Selecting Your Best Bridal Veil Look

Many brides-to-be think it’s all about the dress! However, as an experienced Los Angeles veul designer and owner of Julie Harris, Designs which specializes in bridal veils and accessories, I would argue that the veil is just as significant for a different reason. Most brides have worn a dress before. However the veil is something special and unique to the occasion of your wedding. Now is the only chance to wear that once in a lifetime iconic bridal accessory. Wearing a beautiful bridal veil provides a frame for your gown, gives you that timeless bridal look and also creates an opportunity to let your personality and style shine through. It is said that a the veil makes the bride. So make your veil count!


Selecting the right veil style can be daunting because for most brides it is unfamiliar territory. I am here to shed some light into the world of veils and explain some style details so that you can make the best selection for your perfect wedding day ensemble. Here are some distinctive styles for you to consider.

JULIET VEIL – Originally popular in the 1920s, a Juliet cap sits close on the forehead and is gathered on the sides rather than at the top with the veil. The veil portion is attached to the cap on the sides and back. Small combs are hidden on the underside which slip into your hair by the ears. The more modern version of a Juliet Veil may be plain or have an embellished band that secures to the crown of the head. A modern Juliet style veil adds a boho chic flair to any bridal look.

CASCADE VEIL – The cascade veil is shorter at the front and slightly wavy at the sides. This veil is cut to fall in graceful waves to float around the body. A cascade veil often has an embellished to highlight the shape and movement of the cascade. You can go for something more traditional with lace, satin or beaded trim or a more minimalist look with just pure tulle. This style looks great in any length and has a romantic feel that works well with many dress styles from ball gown to boho.

DROP VEIL -This is similar to the cascade style but has the addition of a fold over blusher. The blusher is the shorter veil portion worn over the face. A standard blusher length is about 30 inches. For added drama some brides go with an extra long blusher that ends at the knees. Some brides have the blusher layer as a style detail but don’t actually wear it forward over their face.
A drop veil can be sewn to a comb either with or without gathering at the top. The gathering creates the pouf effect. Many brides opt for a completely flat look where the comb is attached.

MANTILLA VEIL: A mantilla veil simply drapes over the bride’s head and looks very effortless. Also known as a Spanish-style veil, the main feature of this veil is the lovely lace border that frames the bride’s face. The mantilla veils look great in any length and there is an fantastic variety of lace styles and widths to choose from. Selecting an exquisite Alencon or delicate Chantilly French lace, or incorporating lace from your mother’s gown is a great way to customize and personalize your veil.

This simple style is attached with a comb that is discreetly hidden under the lace at the center front. Or, it can be pinned into a low bun using veil pins.

CONTACT :

To find out more about these and many other veil styles, or just chat about your ideas for your dream bridal veil, or to schedule your free veil consultation at our Studio City boutique contact me at :

www.veilsandaccessories.com

julieharrisdesigns@gmail.com

818.308.5743

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Something Old, Something New, Something  Jurrassic: Dinosaur Bone Wedding Bands

Something Old, Something New, Something  Jurrassic: Dinosaur Bone Wedding Bands

October 11 is National Fossil Day, so let’s talk about wedding bands made of fossilized dinosaur bone, petrified wood and meteorite. Pretty awesome, right?

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Women’s wedding band by Jewelry by Johan

Diamonds may be forever but fossilized dinosaur bone is also pretty high on the durability scale. Jeweler Johan creates beautiful wedding sets from dinosaur bone said to be from the Morrison Formation in Utah: a site that dates back 65, 000,000 years to the Jurrasic era. Aailable designs also incorporate fossilized wood, elk antlers and meteorites.

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Engagement rings and wedding bands from Jewelry by Johan

But Jewelry by Johan isn’t the only jeweler to offer Jurrassic jewelry. This men’s wedding band, featuring an inlay of dyed red dinosaur bone is the creation of Brilliance: a leading maker of wedding and engagement rings from conflict free diamonds and alternative materials.

Men’s band with red dinosaur bone inlay by Brilliance.
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Meteorite wedding and engagement ring from Reico Designs

This beautiful bridal set is made of meteorite and set with a black diamond. It’s offered by Recio Designs, a company that promises no two rings are ever the same. According to the company’s website the meteor used to create this set is “over 4 billion years old, literally older than dirt.”

As an anthropologist I would love to wear a ring made of dinosaur bone and meteorite. I may get one for my right hand. Let me know what you think in the comments

Looking for a wedding officiant to help you create alternative ring vows? Contact Rev. Connie Jones-Steward @ www.officiantlady.com

Choosing The Right Wedding Handbag

October 10 is National Handbag Day, so let’s talk about choosing the right hand bag to accentuate your wedding day look.

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Photo credit http://www.glamcheck.com

On most days we ladies would be lost without our purses and handbags. Face it, we carry our lives in our purses so the wedding day is no time to be without this most important of items. But on the other hand, are we really going to carry around our favorite Michael Kors bag at the wedding reception? That  would “not” be a good look in the wedding photos.

Bridal bags to the rescue. A good bridal bag is big enough to hold your cosmetics and a small mirror for your all important touch-ups as well as your cell phone in case you want to snap a selfie with the new spouse or with your bridesmaids, but it is not so big as to be cumbersome.

Your wedding handbag should also compliment your wedding gown; meaning it is made of a similar fabric and in a complimentary color and with similar embellishment such as beads and sequins.

The Wedding Guest’s Guide To Bow Ties

Did you know that the bow tie, the platinum standard in elegant wedding attire, has its origins in the Thirty Years War as nothing more than a means for Croat mercenaries to close the necks of their shirts?

In the 18th century the bow tie, or cravat, was adopted by the French who turned into a high fashion accessory.

August 28, 2017 is National Bow Tie Day. So today’s post is all about helping the well dressed wedding guest determine which tie is appropriate to wear to which wedding. Today bow tie options  are plentiful, but the following advice from The Genlemanual will help you choose the right bow tie for the wedding that you’re attending.

1. The White Tie Wedding

The white tie wedding is the alpha and omega of wedding elegance. It requires a black dress coat with tails and black patent leather shoes. A white bow tie is a must for the white tie wedding. White or black dress gloves are optional.

Bow tie vs Neck tie2. Black Tie Weddings

Black tie weddings are generally fancy evening affairs. The dress code calls for a formal black tux and a black bow tie

How to wear a bow tie to a wedding3. Formal Weddings

For a formal wedding a dark suit can be worn instead of a tux and the bow tie can be replaced by a regular neck tie.

How to choose a necktie for a wedding 4. Semi-formal:

Again either a bow tie or neck tie is acceptable. The appropriate choice of suit color is dependent upon the time of day; lighter colors for daytime affairs and darker colors for evening affairs.

5. Casual or Business Casual

For this type of wedding, you may choose to forego a suit and tie altogether. You wouldn’t even be amiss to wear a nice pair of clean, pressed khakis and a polo shirt.

All photos from The Gentlemanual

Parasols or Bouquets?

It’s late August and for most of the country summer is winding down however, as we Southern California residents know, the hottest days of the year lie just ahead of us in September through mid-October.

Thanks to the famed Southern California sunshine, the area is host to many outdoor weddings held at beaches, parks, backyards and other open air venues. Outdoor weddings are beautiful but present a unique problem; how to protect the bridal party and guests from the harmful rays of the sun.

Wedding parasols and umbrellas provide a practical, inexpensive and colorful way to achieve this goal. Parasols made of paper or lace provide an excellent form of sun protection and can save brides and attendants from squinting during those all important wedding photos. Umbrellas, on the other hand, not only provide sun protection but also provide cover if your outdoor wedding is hit by an unexpected rain shower.

Protection against the elements is not the only reason to use wedding parasols and wedding umbrellas in your ceremony. Most cost less than floral bouquets and thus make a practical, cost effective, long-lasting alternative to bridesmaid’s bouquets. They can also be monogrammed and passed out as keepsake wedding favors.

Lastly, they provide beautiful photo props as demonstrated by my June 25th bride, Latasha, and her attendants.

Photo courtesy of Third Eye Open Photography.

Glam Wedding Gowns For The Budget Minded Bride

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Lovely wedding gowns for under $200.00
Yesterday I accompanied my niece and my sister on a shopping trip to choose my niece’s wedding gown. Two of her recently married friends had urged her to try Los Angeles’s Fashion District as an alternative to the pricey bridal boutiques so downtown we headed.

I must admit that even though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over three decades, It’s been a very long time since I shopped downtown. I was absolutely amazed at the number of bridal boutiques, which also cater to the quinceanera crowd, and the selection and quality of the bridal gowns offered. There were so many gowns selling for below $200.00; even the Mori Lee gown which my niece favored. It was an ivory colored, empire waisted dress with a halter neckline.

Perhaps the most impressive thing of all was the helpfulness and courtesy of the sales ladies. We visited the following three stores; Joy, Valientina and Moulin Rouge which are all located near 9th and Santee streets and found the staff at each one to be very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful as they listened to my niece and made suggestions based on her body type and her vision for her perfect wedding gown.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Ring Choices

This past June I had the pleasure of officiating the wedding of a couple who truly embraced the ideas of eco-conciousness and simple living. Their ceremony was small, their friends provided most of the food and they exchanged rings made of coconut wood. They explained that their choice was based on their aversion to mining which they felt was a violation of the earth.

I admit that this was the first time I’d ever heard of or seen wooden wedding rings but the thought of eco-friendly rings has stayed with me. So today I did a little web search and realized that there is an entire industry built around eco-friendly jewelry. I’ve listed a few resource sites here.

Brilliant Earth: Rings made of ethically sourced and recycled gems and metals.

Chicago Joinery: One of a kind wooden wedding rings.

Leber Jewelers: Rings made from reclaimed and other earth friendly sources.

Sumiche Jewelrey Company: The only company in the U.S. using certified Green Gold and Platinum.

Touch Wood Rings: Makers of wooden rings for those who embrace eco-consciousness and simple living

Coconut Jewelry: This environmentally conscious company offers jewelry crafted of organic materials and helps tribal cultures to achieve a presence in the global economy.