Festival of Brides: The Upscale Bridal Show


The Festival of Brides, Upscale Bridal Show made its tenth appearance at The Langham, Huntington in Pasadena this last Sunday — and it was an afternoon to remember.

Being a fairly new bride-to-be, I’ve only been to one other bridal show, but as I entered the Huntington Ballroom at the Langham on Sunday, I could easily see why there was such a steep entrance fee ($35).

These beautiful displays by Luna Party Rentals provided some of the decorative and lighting displays in the foyer entrance to the ballroom.


And Luna Gardens provided the flowers that adorned the huppah for which the hotel’s catering used as their vendor booth.


We were serenaded by a live instrumental version of “No One” by Alicia Keys as well by a classical group (which included a harp and violin) from Elegant Music.


As we entered the Huntington Ballroom, an artist painted the elegant scene inside (see above). I instantly felt glamorous with the lighting of the space and flowers. (And the free champagne helped!)


Although this bride is on a very tight budget, the vendors and displays made me feel I could still be a classy bride and offered a variety of wedding ideas, some even stepping out of the norm, such as using fruit for centerpieces above, or stepping away from traditional white cakes like the ones created by Mendy K. Pound from Cakes by the Pound.


Vendors offering everything from wedding reception decorations and registries to photographers and videographers were happy to help all brides and attendees feel as if their special day was their special day.


Before the couture bridal runway show, I had a little fun visiting many booths.

At the Ms. Belleza Jewelry booth, the gals encouraged me to try on the beautiful one-of-a-kind custome made jewelry. From bejeweled tiaras to large bauble earrings and matching necklaces.

I was also treated to a free mini session from make-up artist Lana from the Yana Beauty Studio.


I was happy to see she could create such a dramatic look while still looking like myself using airbrush make-up. Lana was wonderful.

City Connection Entertainment provided a live music showcase (check out the video), to warm up the crowd for the runway show, keeping many attendees dancing.


The show featured Ines Di Santo designed dresses for special occasions, bridesmaids and the bride of course.

The dresses were courtesy of Jobyna’s Bridal of Glendale. And the designer herself made a special appearance at the end of the show.
The festival moves to Rancho Palos Verdes on Feb. 28. FestivalofBrides.com, 310-577-7788

(Photos by Claudia S. Palma / Staff)

2 thoughts on “Festival of Brides: The Upscale Bridal Show

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