Wedding Week: {Backstage Access}

With coverage of New York Fashion Week {and now London!} swarming our feeds over the past couple of weeks, it would have felt wrong NOT to share this stunning backstage look at a bridal fashion show. We’re suckers for good behind the scenes moments afterall. And a backstage peek at a fashion show is certainly in a class of its own. While the runaway appears perfect, the frenzy behind the sceens is a raw and beautifully brutal part of the fashion world. We love the perspective backstage access brings to seemingly perfectly executed shows where models just float down the runway. Not to mention, we had to practically pick our jaws off the floor after drooling over Houghton’s Bridal Fall 2015 looks!

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Houghton, like our dream editorial we shared earlier this week, nails bridal separates so wearable you really don’t even need to be a bride to rock em! From collared jumpsuits to midi-length tulle skirts, textured short-sleeve sweaters and white leather jackets, there wasn’t one thing we wouldn’t love to wear on our wedding day, or the days post/prior, for that matter. We’ve come to the conclusion that if anyone knows how to master the look of minimally chic silhouettes and risk-takingly, cool gowns for the edgy, fashion-forward bride, it’s Houghton’s designer, Katherine Polk, a.k.a. our Wedding Week unicorn.

For all our top bridal inspiration, including a modern twist on something blue, innovative bouquet ideas and our favorite real weddings, Click HERE!

images via The Lane // photography by Abby Ross

3 Wedding Instagram Accounts Every Bride Should Follow

Instagram is one of our best cyber friends and it most definitely should be a bride’s best friend when she’s in the throws of planning her big day! Event planners, florists, wedding stylists and photographers are posting so much wedding day inspiration, we can hardly keep up! From bridal editorials to gorgeous engagement shoot locations- it makes a gal’s dream wedding just a “heart” away. So to do all our current brides-to-be out there a solid – and let’s be real – indulge in some of our own wedding fantasies, we rooted around for the creme de la creme of wedding-related Instagram feeds. We promise, these three wedding focused accounts will blow any bride-to-be’s socks off! Get ready to swoon, ladies!!

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Jose Villa is a wedding photographer extraordinaire. This man captures some of the most stunning weddings on the planet and pours out his wealth of knowledge by always sharing vendor info for brides looking to recreate the same dream. He will fill your feed with everything from gorgeous tabletops to idyllic locations and editorials. If there’s one person to follow, it’s him {and we’re totally not biased, even though he did shoot Erin’s wedding!} Unreal.

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A completely different aesthetic, but a master just the same is wedding and lifestyle photographer, James Frost. If you react the same way we do, “Holy crap, how does he do that?!” is likely the first thing that’ll come out of your jaw-dropped mouth when scrolling through his feed. With breathtaking vistas in the background, his engagement photos, no doubt, top the cake!

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We first fell in love with LOHO Bride, a local San Francisco bridal boutique, because of its name – LOHO standing for a bride who is in a League of Her Own. Artfully curated, this feed is for the badass bride- full of edgy style, the latest bridal trends, behind the scenes looks and downright beautiful inspiration. There’s a little bit of a boho vibe, mixed in with a touch of minimalistic chic and we’re just obsessed with the mood of this account!

We’re curious – are there any bridal accounts you’re obsessed with? We’d love to add a few more to our must-follow list.

Addicted to Instagram and on the hunt for more inspiring people to follow? Click HERE for our past top picks.

Holy Matrimony! The Most Epic Wedding Floral DIY

As we’re sure you’ve noticed, photobooths are totally a thing at weddings these days. They’re a chance for people to act silly and enjoy themselves while providing you endless laughter and entertainment while sifting through photos months later. Sure the fake mustaches, silly hats and drunken group snaps may be starting to feel a little….tired, but the perfect place for a photo-opp is not just a trend, it’s a necessity! Your photographer is never going to get to snap candid pics of all your guests and besides – offering up an activity is furn for everyone. But we’ve been feeling ready for a fresh spin on the idea and thought you might be too. So if all those neon boas and oversized plastic sunnies are not really your pinky-in-the-air cup of tea, we’ve got the most epicly chic alternative for you!

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Instead of hiring a company to create a photobooth backdrop for your wedding, or renting a clunky actual booth, we urge you to give this simple DIY a try! A fresh floral garland balloon backdrop is not only gorgeous and sophisticated, it’s SO versatile. Dot these babies throughout the dance floor, position them behind the bride and groom’s reception table, use them to create a stunning alter, the list is endless!  You only need a few things to recreate this look – the most important being some gorge blooms – and thankfully florist Natasha Kolenko is here to walk us through mastering the fresh floral garland!

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How To Master The Floral Garland

You’ll Need:
> Thin gauge wire
> Pliers + floral sheers
> Fresh flowers + greens
> 36 inch round balloons

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STEP 1: decide how long you’d like your garland to be. Cut a thin gauge wire to your desired length.

STEP 2: Choose your greens for the base of the garland. We used Ruskus and yummy smelling Jasmine vine as our base for a full, lush look. Trim excess stems from the greens and begin wrapping the stems around the wire until secure.

STEP 3: To add blooms to your garland, make bunches of 2-3 and wrap their stems together with wire, leaving approximately two inches of wire at each end. Use the ends of the wire to attach floral bunches to the garland. We used Anemones, white garden roses and white Tulips for a clean, crisp look.

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STEP 4: When you are happy with your floral garland, wrap the wire on one end around the knot of the balloon. We used 36 inch round balloons and you can see in the pictures how the varying lengths and weights of the garlands affect the way they float. We love the idea of having some longer garlands draped on the floor with some shorter ones looking like they’re suspended in the air and, quite literally, floating around the room!

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These balloons are simple and elegant and we love the way they just float effortlessly and dreamily around the space. Experiment and have fun with these massive balloons. They’re not only great for weddings. We think they’d be perfect for birthday parties, baby showers or any event you’re looking to make a giant statement.

And now that you’ve mastered the floral garland, use your skills to drape a garland across a table or around benches during the ceremony. All that’s left for you to do is to let your creativity soar!

original photography for apartment 34 by emily scott // art direction by bianca sotelo // florals + styling by natasha kolenko // florals c/o torchio nursery - visit them in the San Francisco flower mart!