Lake Tahoe Spring Wedding

We're thrilled to see the wedding of our bride Natalie to Brian featured on Borrowed and Blue. The couple chose to marry in South Lake Tahoe where Brian had proposed with a beautiful rose gold ring two years ago.

Although their wedding date was set in the spring, the couple envisioned a winter wonderland wedding, and mother nature kindly granted their wish. As Natalie recalls, "It snowed the night before Brian proposed to me, and it ended up snowing the night before our wedding at our dinner rehearsal, which made everything more magical than you can imagine." When it came time to choosing a venue, they circled back to the Landing Resort in South Lake Tahoe, where they stayed on their first trip together. With spectacular lake views as a backdrop, they said their "I Do's" against a picture-perfect sunset that emerged during the ceremony. 

Natalie chose to wear a custom version of our Reagan gown, a sweetheart lace trumpet wedding gown with custom lace straps. Natalie looked ravishing as she joined Brian at the lakefront altar, and the photos below captured the spectacular scene. 

French Theme Wedding in Napa Valley

We love this story of two people from different parts of the world connecting - Chasa from San Diego and Sebastien from Paris, meeting a la Americana during none other than a Super Bowl Party. For the next month they courted each other. During a trip to Las Vegas with friends, they decided to take things up a notch and take a mini excursion to the Grand Canyon without their friends. After the trip and on their flight back to San Francisco, the bride shared with us, she knew he was the one. During the next two years, the unlikely couple moved in together, visited France, where Chasa met her future in-laws, and got engaged. To honor the way they met, Sebastien proposed during a Super Bowl Party two years later.

The couple wed at St. Helena Catholic Church. The reception at Long Meadow Ranch and Winery in Napa Valley was the perfect location for the couple’s American and French cultures to meld, hence the theme: Oui Are Family. Chasa wore Joni, our bohemian lace wedding dress with a capelet with a crystal beaded belt. She looked stunning, and we are happy to have been a small part of making this bride’s vision a reality. Congratulations to Chasa and Sebastien!

Sunset Terrace Wedding in Santa Fe

Kristen and Bill’s love story began on a casual San Francisco afternoon. Kristen had decided to meet her friends for a drink after work, and Bill was at the same bar hosting an out-of-town friend. These two strangers locked eyes that day and never looked back.

Fast forward several years, one crisp San Francisco night, Kristen and Bill went out to dinner to celebrate their decade-long love at their favorite restaurant, A16. Bill had reserved the private atrium and had arranged a special menu consisting of Kristen’s all-time favorite dishes. She had no idea their celebration was about to become an even bigger one. Right before the dessert course, and with emotion in his eyes, Bill got down on one knee and proposed. Moments after the staff came in with bubbly and celebrated with the couple. As she shared with us, “It was quite a whirlwind. I am not even sure I remember what he said.” Suffice it say, she said, “Yes.”

As for their wedding day, the couple said their vows in front of 10 guests in a sunset ceremony on the appropriately named, Sunset Terrace, at the Inn & Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe. Kristen grew up visiting Santa Fe with her family, and it was the perfect place to honor the memory of her father who passed away five years ago. Set against the red adobe brick walls of the inn, Kristen glowed in the Sabrina, a lace trumpet wedding gown with custom lace sleeves. We are so happy to have been a small part of this beautiful love story. Congratulations, Kristen and Bill!

Quaint Vermont Farm Wedding

On day four, of a five-day-60-mile hike on the Pacific Crest in Lake Tahoe, Samuel surprised Elise and popped the question. The bride immediately said, “Yes!” These two lovebirds met four years ago during the last few weeks before graduation from Dartmouth College. The couple chose to celebrate their big day near their alma mater, at Amee Farm Lodge, which embodied the couple's fun and relaxed personalities.

The weekend-long festivities took place in a quaint farm in Pittsfield, Vermont. Friends and family traveled from all over the country to witness the intimate ceremony. As the bride shared with us, “We wanted to keep things relaxed for everyone.” As a result, they wrote their own wedding ceremony and enlisted a close friend to officiate the wedding.

For her dress, Elise created her own custom wedding gown, a combination of the Marie bodice and the Grace skirt, resulting in a lace V-neck and tulle A-line wedding gown. We can’t think of a better fitting gown for Elise’s petite figure - the dress is as light and effortless as their wedding. Congratulations, Elise and Samuel!

Charming Country Club Wedding in Portland

Lauren and Alex met as freshmen in algebra class and went on one "date" that quickly fizzled out. They lost touch but reconnected as friends a few years later. That friendship eventually blossomed into a romance during the Spring of their senior year. Nine years later, Lauren and Alex, tied the knot this past June in a charming, intimate ceremony at the Waverley Country Club in Portland, Oregon. Lauren’s parents are longtime members of the club, and growing up in Portland, Lauren recalls many fond memories from her time there. Not to mention, her parents wed there over 30 years ago - it seemed like the perfect tradition to keep going.

As the bride shared with us; “it was a perfect day, we wish we could do it all over again.” Finding the perfect dress was just the icing on the cake during a trip to San Francisco with her mother. She chose to wear the Marie, a vintage inspired sheer lace V-neck trumpet wedding gown that complimented the charm and atmosphere of their venue effortlessly. Congratulations, Lauren and Alex! We wish you a lifetime of happiness and cheer. 


White Winter Wedding in Tahoe

It’s always a pleasure to hear from a bride after her wedding day, and we were incredibly touched when Meghan wrote to us to say, “Trish, I just wanted to thank you again for being part of my wedding. Words cannot express how I felt in the dress on my wedding day! The whole experience with you was just wonderful, and I’m so glad I found the perfect dress for me!”

For their elegant winter wedding in Tahoe, Meghan chose the Angelina, a strapless silk trumpet wedding gown by Trish Lee Bridal in San Francisco to wed Chris. The elegant clean lines of the Angelina wedding gown stood out against the stark wood interior of the Queen of the Snows Church. The reception at the Resort at Squaw Creek was set against the rugged mountains and fresh snow. We also loved that Meghan could rock both both heels and snow boots with her wedding gown!

We’re thrilled to have played a small part in Meghan and Chris’ happiness on their wedding day.  Congratulations to Meghan and Chris! 


Classic San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Continued from last week, Finesse (yes, she's named after the shampoo) and Tim had the most creative proposal story ever. For their big day, they held the wedding ceremony at San Francisco’s City Hall with 60 of their closest family members and friends in attendance. In classic fairytale style, Finesse chose the Isabella, a long sleeve lace wedding gown with a tulle A-line overskirt. Congratulations to the gorgeous couple - we wish you all the happiness in the world!

Dazzling Outdoor Wedding At Carmel's Holly Farm

Sweethearts since their undergraduate days at UC Berkeley and throughout business school at the University of Chicago, Joanne and James married in a lively ceremony at The Holly Farm in Carmel, CA. Joanne wore the Angelina, a strapless sweetheart silk trumpet wedding gown. At their wedding, the former dean of the business school shared these words about the couple, "They playfully challenge each other not just in games but push each other to become better - better students, better in their careers, better sons and daughters, and better partners for each other.” Seeing the bride and groom celebrate with their friends and family, we’d have couldn't agree more. Congratulations Joanne and James! 

California Ranch-Style Carmel Wedding

We're thrilled to see the pictures of Casey and Chris' wedding in Carmel, California. The Quail Lodge & Golf Club provided the elegant and spacious ranch-style backdrop to their big day. For her wedding dress, Casey chose a custom creation combining two of our bridal gowns: the illusion back and cap sleeves of The Lady with the graceful silk crepe skirt of Nora. She accessorized her wedding dress with our Blushing Romance Lace Veil and the Chloe lace bridal jacket for the reception. In her own words, "I wanted a dress in which I could have fun all day," and from the big smiles throughout the photos, it looks like she did just that. Thank you to Larry Nordwick from Creative Images for capturing the day, and a big congratulations to Casey and Christopher! 

Sentimental Missouri Wedding At Wine Country Gardens

Wine Country Gardens in St. Charles County, Missouri provided the backdrop to Tracy and Kiff’s exuberant outdoor wedding. Tracy chose the Charlotte wedding gown, an elegant cowl neck silk crepe wedding dress by Trish Lee Bridal. She accessorized her gown with jewelry from the family. In Tracy's own words, “The ring was a custom rose gold setting using the diamond from his mother's ring - she passed away when Kiff was a teenager. His ring was custom made, using the gold from his mother's earrings and rings. Both are very special to us, and I know that he was happy to have a reminder of his mother with him everyday." The couple, who spent their first date looking for bald eagles, also brought the fun. Tracy matched her family jewels with a sparkling crystal bridal belt and hot pink satin heels while Kiff paired his tux with a bowtie made of feathers.

From the designer: Tracy is one of those women that makes a strong impression on you. She has hair the color of steel and a smile that will blind you. As we got to know each other better, I found out that Tracy works with Burmese refugees, which struck a chord with me since my family is from Burma. When Tracy came for her last gown fitting, she gave me a parting gift: a beautifully woven traditional blouse and sarong made by one of her Burmese students. I shared this with my mother and she was amazed and touched by Tracy's kindness. Tracy, I wish you and Kiff, a love everlasting and life full of joy.

xx, Trish

Intimate Wine Country Wedding at Auberge du Soleil

Being Cal Bears ourselves, we’re suckers for UC Berkeley romances, and Priya and Will’s is no exception. They were assigned the same dorm, and Priya and her roommates found themselves living in the room directly above Will and his roommates. Priya and Will connected in one of the campus’ study lounges and their love has blossomed ever since.  

Will and Priya chose to celebrate their wedding at Auberge du Soleil in California’s wine country.  In Priya’s words: “We wanted a very intimate and small wedding in wine country filled with romance, laughter, and love from our closest family and friends.”  Priya absolutely glowed in Reagan, a lace trumpet wedding dress with a full tulle skirt, accessorized with a sparkling embroidered and beaded crystal bridal belt all by San Francisco Wedding Dress Designer Trish Lee. The combination of lace and tulle created a romantic and elegant look for Priya that perfectly suited the intimate surroundings. Congratulations to Priya and Will!


San Francisco Wedding in the Presidio

In 2009, when Rachel was invited to her college girlfriend's holiday party, she had no idea that she was about to meet Matt, the "cute neighbor upstairs," that would become her husband. They became friends and hung out frequently in a group, but nothing blossomed as Rachel was in the middle of grad school applications, and Matt shied away from asking her out "in case she was leaving." However, the night her UCSF acceptance letter arrived, the group of friends celebrated, and Matt made his move. Five years later, Matt proposed with an oval diamond ring set in rose gold, a ring that he custom designed himself, evolving after 12 iterations! Rachel wore the Nora, a boat neck wedding gown in lace and silk crepe. 


In Rachel's own words: Attached to my veil were wax flowers that were from my maternal grandmother's and and my great-grandmother's veils - it felt like a part of them were with me. My great-grandmother was the first woman in the family to be born in San Francisco in 1885; she married in San Francisco the year of the big earthquake and fire in 1906. I grew up in San Francisco (just like Trish!) and it was very important to me to get married IN THE CITY.  The Presidio has the perfect mix of historical buildings, beautiful nature backdrop and the views of the bridge. We thought it would be great for our guests who were coming from out of town to experience that part of the city.  We chose a morning wedding and luncheon reception because we loved the idea of having the rest of the day to spend as a married couple. We had lofty goals of having a fancy dinner just the two of us on the Embarcadero, but we were exhausted and ended up going to the Ferry building across from our hotel and ordering burgers and fries to our hotel room! 

In Trish's own words: I admire Rachel's easy going style and her sense of San Francisco pride. Being a native San Franciscan, I'm a big fan of how she incorporated elements from her grandmother and great-grandmother's weddings in her own San Francisco wedding. Rachel has a great sense of herself and didn't compromise - their wedding celebration mirrored that. I love how they ended up eating burgers in their hotel room - that to me is a perfect ending for the day.

Fairytale New England Estate Wedding

Their love may have blossomed in San Francisco, but their story began in New England where they met in college along the Charles River - Ian, a rower, and Sophie, his coxswain. They reconnected when both found themselves on the left coast, and their love was instant. When it came time to propose, Ian planned a Christmas getaway in Napa Valley with a surprise proposal at sunrise in a hot air balloon. Although Sophie wanted a wine country affair, their New England roots brought them closer to home where both their families reside. As a child, Ian dreamt of one day marrying at the Crane Estate, where he spent time at Castle Hill going to summer concerts and swimming at Crane's Beach. He convinced Sophie to visit The Great House on Castle Hill, and she fell in love the second she saw it. Theirs was a classic New England wedding at a gorgeous estate atop Castle Hill. The bride wore a custom American-made Chantilly lace trumpet wedding gown with a backless neckline by San Francisco wedding dress designer, Trish Lee. The groom donned a black tuxedo complete with suspenders and bow tie. Congratulations Sophie and Ian - may your fairytale love be everlasting. Check out some of the highlights from their fairytale New England wedding below.  


Stunning Roman Catholic Church Wedding in San Francisco

We kinda lost our marbles over this stunning San Francisco Roman Catholic church wedding at St. Patrick's Church on Mission Street. Built in 1851, St. Patrick's Church boasts Gothic architecture and numerous stained glass windows. The ribbed vaults served as a sacred backdrop for the nuptials of Liz and Tom. Liz was a breathtaking vision in our Sabrina gown, a classic sweetheart lace trumpet wedding dress. Statuesque and gorgeous, with porcelain skin and wavy dark locks that rival Kate Middleton's, Liz came into our San Francisco bridal shop, and we never looked back. She may have looked like a model, but IRL is a warm and gracious woman, sister, friend, and now, wife. Congratulations to Liz and Tom!


Elegant Wine Country Wedding at Murrieta's Well

Katrina wed Micky in this surreal winery wedding. From the chandelier drop earrings to the pink peonies, every detail was executed to perfection. College sweethearts that stood the test of time, distance, and demanding schedules, Katrina and Micky made it happen right here in the Bay Area at Murrieta's Well, an unforgettable winery with rustic wood beams, glowing lights, and a fragrant wine cellar reception setting. Katrina wore the Marie wedding dress. In the bride's own words, "I ended up choosing the Marie gown - a fitted lace wedding gown with cap sleeves. I was initially anti-lace for a wedding gown, but this American-made lace was so beautiful that I simply couldn't resist. It was subtle, intricate, and perfect at my vineyard wedding." Here at Trish Lee Bridal, we're thoroughly enchanted by Katrina's tasteful winery wedding. Congratulations, Katrina and Micky! 


Rustic Elegance Ranch Wedding

Jack and Savannah's rustic elegance wedding at Pie Ranch took our breath away. From the hors d'oeuvres served on a cross section tree platter to the giant bubbles - this wedding struck a nerve. Savannah is wearing the Gabby by Trish Lee Bridal San Francisco, featuring a draped body wedding dress and a column skirt with a slit