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Bridal Series: One Dress Three Ways – Bohemian Bride

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Bridal Series: One Dress Three Ways – Bohemian Bride

~Re-Style Bridal Series~ by OC Style Report Last week, OC Style Report published our most recent bridal series collaboration, in which model Makaila Kay Ho wore a Love & Lace bridal gown styled into three different bohemian bridal looks by OCSR stylists Rachael and Katie, and also featured fine jewelry from Mark Patterson, bridal sash from Kash Crystals, florals & furniture from Sundrop Vintage,  and hair & make up by Swell Beauty, all taking place at the wedding venue, Rancho Las Lomas. The bohemian style has been an explosive...

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Feature: OC Style Report

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Feature: OC Style Report

~Fashion & Lifestyle Online Magazine ~ by OC Style Report Owner Dee of Swell Beauty has been working alongside OC-based online fashion & lifestyle publication, OC Style Report since May of last year, doing hair and make up on models for their fashion shoots and contributing hair & make up tutorials. This year, OCSR launched their Weddings segment with Dee which includes fashion and wedding trends, new ways to look for inspiration for your wedding day style, original editorial wedding shoots with the some of the most sought after...

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Videographer Feature: Renee Rogers – Hanger Shortage

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~Fashion Films and Photography~ by Renee Rogers at Hanger Shortage While working with Chelsea of Cleo Collective and OC Style Report on a blogger series, film maker and design extraordinaire Renee of Hanger Shortage shot a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot. Renee is an absolute delight to work with, and Dee has done a hair/beauty tutorial and shoot with Renee as well as collaborated on a fashion shoot for her design label 16th Colony. Renee usually shoots fashion films for various boutiques and fashion labels, check out all her videos...

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Wedding Photographer Highlight: Bleudog Fotography

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Wedding Photographer Highlight: Bleudog Fotography

~Wedding & Lifestyle Photography~ by Bleudog Fotography Shawna Henrie, photographer of Bleudog Fotography (and floral designer for Bleubelle Floral as you might have read in my last post) is a force to be reckoned with. Although she is very sweet and soft-spoken while working, she creates the most powerful images whether it be capturing overwhelming feelings of love and joy on a couple’s wedding day or a mother and newborn locking eyes for the first time; and serious to quirky family or children portraits, or striking fashion images...

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Bridal Salon Highlight: Casablanca Bridal in Newport Coast

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Bridal Salon Highlight: Casablanca Bridal in Newport Coast

Casablanca Bridal has been designing and making bridal gowns since 1997 and today is one of the leading bridal gown manufacturers in this industry, carried in 1,000 domestic retailers and 80 international retailers. With their flagship store that grand opened last January, a little over a year ago by owners Kevin and Gloria Lu, in the beautiful Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Coast; the store has been delighting brides-to-be with their awe-striking gowns (150 designs to choose from and you can also peruse their extensive catalog) and...

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Real Bride: A Crimson/Violet Magenta Indian Wedding

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Real Bride: A Crimson/Violet Magenta Indian Wedding

~Swell Beauty Real Bride~ We can’t get enough of Indian Weddings, there’s just something about the vibrant culture that shines from the lavish colors, golden ornaments and embellishments, and rich fabrics that cover the Indian bride from head to toe. We are so excited to feature one of our Real Brides, this stunning Indian bride whom we got to do her hair and make up at the beautiful Sheraton Carlsbad Resort for her 4-day event. She looked absolutely ravishing in her crimson wedding gown; red is a traditional color for Indian...

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Bridal Vendor Highlight: What a Betty Accessories

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Bridal Vendor Highlight: What a Betty Accessories

~Bridal Hair Accessories~ by What a Betty What a Betty‘s statement red carpet and bridal hairpieces, sashes, and accessories have been making waves in the bridal, fashion, and entertainment industry since 2010. Designer Betty has had her designs walk many runways, be published in bridal and wedding magazines, as well as worn by celebrities and a character on the ABC show ‘Revenge’. Betty has even dressed Swell Beauty owner, Dee, in a striking sash and birdcage veil for her vow renewal in Laguna Beach (see photos below). She...

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Wedding Florist Highlight: Bleubelle Floral

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Wedding Florist Highlight: Bleubelle Floral

~Wedding Flowers~ by Bleubelle Floral Shawna, the floral mastermind behind Bleubelle Floral based out of San Clemente, creates such stand out, stunning floral arrangements for weddings and bridal photoshoots (like this bridal collaboration with OCSR). We always without a doubt enjoy working with Shawna for any of our floral needs; and not only does she design florals, she also is a bridal/wedding photographer through Bleudog Fotography, and you can bet we’ve got to work with her on Real Weddings, numerous bridal shoots, events, and...

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Bridal Salon Highlight: Love & Lace Bridal in Irvine

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Bridal Salon Highlight: Love & Lace Bridal in Irvine

 ~Bridal Gowns, Bridesmaid Dresses, Veils & Wedding Accessories~ by Love & Lace Bridal Love & Lace Bridal Salon is a gem of a bridal boutique located in Irvine, carrying a selection of specially curated and selected bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and accessories. Swell Beauty has gotten to work with Love & Lace Bridal Salon through bridal photo shoots (like this bridal collaboration with OCSR) as well as a fun trunk show earlier this year in which Dee and her assistant Elisa did mini bridal hair and make up trials. Owner...

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Wedding Photographer Highlight: Burnt Exposure

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Wedding Photographer Highlight: Burnt Exposure

~Wedding Photography~ by Burnt Exposure We have had the pleasure of getting to work with Kris Sundberg of Burnt Exposure on countless wedding the last three years, and more recently when he photographed our Bridal Collaboration with OC Style Report. Burnt Exposure began in 2007, and is a “non-traditional wedding photography studio devoted to giving fun and stylish clients a unique experience that matched their personalities and pushed the limits of creativity “. This is very apparent through the studio’s unique and stand-out...

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