Spring 2018 Bridal Trends

After a busy week in New York City attending Bridal Fashion Week, owners and bridal extraordinaires, Amber and Dawn share their views on what's new in the bridal world. Blown away from the Spring 2018 collections that were released, they noticed many unique trends on the runway for the season.

Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle!

The Spring 2018 bridal collections took everyone by surprise this year in NYC. "Thinking the trends were going to go entirely simple, clean and classic this market, bridal designers stunned everyone with SPARKLE! It was a tug of war between clean and sparkle like you've never seen before," says Amber.

Galia Lahav - Photo via The Knot

Galia Lahav - Photo via The Knot

Galia Lahav - Photo via Brides Magazine

Galia Lahav - Photo via Brides Magazine


Victorian Influences

Designers like Galia Lahav and Idan Cohen embraced styles from the timeless and distinctive Victorian era. Everything from "ruffles, high collars and dramatic shoulders were seen on the runway this week," says Dawn. Not surprisingly, this daring twist turned many heads this past week in NYC.

Galia Lahav - Photo via The Knot

Galia Lahav - Photo via The Knot

Galia Lahav - Photo via The Knot

Galia Lahav - Photo via The Knot

Idan Cohen - Photo via Brides Magazine

Idan Cohen - Photo via Brides Magazine

Marchesa - Photo via Vogue Magazine

Marchesa - Photo via Vogue Magazine


Sleeves are here to stay

Sleeves have not left the bridal world yet and were seen all over NYC this past weekend! Often paired with a high neck, playing off the Victorian trend as shown above, we're excited to see a beautiful new twist on the long sleeved wedding gown this season.

Idan Cohen - Photo via Brides Magazine

Idan Cohen - Photo via Brides Magazine

Idan Cohen - Photo via Brides Magazine

Idan Cohen - Photo via Brides Magazine

Marchesa - Photo via Vogue Magazine

Marchesa - Photo via Vogue Magazine

Galia Lahav - Photo via Brides Magazine

Galia Lahav - Photo via Brides Magazine


Sixties Influences

A trend that was very prominent this collection was a very 60's influenced style. Models donned the runway with "beehive buns and long white gloves paired with a more classic styled gown," says Amber. Designers Anne Barge and Anna Maier both displayed these 60's inspired styles that embody an Audrey Hepburn-esque feel.

Anne Barge - Photo via Brides Magazine

Anne Barge - Photo via Brides Magazine

Anne Barge - Photo via Vogue Magazine

Anne Barge - Photo via Vogue Magazine

Anne Barge - Photo via Vogue Magazine

Anne Barge - Photo via Vogue Magazine

Anna Maier - Photo via WWD Magazine

Anna Maier - Photo via WWD Magazine

Anna Maier - Photo via WWD Magazine

Anna Maier - Photo via WWD Magazine


a touch of Black

Black is the new white! Accents of black were all over the runways this season in NYC! From belts to jewelry to the trimming of the gown, black is a color no one was expecting to see this much of. "Marchesa incorporated a subtle, but consistent amount of black accessories throughout their Spring 2018 collection," says Dawn. Needless to say, it's a bold, but very edgy move!

Marchesa - Photo via Vogue Magazine

Marchesa - Photo via Vogue Magazine

Marchesa - Photo via Vogue Magazine

Marchesa - Photo via Vogue Magazine

Romona Keveza - Photo via The Knot

Romona Keveza - Photo via The Knot

Justin Alexander - Photo via Brides Magazine

Justin Alexander - Photo via Brides Magazine


Bows, Bows, and More Bows!

Rivini, Marchesa, Anna Maier, and Blue Willow all complemented their gowns with BOWS--ranging from huge eloquent bows to smaller accent bows. A one-of-a-kind look that we're happy to see this time around!

Marchesa - Photo via Amber Silva

Marchesa - Photo via Amber Silva

Marchesa - Photo via Amber SIlva

Marchesa - Photo via Amber SIlva

Marchesa - Photos via Vogue Magazine

Marchesa - Photos via Vogue Magazine

Oscar de la Renta - Photo via Brides Magazine

Oscar de la Renta - Photo via Brides Magazine

Rivini by Rita Vinieris - Photo via Brides Magazine

Rivini by Rita Vinieris - Photo via Brides Magazine


By Samantha Townsend

KJ Bride - Kristine

Sebastian and Kristine's wedding at Calamigos Ranch in the heart of Malibu Wine Country has everything we love about weddings - elegance, classic touches and top-notch style! Kristine wore KJ Designer, Angel Rivera, for her flawless event. This trumpet lace gown with a horsehair trim skirt captures this bride's exquisite taste. Through the lens of Heather East Photography, let's take a glimpse into Kristine's perfect day!

Dress | Angel Rivera from Kinsley James Couture Bridal

Photography | Heather East Photography

Venue | Calamigos Ranch

Hair & Makeup | Marissa Garcia from Bliss Bridal Beauty

Floral Design | Tiana Scharf from The Exotic Green Garden

Coordination |  Angela Mitchell from Love & Elegance

KJ BRIDE - Chelsea

Chelsea was married September 13, 2015 on the lakeside of beautiful Tahoe at West Shore Cafe in Alyne by Rita Vinieres. It was the first dress she tried on during a Rivini trunk show and she fell in love instantly! After 15 other dresses, nothing compared! 

We asked her if she could share some wedding tips with our brides. Here are some of the tips she had that made her day special!

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Make sure to take the time to thank people throughout the process (parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc.). They are your support system, they invest a lot of time and money to make your day special. Make sure they know you're grateful! 


Entertain the idea of doing a first look. Not only was this such a special moment between Anthony and I, but it allowed us to spend more time dancing and mingling later in the evening.


Write your own vows if you feel it is right for you. Anthony insisted on it and the ceremony ended up being one of the most special parts of the night. Hearing each other's words was incredible. 


Take 10 minutes alone as a newly married couple to take it all in. Anthony and I went out to the pier and just took in the whole experience from the first look, the ceremony, the decor, the guests, our family, the dancing and each other - it goes by so fast. 


DANCE YOUR BOOTY OFF! 

I keep telling people there really truly isn’t anything I would change about our wedding day. The most important part of the day was that I was marrying my best friend. Although I couldn’t have been more ecstatic about how the décor came together, my most favorite parts of our day were because of the amazing people surrounding us.

Dress & Veil | Alyne by Rivini from Kinsley James Couture Bridal

Photography | Mag B Photography

Venue | West Shore Cafe

Hair & Makeup | Greco Rose Beauty / Kari Addison Beautiful

Floral Design | Art in Bloom

Rentals | Classic Party Rentals

We're Hiring!

We are looking for a new addition to our wedding-loving team! Our consultants work directly with the brides, from helping to find their dream dress all the way up to the wedding day. We want to make sure each bride has the Kinsley James experience and leaves here happier than when they came in. The ideal consultant is upbeat, passionate, team player, hard working, tech savvy, personable and self motivated. 

We are looking to fill this position asap! Our consultants must have sales experience, love leopard (haha) and knowledge of the bridal industry is a plus. Weekends are required especially during trunk shows which are very common August - April. 

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to info@kinsleyjames.com with the following included...

1. Why do you want this job, what interests you about bridal?

2. Share a customer service experience and how you think that will help in this position. 

3. What are your salary expectations? 

4. What skill or quality can you bring to add to our team? 

Lisa #KJvip Bride!

A few months ago a bride-to-be came to us with an idea of having the store to herself to try on gowns for a more intimate shopping experience. We naturally loved the idea but of course wanted to put our own spin on the event- and that is how the #KJvip appointment service was created! Meet Lisa, our very first #KJvip bride, and also an A Touch of Grace bride; she is sharing some tips from her swanky shopping experience and details every bride-to-be should do before heading into their dress appointments!  

Every girl dreams of the day she gets to try on wedding dresses, and Kinsley James made this a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. Out of all the fun aspects of wedding-planning, this was the thing I was looking forward to the most. Before my VIP appointment, I made sure to check out the Kinsley James website to find out which designers they carry. Then I went to each individual designer’s website to view their collections. I highly recommend every bride-to-be do this. I knew I wanted lace and I found that they carry Sareh Nouri, who makes some gorgeous lace dresses. While looking at the Kinsley James website I found out they would actually be having a Sareh Nouri trunk show in October where they would be bringing in additional dresses that they don’t normally carry. I made sure to make my VIP appointment for the weekend of the trunk show so that I would get to try on these special dresses as well as get some expertise from the designers rep who would also be there that weekend.

I arrived at Kinsley James and was immediately whisked away to get my hair done. I got a beautiful up-do and almost felt like this was my wedding day! I invited my mom and my Matron of Honor to share this special experience with me. I kept my group small because I didn’t want too many different opinions to cloud my judgment or steer me away from any dress I really loved. I was a little nervous that they might be pretty opinionated and not like some of my choices, but everyone was so complimentary, even when I came out in a lavender ball gown! The rep gave me some great information and even gave me suggestions of what accessories to wear. Katie made me feel so comfortable and helped me pick out so many great options to try. As soon as I slipped into “The One”, I knew I had found my wedding dress. We paired it with a custom veil and I could not have been any more excited. And the best part was, my photographer captured the whole thing so I will have these photos to cherish for years to come. I highly recommend any bride to book the VIP appointment at Kinsley James for the most unique and one-of-a-kind wedding dress experience that you will never forget.

Photography - Courtney Yee, Photoflood Studio

Hair - Taylor Cercone, I Do Dry Style

Custom Desserts - Kitty Wong Pastry Shop

Cake Pops - Pops by Lisa (the bride is also an amazing baker!)

Flowers - Angel's Petals 

For more information on pricing & booking your own #KJvip appointment, email us info@kinsleyjames.com

KJ Bride - Emily

Meet Emily, a fun loving blonde and recent newlywed; she was married this past September in Amahlia by Rivini which fit her outdoor ceremony with blush details perfectly. Emily is sharing some of her top tips with future KJ brides, and trust me, they are good! 

1.       Hire people that are not only talented and completely understand your aesthetic but that also have positive energy!! You are with them all day and you want to not only enjoy them as a person but have fun as well. Ex Hair and makeup, especially photographer. I literally cried when my photographer arrived when I was getting ready b/c we had bonded so much and she just made the experience even more special for both Brant and I and all of our wedding guests.

2.       Don’t just assume people know how you want everything set up, be VERY VERY specific if it matters to you.

3.       Stop and pause several moments throughout the big day to soak it all in!!! It goes SO fast.

4.       Create a playlist for when you and all your girlfriends are getting ready! Setting the vibe is so important, and having someone set up a beverage and food station with different hydrating fruits and healthy snacks was a huge help.

5.       Have your MOH handle your cellphone for the majority of the time leading up to the wedding, so many people call for directions or very random things and it can be kinda stressful. Have her take the stress off of your shoulders.

6.       As far as dress shopping, don’t try on too many dresses!! And find a place ( Kinsley James ) that has a welcoming, elegant, and fun atmosphere. Its not often you get to try on beautiful gowns that make you feel like you have never felt with all your most favorite friends and family surrounding you with love and admiration.

7.       Don’t go to Pinterest crazy! I think keeping things classic and simple with little fun touches of ideas from Pinterest is the way to go. Try to make it your own, and original!!!

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Emily added this gorgeous pale pink David Yurman ring to her wedding attire. We were beyond obsessed! It is shown with the earrings she also wore and her grandmother's hankie that was gifted her for the big day. 

Dress - Amahlia by Rivini

Photographer - Stacey Pentland 

For more photos check our Kinsley James Bride Pinterest

Holman Ranch // Styled Shootout

The past few months we have been teaming up with Seventh Heaven Vintage Rentals to be apart of their Styled Shootouts (you can see behind the scenes on our instagram with #SHvintageworkshop). These are opportunities for photographers to build their portfolio by shooting gorgeous vignettes that Seventh Heaven designs and learning from talented people like Danielle Poff! 

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Danielle was the guest speaker at July's shoot out which happened to be at one of our favorite venues, Holman Ranch. The theme for one of the vignettes was Whimsical Woodland Love, and Beloved by Anne Barge fit perfectly! The dresses open back, romantic beading and models soft hair mixed with Danielle's major talent made for a perfect shoot! The photos turned out so dreamy- and if you haven't been to Holman Ranch yet, this is just a tiny piece of the beautiful property!

Thank you to all the vendors who helped make this shoot so beautiful! Keep checking back to see the Luxe Outdoor Affair vignette from the same shootout!

Dress - Beloved by Anne Barge

Photographer - Danielle Poff

Flowers & Styling - Seventh Heaven Vintage

Hair & Makeup - Elizabeth Chang 

Desserts - Studio Cake Design

If you are interested in this gown or other styles from Anne Barge, we are having a trunk show November 14-16! 

KJ Bride - Sarah

We are thrilled to be featuring a bride who has quickly become a great friend to the entire KJ team. Sarah designer and executed her entire wedding with help from her mom and wow, they did an amazing job! Sarah & Chris held their wedding on Sarah's parents 17 acre property in Danville, CA with stunning views of Mt. Diablo. 

It's hard to not fall in love with Galia Lahav, and Sarah knew it was the perfect fit for her big day. She was had such a great time trying on Kinsley James that she even sent her sister to our boutique a few months later to get her own Galia gown for her wedding! In her words, the experience at KJ was 'truly magical' 

One of Sarah's favorite parts of her wedding was the cake! Designed by Old Towne Bakery they truly made her cake dreams come to life with this five tiered confection!