Erica Elizabeth Designs 2014 Collection

erica elizabeth designs

At GWS, we are head over heels with pretty things, and the 2014 bridal accessory collection from Erica Elizabeth Designs is just about as stunning as it gets! Every piece has such an ethereal, romantic feel and is designed using the finest of materials, ensuring your beautifully crafted adornment will remain a keepsake for many years to come.

The 2014 collection was superbly captured by the lovely Caroline Tran and features incredible gowns by Claire Pettibone. Everything is so,so pretty, it was nearly impossible to narrow down our favorites, but here they are…

lace head piece

lace head piece


More about the collection from Erica: Memories of generations past form the running thread that weaves through the fabric of our lives, stitching a rich tapestry of love, marriage and family. In my family, my dear father’s passing was followed by the birth of my niece’s first child. This precious cycle, a journey of loss and renewal, led me to reflect on the many brides who have worn my designs, wondering where in life their journeys now find them.

hair pin

vintage mirror

star crown

star crown

star crown

erica elizabeth designs

erica elizabeth designs


Marriage is a new beginning, a ‘Before’ and ‘After’ milestone on life’s journey. Today’s bride embraces the treasures of generations past while building new memories as her marriage begins. This journey of love, marriage and family inspired my 2014 Collection.

Drawing from the past, I was pulled toward the youthful crown and tiara fashions, worn for centuries as a sign of nobility and aristocratic grace. These special designs, marked by exquisite fabrics and unique textures, are crafted with my signature care to make each piece a lasting treasure.

erica elizabeth designs

erica elizabeth designs

erica elizabeth designs

tiara

erica elizabeth designs

bridal crown

erica elizabeth designs


My designs continue to marry the past and present, inspired by beauty and crafted with exceptional materials, enduring heirlooms to build a lifetime of memories.

bridal crown

feathery bridal hat

flowers for your hair bun

flowers for your hair bun

stripped veil

flower birdcage veil

gold leaf hair piece


As always, I remain inspired by the singular joy of your special celebration.

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cathedral veil

pear hair piece

flower head wrap


Thank you so much, Erica, for sharing your new collection and you can see the full collection on her site.

Ladies, which piece is your favorite?

photographer: Caroline Tran // planning + design: Erica Elizabeth Designs // venue: Private Old Town Pasadena Studio // gowns: Claire Pettibone // hair + makeup: Theresa Huang, Jamie Stevens // silk georgian vintage reproduction gown: Handmade by Erica Elizabeth Koesler // model: Hanna Rose Masi from Vision

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryErica Elizabeth Designs, Theresa Huang, and Caroline Tran Photography are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Shower

I know a lot of you out there planning bridal showers for your besties, so we’ve put together some fun bridal shower ideas with inspiration from one of our favorite stores, Kate Spade New York!

Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Shower


Throw a Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Shower!

Decor: When I think Kate Spade, I think bold stripes + polka dots. So, for bridal shower decor I used a base palette of black + white showcased in stripes + polka dots to make it clearly Kate Spade. This polka dot Kate Spade pom pom set (top right) is perfect to display above the food table. And how about these larabee road black tidbit plates?? They’re just perfect for snacks! Oh, be sure to share the shower news with this sweet umbrella shower invite (top left).

Then, since every good party needs some color, I incorporated pops of bright pink, yellow + blue. Peonies, are a personal fave and a great way to add color, I suggest placing pink peonies into our favorite bud vase and setting them throughout your venue.

Serve: Our bridal shower is all about our favorite meal – brunch – but with a twist….donuts + champagne instead of a traditional menu. I’m a huge fan of the artisan donuts that are so popular now – and with flavors such as Nutella, Blood Orange, Maple Bacon, and Salted Chocolate Caramel who wouldn’t love these! Pair the yummy donuts with champagne served in pretty flutes. So easy and so yum! Oh, and these wine tags are super helpful to keep everyone’s flute straight. :)

Fashion: The Hope dress (bottom right) is super perfect for a brunch bridal shower. I’d recommend pairing it with the Yes necklace and the striped heels (bottom middle) for the perfect shower look. Bonus – these pieces will come in handy long after the bridal shower is over.

Gift Guide: At a bridal shower everyone from the bride to the guests must consider the gifts. If you’re the bride, you need to make sure your guests know what you need and, perhaps more importantly, that they understand your personal style. For guests, it’s always fun to find gifts for the bride that are stylish and really appreciated by the bride. I think Kate Spade can help out both the brides and their guests. They have so many seriously gorgeous place settings + dishes that will be so perfect for your dinner parties as a married couple. :) We’ve picked some of our favorites (and with prices that range from $30-$250 there is surely something for every budget) that we recommend adding to your registry or picking up to surprise the bride at the next bridal shower you attend…

Kate Spade Wedding Gifts

1. Larabee Road Platinum Five-Piece Place Setting // 2. Fairmount Park Dot/Stripe Salt & Pepper Set // 3. Grace Avenue Coffeepot // 4. Two of a Kind, Mine & Yours // 5. Say the Word “!” Dish // 6. Woodland Park Owl Vase // 7. Daisy Place Tray // 8. Library Stripe Flute // 9. Piereepont Place Chip and Dip Set // 10. Larabee Dot Stemless Red Wine Set // 11. Castle Peak Cream 4 Piece Place Setting // 12. Fair Harbor Oyster Mug // 13. Daisy Place Chinoiserie Vase

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Playful + Elegant San Diego Wedding: Lauren + Hank

bride and groom

Happy Monday, folks! We’re starting the week off with a stunning wedding that features some of the prettiest florals + paper goods! For Lauren + Hank, they wanted a day that was a fun blend of the two of them and their unique backgrounds; one that was beautiful + timeless, but didn’t take itself too seriously at the same time. I think they found the perfect balance of playfulness + elegance that is sure to leave you feeling inspired about crafting your own celebration, knowing that it can be just as distinct and layered as the two of you are! Here’s a bit more about the day from Lauren:

Initially, I found myself stuck in that mentality of needing to do and incorporate certain things (like a wedding cake or a bouquet toss, for example). But, as soon as I realized I didn’t want to do those things, the pieces all came together much more easily. For example, we both have no interest in cake, but give us pie (for him) and ice cream (for me) and we are as happy as can be! Also, one of our very first dates ended with ice cream cones and a walk around the city so it had a special meaning for us in that regard as well. It really became a fun element of the day.

Thanks so much to Jackie Wonders Photography for the gorge photos + to Beau & Arrow Events for the perfect styling + design and big congrats to Lauren + Hank!

gold dots invitation

gold brides dress

bouquet


Can you even believe this stunner of a dress? Gold beading AND tulle? Sign us up! It was designed by Anna Maier from Hitched. Love it so much!

gold brides dress

gold top wedding dress

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church

church ceremony

church ceremony

church ceremony

wedding party

teal bridesmaids

teal bridesmaids

cascading bouquet

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

lawn games


The signage + paper goods were expertly crafted by Lindsay Button. They add so much beauty + depth to the wedding design, don’t you think?

cocktail menu

tent reception

navy reception decor

navy reception decor

gold centerpiece vases


And the florals by Root 75 have us totally speechless! Totally adore the lush centerpieces + gorgeous hanging greenery chandeliers + garlands.

greenery chandeliers

velvet bows

dotted menus

pink and blue

greenery garland decor

greenery garland decor

greenery garland dessert bar

pie bar

ice cream stand

ice cream bar

ice cream cones

It would have to be a toss-up between those few moments after we exited the church after walking down the aisle as husband and wife and our first dance. After we left the church, it was the first time that day that we had a moment to ourselves and the fact that we had just gotten married really hit us in a way that is almost indescribable.

Our first dance was a lot of fun and it surprised me that I enjoyed it so much as it was one of those things I thought I would get nervous about. But, somehow we really were able to relax and have fun. Plus, I’m sure it helped knowing that after we finished we had a full night ahead of us to enjoy celebrating with our friends and family.

greenery chandeliers

Try to have fun with it – I know everyone says that but it is really so important! The day doesn’t need to be stressful or overdone. Also, I had a very dear friend tell me to try and take mental pictures throughout the day and really be as present as possible which ended up being such great advice. Everything happens so quickly and you don’t want the entire day to feel like a blur so be sure to enjoy yourselves.

photography: Jackie Wonders Photography // ceremony venue: Mission Basilica San diego de Alcala // reception venue: NTC Promenade San Diego, California // event design + planning: Beau & Arrow Events // florals: Root 75 // wedding dress: Anna Maier from Hitched // shoes: Kate Spade // bridesmaid dresses: Modcloth // makeup: Amy Clarke // hair: Lady Dianna // groom suit: Calvin Klein // paper goods: Lindsay Button // catering: Wild Thyme Catering // bar: EBS Event Beverage Solutions // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // linens: La Tavola Linens // pies: Elizabethan Desserts // cake stands: Moss Vintage Rentals // ice cream cart: Sweet Lucie’s // music: Injoy Entertainment

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