Real Wedding: Olivia and Dan on Style Me Pretty Today!

We’re beyond excited to share photos from Olivia and Dan’s wedding at Beaulieu Garden on Style Me Pretty today!  We worked with an all star group of vendors to produce this gorgeous wedding, including Yvonne Wong Photography, Paula Le Duc Fine Catering, Sharla Flock Designs, Got Light., Sweet On Cake, and many others.  Here’s a little sneak peak of some of our favorite photos, but please be sure to visit the entire gallery on Style Me Pretty by following this link.

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Wedding Traditions and History: The White Wedding Dress

Queen Victoria, 1840

Queen Victoria, circa 1840

The very first white wedding dress was worn in 1499 by Anne of Brittany, as she married Louis XII of France. Prior to this date, the bride would traditionally wear her best dress to her wedding, and in fact, the color did not matter. This was of course a more practical option because the bride could wear the dress again. The truth was that only the wealthy could afford an extravagant gown that would be worn just once. The trend of wearing a white dress never really took off until the 1840’s when Queen Victoria wore a white dress as she married Prince Albert.

Queen Elizabeth 1947

Queen Elizabeth, circa 1947

Every culture is different.  Here’s an interesting fact: in Japan, a bride wears white to symbolize that she is in mourning for having to leave her family. Later in the ceremony, the bride will change her costume several times to reflect her changing identity.

Photo courtesy e wedding inspiration

Photo courtesy e wedding inspiration

In Western culture, it’s a common misconception that wearing white is a symbol of the bride’s purity; it is in fact meant to be a symbol of joy.  The act of wearing a white wedding dress is still very much the traditional choice today, however, symbolically, they are less about the bride’s purity and more about her debut as a first time bride.

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

In case you missed it, be sure to read our last entry featuring Wedding Traditions and History: The Wedding Cake!

Wedding Traditions and History: The Wedding Cake

Who doesn’t love a little history, especially when it involves something sweet?!

Photo by Jose Villa

Photo by Jose Villa

In Ancient Rome, before the invention of icing, a loaf of bread was broken over the bride’s head by the groom to seal the marriage and encourage fertility. The guests would gather around the couple and eat the crumbs from the bread for good luck. The unmarried guests would often take a piece of bread home and place it under their pillow in hopes of dreaming of their future spouse.

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

In England, guests would bring small cakes or buns to weddings and pile them up for the bride and groom to stand over and kiss. This scene was thought to represent a future full of prosperity.

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Later still, in 16th century England, sugar was growing in abundance.  It was during this time that wedding cakes officially came about.  The white color of wedding cakes not only symbolized the bride’s purity or virginity, it also became a “status symbol” for the family.  The more refined the sugar, the whiter it was in appearance.  Therefore, the whiter the cake, the more affluent the family was perceived.

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

From these traditions evolved the wedding cake we know today: multi-tiered layers of cake with frosting holding them together. The modern wedding cake comes in all shapes, sizes and colors and often costs as much as the bride’s dress!

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Get to Know… Trish Lee of Trish Lee San Francisco

Today, we are getting to know Trish Lee of Trish Lee San Francisco.  Trish’s collection of handcrafted wedding gowns (here in San Francisco!) are vintage inspired with a timeless design that shies away from the often mass produced trendy looks of today.  Abiding by the old-school mantra of great fit and quality fabric, Trish’s gowns are bespoke and unique to each and every bride.  Check out Trish’s Real Brides section on her website to see the ways in which Trish’s clients took inspiration from their heritage and passions to create the perfect dress and wedding day celebration.

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Name: Trish Lee

Company: Trish Lee San Francisco – Bespoke vintage-inspired wedding dresses and gowns for the discriminating bride

Started My Business: in 2012

Located: Mint Plaza

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Q: Which industry related tool can you not live without?

 A: Double sided tape.

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Q: When you’re not on site at an event, what can we find you doing?

A: Anything at Golden Gate Park or Tradition bar.

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Q: My go to snack is ________.

A:  Yogurt, berries, walnuts, honey.

Q: What is/are your guilty pleasure(s)?

A: A big bowl of ramen with all the trimmings.

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Q: TV wise, what are you watching right now?

A: HBO Girls and Looking.

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Q: I can’t stand ________.

A: Not standing for something.

Q: What’s the last thing you purchased online?

A: Face wash.

Q: Music wise, I am currently listening to ______.

A: San Francisco’s own: Tycho – the perfect melodic ambient electronic music for a long drive or to design wedding dresses, apparently!

Q: Favorite thing I currently have hanging in my closet is ______

A: My mother’s red coat. I don’t even wear it – it’s ill-fitting and the buttons are scuffed.  When my mother came to the San Francisco in the 70’s, she spent her last $50 on this double-breasted wool pea coat in poppy red, and I can’t throw it away.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?

A: Heirloom Café, hands down.  Simple, great, unpretentious fare served in what feels like your grandma’s dining room – with the wine list of a Michelin restaurant to boot.

Photo courtesy Kaper Design

Photo courtesy Kaper Design


Q: Why are you most excited to be working with the Stacy McCain Event Planning team?

A:  They really understand people and relationships. In today’s crazy wedding world, that’s really something.

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In case you missed it, be sure you Get To Know… Jillian Schiavi of Jilly Ink!