Choosing the perfect dress goes hand in hand with choosing the perfect location. Your dress should reflect the feeling of where you decide to say ‘I Do’. The secret is to match style to style without losing your own personal identity. Stay true to your taste and ensure your dress works with your body type. Throughout the dress shopping experience keep the conceptual nature of the location in mind.
Below, for your inspiration I have handpicked a selection of Bridal fashions straight from the 2010 runways and paired them with some of Santa Barbara’s most popular venues.
Formal venues, such as Ballrooms, Estates, or Country Clubs, will call for a more formal dress. A structured bodice, strong markings, and intense details will help mimic the feel of your surroundings.
Four Seasons, Biltmore Resort
Style Profile: Classic, Refined, Regal
Location Photos: Katie Moos
Gowns: Amsale, Kenneth Pool, Romona Keveza
Style Profile: Modern, Sophisticated
Location Photos: Susan Dean
Gowns: Alvina Valenta, Junko Yoshioka, Amsale
For a winery, ranch or rustic estate a more romantic and whimsical feel applies. Your guests will embrace the wind gently blowing through the trees; the smell of lavender floats in the air, their toes may be tickled ever so slightly from the grass beneath their feet. Softer color pallet, lace, and delicate features will better be received by their eye.
Style Profile: Soft, Romantic
Location Photos: Kristen Beinke
Gowns: Priscilla of Boston, Liancarlo
Style Profile: Vintage, Spanish, Layered lace
Location Photos: Baron Spafford
Gowns: Rivini, Jim Helm, Reem Acra, Ines di Santo
For a smaller intimate wedding on the beach, at a courthouse, or in a park, a more casual and simple tone should be set by the dress. Instead of the perfect little black dress we all have in our closet, find your perfect little “white” dress and wear it with confidence. Short is in ladies, pair it with fun accessories for a bold statement. The length of a wedding gown doesn’t have to be long to grab their attention.
Style Profile: Casual, Confident, Radiant
Location Photos: BB Photography
Gowns: Jenny Yoo, Priscilla of Boston, Liancarlo, Amsale
Style Profile: Sun-kissed, light-hearted, barefoot
Location Photos: Vita-Bella Photography
Gowns: Cymbeline, Jenny Yoo