Tag Archives: Vendors and Resources

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    Every bride knows that the perfect bridal look starts with a dream wedding dress! Finding the right wedding dress, the gown that makes you feel beautiful and ready to walk down the aisle, is one of the must fun aspects of wedding planning. And it starts with inspiration, with finding a gown that embodies your vision. We were thrilled when talented artist, Shy Davis, shared her lovely sketches inspired by two of our favorite Ruche wedding dresses! Our Angeline wedding dress is a dazzling combination of ivory tulle and glittering ivory sequins, complete with an asymmetrical silhouette and ruched details.There is truly nothing more beautiful and ethereal than a bride floating down the aisle in a delicate chiffon wedding dress, except for maybe Shy's artwork of one!

    Here is Shy's gorgeous illustration of our Angeline bridal gown.

    Shy's second illustration was inspired by another one of our stunning wedding dresses, featured in our Lace and Lavender bridal lookbook.

    Thank you for allowing us to showcase your amazing artwork, Shy! Be sure to stop by Shy's blog here to marvel at more of her bridal inspired illustrations and stylish wedding fashion musings!


    Do you love art and fashion and want your pieces to be featured on our blog? Email your artwork featuring Ruche to blog@shopruche.com!

  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    Today’s guest post comes from Nicole of Sorella Muse Photography, a Los Angeles wedding photographer who specializes in photojournalistic, fine art wedding photography, with an abundance of whimsy, creativity and natural light…who also happens to be our marketing copywriter! We're not kidding when we say that she's a woman of many talents!

    Amidst the flurry of decisions that have to be made while wedding planning, choosing your wedding vendors is daunting. These are the companies whose services and products will help fulfill the vision you have for your wedding day, and there are seemingly endless options for venues, planners, caterers, florists, and of course photographers. You have probably heard the refrain that when there is nothing left of the cake or the decorations, when the ceremony and dancing are just memories, the only tangible thing that will remain are your photos (Sidenote: my foodie sister thinks the most important decision you will make is the cake, and judges every wedding she second shoots with me according to moistness, frosting, and filling.) So it’s fair to say that choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most important wedding planning decisions you will make (aside from the cake of course!)

    But how should you go about choosing a wedding photographer? If you search Google for “wedding photographer”  literally thousands of local search results will come up which is beyond overwhelming! And once you have found photographers either through your Google search, recommendations from friends, or wedding blog vendor guides, how do you decide between the wedding photographers you are considering?

    After narrowing down your search according to style and price, I suggest you look for an awesome fit. Your florist will drop off your bouquets and your caterer will serve the dinner, but your photographer will be there from the moment you curl your lashes in the morning through the tearful moments as your mom zips up your dress, from the moment you say I do through the dancing, merriment, and fun sparklers exit. For me, great photography happens when I’m not photographing “clients” but friends, couples who I love hanging out with and whose love stories I care about, and that happens when we click in that initial consultation and spend time together during an engagement session. One of my brides even dubbed me her honorary seventh bridesmaid! Whether you find someone’s work that you love right away or are deciding between a few, I hope these questions prompt conversations to help you find a photographer who will be a great fit with you and your fiancé.

    1. How would you describe your photography style?
    You have likely encountered the terms photojournalism, fine art, editorial, modern, and traditional as you have conducted your wedding photography search. Most wedding photographers are actually a mix of these. For example, a photojournalist is someone who documents the day as it unfolds without interfering to pose or set up shots, but most wedding photojournalists these days will take posed couple portraits or ask you to stand in the spot with the best light while you put on your dress. Rather than focusing on the definition of these terms, ask a photographer what any term they identify with means to them and how it shapes the way they tell the story of your wedding day.

    2. What’s your approach to shooting a wedding?
    Continuing on the previous question, make sure you understand how their style impacts their approach to shooting. Are they a fly on the wall photojournalist who only does any posing or arranging during couple and family portraits? What is their goal in posing: to create fine art or dramatic compositions, or to create situations that lead to natural and candid moments? Do they photograph wedding details in a photojournalistic manner, or do they arrange details in an editorial manner for magazine-like compositions?

    3. Can I see two full weddings you have shot (preferably of similar wedding types/venues to mine)?
    It’s important not to judge a wedding photographer’s work on the 30-50 best images they have chosen for a blog post or online portfolio. By looking at an entire wedding, you can get a feel for the photographer’s consistency, for their ability to deal with different lighting situations, and ensure that you love how they cover every part of the day, from getting ready to posed family and couple portraits to the candid party photos.

    4. Do you have liability insurance?
    This is a simple question, but one you should be sure to ask. Every professional wedding photographer should have liability insurance, plain and simple.

    5. How many weddings have you photographed?
    Great wedding photography takes both a creative eye and technical expertise. Someone who has 20 years of experience isn’t necessarily a better photographer than someone who has 2 years of experience, but it is good to get a sense of how many weddings a photographer has done. Wedding photographers need to be able to handle the unexpected and capture moments that happen in the blink of an eye, which takes a thorough knowledge of their equipment, preparation, and experience shooting weddings.

    6. Why are you a wedding photographer?
    Personally however, I think this question is more important than how many years or weddings someone has shot. Is this a photographer who thinks of photographing weddings as a way to pay the bills, or is it someone who absolutely loves weddings? Trust me, there will be a difference in the photos if your photographer views wedding photography as a “job” or as their creative passion.

    7. How would you describe your post-processing style?
    The three most popular editing styles right now are clean, matte, and high contrast. Clean editing is natural feeling, organic, and minimal. Matte editing is more of the vintage filters/film look. High contrast editing uses really vibrant and saturated colors for a punchy, more dramatic look. One isn’t better than the other, it just depends on what fits with your style and vision. Every photographer should edit for exposure and color in every single image, but most only hand retouch (think blemishes, bags under eyes, distracting objects, skin retouching) images that you order as prints or in albums, so be sure to ask about this as well.

    8. How do you plan on lighting our wedding?
    A popular term in photography right now is “natural light photographer”. This means that the photographer works with natural light to create images, unlike a studio photographer who uses artificial light. But a wedding in a dark church or a reception hall will almost certainly call for some kind of artificial light, so be sure to see examples from the photographer’s portfolio of similar weddings to feel comfortable about your photographer’s lighting ability. I don’t like the look of flash and think that natural light creates luminous, natural, romantic images, so I don’t bring it out until the last moment, when all the light has left the sky, but other photographers use their flash throughout the day for more dramatically lit pictures.

    9. What’s included in your packages?
    Every photographer organizes packages differently, so make sure you understand what’s included. Does the package you’re considering include an engagement session? Enough hours to cover everything from getting ready through the reception? An album? The digital files?

    10. Do you bring an assistant or second shooter?
    There are many benefits to having a second photographer at your wedding (which I’ve written about more in depth here and it’s worth asking your photographer if this is something you can add on if it’s not already included in your package.

    I hope these questions help you find the best wedding photographer for your big day! But keep in mind, ultimately it comes down to two things: Do you love the photographer’s work, does it make you feel something? And, do you click with the photographer, will you be happy to have him or her with you throughout your wedding day? After the bouquet has been tossed and the cake has been eaten, the photos will be the only tangible thing left from your wedding, so make sure you are going to love them!

    -- Nicole, Sorella Muse Photography

    We all know that with the beauty of a wedding can come overwhelming stress, especially when it comes to memorializing that special day. The photographs of a wedding are not only images of the day's beautiful moments, but they are the means by which all emotions and memories flood back to you when reminiscing years into the future. Thanks to Nicole, we can make the planning process a little easier for ourselves or a friend or family's upcoming nuptials!


  • Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    Sylvia, of Sylvia Chen Photography, is a very talented photographer who enjoys the art of story telling through images and time. Her talents allow people to see moments captured into a single frame that forever imbeds into our memories. We luckily had the chance to share some of our favorite brides maid dresses for her recent photo shoot. See her artistry at one of its' best!

    For this particular set, Sylvia had a crew of people helping to pull the final look together. Makeup provided by Jennifer Chou and hair by Brenda Phih. Through out the course of the shoot, Sylvia intricately selected moods and atmospheres that brought the right overall feeling for the shoot. Wall décor, hair accessories, pompom pins Handmade by Sara Kim.

    The photo shoot was graced with four of Sylvia's models that beautifully showcased our very own dresses.

    (Clockwise: Starting with the top left) Sophia Lin sports our Stroke Of Twelve Embroidered Dress, Gracye Cheng wears our Lana Peplum Dress in Coral, Fiona Rizzo wears our Beauvais Ruffle Detail Dress in Emerald and Esther Park looks lovely in our Belle Nuit Tiered Dress in Mustard

    Thank you, Sylvia, for having us be a part of your beautiful shoot. The colors, images and smiles couldn't have looked lovelier. To indulge in even more details behind the photo shoot with Sylvia, take a peek here!

    Makeup provided by Jennifer Chou, Hair by Brenda Phih and wall décor, hair accessories, pompom pins Handmade by Sara Kim.


    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    We'd like to proudly introduce a dynamic duo, Audrey O’Brien and Megan Bailey, the mastermind behind Utah Bride Blog. It was a match made in entrepreneurship heaven when these two decided to start their blog that has yet to stop growing in followers. We are honored to have shared one of our bridal gowns, Noelle, for a shoot they proudly featured on their ever-growing blog site. Take a look!

    This collaboration shoot was based on a slightly sensational concept put together by Studio Stems and Kiera Eve Photography. Versa Artistry joined the team for makeup and hair.

    Both Audrey and Megan work side-by-side to make sure every blog is at its best. The effortless team work is what keeps their blog site operating so smoothly. With Megan Bailey as all things graphic and technical and Audrey O’Brien as a veteran florist for over 10 years now, their eye for all things wedding is immaculate. Thank you so much for the feature you two! We look forward to seeing future posts.


    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    In our most recent bridal lookbook, Forever and a Day, we partnered with the talented Tricia Fountaine for the floral masterpieces. The flowers you see above, for example, are real! Tricia created an ombre wall that was truly breathtaking. In addition to the flower wall, take a look at her bouquets.

    And of course, we can't forget the beautiful flower centerpieces.

    Tricia Fountaine mesmerized us with her cohesiveness in creative design during our shoot. Her ability to bring the most brilliant of colors in the most beautifully defined way, is truly breathtaking. Located in Santa Barbara, Tricia is an event and floral designer with years of expertise under her belt. Planning an upcoming event or even a wedding? Don't be shy to contact Tricia Fountaine Design if what you're looking for is a masterpiece of design and a rainbow of color.


  • Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    Love in the summertime is such a wonderful thing, don't you think? We love picturesque moments of a daytime stroll through town, shared moments during a sweet picnic, and the simple joy of enjoying a light breeze together while lounging outdoors. Roma Bea Photography created a styled shoot, set in Pasadena, that captured all of love's little pleasure during a fine summer day. Featuring our Parade's End Detail Dress (which is now unfortunately sold out, but similar styles can be found from our bridesmaids collection) and a few of our vintage-inspired jewelry pieces.


    If you're a photographer and have showcased our products, please send your photos to blog@shopruche.com. We'd love to share them! Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    There's something about a wedding photoshoot that incorporates vintage elements that excites our eyes and inspires us with all of its little details. Simply Happy Photography captures all of these details and more with a vintage-inspired shoot featuring our Gwen dress (the pink version is still available here), dazzling florals, and unforgettable vintage decor. 

    These amazing purple-hued flowers were put together by the wonderful Little Hill Floral Design. We love how eye-catching the arrangement is! It is the absolute perfect centerpiece.

    We love the way our Gwen dress looks against the wonderful outdoor greenery.

    These props and furniture used in the shoot from Reclaimed and Circa Vintage Rentals pull the whole look together and completes the vintage-inspired vibe.

    We are head over heels for the designs of these wedding invitations by Behold Designz!

    The simplicity of the white cake with a fruit accent is stunning! Home, A Cottage Food Bakery did a wonderful job creating a cake that fit into the theme so well.

    Coordinating + Design: Something Events, Vintage Furniture Rentals: Circa Vintage Rentals, Wood items + Prop Rentals: Reclaimed, Floral: Little Hill Floral Design, Hair: Sabrina Snowden, Make-Up: Valerie St. George, Model: Rachael Kampas, Model: Jeffrey Apgar, Brides Attire: Ruche, Grooms Attire: The Grunion Run, Stationery (Croquet Rules + STD’s): Twigs Print Studio, Stationery (Invitations + RSVP): Behold Designz, Bakery: Home, A Cottage Food Bakery, Location: O’Neill Regional Park, Photography: [Simply.Happy] Photography


    If you're a wedding photographer and have showcased products from our bridal collection, please send your photos to blog@shopruche.com. We'd love to share them! Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    It's always such a joy to see brides so radiant on their wedding day and when mixed with a vintage touch and a little bit of Ruche, we can't help but love it even more. Sydney from The Backwards Owl shared with us her best friend's wedding photos shot by Cayton Heath Photography and we are swooning over every picture! From the dazzling bouquet, to the vintage car, to Grace (the beautiful bride) this wedding is a vintage-inspired daydream.

    We spy Ruche! One of the darling bridesmaids is wearing our Clarissa Bow Belted Dress. We love the way each bridesmaid has a unique dress that fits her personality and the pastel colors are almost too cute to handle!

    Sydney shared with us that this beautiful succulent was inspired by two of our Ruche products: our Table Top Terrarium and Stirling Bay Mug. We think its the perfect way to display their rings!


    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    Engagement photographs are such a wonderful thing to have to help you remember an amazing chapter in your life and finding the right photographer is just as important! We're in love with the way that Caroline Tran captures the pure bliss in this styled shoot for her Propel Workshop with Lovely Jubilee (which also produced this Valentine's shoot with our clothing!). Our sweet bridesmaid dress dazzles in the sunlight and against the beautiful greenery for a picture perfect shot.

    Shop our bridesmaid dress collection for a beautiful engagement dress of your own!


    If you're a wedding photographer and have showcased products from our bridal collection, please send your photos to blog@shopruche.com. We'd love to share them with our Ruchettes! Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    Located in California, Chaffin Cade Photography styled a stunning photo shoot to highlight their wedding album collection. Paired with Ruche clothing, these photos are not only dreamy, but they showcase wedding essentials! Continue reading to see which wedding album you need for your special day. ♥

    The Wedding Guest Sign-In Book
    A book of handwritten messages and engagement photos makes a cherished keepsake.

    The 40-Page Wedding Album
    Capture the highlights of your wedding day with something sweet and simple.

    The 100-Page Wedding Album
    All the big (and little) moments are meant to be remembered.

     The Archival Luxury Album
    A beautiful handmade book is made to showcase the beauty of a dress. Adore these wedding albums as much as we do? Visit Chaffin Cade Photography for more details!


    P.S. We're on Chaffin Cade Photography's preferred vendor list! Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

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