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On Location: Southern California Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Real Couple + Gorg Gowns + LA Backdrop = Swoon!

If it looks like there’s a little extra spark between the couple in these campaign photos, it’s because they’re about to tie the knot IRL! This season, we tapped into the love stories from a few of our favorite influencers across the country to help showcase our newest collection of Spring 21 wedding dresses.

First, we’re beyond excited to take you behind the scenes of Madison of @minimalmajor and her fiancé Sonny’s on-location shoot in Los Angeles. Captured by Rebbeca Yale, one of BRIDES and Harpers Baazar‘s top wedding photographers, these photos embody the glam, whimsical, and free-spirited nature of an LA love story. So, keep reading for dreamy Southern California wedding inspiration and a closer look at some of our new Spring 21 wedding dresses.

The story starts here…

This #DBLoveStory is one for the books! Madison is a 2x Emmy Nominated TV producer, host, and style icon! Madison had a major crush on now-fiancé Sonny since she was 15 years old when they first met. So, after being best friends growing up in Hawaii, they happened to both end up in LA for college. They officially started dating in school and fast-forward 13.5 years, they’ve traveled the world and built a life and business together! Although they’ve postponed their wedding two times in 2020, Madison and Sonny have completely replanned their big day for later this year.

Behind the Scenes

To capture the essence of Madison and Sonny’s California romance and the details of the gowns, we tapped into Rebecca Yale, an LA native and renowned photographer. The result? A story that tells the magic of these gowns (and their relationship) in a photoshoot that’s quintessentially LA!

“After a long year without much of a creative outlet, it felt amazing to dream up and photograph 4 vignettes to showcase the stunning gowns in my favorite places around LA, for the ultimate Southern California wedding inspiration shoot.

The dresses are a fun mix of new and classic, so the sky was the limit on where to shoot. (Plus, the sky really showed off with an amazing sunset at the end!) The accessories give each look so much personality so it was a fun challenge creating a narrative for each look. Then, I thought about how that bride would spend her wedding day. From everything from a black-tie wedding on the beach to a City Hall elopement followed by eating burgers out of the back of a cherry red convertible.”

The Final Looks

West Coast Chic

Madison and Sonny holding hands on  beach walk

3D Floral Applique Wedding Dress with High Slit, MBSWG886 available to order in sizes 0-30, suiting from The Black Tux

This dress embodies the style of a beachside bombshell, setting the scene for this coastal-cool bridal moment. This illusion long-sleeve, ultra-sexy wedding dress combines sultry sophistication with botanical details, making it an unexpected yet perfect choice for the beach bride. Plus, five types of 3D floral appliques embellish the wrists and shoulders, and cascade down the dress. Featuring a plunging neckline, low back, ooh-la-la-worthy skirt slit, and bodysuit for comfort and smoothing, this is a daring bride’s dream dress!

Blooming Romance

Couple Holding Hands in lush Los Angeles greenery

Detachable Sleeves and Train Tulle Wedding Dress, LSSWG881 available to order in sizes 0-30, suiting from The Black Tux

A lush escape outside DTLA is a stunning backdrop for this ultra-romantic gown. Embroidered vines and florals cascade down this tulle wedding dress and are embellished with over 4,000 shimmering sequins, crystals, and beads for a touch of shine. And the best part? You can add or remove the detachable chapel-length train and draped tulle shoulder swags for a two-in-one look on your wedding day, capturing that effortless yet oh-so-stylish LA vibe.

I love how each of the gowns’ vibe changes completely by how it’s styled. Versatile dresses are the best because they can easily transition from ceremony to reception and have a totally different feel when you take off a veil or add a jacket!

Trendy Hollywood Glam

couple dancing in red convertible

Plunge Mermaid Satin Wedding Dress with Buttons, Style WG4016 available to order in sizes 0-30, IH8481KUVA, suiting from The Black Tux

If this doesn’t say Hollywood glam, we don’t know what does! Clean lines and sleek satin pair up for a mermaid wedding dress that elongates your figure and enhances curves, for a stunning red carpet-worthy wedding day look. The illusion plunge, curved V-neckline is paired with a structured, exposed back for a sexy touch that’s gorgeous from all angles. Plus, your fav accessories, a bold red lip, and throwback Benz are all you need to bring this classic Hollywood glam look to life.

Modern Lace Lover

Illusion Plunge Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress, MS251247, available to order in sizes 0-30, suiting from The Black Tux

A sunset atop the hills is an ideal finish to this Southern California wedding inspiration shoot. And only an equally-as-picturesque gown will do! This vintage-inspired long sleeve sheath features allover soft floral lace, with carefully placed beaded lace appliques on the bodice and throughout the skirt. A lower-than-low illusion plunge neckline is a modern touch to this nostalgic gown. Finally, the warm Ivory hue is reminiscent of the setting sun.

Feeling inspired by these glamorous gowns? Well, we’ve still got more to share! So stay tuned as we head to Atlanta next week to catch up with Sabrina of @sabrinamolu to see more of the collection! Until then, check out these styles and more new arrivals on, or make an appointment at your nearest David’s Bridal!

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