Shop the Katie May Sample Sale

Katie May Sample Sale

If we were to do it all over again, we just might go for a beautiful backless number. We just love the dramatic, nontraditional feel. And we’re willing to bet a bunch of you who are currently looking for the dress of your dreams feel the same way, so we’re thrilled to announce that Katie May, who basically put backless wedding dresses on the map, is hosting their first ever sample sale on Saturday, July 26th and Sunday, July 27th – from 10:00am to 4:00pm PDT – at the South Bay Art Department in Hermosa Beach, California! Gowns will be discounted from 20% – 50% off and sizes will range from XXS to V-Curve. It’s the perfect chance to scoop up an incredibly beautiful gown at an amazing price. Here’s a bit about the brand for those of you who are unfamiliar:

Katie May offers a selection of backless gowns exquisite in aesthetic and quality. Each gown is built to accentuate the female form, executed through meticulous construction and tailoring. Every Katie May gown is handmade by artisans in Los Angeles using the highest quality of materials sourced from around the world.

Katie May Wedding Dress Vienna

Katie May Wedding Dress Vienna

Katie May Wedding Dress Vienna


Katie May’s gorgeous Vienna Gown is pictured above and the timeless Charleston Gown below…

Katie May Wedding Dress St Lucia

Katie May Wedding Dress Barcelona


We adore the dramatic Barcelona Gown, seen above, and the whimsical Santorini Gown below…

Katie May Wedding Dress Santorini

Katie May Wedding Dress Charleston


And the lace Poipu Gown, Katie May’s most popular, just so good!

Seven different styles will be discounted during the sample sale: Poipu, Charleston, Santorini, Barcelona, Vienna, St. Lucia, and Cascades. All gowns will range from 20% to 50% off, and Poipu gowns will be an incredible 40% off! Cash + credit both will be welcome.

South Bay Art Department in Hermosa Beach
1075 Aviation Boulevard
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
10:00am to 4:00pm PDT, while supplies last

We hope lots of you will be able to attend! To learn more about the sample sale + to keep up with the latest at Katie May, be sure to visit their website, like them on Facebook, and follow along on Instagram + Pinterest!

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Rustic-Bohemain Wedding in the Redwood Forest: Ashley + Cheyne

redwoods wedding

We’re not sure there is a prettier place to exchange your vows than the middle of a forest of redwoods. Case in point: Ashley + Cheyne’s rustic-bohemian Armstrong National Forest wedding, which seriously couldn’t have been any more gorgeous! With top notch wardrobe styling, charming woodland design elements, and an overall fun + laid back feel, this is one of those weddings that you just know was not only visually stunning, but was a true reflection of the two people it celebrated! Here’s a bit more about it all from the bride:

We really wanted our friends and family most of which were traveling to attend to just have an amazing time and feel like a little mini getaway for them. Our wedding was a 3 day event with hiking and wine tasting included. Our biggest inspiration when planning was just nature’s beauty, moss and wood were key for us. A bohemian feel with natural elements. We just really wanted our personalities to be reflected through our wedding. And most of our wedding was put together or made by us with help from friends and family. 

Thanks so much to Alixann Photography for these super gorge photos of Ashley + Cheyne’s day and big congrats to the newlyweds!

first look in the redwoods

first look in the redwoods

first look in the redwoods

redwoods wedding

redwoods wedding

redwoods bride


Ok, could Ashley have looked any more beautiful? Her Maggie Sottero gown + headband were absolutely made for her!

redwoods wedding

green bow tie

head band


And major love for Cheyne’s rad boutonniere! A family friend used a mini slab of wood, eucalyptus and lavender to create that guy! So unique + fun.

woodland boutonniere

redwoods wedding

bride

redwoods bride

redwoods wedding

redwoods wedding

redwoods wedding


From the first time visiting the Armstrong woods together, we couldn’t envision getting married anywhere else. Just the natural beauty and history is so amazing we wanted all of our friends and family to be able to experience that beauty as well.

wedding sign

redwoods wedding

green branch altar

flower girls

redwoods ceremony

redwoods ceremony

The first moment seeing each other for the first time! It was an unreal feeling knowing that we were about to become man and wife! Also being able to have all of our closest friends and family be one place all at the same time. Having one of our closest friends, Mykel be able to marry us meant the world to us. It was so much more sincere and personal. He was able to really make it about us and nothing else plus add a few laughs to make it more laid-back.

redwoods ceremony

redwoods ceremony

redwoods ceremony

just married embroidery


Quite possibly the cutest flower girls ever! And the sweet BHLDN banner they carried was just so fitting!

flower girls in wreaths

redwoods bridesmaids

bridesmaids in lace

bridesmaids in lace

groomsmen suspenders


Ashley, Cheyne, and their whole bridal party looked pretty killer, right?! If you love their looks – and the awesome woodland decor from this gorge celebration – you can shop their day below. We were able to snag some of the real items used, as well as some very similar finds for you! :)

wedding party

bar

wine bar

gold rings

redwoods reception

moss table runner

moss table runner

moss table runner

cakes

redwoods wedding

Don't sweat the small stuff! The details that you think are going to matter in the long run don't. Enjoy the day because it goes by way too fast.

photography: Alixann Photography // ceremony: Armstrong National Forest in Guernville, California // reception: private residence Santa Rosa, California // florals: family friend, Lokelani Pearl-Webb // food trucks: Ribs on Wheels and Las Plebes Omar Rivera // cakes + french macrons: local supermarket, Oliver’s Market // dj: grooms cousin, Shaun Borson // hair + makeup: done by herself // wedding dress: Maggie Sottero // second dress: Topshop // headbands: Maggie Sottero, and made by bride // bridesmaids dresses: assorted stores // flower girls dress: made by sister in law // groom’s attire: vintage, Zara // groomsmen attire: assorted // bow ties: made by bride // bartenders: family friends Lindsay Segber and Jason Hall // officiant: Mykel Esquivel // save the dates + invitations: done by brides stepmother Shelly Larson // bride + groom table: made by groom // bar + signage: made by brides stepmother Shelly Larson // rentals: Wine Country Rentals // bride + groom’s arrival car: brides uncle’s // rings: Ashley – Kate Szabone; Cheyne: Point No Point Studio

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Dreamy Mountain Bridal Inspiration

mountain bridal

We love the idea of a special portrait session just for the bride. It’s the perfect chance to take advantage of a fun backdrop, carry pretty blooms, and – best of all – wear your wedding dress again! Today’s dreamy shoot, captured by Megan Robinson, is all about inspiring just that: a simple + organic bridal session filled with nothing but a few romantic details and a breathtaking backdrop. Let’s hear a bit more from Megan about the understated concept for this beautiful session:

I wanted the shoot to be simple and organic while still having bits of inspiration. I didn’t want anything to distract from the flowers and headpieces and every other work of art along the way. While the landscape wasn’t a summery green yet, the bright and colorful mix of florals by Nicole from Soil & Stem more than made up for it!

mountain bridal blue velvet chair

flowing veil


How much do you love that Danani Handmade veil topped with a beautiful flower crown? A fun look to try if you went for something a bit more traditional for the big day!

leaf crown

mountain bouquet

mountain bridal

garland

mountain bridal flower crown

dripping wax bottles

grass runner


We heart the setting, styled by Leslie Dawn Events, and that hand-written invite by Peter Loves Jane!

watercolor invite

calligraphy on a napkin

pink flowers

dessert table

small potted plants

ranunclus

cake table

garland cake


We’re loving this garden-inspired cake table!

potted plants

potted plant favor

mountain bridal cake table

mountain bridal


And you won’t want to miss the pretty film by Nicole Traveller Films!


Such a stunning shoot! Are any of you lovely brides-to-be planning an extra session to take some fun bridal portraits? Do tell! Big thanks to Megan, and the rest of the team below, for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Megan Robinson // florals: Nicole with Soil & Stem // model: Torrie Thomas // hair + makeup: Alexis Rogers // location: Wasatch State Park // event designer: Leslie Dawn Events // invite design: Nikkol with Peter Loves Jane // veil + headpieces: Dani with Danani Handmade // cake: Tess with Le Loup Cakery // dress: Gateway Bridal // videography: Nicole with Nicole Traveller Films // film scans: Indie Film Lab

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