When you think of planning your wedding, your mind automatically goes to the bigger items like what you’re going to wear, the venue, who will be in your bridal party and choosing a photographer. There are so many other small details to keep in mind though.
One easy place to start on your wedding planning list is with your registry. Believe it or not, your wedding registry actually plays a huge role in your life after marriage and is not something that should be glossed over. It’s purpose is to set you up with the things you’ll need most for a successful newlywed life.
Remember, your wedding is about you as a couple and celebrating your separate lives joining together. Therefore any decisions being made regarding your wedding should be done together, and this is especially true when it comes to your registry. These are items for the home you will both share after all, so you want to make sure you’ll both be happy with them.
It’s also important to know what you should and shouldn’t register for, especially if you’re short on storage space. Your registry is the perfect excuse to replace an item you have that might have seen better days or could use an upgrade. Finding your bed uncomfortable lately? Register for a new mattress to help sleep come easier. Just make sure it’s something you’ll both love!
The thing about registries is that the options are endless. You could theoretically add anything you want. But before you go scanner gun crazy, take a second to think. Carefully curated and thought-out registries are better in the long run because they contain things you really want and need, and your guests will feel like they’re making a valuable contribution to your shared lives.
We’ve noticed this trend among our L’ezu brides that demands brides shower their bridesmaids with cute gifts to show their appreciation for them being a part of their special day. We pulled a Carrie Bradshaw and “couldn’t help but wonder” if this was really necessary, so we went online shopping. On the hunt for cute gift ideas, we came across this personalized Bridesmaid gifts website, so we thought we’d give a few of the products a spin.
Design me a stainless steel tumbler to keep my liquids cold but make it L’ezu? We’re sold. Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique nailed it! Not only does our drink stay hot or cold in this bottle for up to 6 hours, but now we have a super cute, on brand accessory keeping us hydrated while we work at the office. No need for a coaster, the metal tumbler doesn’t leave any condensation. To be honest, we’re loving our L’ezu bottle, but you can get it personalized however you like! I think our enthusiasm for this bridesmaid gifts stems from it’s true usefulness to the receiver.
How cute is this black denim pouch with gold detailing? It can double as a makeup bag for a quick touchup at a wedding, or even as simple as throwing your phone and wallet in on the go. At L’ezu, we’re most likely use it for some quick fix needle and thread, buttons for any wedding mishaps we may encounter.
These are just some of the cute things we tried out, but there are 300+ items available to personalize and gift on the Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique website. Our take on bridesmaid gifts is that if you feel compelled to do so, make sure they’re useful for after the wedding, because these certainly are!
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Looking for a Wedding Photographer? Here’s How to Make Sure You Get the Best Shots.
When your big day rolls around, you’ll want to make sure you capture every moment. After all, you’ve waited your entire life for this very day. What better way to remember it all than by hiring the perfect wedding photographer? However, finding them is easier said than done. Here’s eleven things you might want to keep in mind as you start your search.
1. Consider the Time of Day
Have you ever looked at a wedding photographer’s website and noticed a trend among the best-looking pictures? It might be the time of day. Most wedding photographers have the required equipment to make both day and night shots look fabulous, but it might be worth asking if they have a specific forte. This will help make sure you get the best shots they’re capable of!
2. Look for Originality
Another thing to keep in mind is the uniqueness of photo albums among a photographer’s vast portfolio. No one wants photos that come across as uninspired, cliché or the same as everyone else. A good photographer will know how to whip up something fun, new, and spur-of-the-moment.
3. Evaluate Their Expertise
A wedding is an emotional event. Naturally, there will be some moments you’ll want to capture that are truly touching, while others... not so much. The best photographer will be able to tell the difference and make sure they’re only getting you and your guests at your finest, while avoiding bad angles and potential clothing mishaps or slips (whoops!).
4. Get Their Input on Poses
Most brides have spent a considerable amount of time online looking into various wedding venues and services. By the time of their wedding, surely you’ve seen countless pictures of couples posing just right for the camera. However, when it comes time to pose for these pictures yourself, it can be difficult to recall the thousands of pictures you saw and make the perfect pose. When speaking to a wedding photographer, ask if they’re able to provide guidance for you and your spouse. The right pose can make all the difference!
5. Communicate Frequently
The best way to make sure you get the pictures you want is to regularly communicate with your photographer. This can be done before, during, and after your wedding. For example, you might want to make your photographer aware of a few photo op ideas you had in mind before and during the wedding, then see if they’re able to edit or crop any pictures that could potentially be enhanced.
6. Have a Plan in Mind
Are pictures of the cake-cutting ceremony or an outdoor family shot among the many that will make up your dream photo album? Be sure to let your photographer, as well as your guests, know so everyone is present when the time comes—and so that no one misses out on any celebratory fun.
7. Have a Short Trial Run
A good way to develop chemistry between you (as a couple) and your photographer is to have a short trial run with them. This way, you’ll be able to understand their communication style and provide them with initial feedback, like, for example, that you prefer your right side profile over your left. This can make a dramatic difference in how your day-of photos come out!
8. Get to Know Their Assistant
While it may not apply to every wedding photographer, you’ll find that most have assistants. If you’re unsure about a photo or a pose, it may be worth getting the opinion of the assistant as well. You never know, sometimes four eyes are better than two.
9. Check Their Work
In addition to looking at their website and social media accounts, you should also look into reviews or seek references to understand how others found their experience. General comments, like, “Extremely professional!” are helpful, but don’t provide as much insight as a longer, more detailed review. Make sure you’re studying up!
10. Check Their Price
Couples are often reluctant to spend the extra money on a professional wedding photographer. This isn’t exactly surprising. According to Chime, a second chance banking company, 74 percent of Millennials are coping with debt, and are therefore more cautious about how they spend their money. However, the photos you take at your wedding will last a lifetime, so don’t feel guilty about hiring the best for the job—especially if they include videography services!
11. Go With Your Gut
At the end of the day, go with the photographer you feel comfortable with. Reviews and social media may add, or take away from the reputation of who you’re looking to hire. But if you love their work and they’re easy to communicate with, then they might be the perfect wedding photographer for you!
If this gloomy winter weather is giving you the blues, go check out some Hawaii sunshine, our dresses, and gorgeous photography on this popular wedding journal!
Some of our favorite shots from the collaboration below:
Our beautiful, body positive blogger L’ezu bride babe (enough alliteration for you?) Laurie Brucker, just sent us her wedding photos and of course we’re head over heels for them. We loved designing this form flattering layered lace gown for Laurie. We wanted to make sure to incorporate the shorter length in the front and longer train in the back in order to showcase those killer Valentino shoes! Laurie couldn’t have been more wonderful to work with and she’s emanating absolute joy and beauty in these gorgeous pictures by Nicole Leever Photography. Congratulations Laurie and Mike on your beautiful day!
Dress by: L’ezu bridal // Photography by: Nicole Leever // Location: Bel-Air Bay Club- Upper Club // Shoes: Valentino // Jewelry: Kendra Scott // Florals: Peony & Plum Floral Design // Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop // Hair: Maven Salon, Danai // Makeup: Phoebe Dawson //
We cannot describe how thrilled we are to finally share one of the most beautiful weddings we’ve ever been a part of. Nekolle was an absolute dream to work with, describing to us the dress she imagined for herself, and helping us make it a reality. We ended up creating a silk slip dress that absolutely fit her like a glove, with a lace overlay to create a sense of layering and texture but maintain elegance and simplicity. The proof is in these gorgeous pictures by Milanes Photography. Also did we mention the dope pink suits the bridal party wore?! Could this wedding be any more fun?
Congratulations Nekolle and Jarell!
Dress by: L’ezu Bridal // Photography by: Cathi Milanes, Milanes Photography // Venue: Atlanta History Center // Florals: Andy Beach // Baked Goods: For Goodness Cakes // Wedding Planner: Shatila Davis //
We can't believe the video we're about to share with you. Our incredible bride, Malka married the love of her life Payam at the Beverly Hills Hilton and it was captured in a stunning music video by VIP Productions.
This wedding looks jaw dropping, and we're so relieved we designed a dress for Malka to match this absolute rager. One of our favorite details on the gown, were the off the shoulder sleeves as well as the head to toe, hand embroidery.
Congratulations Malka and Payam!
Surprise! After our first collaboration with Sky and Reef Photography's Tara Morenfeld we just had to do it again. We couldn't think of a more beautiful location to feature our gowns than Hawaii. We'll have more details to update you with coming up, but for now we couldn't wait another second to share these incredible shots!
We recently collaborated with Sky and Reef Photography on a Palms Springs styled wedding photoshoot featuring one of our favorite designs. We couldn't be happier with the results, check out these gorgeous shots!
Our recent Los Willows Estate shoot was just featured on the San Diego Style Weddings blog and social media! We often work with San Diego based brides and we are so honored to be featured on this lovely blog. Be sure to check out their Instagram for some divine Southern California wedding inspiration.
One of our most spectacular brides had her French Disco themed wedding chosen to be featured on brides.com and we just couldn't wait to share it with you! You can read more about the details on the post but let's just say it's an absolute stunner down to the last detail. We were delighted to work with Jessie on her customs made, off-the-shoulder dress. We drew inspiration from old-era France, using white silk charmeuse and hand stitched french embroidery. We're also in love with the the touch of neon at the reception and the disco theme! Congratulations Jessie and Davan!
Dress: L'ezu // Venue: Le Pavillon de Musique de la Comtesse du Barry // Catering: La Belle Assiette // Cake: Synie's Paris // Planner: Nancy La Tart from Fête in France // Bride's Shoes: Alberta Ferretti // Groom's Attire: Saint Laurent, Lanvin // Hair & Makeup: Harold James // Floral Design: Lily Paloma // Music: Jazz Around Midnight // Rentals: Options // Photography: Marcus Meisler // Videography: Vincent Cadoret of Lifestories Wedding
We've decided the perfect way to close out 2017 is celebrating one of our loveliest brides yet. Lindsay and Peter were married in Arroyo Grande on a beautiful typical California day. Our favorite part of creating her wedding gown was adding a dramatic ruffle down the back paired with a plunging lower back V cut. We hope all of our L'ezu brides and followers have a beautiful and happy New Year and enjoy these beautiful shots of Lindsay and Peter!
Dress by: L'ezu // Venue: The Casitas Estate // Photographer: Jonathan David // Florals: Precious & Blooming // Baked Goods: Just Baked SLO // Wedding Planner: Janet Tacy, // Rentals: All About Rentals // Catering: Field to Table // Band: Lucky Devils Band //
We're so excited to announce our recent fall collaboration with Mandy Ford Photography in this Los Willos Estate photoshoot! We're even more excited to share that our collaboration was picked up by Southern California Bride as a feature! We've posted a few of our favorite shots below as well as the links to all the wonderful vendors we collaborated with.
Check out the blog feature here.
Dress: L'ezu // Photography: Mandy Ford Photography // Venue & Rentals: Los Willows Wedding Estate // Venue & Rentals (II): Kelly Dawn // Florals: Alie with Organic Flora // Florals (II): Peach Florals // Accessories: Petals and Stones // Hair: Stephanie Wirkus // Makeup: Cindy Tran // Calligraphy: Victoria Lieu // Cake & Desserts: Nosa with Baked by Joann //
We're especially proud of our work for Erin on her special day with Eoghan. Besides being an incredibly funny writer (check out her website Side of Ginger), she's also perfectly lovely to work with. We chose a champagne off white color for her dress to further complement her gorgeous hair color and blush skin tone. The lace detailed V down the front gives it a hint of sexy and sweet, as well as the lace capped sleeves. Looking at these pictures makes us beam with joy! Congratulations Erin and Eoghan!
We can't wait to share our most recent collaboration shoot with the lovely Paulina. Two of our newest designs were featured, and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting. Check Photography by Paulina out on Instagram: @photographybypaulina and enjoy this beautiful shoot!
Dresses by: L'ezu // Photography by: Paulina // Venue: The Colony House // Hair and Makeup by: Rock Me Up Makeup // Florals: Here Come the Blooms // Baked Goods: Lizzie's Bakery // Models: Willow Models // Coordinators: Grace and Gold Events // Rentals: Sweet Salvage Rentals, Cherished Rentals, Ollie and Elle, Bottles and Blooms
Sometimes you just have to go full out with a classic strapless princess gown. Our L'ezu bride Danielle did just that, and we have to say, she looks stunning! We're so excited to share Danielle and Colton's wedding pictures with you, they're absolutely enchanting.
One of our sweetest L'ezu brides, Jaclyn, has shared her gorgeous wedding photos with us and we simply couldn't help but share them right away! This California wedding managed to look extremely professional and well put together, while maintaining an element of DIY and a personal touch we could only dream of replicating. Just ask Jaclyn about her baked goods: every member in her close family contributed by making their favorite cookie recipes! We wanted to capture Jaclyn's free spiritedness and effervescence in her wedding gown by giving her a flowing skirt line, subtle beading, and a plunging detailed neck line. Congratulations Jaclyn and Sam!
One of our founders, and lead designer, Patricia Nevil, was featured on Voyage LA a little earlier this month and we finally have a chance to share it with you! In the article, you'll delve a little into Patricia's background, what drew her to fashion, and the evolution of L'ezu bridal over the years.
Click Here to see the Voyage LA Feature. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
We can't wait any longer to share our L'ezu bride Angelyn's wedding with you! We're in love with the DIY vibes and rustic feel to this lovely wedding. Clearly, Angelyn is creative (seeing as her gorgeous desserts were grocery bought and decorated by her!), and we wanted to match her airy summer wedding vibes as well as her attention to detail when creating her gown chiffon and embroidered gown. Congratulations Angelyn and Brendan!