KJ Introduces Netta BenShabu | L'Amour Infini

We were beyond excited to be the first store in the world to debut Netta BenShabu’s L’Amour Infini Collection straight from Bridal Fashion Week! We collaborated with so many talented Bay Area vendors for this exclusive event.

Netta’s swoon worthy gowns have the most exquisite lace and intricate bead work. Her unique designs will make you feel like a romantic goddess. A bride’s dream come true! We just about died when we first discovered Netta and her addition to our store has been enchanting. She is such a beautiful person inside and out. We actually call her Netta BenSha-Beautiful! Scroll down to see the premiere of L’Amour Infini!

Photography | Jessica Kay Photography


Flowers and Archway | Angels Petals & Rentals and Linens | Pleasanton Rentals


Desserts | SIFT Desert Bar


Hairstylist | Hair By Salina


Models Tans | Apres Soleil Tans


Dresses | Netta BenShabu | @nettabenshabu.official

Photography | Jessica Kay Photography | @jessicakay_photo

Coordination | A Touch Of Grace Events | @atouchofgrace_events

Florists | Angels Petals | @angelspetals

Hairstylist | Hair By Salina | @hair_by_salinacarter

Makeup Artist | Makeup by Quis | @makeupbyQuis

Makeup Artist | Makeup by Cheryl Lam | @cl_artistry

Desserts | SIFT Desert Bar | @siftdessertbar

Rentals and Linens | Pleasanton Rentals | @pleasantonrentals

Models Tans | Apres Soleil Tans | @apressoleiltans

Swag Bags | Allure Rejuvenation Center | @allurerejuvenationcenter


Holiday Gift Guide for the Bride

Preparing for the Holidays can get difficult when it comes to finding something special for the ones you love. But we’ve got you covered with this Gift Guide for the blushing brides in your life.



Photo by: Taryn Grey Photography Ring Box: Esselle available at Kinsley James Couture Bridal Florals: Rawfinery Creative Direction: Utterly Engaged Rings: Susie Saltzman




Every bride is looking for the perfect ‘day-of’ attire. With soft lace and silk details, the bride in your life is bound to feel the love when she opens this luxurious gift. Girl & A Serious Dream (available at Kinsley James Couture Bridal) offers lace, silk, and cotton bridal robes, as well as bridesmaids robes.




Esselle SF has put together the ultimate Bridal Self Care gift box to pamper and spoil the special bride! These boxes are now available for purchase at Kinsley James Couture Bridal.
The box includes:
1. The Alaia - Best selling rose gold and blush velvet keepsake ring box for your most precious gem. Insider Tip: It's great to carry a ring box on your big day for detail bridal jewelry photos!
2. Bling Brush by Baublerella -  No stone is too small to shine, but lotion, hairspray and makeup dull jewelry over time! Erase beauty buildup from jewelry with the Bling Brush.
3.  Rose Quartz Facial Roller - Skincare is a BIG deal for a bride's big day! Let the Rose Quartz roller help prep your skin the right way. The roller helps promote lymphatic drainage and enhances blood circulation. Rose Quartz is also known for its calming properties and aids self love! 
4. KANI Rose + Grapefruit Conditioning Lip Balm - This conditioning balm contains antioxidants and superior moisturizers to provide lasting treatment benefits. Shea butter, Coconut and Sweet Almond oil promote extreme hydration while vitamin E and Grapefruit deliver essential antioxidants for extra-smooth skin.
5. KANI Rose Tone Face Mist -This face mist is made with roses and aloe to hydrate, soothe, and leave you feeling fresh and awake. As it purifies the skin it combats signs of aging and soothes tired, irritated skin. Also excellent as a makeup refresher and midday pick-me-up.

gift idea #4 - accessories


‘Complete the look’ with stunning accessory pieces to give your bride’s look that extra sparkle. Each piece is created with love and commitment to high quality materials. We carry an array of intricate hair pins, jeweled combs, unique earrings, and dainty bracelets. A few accessory designers that we carry are Maria Elena, Untamed Petals, and Haute Bride.



If you’re unsure of your bride’s exact style, a gift certificate is the perfect option! The bride can choose to use it for accessories, robes, or towards her bridal gown.


To purchase any of these gifts please call or email.

Walnut creek: (925) 330-9228 or info@kinsleyjames.com
West hollywood: (323) 337-4305 or la@kinsleyjames.com


What is a VIP Appointment?
Our VIP appointments entail having the store closed to you and your party for two hours. This includes two bottles of champagne with a mimosa bar, bouquet in your colors, specialty food or desserts (depending on the bride’s taste), a special gift for the bride and 10% off your gown. Our bridal stylist will have a pre-appointment consultation with the bride so that when she arrives we can have gowns pulled for her based on her style.

Additional add ons for a fee are hair and makeup, photographer from our preferred vendor list (some brides bring their own) and car service. The photographers can even put together a book from your #KJvip appointment so that when you come in to see your dress after ordering it you can relive the special moment you said yes! If the bride would like her hair and/or makeup done inside Kinsley James, we ask that the bride arrives one hour prior to her scheduled appointment so it doesn't fall into her appointment time. 

| Can anyone book a VIP appointment? Yes! We welcome all of our brides to experience the luxury of being a Kinsley James VIP!
| Does a VIP appointment cost money? The cost of a VIP Appointment is $650.
| When do the VIP appointments happen? We do these appointments Sunday mornings 9-11am or some week nights from 6-8pm.  
| How can I book a VIP appointment? Choose your store location, fill out the form, and leave a message saying that you are interested in booking a VIP Appointment. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

City Chic Wedding Elopement

Taking place at the San Francisco City Hall and later a romantic reception at VIA Hotel in the heart of the city, this elopement is pulled together by splashes of femininity, modern geometric shapes, and decorative succulents. Our bride wore Blue Willow by Anne Barge, offering a chic, simplistic vibe to the city venue.



Photography: Christine Glebov Photography | Wedding Coordinator & Design: Inspirations By Gina | Ceremony Venue:  San Francisco City Hall | Reception Venue: Hotel VIA | Linens: Party Crush Studio | Stationery & Calligraphy: A Cut Above Stationery | Floral Design: Inspirations By Gina | Wedding Cake: A Spoonful of Sugar Cakes | Cake Stand Rentals: Julia’s Cake Stand Rentals | Hair & Makeup: Soyi Hair and Makeup | Bridal Salon: Kinsley James Couture Bridal | Gown Designer: Blue Willow by Anne Barge | Bride’s Shoes:  Kate Spade | Groom’s Attire & Shoes: The Black Tux | Wedding Ring Designer & Goldsmith: Jen Leddy Studios | Officiant: Dearly Beloved Celebrations | Ribbon: Party Crush Studio |


#NYBFW Spring 2019 Trends

New York Bridal Fashion Week Trends

Spring/Summer 2019

The Spring/Summer 2019 season is filled with some sweet surprises for our brides-to-be! Get the inside scoop on the latest trends as seen at New York Bridal Fashion Week!


1. Corsets

Reem Acra

Reem Acra

Corsets are being seen ALL over the bridal world - some more visible and prominent than others. Still, it gives a unique, sexy and feminine twist to your gown without being too revealing! And not to mention the SHAPE that it'll give you. Designers Reem Acra, Anne Barge, Rita Vinieris all rocked this trend!

Anne Barge

Anne Barge

Anne Barge

Anne Barge

Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Rivini by Rita Vinieris

2. 3D Floral Lace

Galia Lahav

Galia Lahav

We've been seeing the rise of texture and 3D lace for quite sometime now, but more recently with FLORALS! Expect to see 3D floral lace like you've never seen before! It's bigger and more dramatic than ever and screams Spring/Summer! Just look at these images! Designers Galia Lahav, Marchesa, and Reem Acra all showcase the 3D floral trend.





Reem Acra

Reem Acra

GALA by Galia Lahav

GALA by Galia Lahav

3. Lace Necklines

With the rise of all the floral lace we're seeing, lace is also taking another turn. Now we're seeing it as the focal point of the neckline, often rising all the way up to the neck. It has a certain feminine yet regal feel to it, and we're DIGGIN' it! Designers Rita Vinieris, Reem Acra and Anne Barge emphasize the lace neckline.

Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Reem Acra

Reem Acra

Reem Acra

Reem Acra

Anne Barge

Anne Barge

4. Bows

Galia Lahav

Galia Lahav

Bows are sticking around! Last season we saw the number of bows escalate, and it doesn't look like this trend is on the downfall just yet. Whether it's a HUGE bow in the back or just an accent bow around the neckline, it adds a soft, yet powerful touch. Designers Marchesa, Galia Lahav, Reem Acra, and Limor Rosen all tie in the bows!



Galia Lahav

Galia Lahav

Reem Acra

Reem Acra

Limor Rosen

Limor Rosen

5. Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits are not only comfortable - but CHIC! Less traditional brides love the idea of walking down the aisle donning a jumpsuit, while some choose it as a fun outfit change for their second, or reception, dress. Either way, we LOVE to see more jumpsuits coming out for the bride who wants options! Designers Rita Vinieris, Liancarlo, and Galia Lahav are all aboard the jumpsuit trend!

Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Rivini by Rita Vinieris





-Written by Samantha Townsend

A Guide to: Bridal Accessories

Bridal Accessories

Whether you're an accessory lover or a minimalist, bridal accessories are an important part to completing your wedding day look. From the veil to earrings to a simple, dainty bracelet, it's imperative to have the right pieces to bring your look together. Here's a guide we put together to help you navigate your journey across the wedding finish line!



Timing is key! Bridal accessories can take anywhere from 2-3 months to be made.

To give you that cushion, order your accessories 3 months out from when you will NEED THEM. This means, if you'll want them during your first try-on experience with the dress, order them 3 months before the dress is supposed to arrive. If you'll want them during your dress fittings (which start 6-8 weeks before your wedding), make sure you're getting them ordered 3 months prior to that. Same goes with any hair or makeup trials that you may want your accessories available for.

Make sure you're considering all aspects of your wedding when planning out all the details, and allow yourself plenty of time for the jewelry to get to you without having to stress!



Everyone has different taste and a different vision, but here are a few things to think about when deciding what pieces will complete your look the best:


There are so many options and customizations you can make when it comes to your veil. Here are few things to consider:

  • Length of veil - you'll want to consider the overall length. There are so many customizable lengths ranging from a cathedral veil cascading past your dress or a short veil just to the tips of your fingers.
  • Back of your dress - Consider the back of your dress when selecting the type of veil. If the back is one of the main attractions, i.e. low-back, you'll want to opt for a lighter material or possibly shorter in length.
  • Blusher - Some veils have a blusher in which you have the option to flip the veil over the front of your face. This can be a traditional choice or purely your personal preference.


  • One of the tips we suggest to brides, is to stay true to how much jewelry you're comfortable with wearing. If you're someone who wears minimal jewelry on a night out, don't decide to wear a huge, extravagant necklace on your wedding day, but rather opt for a less bold look.
  • Dress neckline - What kind of neckline does your dress have? If you have a strapless or sweetheart neckline, you can add a subtle necklace without overwhelming the dress. If you have a v-neck, you can add a longer plunging necklace to line the edges of your dress.


  • Hairstyle - The way you plan to style your hair will affect your earring selection. Everyone has a different preference, but make sure you keep your hairstyle in mind when trying on earrings. If your hair is up and showing your neck and shoulders, you may want to show off a little bling.


  • How beaded/simple is your dress by itself? If your dress is already adorned with beadwork or lace and has a lot going on by itself, you may want to tone down on the belt. Contrarily, if your dress is more simple with less texture, you'll be able to get away with more sparkle or bling when it comes to adding a belt.
  • Waist of dress - If your dress already has somewhat of a waistline, you can easily accentuate it by adding a detailed belt. However, if your dress does not have a waistline, you'll want to be careful not to interrupt the natural flow of the dress in anyway.


Don't forget that your dress should be the main showcase and all other pieces are there to accessorize!

And remember to relax and have some fun with it!

Feel the Romance

Chocolates and flowers are nice, but this Valentine's Day, embrace the ROMANCE with these tips and tricks. Whether you're keeping the fire alive or just starting a new flame, these tips are sure to bring romance to your relationship!



1. Experience Something New

Valentine's Day is about feeling the love, and what better way than to experience a brand new adventure together. We're talking about a new challenge or activity that's out of the ordinary for you both to face as one. Try a salsa dancing lesson, or maybe take a painting class together. Enjoying new activities together will make those sparks fly like it's the first date all over again.



Who doesn't love to relax?! Plan a couple's massage, a weekend getaway, or a pamper session at home- light the candles, sip some bubbly and take some time to unwind together. Feeling relaxed allows the two of you to connect on a deeper level and feel the LOVE!



3. Bring on the Sentiment!

Romance also relies heavily on being able to feel the passion. Think of an activity that will warm your connection like writing a letter to each other, creating a photo book of all your adventures together, or reminiscing about your past memories.


4. Go on Your First Date Again

Repeat the first date you ever went on together and get those sparks flying again! It will remind you of all the love and memories you've shared together throughout your relationship. Make reservations at the same restaurant, rent the same movie you saw together, or visit that same coffee shop you met in.





5. A Year Full of Romance

Relationships are about continuous effort and romance. Make a book of dates for every month of the year or create a vision board of what you want your year to look like with goals for you to accomplish together. Keeping that effort alive will keep the ROMANCE alive!


Bring the romance to your relationship by planning something that brings the two of you together!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wedding Dress Resolutions

It's that time of year where you'll be coming up with resolutions for the New Year, but especially if you're getting married in the near future, there's a couple more checklists you'll have to complete this year. Here's a checklist and timeline for your wedding dress and accessories that you can follow throughout 2018.

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Wedding gown

  • Initial appointment(s) - 9 to 12 months out

-Make your initial appointment 9-12 months out from your wedding if the length of your engagement allows. Planning a wedding is like having a whole other part-time job, so the more you can reduce stress, the more you'll enjoy the process. Ease the wedding dress process by giving yourself plenty of time to do research, try on gowns, and make that big decision.

(Also keep in mind that our gowns take 5-7 months to be made and we give 2 months for alterations on top of that.)

  • Try-on

-Once your dress comes in, your wedding will finally feel like it's becoming a reality! You'll get that email from us, and you're more than welcome to try on the beauty with family or friends around!

  • Alterations - 6 to 8 weeks out

-Most dresses will need to have alterations, including hemming, lining, or bustling the gown. The first alteration session should ideally happen 6-8 weeks before your wedding date followed by any second or third sessions.


  • BUY - 8 to 10 weeks out

-Accessories including headpieces, veils, and belts should be ordered at least 8 weeks out giving enough time to receive everything in time for the big day.


This New Year, you'll have a clear vision of when to get your wedding dress and what the timeline will look like, so you can plan accordingly. Decreasing stress by planning ahead will ensure you have a successful and ENJOYABLE wedding experience.



Gowns Fit for a Winter Wedding

Winter is almost here - the most romantic time of year to say "I do".  Get ready to plan your winter wedding with these dresses that will transport you to winter wonderland and back.

GALA by Galia Lahav

GALA 906


These pretty little caped sleeves are a perfect touch for a winter wedding, offering an elegant alternative to a sleeve. As part of Galia Lahav's GALA IV collection, this gown exudes a winter wonderland feeling.

Available at our upcoming Trunk Show

Walnut Creek: January 26th-28th

Liz Martinez


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These delicate sleeves are perfect for a winter/fall wedding with intricate detail that softens the whole look. This gown is perfect for a bride searching for that whimsical yet elegant feel on their wedding day.

Available at our upcoming Trunk Shows

West Hollywood: January 19-21

Walnut Creek: January 12-14

Galia Lahav

Ms. Genesis

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This gown screams winter princess! The intricate detail, huge long train, and detachable frilly sleeves give off a graceful, sophisticated winter feel without having long, restricting sleeves.

Available at our Upcoming Trunk Show

Walnut Creek: January 19-21

Angel Rivera



Part of Angel Rivera's NEW collection, Flores, the Glamor gown is the perfect winter wedding goddess gown. With lace, off-the-shoulder sleeves, it adds just enough detail for an enchanted winter look that is sure to be a showstopper!

Available at our upcoming trunk show

West Hollywood: January 26th - 28th

5 Things You MUST Do with Your Honey this Holiday

Recently engaged or married?! Or maybe you just took the next serious step or maybe even started a new relationship? Whatever it may be, the holidays are a time of joy, appreciation, and LOVE! Here are some MUSTS to do this holiday season with that special person in your life.

#kjbride Tara wearing  Angel Rivera  | Photo by  Hannah Costello

#kjbride Tara wearing Angel Rivera | Photo by Hannah Costello

1. Spend time with each others family and friends

The holidays are all about spending time with friends, family, and loved ones. The best way to dive deeper into your relationship with your significant other is to spend time with their loved ones. Set aside some time to spend quality time together with those close relatives. You'll learn so much more about each other and also create a closer bond between everyone.

2. Hot chocolate date

Find the best cafe in your town with the best hot chocolate! It's simple, yet underrated. Sometimes we make dates so elaborate that we miss the point of them altogether- to emotionally and physically engage with each other. With a simple idea of grabbing hot chocolate together, it leaves the rest unwritten. Sit in the cafe for hours talking or grab your cups to go and walk around the town window shopping- the possibilities are endless.

3. Start a tradition together

The holidays are filled with traditions old and new. Making the holidays your own is what makes this time of year so special to celebrate. Start a new tradition with your love- something that brings you together and you can repeat for the years to come! You can go to a certain christmas tree farm each year, go watch the christmas tree lighting in the nearest town, watch a certain holiday movie together, or cook a festive meal. Whatever it is, make sure it's something that brings you two joy and excitement.

4. Ice Skating

There's nothing more that screams the holidays than ice skating. There are plenty of holiday ice rinks that pop up for the season, and they are almost always decorated with festive lights and music. Holding hands and kissing on the cold rink brings an added level of romance to date night! Try it out and watch the sparks fly!

5. Bake Cookies

Doing something that requires teamwork and communication is always a healthy activity for your relationship. Spend some time baking cookies or building gingerbread houses (or just decorating if baking is really not your thing). There's plenty of ideas on Pinterest...and, of course, the best part is obviously eating them after!

Gratitude in Your Love Life

This Thanksgiving, we're focusing on love! Especially with all the hectic activities that life (and the holidays) bring, it's important we give a little special thanks to our partner in life, our soulmate, our one and only. We put together some ways you can show appreciation and thanks to your lover this holiday season.  It's important you show gratitude in your love life always--but here are a couple activities you can do this Thanksgiving season!


1. Gratitude Letter

A simple letter listing all the things--big or little--that you're grateful for in your significant other and your relationship. Writing down and recognizing the things you're grateful for in one another will help keep a healthy mindset and balance in your relationship.

2. Plan a SURPRISE

Have each other surprise one another with something you know they'll LOVE! It can be an action, a gift, or a surprise date for the two of you to enjoy together!

3. Cook a Meal

Show your appreciation and love for your partner by preparing a home cooked meal for them. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or dessert), you can spoil your significant other by treating them to a nice hot meal!

4. Do a household chore

You know that one chore around the house that you both dread? Show your appreciation for your loved one by changing that light bulb, taking out the trash, or vacuuming the floors. Little acts of kindness around the house will show how grateful you are of the relationship and the home you've created together.

5. Start a gratitude jar

To make gratitude and appreciation apart of your everyday life and relationship, you can start a gratitude jar. Enter post-it notes of the things you're grateful for into a jar--anytime you'd like. Periodically pull out some notes and read them aloud to each other to be reminded of your appreciation for one another. Giving thanks shouldn't be just one day of the year, and this practice will help make gratefulness a habit in your relationship.


Written by: Samantha Townsend

Wedding Favors that Keep on Giving

Your wedding day is, of course, about YOU and your fiance, but part of it is making sure you create a memorable experience for your guests. These unique wedding favors ensure your guests will leave with a gift that will remind them of the love you've built and the unforgettable day you shared together!


Wine Stopper

There are so many different types of wine stoppers out there--you can find a personalized one that fits perfectly into your wedding theme. Whether you want to inscribe your monogram onto it or your last name, these wine stoppers are the perfect conventional gift! Click here to check out the designs.


Personalized Candles

Everybody loves candles, so why not customize a little candle for your guests to enjoy at home. Pick a scent that fits the season or your wedding theme and your favor will be a perfect reminder of your love story. Click here to check out their designs. 


Custom Glasses

Whether it's wine glasses or mason jars, a customized drinking glass is a perfect touch to create a memorable wedding favor. If you have more of a farm/ranch style wedding, you can go with these cute mason jars, or opt for stemless wine glasses if your wedding has a more traditional vibe. Click here to check out their designs.


Let Love Grow

Provide your guests with a favor that keeps on giving! With a personalized seed packet, your guests can plant their own flowers that can grow into something beautiful! Click here to check out their designs.


Meant to Bee

We are obsessed with the play on words this little favor has! It's perfect for that outdoor summer wedding or to remind your guests that your love is as sweet as honey! Click here to check out their designs.


Written by: Samantha Townsend

Together We Stand!

We are incredibly saddened with the devastation that's hitting our Northern neighbors. With many  homes, restaurants, and wineries burnt down and families displaced, we're at a loss for words.

It's together that we can rise again after tragedy hits and it's so important that we support those affected! We have been searching for families and individuals of the Sonoma/Napa area that were impacted by these horrific fires and are in need of extra help from the community.

Please read their stories below and visit their GoFundMe links--anything helps to get these families back on their feet!


Amanda Cream

Amanda Cream is a #kjbride and had everything all set to marry the man of her dreams. With the area and her home up in flames, she had to postpone her whole wedding.

Here is her story:


"This week was supposed to be the happiest week of our lives . Our wedding week. But at 1:30 this morning, we were awoke with the smell of smoke. We had no time to pack, we grabbed our dogs and as much as we could and left. We lost everything. Clothes, shoes, household items, everything. We had a wedding registry, but these extra fun items aren’t needed any longer. Instead, we are asking for donations, clothing, some household items, toiletries, dog items. Anything and everything helps right now. We are so grateful to be alive, but now it is time to move forward. Thank you All for your love and support."

Click here to donate to Amanda!


"The Reece family have worked tirelessly to build their lives and their dreams together. To have their home taken from them so suddenly, and to have suffered so much loss in the wake of this tragedy, is simply unimaginable and heartbreaking. 

Andrew & Rachael's home was one of the many homes destroyed by the horrific 'Coffee Park' firestorm that swept through Santa Rosa, CA on 10/08 & 10/09/17. The picture above is what remains of their home today. 

This campaign serves to provide a new sense of hope and security for an amazing young family of three, who just settled into their first home with their beautiful daughter, Kendal, only five months old. 

This fund is being created to help Andrew & Rachael find their footing again, and to begin the long process of rebuilding their home, their family, their lives, and their future. 

All contributions/donations will be tranferred directly to the Reece family."

Click here to donate to the family!


"Zach, Pauline,  Briella  and Josh Block lost everything they owned last night when their house literally burned to the ground  in the devastating  fires in Santa Rosa. They were forced to leave with nothing more than the clothes on their back in the middle of the night. They are a young family just starting out and it would be so great to help them with clothing, necessities etc. until they get on their feet. Their hearts are broken due to this total loss.

Please help with any donation you can,  everything counts.

Lets do all we can to help out this young beautiful family!"

Click here to donate to the family!


"Emily, Todd & Talia purchased their house less than a year ago in the Coffey Subdivision, and just finished moving  a lifetime  of irreplaceable treasures, and belongings. The last couple of years have been rough for them - in a year's time Emily lost her Mom and then her Dad and they were on their way to recovery and enjoying life. 

A knock on the door at 1:30 am on Monday changed their lives again. They were told there was a fire and  to evacuate immediately, no chance to grab anything. 

Emily, Todd and Talia left with only "Chops" (stuff animal) and "Blankie" (blanket) .  Minutes later, their house and neighborhood was on the news - the fire had destroyed the neighborhood - no houses remained. When the Careys returned to their home, It was gone, all that remained was the foundation and 2 antique ceramic pitchers that belonged to her mother. 

Emily is a florist, Todd works in the pool business. Along with all their personal belongings, their business supplies, laptops, and Johnson's pool and spa truck perished. 10 long years of hard work up in smoke and she must complete the upcoming wedding events already booked. 

Thank you in advance for helping my cousins, and know that her family is doing everything they can to help her and the beautiful Sonoma County we grew up in."

Click here to donate to the family!

Wedding Dreams Can Come True Even With A Small Budget

There is a reason why there so many artistic, crafty, and smart people in the wedding industry. This is one of the very few industries where a photographer, organizer, baker, decorator, and all the others can express their skills and make dreams come true for their clients.

This is why weddings cost so much because everyone involved has a reason to make their part of your wedding perfect.


Honeymoon Registries

Honeyfund is the most popular wedding registry site in the world. Honeyfund is a free Crowdfunding site specifically for the couple.  It is also free for the gift givers and they can do it from their computer or iPhone. When a couple creates a Honeyfund account, they create a way for their family and friends to give them wedding gifts that they really want. The couple sets up the fund and shows their guests what they are trying to accomplish.


They may have a wish for a very special wedding gown that is made to fit or a special dress for a junior bridesmaid. They link the site to the gown of her dreams, and her guests contribute the money they have set aside for their gifting and the funds grow until the dream dress becomes a reality.

The bride is happy and the guests are thrilled to gift something special. Other parts of the wedding, honeymoon, travel, and reception can be included in the Honeyfund.

The bride can let the gift giver feel even better about helping with the gown by listing her intentions for the gown after the wedding. She may explain that the dress will be kept and handed down through future generations. Or she may announce her plans to donate the dress to a bride who is less fortunate, or to a group that uses the beautiful fabric to make lovely gowns and bonnets for babies who became angels at birth.

In any event, the guest will know that they are part of making your dreams and others dreams come true and what greater joy is that?


Another special part of a wedding is the photography. When the wedding finally comes together and the couple knows their dream is about to be their reality, they want the best photographer. The professional photographer will have a website and portfolio to show potential customers and their guests the packages that will memorialize this special occasion. Guests simply gift the couple the funds they intended for the traditional gift, and together they build the funds to have these wonderful memories forever.

Cutting costs but never style

Wedding cakes have been a long-standing tradition. But in recent years they are moving over and making way for the beautiful and colorful candy buffet. They are glamorous easy to put together and simply beautiful with colorful candies.


Other Honeyfund ideas

A couple may choose a smaller wedding and their Honeyfund will reflect that. They may ask for contributions for a special family to travel from other countries to attend their celebration. Or they may ask for contributions to be made to assist a friend or family member who is suffering illness or financial setback.

Here are a few ideas that have been seen on Honeyfund accounts:

  • Donations to charity
  • Donations to planet conservation organizations
  • Funds to use as a downpayment on a home
  • Paying off student loans and other debt
  • Remodeling or adding a nursery to a home
  • College fund contributions for children

Of course, your Honeyfund for traditional gifts as well. Do you want a special coffee maker, a nice bedding set, or a television for the living room? You can list those things and link them to the stores they can find them.


Author Bio:

Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

Hurricane Relief

With Hurricane Harvey leaving Texas in ruins and Hurricane Irma still in the midst of its violence through Florida and neighboring areas, the rest of the country is left wondering how we can help. Sometimes, it's difficult to give donations not knowing exactly where your money is going. Here, we have a list of transparent and accountable charities you can donate to worry-free.

Tip: If you want to do research about certain charities on your own, Charity Navigator ranks and reviews all legitimate charities on the local and national level.



Hurricane Harvey

We are all devastated with the outcome of Hurricane Harvey. With the worst over, there is still SO much recovery left to do. From rebuilding homes, roads, and communities, to housing and feeding those in need, there are many ways we can give back to those affected. Below are a few local and national charities that you can trust will put your donation to proper use.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund -

Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett have established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims affected by the recent floods. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Houston Food Bank -

Provide meals for hungry neighbors during this time of crisis. Just $75 will provide 225 nutritious meals for those in need!

Houston SPCA -

Your donation will help rescue and care for thousands of animals left homeless in Hurricane Harvey's wake. 

American Red Cross -

Provide shelter, food and water to people affected by Hurricane Irma and Harvey by donating money to either one on their website.


Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma still violently storms though Florida, many charities are working hard to provide food, water, shelter and medical service to those in the storm's path. Take some time out of your day to checkout these charities below and donate even a small amount to help families and communities in need.

Catholic Relief Services -

For International relief, the CRS provides emergency shelter, water and critical supplies for families in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Caribbean Islands. 

Americares -

For every $10 you donate, they will provide $200 in aid. They're responding to the urgent needs of people in Hurricane Irma’s path, but they're also still in Texas, distributing water, aid and mobilizing medical outreach with our local partners.

Heart to Heart International -

While HHI continues to provide free heath clinics for thousands of hurricane victims in Houston, simultaneous preparations for Hurricane Irma have already begun. Prior to Irma making landfall, they pre-positioned a mobile medical unit, along with medical teams, medicines and supplies.


Even with so many people affected by these deadly natural disasters, we can all come together to make our contributions and help those in need!


Written by: Samantha Townsend


The Kinsley James Team is built on love, support and friendship. Everyday we help each other grow in and out of the store. It is with this support and passion that we are able to provide strong and personal customer service to our brides and guests. In many ways, we are a family.

These past couple days were spent in a beautiful lake house, where we cultivated and strengthened our relationship as coworkers, friends and as a team. Check out how the #KJGIRLS bonded!


to Lake Tahoe

morning VIEW

right on the lake


Breakfast, lunch, and cleanup crews


At beautiful Van Sickle Park



Fun in the sun


Morning Yoga on the lakE

with Instructor Janay

Sunset Dinner

at the lake house

We bonded, we connected, and we worked as a team!

#KJGIRLS are passionate, hardworking, and creative individuals and we are all proud to be apart of the KJ family!

Special thank you to Dawn & Amber for putting together such a special trip!

-The KJ Team

KJLA Grand Opening!

After hours and hours of hard work, blood, sweat and tears, Kinsley James Los Angeles is officially open for business! To celebrate the launch of our new location, we held a Grand Opening Party! The setup was beautiful thanks to the many vendors that worked with us to make this event so special.

All signage done by  Maria Pereira  with  A Touch of Grace Events

All signage done by Maria Pereira with A Touch of Grace Events

All photos taken by the talented  Joe Kim Studio

All photos taken by the talented Joe Kim Studio

Hosted by designer Anne Barge and President Shawne Jacobs, we had several gorgeous models donning Anne's beautiful designs.

Designer Anne barge (left) and Anne Barge Owner and President (right)

Designer Anne barge (left) and Anne Barge Owner and President (right)

Model - Jasmine Kraus

Model - Jasmine Kraus

Model - Edna Ramirez

Model - Edna Ramirez

Model - Priyanka Samra

Model - Priyanka Samra

Model - Amy Flander

Model - Amy Flander

We also had the super talented and inspirational author, blogger, and stylist Anne Sage in the building (pictured in white)!

From the left: KJ Owner Amber Silva, Author Anne Sage, Designer Anne Barge, President & Owner Shawne Jacobs, and KJ Owner Dawn Silva Rigney

From the left: KJ Owner Amber Silva, Author Anne Sage, Designer Anne Barge, President & Owner Shawne Jacobs, and KJ Owner Dawn Silva Rigney

Sweet E's Bakeshop's beautiful cake was the perfect showstopper for our Grand Opening. Just look at the detail! They also provided delicious treats for our dessert table!

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Bouquets on bouquets! These amazing flowers were done by Posh Peony and looked excellent with the color scheme of the whole party.

The mouth-watering appetizers were done by Jonathan Pimentel Catering. 

  • Braised beef with mustard aioli au jus, garnished with dill, and served with a dehydrated potato chip
  • Jerk chicken confit served on top of a plantain chip, and garnished with pickled onion
  • Shrimp ceviche with garlic, onions, mini bell pepper trio, lemon, lime, tomato, and served on top of cucumber

Talented LA bartenders Nick Estep and Suzy Franco served beautifully prepared drinks garnished with edible flowers. The drinks were a huge hit!

Signature Cocktails:

The Classy Annegin, lemon, maraschino liquer, and creme de violet

Kinsley's Main Squeeze - vodka, lemon, curcao, and grenadine

The James - bourbon, maraschino liquer, orange, and angostura bitters

#KJ Girls! The Kinsley James Teams from Walnut Creek and Los Angeles are all a huge part of the business and help make Kinsley James a success one bride at a time!

Special thanks to Amanda Tonkin with A Touch of Grace for helping plan this event and coordinating such a special night for Kinsley James! We couldn't have done it without you!

KJ Owners Amber Silva and Dawn Silva Rigney

Amber Silva (on left) & Dawn Silva Rigney (on right)

Amber Silva (on left) & Dawn Silva Rigney (on right)

Special thanks to everyone who took part in our Opening Party and made celebrating our new location such a blast!


We are so excited to work with our Southern California brides and can't wait to make some #KJbrides in West Hollywood!

Make an appointment at our new location by calling (323) 337-4305 or emailing us at la@kinsleyjames.com

Top Inspirational Wedding Blogs

Coming up with wedding ideas and creating visions of your big day can be such a headache! We've compiled a list of our FAVORITE and most inspirational wedding blogs that will help steer you down the right path when you get stuck.


1. 100 Layer Cake

100 Layer Cake captures not only weddings, but other celebratory events like birthdays, baby showers, and more! They collaborate with talented creatives and supply their readers with DIY projects, wedding ideas, and showcase real, beautiful brides on their magical wedding days. 

"Our uniquely curated content resonates deeply with our loyal audience of brides, industry professionals, and women who love a well-styled life."

Real Bride  Marianne

Real Bride Marianne


2. Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty has become one of the main wedding blogs in recent years, featuring real brides, inspirational wedding themes, and even an advice section to help you plan through the details of your wedding. Abby Larson, editor and founder of Style Me Pretty, has a creative eye for spotting the most chic and style centric wedding inspirations. For all things wedding related, Style Me Pretty offers many resources for the bride-to-be, whether you're just starting out or you're finishing your last touches.


3. Green Wedding Shoes

Green Wedding Shoes focuses on showcasing all different types and styles of weddings. "Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate wedding on a farm, a weekend camping adventure or a handmade wedding in a loft, we love them all!" The main goal of GWS is to showcase love--the foundation of the GWS blog itself. Jen and Jason founded GWS after they got married themselves and spotted a gap in the wedding blog industry. It is from this base that GWS is able to generate inspiration and insight on how to bring your dream wedding to life!


4. Grey Likes Weddings

Grey Likes Weddings is an inspirational wedding platform that will guide you through every step of the wedding planning process. From the beginning of your engagement to your honeymoon, Grey Likes has an abundance of tips, inspiration, and advice on how to create that image in your head! Lady Grey, stylist extraordinaire Summer Watkins has an eye for classic, sophisticated and timeless weddings that she compiles and blogs for the well-styled bride.

"In a world of muted tones and watercolor, the Grey Likes brand is a refreshing, fun, and unexpected approach to wedding inspiration!"


5. ruffled blog

Ruffled Blog is a must-see for the always-on-trend bride. Ruffled Blog showcases daily inspirations, wedding hacks, and a complete list of vendors by location. They blog many great ideas for throwing all your different wedding parties--engagement parties, bridal showers (see below), bachelor(ette) parties and more! Ruffled Blog also started their own wedding recycling program, Recycle Your Wedding, which allows newlyweds to buy and sell gently loved wedding decor right online!

Bridal Shower Brunch Ideas -  Mimosa Bar!

Bridal Shower Brunch Ideas - Mimosa Bar!


6. The Bridal Theory

Saving the best for last, The Bridal Theory offers inspiration in all areas of the bridal industry--beauty, fashion, boudoir, florals, and much more! For DIY projects, creative engagement shoots, or inspiration boards, head on over to The Bridal Theory to gain a clear concept on all things wedding related.

"Our goal for couples is a beautiful and joyous experience planning their special day,  surrounded by top notch vendors and experts in the wedding industry."

Written by Samantha Townsend