Burlap & Bordeaux

Luxury Event Design and Floristry, Destination Weddings in Santa Barbara,

Los Angeles and Beyond

How to Know You Have Found the Right Wedding Dress

Your wedding dress is more than just any day attire – it is the gown you will wear on the most romantically and unforgettable days of your life.


Naturally, you want to make sure your wedding gown fits and compliments you from every point of view. But with so many options on the market, how do you know you have found the perfect wedding dress for you?

We have some tips to help you with this – so read on and find out more.

  • Putting it on will feel like an epiphany. You may not have an A-HA! moment per se, but you will have a moment of feeling like you have finally come home. There will be nothing this dress makes you feel like struggling with. It will just embrace you and your personality in a way no other dress has managed to do it before.

  • It will actually go well with your idea of a dream wedding. Many brides leave home to shop for the right wedding dress having a pretty clear idea of what they want their weddings to be like: very elegant, nature inspired, modern, etc. While you may not have the details of your wedding all panned out in front of you, you definitely know what you want and don’t want – and your dress will just come to complement that vision.

  • No other dresses will exist. Finding the right wedding dress is very much like finding the one – your one true love and soulmate. Once you put on this wedding dress, you will have eyes for none other. Even if you do decide to wear two wedding dresses on your Big Day, you will still find that the one is the perfect choice for you.

  • You will most likely cry. It may not be a full explosion of tears, but expect some waterworks to well up in your eyes when you see yourself wearing this gown. Even more, expect your mother and your wedding dress entourage to feel amazed and touched by your appearance as well.

In the end, the most important thing about finding the right wedding dress is to follow your heart. The perfect wedding gown cannot be chosen based on complicated mathematical algorithms or a given “recipe” – it is a choice that spans from the heart


4 Lovely Ways to Include Your Pet in the Big Day

Your pup or your kitten are an important part of your family.  They offer you comfort in days of sadness and they share your excitement on the best of days as well.

Naturally, you may be considering options for including your little furry friend in one of the biggest days of your life.

But how exactly can do you do that?

We have gathered 4 lovely ways to include pets in your Big Day – so read on and find out more.

  • Planning to give guests take-home bags for the goodies? Why not print them with the cutest photo you snapped of you with your pet – or even allow guests themselves to personalize the bags with stickers featuring your pet? This is a really cute way to include your pet in the wedding, plus any children attending the wedding will love playing with the stickers too.

  • Print their cute faces on a pocket square and/or handkerchief. Want to take your pup with you everywhere on the wedding day? Why not have their adorable little faces embroidered into a pocket square for the groom and/or a handkerchief for the bride? This is a very sweet way of showing everyone just how much you love your buddy.

  • Honor them with the Ring Bearer status. This is a truly lovely way of showing the entire world your pup is really part of the family. Tie a small necklace around their neck, so that they can carry the rings down the aisle and ask one of the bridesmaids or groomsmen to help them find their way to the altar. This will take some training and a well-behaved pup, but we guarantee everyone will AWW out loud seeing this!

  • Shoot some photos with your pet. Holding your pet at the wedding for the entire day might be tiresome and confusing for them, especially with so many unknown people around them. However, bringing them along for the photo shoot before the reception will help you capture your happiness together with them. In many ways, they are part of the wedding party, so why wouldn’t they get their special section in your photo album?

Your pets are part of your life – they reflect you, your personality, and your story. Of course it’s desirable that you include them in the Big Day! One word of caution though, only bring your pet to the wedding if they are completely comfortable around a lot people that they have never met before and can sit quietly for the time needed.  Also be sure to enlist the help of a friend or relative to be your designated pet-sitter for the day as you will be busy with photos, attending to guests, and dancing. Your pet-sitter should have a backup plan, for example, keys to take your pet back home if they unexpectedly get nervous or agitated during the ceremony or reception and need a break.


Venue: Oceanview Farm | Photography: Michelle Ramirez | Planning + Design: Burlap & Bordeaux

Venue Spotlight: ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

This week’s venue spotlight is dedicated to ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. Newly renovated with thoughtful details, we loved our time at this incredible modern oasis.


“The all-new, vibrant ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach blends indoor and outdoor luxury to elevate the experience of Oahu resorts. Every space has been envisioned by award-winning design firm, Rockwell Group. Fresh, welcoming and relaxing, it’s an oasis of tranquility in the heart of Waikiki.

The resort offers two restaurants conceived by internationally acclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Our signature restaurant, Morimoto Asia features Chef Morimoto’s world-renowned dishes integrating Western and traditional Asian ingredients. Momosan Waikiki provides a more casual dining experience with yakitori, ramen and sake along with small plates for lunch and dinner and an outdoor beer garden.”

To learn more about ‘Alohilani click here.