ever this exciting I might have stayed awake in every class! ) Naturally, several of our Certified By The Guide Northern California floral designers will be showcased, including Patricia Gibbons, Branch Out, Fantasy Florals, Laurel Designs, Sunshine Flowers, Violetta and Waterlily Pond.

articles_altThe event’s opening party will feature floral décor and cocktail arrangements by Branch Out’s Leighsa Smyser. Be sure to stop by the Piazzoni Murals Room to take in her floral sculpture designed to match the earth toned landscape mural that fills the room. Elements like artichokes, hydrangea, orchids, flax leaves, vendela and sahara roses echo the terrain of hills and trees in the mural.

Event Details: Bouquets to Art, March 11-15 at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

After the show, visit the museum’s incredible cafe for Bon Appetite’s delectable, fresh and organic selection of light fare. Let us know what you experience if you get to visit. See you there!

Allison Posted by Allison on Mar 07, 2008.
Filed under Flowers

Father Daughter Dance

I was on the phone today with one of our favorite DJs, Strawberry Fields DJ Company. They were telling me about a recent wedding, where the bride put a spin on the traditional father-daughter dance: Instead of having everyone simply focus on her and her dad, about 30 seconds into the song she invited all fathers and daughters to join them on the dance floor. The guests were delighted to take part in the moment.

articles_altWhat a sweet idea! My friends always invite my dad to their weddings, and I know he would love the chance for the two of us to share in the spotlight.

Useful Tip: I get questions from my brides about which songs are best for the traditional father-daughter dance. I give my brides iVillage’s list of the old standbys, but I must admit, a few of the tunes are a bit cheesy. I like some of the suggestions at Offbeat Bride, and if anyone has other recommendations, let me know!

Denise Posted by Denise on Mar 05, 2008.
Filed under Music and EntertainmentReceptionsWedding Ideas