Friday, July 1, 2016

Photos for Your Day

Mom and Me

This first photo is really cute where your mother is sending you off. Personally, I don’t think mother’s get enough photo credit, and this is a perfect cute and awesome way to bring her into the picture!
(This could also be reused as a mother’s day card later down the line, sure to make her happy)

Then and Now

I really like this photo because it shows how far both of you have come, from little toddlers to full adults, about to make another big step in your lives. It seems like a really cute idea if you have some great toddler photos. Who doesn’t look cute as a toddler?

First Dance Frame

This one is probably my favorite from out of these photos, because instead of being a special moment in a book somewhere, it is a decoration. I think it’s so awesome to incorporate such a special moment into art. (I think this could be done with a lot of other moments throughout the wedding as well. I like the simplicity of this photo though.)

There it is! Here are some easy photo shots that you don’t want to miss that can be creatively done. Also, don’t forget to get the wedding party shots and to smile! Have a great 4th of July this weekend!


Friday, June 17, 2016

Fad or Find

Fad or Find 

First off, what is a fad? A fad is a quick and often extreme fashion statement that can be popular one year, or even month, and gone the next. Knowing this, how can one find their perfect dress that is both fashion forward and a true find, so we can miss the dated fad when you go to look at your wedding album in 10 years?

It's an art of balance. Here are a few tips we have found to help guide you away from the dated fad dresses, and toward the timeless find that will continue to take your breath away every time you see it.

1. Does it have that quality look?
The definition of classic, is something that has withstood the test of time. So if you're already yawning and thinking "traditional is boring," think again. Look for the feature you want, i.e. lace, length of train, or silhouette. Keep that as the "traditional" part or the classic part of the dress you are looking for,  and from there you can take the dare and look for the unique aspect of a dress that blends well with your style and taste as well as the trend.

2. Know your needs!
 There is a reason Audrey Hepburn and Jacki Onasis were considered classic beauties. They kept things simple. They knew what worked for them, for their bodies, and for their needs at the time. If you need to be a bride who can move, dance, eat, or even breathe on your wedding day,  that will help navigate you away from the dresses that prevent you from acting like yourself when your day comes.

3. Find something and make it personal
What helps make something a "find" is the uniqueness of it. Knowing that no one else will ever have or wear the dress you say "I do" in may not seem important to some, but it gives the extra special and classic quality because it was made with you, your needs, and your preferences in mind. At least one aspect of a dress should mirror your personality so that when you are seen, your friends and guests know that the dress you chose is perfect and reflects who you are.

Friday, June 10, 2016

"Sweating for the Wedding"?

Being fit and healthy is definitely a positive choice for any lifestyle but it can take a bit of time in both results and commitment. With a fast approaching wedding date, it may seem like there won’t be time to get the appearance you would like. However, there are many workout routines that can help start the process fast as well as taking as little as 30 minutes per workout. I like to focus these wedding-time workouts on the arms and calorie burning workouts. I like to focus on these two since the arms are most likely to be exposed while in a dress and calorie burning is a good catch all to staying fit. There are so many that can benefit you but these are some of my personal favorites.


Dumbbell Overhead Press

-Start with gripping the dumbbells a little above shoulder height while standing with your feet firmly planted on the ground and stable. Extend the arms up while keeping a strong core. Return to the starting position with a controlled motion.

-Do 3 sets of 8-10 repetitions.

-This is a great workout that can target multiple muscle groups.

Lateral Raises

-Start with a lighter weight than the last workout (this one is a little tough). Start with the weights by your side and raise them out to the side in a controlled motion. Return to starting position with the same controlled motion.

-Do 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions.

-I really like this workout because it targets a muscle group that often doesn’t get used as much. You may start feeling this workout after the first set, if it becomes too much, go down in weight and try to complete the remaining sets. Remember that this is all at your own pace!

Chin-ups / Chin-ups with negative

-Start with gripping the bar about shoulder-length apart with your palms facing towards you. Engage the biceps as you pull your body up towards the bar until your chin is above the bar. Return to starting position in a controlled motion.

-Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions.

-Chin-ups are a great workout to get that bicep working. If they are too hard at just body-weight try the negative weight on the Dip/Pull up station or simply use a box/elevated position to give you the needed boost at the beginning.

Calorie Burners

Box Jump

-Start in front of your box/platform bend slightly and explode into a jump. Land with both feet on to your platform and stepdown safely to the starting position. Don’t jump off, you don’t want to hurt yourself!

-Do 3 sets of 20 repetitions.
-This exercise will really work up a sweat after just the first set! It’s perfect for warming up with or at the end of a workout. If you’re doing it as a warm up I would recommend one more set to really make sure you’re getting the most benefit out of the workout.


-Yes, hiking! It’s summer time and these can be as difficult or easy as you need. Typically, you get a beautiful view of nature and burn those calories. This is a photo at the top of Mineral Ridge, a great hiking spot near Coeur d’Alene, ID, where Lu Raquel is headquartered.

These are just a few of the workouts I love to incorporate into my life. Remember, your workout can be as fun as you want from weight-lifting to Zumba to aerobics. All of these are great workouts to get you in tip-top shape for your big day! Enjoy!


Friday, June 3, 2016

Reception Fun: Signature Drinks

Along with the reception theme from last week, I wanted to dive into fun beverages, more specifically, your signature drink for your own wedding. One of the great things is that you can theme the drinks to go with the seasons, which I think not only looks great, but taste great! What I really like during this late spring / early summer season is really bright colors with lots of fruit. I went on a search to find some of the best drinks on Pinterest that fit this description. So let’s dive in to all the yummy drinks!

1.    Strawberry and Peach Wine Slushies

I really like this drink because it looks super pretty and can be made in advance, which is helpful for a wedding reception coming up. This recipe is customizable as the article talks about switching the peach or strawberries to something a little more to your taste. Mmm, I think a mango and peach wine slushy is in my future!

2.    Blue Raspberry Lemonade

This one is a super easy recipe that also looks pretty. I love how it’s only four ingredients, and one of them is garnish! I think this would be perfect for a little outdoor reception where the sun is out and your favorite summer track is playing on the dance floor.

3.    Peach Mint Bourbon Sweet Tea

What Southern wedding would be complete without sweet tea? This recipe puts a little twist on it making it a little more fun. It’s a bit of work with the pureed peaches, but if you have a big guest list I think could just be taken out and just do the Mint Bourbon Sweat Tea and have it taste great!

4.    Peach Sangria

Who doesn’t love a good Sangria? This peach offers amazing color to any wedding. The recipe is pretty easy and doesn’t need too much prep time, could easily, and probably should be done the same day as consumption. I would recommend this one in the heart of summer because of the color it brings.

5.    Malibu Sunset

A tropical-themed drink. This could maybe elude to where the honeymoon is at? I really like how red-orange this drink is. I think the garnishes are customizable between either an orange or cherries depending on your preference. Either way, it’s a great way to start the tropic theme!

That’s all the drinks I found for today. There’s plenty of other drinks that would be good for your wedding reception. I would recommend browsing Pinterest for some other great ideas. Cheers! Remember to drink responsibly!


Friday, May 27, 2016

Reception Playlist: A Step-by-Step Guide to Music and your Wedding!

The Reception is one of my favorite things about the whole wedding ceremony. This is where everyone you love and new people get together to dance and celebrate two people finding love. Unfortunately, DJs can be expensive when added up with the various costs of the wedding and are likely the first to get cut. Never fear though! Here’s a guide for you to create the best reception playlist.

1. Plan how long everyone will dancing.

With this plan in mind, we can assess how long the reception will last and will give us a time-goal for our playlist. If the place is rented out for about 2 hours, I would create a playlist about 2 1/2 hours long,  just to be safe.

2. Know your guest list.

By this, I'm really talking about knowing who's attending, what their taste in music is, and if they're bringing children (better to assume at least one person is if you're allowing kids). Hypothetically, my family is coming, their taste is very mainstream, and I have a few friends and family bringing kids. With this,  I would lean to my favorite mainstream pop songs and opt for the clean version to keep my family and parents of the kids happy. Personally, I always throw in "Yeah!" by Usher to get the party moving.

3. Know what you want out of the reception.

You really need to know what you want out of the reception, such as couples/slow dancing or some upbeat party dancing. I tend to lean more towards the upbeat dancing with like 2-3 slow dancing thrown in. One of my new favorite slow songs right now is "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran. This is to give everyone a little variety while still having the kids participate.

4. Use a reliable program

Now that the criteria for creating our playlist is done, all that is left is to find a budget option for the DJ. Spotify and Apple Music are both great options for this. I really enjoy Spotify because it is really user friendly and allows you to share the playlist with everyone afterwards, and you could even include it on your wedding programs! I would recommend getting the premium version of Spotify to avoid those dreadful ads. Simply create your playlist and download it onto someone's phone or computer to avoid not having Wi-Fi, and BAM, there's your awesome new reception playlist.

5. Have fun!

And don't forget the Father-Daughter dance!


Friday, May 20, 2016

Did You Know?!

Here a Lu Raquel, Inc. we aim to please! We know how stressful the bridal season can be, so we aim to make each bride happy with the gown they choose to wear down the aisle. From sizing to style, our gowns have limitless range to be unique.

There are many reasons why you should partner with Lu Raquel today! We offer unique design options that no other designer in the industry does. Here are just a few things we do to make our presence in your store meaningful.

Keep in mind that we always offer custom sizing! From petite brides, to voluptuous brides and even every bride in between, we design our gowns to fit the bride’s personal flair. When you order a dress from us, make sure to send in your custom measurements and we will make each of your brides feel gorgeous and special on their day to remember!

A very proud part of our company is that we give our partners the ability to design dresses for their bride’s very own personal label. The amazing part of this feature is that we only work behind the scenes. The bride will design the dress completely through you, while you work with our design team to make their dream dress become a reality. This is an option that ONLY Lu Raquel has to offer!

If a custom dress is not in the mix for some of your customers, remember that we have plenty of collections to fill up your shop as well. You can check them out at Keep in mind that we offer individual stylization services that no other designer in the industry offers. These stylizations are applicable to EVERY SINGLE design in our collections. There is no such thing as ‘can’t’ when it comes to stylizations for our partners. Our design team is equipped to meet any bride’s wants & wishes.

We intend to make our partners feel as if they are important because they are! We are willing to bend until our backs break to meet your needs in shop and out. Partner with us today so that we can start creating beautiful creations, together!

Friday, May 13, 2016

A Brief History of the Bouquet

This is the bouquet as we know it today. It is an integral part of the wedding ritual and is very familiar to everyone in western culture, but where does the bouquet come from? Most people will scratch their heads at this question.

The bouquet’s origins begin in the 1600’s. It looked very different from the bundle of flowers as we know it today. The wedding bouquets of that time contained very pungent spices, herbs and even garlic. Originally, the bouquet was actually a way for the bride to mask her body order. At the time, people bathed very infrequently and it was not uncommon for a bride to smell bad on her wedding day.

A secondary function of the bouquet was to ward off evil spirits. Couples were often superstitious and believed that this ritual would help spiritually purify their weddings.

For a very long time, the bride was considered to be very lucky on her wedding day. It actually used to be customary for wedding guests to tear off a piece of the brides dress as a token of good luck. Needless to say, many brides did not appreciate this practice. Eventually, brides began to give away their bouquets as good luck tokens. This is how the throwing of the bouquet became a tradition.

It is pretty incredibly to see how much this custom has changed over time. The function of the bouquet, as it exists today, reflects the beauty and grace of the bride and is a lovely element of the contemporary wedding ritual.

Friday, May 6, 2016

A Quick Guide to Wedding Dress Styles

A Quick Guide to Wedding Dress Styles

Wedding dresses come in several different styles or silhouettes. These include ballgowns, a-lines, modified a-lines, trumpets, mermaids, sheaths, tea-lengths, and minis. Each of these styles reflects a different personality and each have different characteristics. Some are designed for specific body types. If you’re new to bridal wear and are unfamiliar with the different styles you’re in luck. We’re about to have a mini lesson!


Sometimes called the “fairly tale” dress, the ballgown has a fitted bodice, flairs at the waist, and has a full skirt. Ballgowns are magical on those with pear body types.


The A-line gown has a fitted bodice through the waist and flows out to the floor. The outline of the dress looks like an uppercase A (hence the name). These gowns are perfect for all body types!

Modified A-Line

The modified a-line is fitted on the bodice and hips and flares gradually to the hem (this forms an A shape). The skirt of the modified a-line dress fits closer than a traditional a-line. This silhouette is ideal for all body types.


The mermaid is fitted on the body from the chest to the knee. At the knee the dress flares outward. This style is perfect for slender frames and hourglass body types.


The trumpet dress is fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut of the trumpet dress is somewhere between a modified a-line and a mermaid gown. The trumpet silhouette is ideal for hourglass, banana, and petite body types.


The sheath gown is a dress with a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. This type of gown is ideal for petite, banana, and hourglass body types.


On this type of dress, the skirt falls above the knee. The silhouette is ideal for banana body types.


The skirt on this type of gown falls between the ankle and the knee and is ideal for all body types!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Spring Teaser!

Spring 2017 Teaser

We can’t give too much away at this point. However, we thought we would share a little bit of what is going on behind the scenes of our new line. This year we are drawing our inspiration from flowers!

Flowers evoke a strong sense of femininity, and of romance. These themes have so far been underscored in our designs. With an emphasis in floral lace, the dresses we will be creating aim to touch the heart. With grace and elegance, this line will be our most impassioned to date.

We are very excited about this line. Aspiring to impress, we are confident that this collection will be a triumph. We MAY even be taking inspiration from flowers to help name our gowns!

Here is a little sneak peek at some of the lace we will be using! Love it!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Inspiration from Color Trends

Hello all! Today we are going to show you how you can use our last season gowns and keep them up-to-date with the latest trends. According to Pantone, for Autumn/Winter 2016/17, we delve into color that is “real” and “unreal”, absent and present and a blend of what is in between. We are polarized between colors that are simple, honest, unassuming, and stronger and more saturated tones that make a bold statement. An example of this is "Fade": color layered in watery pools announces itself, quietly, gradually, forming itself into mottled and ghostly hues. 
For example we took our Jillian from our Spring collection for 2016 and left her original diamond white coloring behind and replaced it with a fade of modern-day nude shades. We started her off with fleshy pinks, worked our way to an ombre of yellow ochre and dark browns, then finally finished her off with a burnt umbre. What do you think of this new design? Is this something you would wear on your big day?

Our second up-and-coming trend for Fall/Winter 2016/17 is, "Discover". This is an array of the natural and artificial; Slick and rough, heavy and light elements together, darkened color steps. Here we took Skyla and again did an ombre on the gown, using hues of florescent blues and greens, beginning with the lightest color and ending with the darkest. Remember, when you partner with us at Lu Raquel, we allow you to order your gown in any color of the rainbow!

The third color scheme Pantone predicts seeing later this year: "Proclaim" - Both synthetic and natural sit beside one another, forming new fusions to create a hyper natural atmosphere. This consists of contradictions... oddly strange and unusual, dual sided effects, lots of earth tones in this style like doeskin brown and sunrise oranges. We are loving our Tiffany in this scheme.

 The last trend we are looking at today is called "Invisible". This is an array of colors that appear and disappear like an illusion. They are multi-layered, blurring, diluted colors with sheer finishes. What do you think of our Brynn designed this way? We are absolutely smitten! What color scheme was your favorite of the day? Lets us know! 

Friday, April 15, 2016

A Brief History of the Contemporary Wedding Dress

The wedding dress, as we know it today, has not always been around. Though there are examples of brides wearing white that can be traced back to as early as 1406, the western trend of exclusively white and lightly colored wedding dresses did not begin until Queen Victoria wore white at her wedding in 1840, inspiring thousands of commoners to follow suit. Interestingly, the trend was quite different prior to 1840.

Before the wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Alpert many women wore their best dress to their weddings. A large percentage of these dresses were a variety of colors. Many brides even wore black. Green was typically avoided. Many believed that the color green was unlucky. Symbolizing purity, piety and a connection to the Virgin Mary, blue was quite popular, and worn by many brides. Like the colored dresses worn at weddings, the market for wedding dresses was also quite different than it is today.

For most of western history, brides rarely purchased dresses specifically for their weddings. Women typically wore the best dress that they owned for the occasion. At the time, wedding dresses were chosen to present the bride’s family in the best light. This was done to portray wealth and status. For a variety of occasions, the dresses worn at weddings were intended to be worn more than once. Thus, dresses worn at weddings were purchased from vendors, with the specific intent of being added to a woman’s active wardrobe. After Queen Victoria wore white to her wedding this trend changed significantly.

From then on, brides wore white to show off their wealth and social rank. Because the color white was hard to obtain and preserve, only wealthier women could afford such dresses. The color, however, was far from eggshell. At the time, bleach was not yet used to whiten the fabric. The dresses also began to change in style.

Wedding dresses began to be manufactured with excessive amounts of fabric. The excessive fabric became a symbol of status and wealth. This trend of white wedding dresses began to grow scarce with the onset of the great depression in the 1930’s, before picking back up again. The trend remains extremely prevalent in western culture today.

Today, white and lightly colored dresses remain most popular. However, the choice of color no longer symbolizes wealth and status. Instead, the white or lightly colored dress symbolizes purity and virtue.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring 2016 Runway Trends

Are you wondering what trends are making it big on the catwalks this year? Luckily for you, I have got the scoop right here!
A lot of different things are hitting the runways this Spring, but here are a few trends that really caught my eye and have given me inspiration to create concepts for our upcoming Lu Raquel line.

"Sequins" of Events
Not everything that shines is gold. The sparkle of choice for spring is candidly blingy pallettes creatively used to light up the night in the form of fun sequins.

The New Romantics
If anyone said romance is dead, they obviously have not browsed the latest catwalks. Feathers, ruffles, pastels, cream, chiffon and sheer details add up to the sort of seriously lovely gowns that make even the most scoffing fashion girl fall in love.

Give me the Slip
Although many have declared that minimalism is long gone, that '90s staple, the slip dress, is making its rightful comeback. However this time around, simple strappy numbers have been reinstated with slips that instill bits of lace, ruching, and graphic color schemes.


These trends are taking the fashion world by storm, but how can we incorporate these tendencies into bridal fashion? Fortunately, our customization options allow you to make any changes to our any of our gowns whether it be from 2014 or this Springs 2016 line. Here at Lu Raquel, we also offer a Bride Label Program where we come by alongside you and help you design your OWN wedding gown. What ever styles you want, trending on the runway or not, we can help you integrate them into the gown of your dreams.

As for me, here is a little sneak peak of the inspiration these styles have given me.    

Friday, March 25, 2016

Axel Learns to Draw!

My name is Axel Lindy. I’ve been an intern at Lu Raquel since October of last year. This week the team has had me working on renderings! This has been a really exciting opportunity for me! I love fashion and I’ve really relished the opportunity to develop my sketching skills. Below you’ll find some drawings that I completed this week. One of the renderings was done for our Dream. Design. Win competition where we are giving a bride the opportunity to design her own gown! Visit to learn more about this!

The first thing I’ve learned about fashion renderings is that they take considerably longer than I initially thought. I was under the impression that fashion renderings took ten to fifteen minutes to complete. So far it has taken me at least an hour to complete each rendering. Kasey, Lu Raquel’s expert on drawing renderings, told me that it typically takes her half an hour to an hour to complete each rendering, and that depending on the level of detail, and it can sometimes takes even longer. In addition to learning about the length of time that renderings take to complete, I have learned a good deal about what goes into making them.

A great deal of effort goes into each sketch. The detail in each rendering does not simply magically appear on the page. Someone has to put that detail there. It takes a lot of work to put the different features onto the page. I definitely have a new-found respect for everyone that draws fashion renderings. Sometimes I am in awe of their work. In addition to the level of effort that goes into each drawing there is a certain amount of vision that is required.
You have to be able to imagine, in some level detail, what the final product is going to look like. You have to be able to, in your mind, piece together multiple images and translate that vision onto the page. At Lu Raquel, our design team typically bases renderings off of multiple photographs, each showcasing different elements of numerous dresses. After trying a few renderings out myself, I am now in awe of the design teams work. It is very cool see their drawings unfold. They make it look easy (trust me, it’s not).

Friday, March 18, 2016

What if you could have a completely custom wedding gown for free?

There are no catches with this one and no you are not dreaming! We are currently doing a promotion where all you have to do is get the most likes on Facebook to win your custom couture wedding gown for free! We have had some amazing entries so far but it's not too late! The contest ends April 8th and all of the directions are on our event page.

ANYONE can enter! So tell your friends, family, barista, babysitter, neighbors, or anyone you think would want to WIN a one-of-a-kind wedding dress on their special day. {Who wouldn't?!}



Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Dream. Design. Win. How to win your dream wedding gown that you designed!!


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Friday, March 4, 2016

I do, I don't... Do's and Don'ts for dress shopping!

If you're like me, you probably have a Pinterest board or two of dream wedding dress ideas. I've found that no matter how many countless hours of Say Yes to the Dress I've binge watched, dress shopping seems like such a daunting task. Here are some tips and insights on wedding dress shopping. 

Shop early
Start shopping at least 6-9 months in advance. Gowns take time! At Lu Raquel you can customize any aspect of any dress so the more time, the better, that way you won't have to worry when it comes down to crunch time for the big day, you'll have your dress and one less thing to worry about.

 Come prepared
Whether you have exactly what you want or have multiple ideas, bring reference photos or a list of ideas, but still be open to trying new things!                               

   Our CEO Sarah says:
     " Throw out all the rules, try on anything you want, and buy what makes you feel absolutely beautiful...experts say a size 20 can't wear a mermaid style...I say what do they know?! I've seen plenty of 12, 18, 20's that rocked a form fitting mermaid. Short girls shouldn't get ball gowns because it will overwhelm them...I've seen a 5'1" bride rock a ball gown like no one's business. BUY WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL AND SEXY...who cares what the experts say."

Don't bring too many people
Bring one or two people that you trust and really want to share this special experience with you! Too many people can make the process more overwhelming with too many opinion being thrown your way, when in the end it's your day and your dress. 

Shop at the right time
Saturdays are very popular day to go wedding dress shopping, so why not take a Wednesday morning off and go then? You won't have to deal with as much chaos and you will also have more time to find what you're looking for. 

Have a budget in mind
Let your consultant know your budget, there is no point trying on a 10,000 dollar gown if you're budget is nowhere close to that range. 

If you're still not finding the perfect dress you're looking for, and if you still haven't had that magical moment, instead of trying on 100 more dresses, you always have another option. What if you could have a custom made dress just for you? A design team working diligently with their creative genius to create the dress of your dreams? What sounds completely out of reach for us non-celebrities is actually possible thanks to Lu Raquel! I was so amazed when I started working here when I heard about our Bride Label Program, which allows brides to design a custom gown without having to pay movie-star prices. A design team working diligently with their creative genius. How great is that?!

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Day in The Life of a Fashion Student- Pt. 2

So it’s been what, 4 weeks since my first post? A lot has happened since then. I already have tests coming up next week, along with major projects that are due. This workload has been so large, but I can already see improvements to my designs and illustrations. In fact check it out!

I am getting ready to turn in a project that contains at least 60 drawings. It’s hard to try and design 60 different outfits or croquis for a commercial final half dozen collection. I am incorporating both upcoming trends and trending color schemes. I have been inspired by historical aspects and architecture, utilizing pastels for Spring 2017-2018, starring in a collection for my brand, Carreia, to be theoretically displayed at Kohl's.

I am taking my first Art History test next week. We actually studied cave man art (a.k.a. Paleolithic art) and have made our way up to the ancient Egyptians.

Additionally, I’ve been taking a class in draping, creating all different types of skirts just by moving the fabric on the mannequin.

I have also taken classes in fashion fabrics and fashion fundamentals. We have learned about not only what fabrics are made of but what they are made out of. In fact, here are some pictures of a burn test to help identify the fibers in these fabrics.

Honestly, I love being in these classes. I love getting to learn all of these things that I love so much. Getting to learn about all of the new techniques and ways to further what I am passionate about is exciting. I love having the chance to learn all of these new techniques. Although, you would not believe how expensive all of these books, fabrics, and different supplies are needed for this course! I can’t wait to show you my final projects next time!