Guess the Dress #1: The Bustle Bridal Boutique

By, January 26, 2015

Who is the designer of the wedding dress shown here?

Answer: This beautiful wedding dress is on The Bustle’s own private label! If you think this dress could be “the one” for you, drive on over to The Bustle – they still have it available in store! :)

As you future brides out there know, wedding dress shopping is typically one of the most exciting things about the planning process. So to inspire your dress selection, and help showcase all of the different styles available, we bring to you our Guess the Dress series!

In each Guess the Dress post, we will test your knowledge of wedding gown designers with a quiz question, and share info about the dress featured. The quiz is just for fun and won’t go on your permanent record. But if you love the dress, it could be yours forever, because we’ll tell you where you can find it :)

Today’s featured wedding dress comes from The Bustle Bridal Boutique in Del Mar, CA! It is a sweet and simple strapless soft lace gown that features a sweetheart neckline, mermaid skirt, corset back closure and sweep train. For a touch of sparkle, and to define her waistline, the bride added a beautiful crystal and pearl embellished belt.  We absolutely love her understated and timeless look!

Along with all of the designers listed in our quiz, The Bustle also carries the popular Cymbeline and Heidi Elnora (who appears on TLC this month), as well as various others.  So, what trends can we expect to see in style this year? According to Alison of The Bustle, “here comes the sparkle,” because elaborate beadwork is hot this season. Also, look for cap sleeves, long sleeves, bateau necklines and low backs across many design collections.

With so many styles and choices available, how do you choose that perfect wedding dress? Try them on, of course :) At your appointment, “try to bring no more than 3 people,” Alison advises. “Too many opinions make it hard for brides to really focus on what it is that makes them feel beautiful.” At every appointment, The Bustle offers cakes, champagne and a cute candy bar for the ultimate “Queen of the Day” experience.  After you find your dream gown, you can take advantage of their in-house alterations, for an easy and convenient process.

Check out more close-up details of Merlot’s wedding dress, captured by our photography studio.


See more of Merlot & Joe’s Wedding at La Costa Resort and Spa!


Lucy & Kirk Tie the Knot | The Brigantine

By, December 31, 2013

We love this simply sweet North County San Diego wedding, planned by Cardiff couple Lucy and Kirk. By incorporating many North County features such as surfing, The Brigantine and a laid back atmosphere, this couple made their special day a reflection of themselves and the area they love so much.


Lucy and Kirk decided to have their first look at the alter of St. John’s church in Encinitas, beginning with a pre-ceremony prayer behind a door.  We love this idea of meeting unseen to share this intimate moment, reminding them that true love is blind.


After Lucy & Kirk tied the knot, and  joy filled the air, the couple snuck away to grab their first photos together as Mr & Mrs! Meanwhile, guests were escorted to local favorite Brigantine for a lovely, outdoor reception overlooking the Del Mar racetrack.  Everyone enjoyed good music, great company, and delicious sweets (Lucy works at Sweet Cheeks Baking) until the wee hours of the night! :)