Jamal Taslaq is known for his love of blending his culture with modernity and sophistication. This Palestinian-born fashion designer moved to Italy in 1990 and has been dressing women all over the world ever since. Taslaq dresses many members of Arab royal families, including Queen Rania of Jordan, as well as many Read more →
Jamal Taslaq is known for his love of blending his culture with modernity and sophistication. This Palestinian-born fashion designer moved to Italy in 1990 and has been dressing women all over the world ever since. Taslaq dresses many members of Arab royal families, including Queen Rania of Jordan, as well as many celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Ornella Muti and Marta Marzotto.
At a young age, Taslaq found himself fascinated with the fact that his mother’s friend could “design and realize her own ideas,” leading him onto his path of designing. “Growing up it was clear that I need to leave my country in order to study in Italy which was the aim for all the ones that wanted to learn about Haute Couture. I worked so hard to raise the money to do that,” he said.
Jamal Taslaq is one of today’s top designers in the bridal industry, each collection getting more stunning than the next!
There were so many amazing looks at the 86th Academy Awards, commonly known as the Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Versache, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Alexander McQueen and Prada were only a few of the Designers that celebrities walked the red carpet wearing. Here are a few of our favorite looks from the night, from both men and women!
Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen
Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab Haute Couture and Brad Pitt in Tom Ford
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture
Kate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani
Lupita Nyong’o in Prada
Mathew in a sharp white Dolce & Gabbana Tux
Jessica Biel in Chanel Couture
Jason Sudeikis in Prada and his wife Olivia Wilde in Valentino
Erika and Matt’s La Jolla wedding was heavily influenced by the charm of family and passed down traditions from their Jewish roots. Their theme of vintage and romance blended seamlessly with their desire to make the moment personal for their guests. Erika planned the majority of her wedding, opting for a day-of coordinator, and knew exactly what she wanted for her special day. The couple held their wedding at Darlington House in La Jolla–an elegant and glamorous 1940s backdrop which matched perfectly with Erika’s vintage inspired dress. The colors used throughout the wedding were champagne and rose with soft pink touches.
The couple made sure to keep their Jewish wedding traditions a prominent highlight of their celebration. They performed the Jewish wedding custom, “veiling the bride (badecken)” which is similar to a “first look.” According to legend in the Bible, instead of marrying Rachel, Jacob was tricked into marrying Leah. So as to avoid such a mishap, Matt and Erika met before the ceremony so he could check to make sure it was his intended bride before she lowered her veil! Erika and Matt then joined their family and Rabbi to sign the Ketubah before starting the actual ceremony. The signing of the Ketubah is a private ceremony between the bride, groom, and their parents. The Ketubah describes in poetic form their love and commitment, as well as important information about the wedding day itself. After they signed it, Erika and Matt placed the Ketubah on an easel to be displayed, a symbol of old traditions kept alive with the union of their commitment.
Erika and Matt’s ceremony took place under the traditional chuppah, a bridal canopy used in Jewish weddings. It symbolizes the new Jewish home Erika and Matt will create together! For the reception, Erika had her twenty-eight person wedding party seated at one long table with guests on all sides. Each table was adorned with candelabras and floral centerpieces from Adorations. Erika and Matt chose three signature cocktails for their guests to enjoy: “Love Lee” a vodka infused drink; “Muttled Men” a Vodka martini; and “the Rita” a margarita with a Hawaiian black salt rim.
They kept guests entertained with a surprise first dance to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and an “Anniversary Countdown” where couples lined up according to the length of marriage and the oldest couple received a gift from Erika and Matt! Treating her closest friends and family to a memorable day was always on the forefront of Erika’s vision, so she made sure the party didn’t end just at the Darlington House –guests then got to attend an after party at Clay’s in La Jolla to continue the celebration!
Wedding Photography: lunaphoto | Flowers + Chuppah: Adorations Botanical Artistry | Catering: ChileCo | Event Lighting: Allie’s Rentals | Day of Coordination: Wedding Elegance by Nahid | Venue: Darlington House | Music: Shammy Dee | Wedding Cake: Fab Cakes | After Party Venue: Clay’s La Jolla
This couple met at the gym, but fell in love when they realized they both loved adventure. Since they are both avid nature lovers, Will proposed to Nina at the Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, CA.
Their wedding took place at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa and had a theme that incorporated their love of wine, nature, and traveling. From the wine colored bridesmaid dresses to the purple and pink hues in their floral design and decor, Nina wanted to make sure her wedding reflected her elegant and couture tastes. The inspiration behind the sweetheart table’s crystal backdrop came from the Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas. Another element important to the couple’s desired wedding theme was the incorporation of Will’s Caucasian background and Nina’s Lebanese-American roots, perfectly displayed through Nina’s mother’s Baklava dessert sweets at the candy bar table.
Here are the gorgeous photos by Gene Higa Photography:
Venue: Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa | Photography: Gene Higa Photography | Ceremony Music: Caprice Strings | Reception Music and Lighting: Excellent Entertainment International | Rentals: Concepts Event Design | Florist: Jennifer Cole Florals | Videographer: Classic Film Works | Wedding Cake: Fab Cakes | Ice Cream Bar: Sensational Treats | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Chairs and Chargers: Classic Party Rentals | Furniture Rentals: AFR Furniture Rentals | Black Carpet Runner: Lounge Appeal | Event Design & Planner: Wedding Elegance by Nahid
As featured in Ceremony Magazine SD, here are the stunning photos from the The Condor’s Nest Ranch farm-inspired photoshoot we designed! We had such a blast coordinating this stylized shoot and we were lucky to have so many amazing vendors contributing to the beauty!
Be ready to be inspired – here are the images by Bryan N. Miller Photography for you to enjoy:
Location: The Condor’s Nest Ranch
Photography: Bryan N. Miller Photography
Floral Design: Jennifer Cole Florals
Furniture rentals, China and Glassware: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals
Cake & Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Stationary: J. Grace
Table Design & Coordination: Wedding Elegance by Nahid
Dresses: The White Flower Bridal Boutique
Jewelry: Sophia & Chloe
Hair: Phanna Sim
Makeup: Souad Al-Rifai Makeup