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Wedded Bliss
January, 2012 - Issue #87
available at La Soie Bridal Valencia; 288-1989
available at La Soie Bridal Valencia; 288-1989
The 2012 Bridal Trend Report

Popular Silhouettes
A-line
We're starting to see a return to the classic A-line shape, with dresses that are fitted at the natural waist and have fuller bell-like skirts. Not only is this silhouette timeless, but it flatters most figures and body types as well.

Mermaid
The modified mermaid shape is also very popular for this season. Fitted from the bust throughout mid-thigh, it emphasizes curves and flares out in a trumpet shape for a dramatic look.

Details and Embellishments
Fabric
Fabrics like chiffon and organza show off architectural and textural details while still remaining soft and airy.

Texture
Crinkled chiffon skirts, fine pleats and layers, rosettes in varying sizes and other modern detailing can add a textural element.

Belts
For a little extra personalization, belts can easily change the entire look of a gown. Colored belts add contrast while defining the waistline. Incorporate colors from your wedding, or use one in black for instant drama. Embellished belts with crystals and beading add a touch of luxury.
The 2012 bridal collections from designers La Soie, Enzoani and Blue by Enzoani are currently available at La Soie Bridal Valencia with a price point of about $1,100 to $2,700; 288-1989

Love in Bloom
Something Old...
Honor your past as you begin the "present" as husband and wife. Brides from every culture are choosing to add very meaningful, personal additions to their bouquets. Perhaps your grandmother's favorite broach would make a gorgeous - and sentimental addition - to your flowers? Our brides have incorporated jewelry, hankies - even small prayer books - into their bouquet. And don't leave your treasured bridesmaids out on the experience; sisters, cousins and dear friends will also benefit from an heirloom addition to their flowers.

& Something New
The concept of "texture" has never been more important in the bridal world. You'll see this word pop up in reference to many trend-setting bride's wedding elements, ranging from hair styles and gown details to - of course - the flowers. We create depth, dimension and the much-coveted "texture" by designing what we call the "high-low look." We achieve this look by mixing tall and shorter centerpieces throughout the room. It takes a real attention to detail to make the look "work" - instead of appear haphazard. But with a practiced eye, the "high-low look" will completely change the ambience of your space for the better.
Tips courtesy of Charmaine's Bouquet Canyon Florist; 297-3100

Announcing the Grand Opening of L'Angelique Bridal & Formal Wear
Now open in Valencia, this special boutique offers a gorgeously-diverse selection of formal wear for girls, teens and adults in a cornucopia of on-trend colors and styles. "The perfect dress" is here - whether you're hoping to find something fabulous for flower girls and bridesmaids or events like winter formals, proms, quincineras or any special formal occasion.

Bridal gowns are a specialty of L'Angelique Bridal & Formal Wear. It's obvious that the store's philosophy is "every bride deserves to feel her most beautiful." A treasured collection of gowns in every size - including plus - is paired with a large selection of bridal accessories (Jewelry, tiaras, gloves, oh my!). Perhaps the best part, though, is that the owner is willing to take the store to you. With Mobile Bridal Viewing, they'll go to your home with a variety of dresses to try on. All you need is an appointment!

To accommodate your holiday special-occasion needs, L'Angelique Bridal & Formal Wear, which is located in the StoneFire restaurant center in Valencia on Cinema Drive, is open seven days a week through December 18; 259-2407

Did Santa Bring You Something Sparkly this Season?
It's no secret: The holidays are one of the most popular times to pop the question. If you were one of the many to get engaged this season, congratulations! May we suggest that you celebrate by attending upcoming event-planning seminars? Bring your betrothed, too. (Because nothing says "romance" like debating the pros and cons of an open bar together.)

Sunday > January 8
The 2012 Santa Clarita Bridal Faire Extraordinaire
Held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Knollwood Country Club (12024 Balboa in Granada Hills), this free event is open to anyone planning a social event or wedding. Your experience will include a tour of Knollwood, where you'll view the outdoor wedding area that will be set up and decorated especially for this event. Offering the convenience of one location, you'll also be able to meet with many Santa Clarita Valley wedding and event professionals. Interview vendors, view portfolios and get great tips to incorporate into your big day or special event. Because the event is free, brides are encouraged to bring their families, friends and wedding party to the faire. Experts in the fields of photography, florals, video, cakes, jewelry, DJs, officiants, bands and more will be on hand, along with some of the industry's most gorgeous wedding gowns. There will be a fashion show, prizes, special one-day-only discounts will be offered, a dove release will be held and much more; 255-1244

Tuesday > January 24
Santa Clarita Wedding & Event Professionals Host "Evening with the Pros"
Held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia beginning at 7 p.m., you'll learn the do's and don'ts of a successful wedding or event from a local group of highly-sought-after professionals who've been educating brides and party planners for over a decade. The premier event of the season is affordable, too. The cost is only $15 for the attendee and a guest; 215-2585 www.scvweddingsandevents.com
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