When couture bridal fashion meets fantasy romance, the result is bound to be exceptional—and it is! One of Here Comes The Guide’s fave bridal designers, Los Angeles-based Kirstie Kelly, teamed up with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings to create a line of wedding gowns fit for a princess—or a bride who just wants to feel like one.
Inspired by Disney leading ladies like Jasmine, Ariel and Snow White, Kirstie Kelly translates the spirit and silhouette of these heroines into gorgeous bridal fashion that resonates with all types of modern women. “Each Disney Princess has a unique, charming and very individual style that many brides can identify with,” explains Kirstie. For example, while Belle embodies stylish sophistication with lots of lace, ribbon and tulle flowers, the Ariel look is more sultry allure, with hemlines that evoke a mermaid-like wave effect.
The type of event a bride is planning also influences which feminine icon she chooses to emulate. For the destination wedding, Kirstie suggests Jasmine’s bohemian-chic, with chiffon and satin mixed in with clustered beadwork. “But if you’re hosting 500 people in a ballroom,” she advises, “you’ll definitely want to consider the Cinderella Classic Elegance gown.”
And for the bride who wants to take her fantasy wedding to the max, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings has the ultimate wedding aisle—the drawbridge in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Or choose from among any of the Magic Kingdom’s rose gardens, pavilions, hotel ballrooms and more. The event producers at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings customize your celebration to suit your taste and budget, and can include everything from Cinderella’s glass coach to a view of the summer fireworks finale. Now, thanks to the imaginative eye of designer Kirstie Kelly, a bride can dress the part as well. (Though she’ll still have to provide her own Prince Charming!)
Not only am I a Here Comes the Guide staffer, but I also moonlight as a wedding coordinator, and recently took on a VIP client—my sister, Sandra. Our recent mission? To boldly begin the search for “the dress.” First stop was SF’s trendy North Beach neighborhood, home of Glamour Closet, a veritable treasure trove of discount designer samples. “I was a little nervous to try on wedding gowns for the first time,” confesses Sandra, “but Glamour Closet has a personalized atmosphere that’s both comfortable and elegant. Although it was very busy, owner Sandy made me feel like I was the only bride in the shop!” Sandra and I were also impressed with the variety of designers and styles available—at unbeatable prices. “I had no idea that I could actually get a designer gown that is within my budget!” Guess what, girls? You can, too!
The gotta-have beauty innovation of the season is Lush Lashes by Thi Cosmetics. This individually applied eye accessory lends natural sex appeal in person, and packs a punch for those once-in-a-lifetime photos. Ditto the rest of cosmetician Taylor Pham’s make-up line (though designed with Asian brides in mind, this tan white girl can vouch for the products’ universal appeal.)