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Stephanie and Marek's Wedding

Stephanie and Marek celebrated their wedding on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

After 2 years of careful planning, their wedding vows were exchanged at Tarpy's in Monterey, CA 93940, with an intimate dinner reception following their ceremony.

Stephanie's gorgeous dress was from Collezione Fortuna Fashion Boutique and Bridals, out of Silk Chiffon, with Chantilly Lace overlay covered with pearls and crystals.  It did not take long for the Bride to say "yes" to her gorgeous wedding dress.

The Bride and Groom Honeymooned  in the Domenican Republic sharing a relaxing atmosphere, with beautiful beaches, sunrises and sunset... and....pure romance!

Congratulations to Stephanie and Marek!!  May you share many years of luck, love and happiness in the years to come!

2015 Bridal Fashion Trends

Lace wedding off the shoulder dress with crystal trim
Regal satin ballgown, with beaded cap sleeves, beaded sequn belt bridal gown
Illusion veil neckline with beaded trim, sweetheart neckine, organza ballgown, Ella Rosa
THE RETURN OF THE SLEEVE , Illusion Veil and MORE ...........

As we all know,

 Europe has always been the force in Fashion influence.  Bridal  is one area that is the strongest. 

   For 2015 Bridal Season, like it or not, laces prevail, and you will see more Wedding Dresses with Sleeves, necklines with Illusion Veil with beading, ballgowns, and open back styles., and including wider straps on the dresses.

Strapless wedding dresses have prevailed in the past, not leaving options for Brides who desire more coverage.   We also deal with Religious and Cultural  values which need to be respected. ( More about that in another BLOG!)

With these looks, you will see a more traditional appearance in Bridal Gowns that are fashion forward, elegant, and classy.  

Here are some of my favorites that have hit the runway and will be featured at Collezione  Fortuna Fashion Boutique and Bridals in the months to come..so get ready!

It's time to "step out of the box" and try something new!   

Kenneth Winston Collection wedding dress with tulle, appliques, and embriodery, sleeves corset back, ballgownTrumpet style wedding dress with applique, sleeves with illusion veil neckline by Pronovias 2015 collectionGorgeous lace and satin Ivory wedding dress with lace sleeves by Pronovias 2015 Collection

Darcie and Tony's Wedding at the Perry House

Bridal Group  

Darcie and Tony's beautiful wedding took place on November 23, 2013 at the Perry House overlooking  Monterey Bay.   The weather was perfect  making it a  beautiful setting for their wedding. It was my pleasure to attend and share their special moment with them.

The Bride  was beaming the  "glow" of happiness and there was excitement in the air on November 23, 2013.

 I met with Darcie at my bridal boutique, Collezione Fortuna Fashion Boutique and Bridals several months before her wedding date. With a special dress in mind in the color "blush", which is a soft rose/beige color,  I found the dress for her.  On the day of her appointment, a comparable dress by another Bridal Couture company arrived in the color ivory.    Darcie tried it on and it looked absolutely gorgeous, however, since she had the blush colored dress on her mind,  I encouraged her to try the dress on just to be sure, before any decisions where to be made on her selection and in no doubt, she said "yes" to the blush colored silky organza over satin bridal gown with a sweetheart neckline inspired by a well known designer made by "Allure Couture". She did not want to take the dress off at her appointment and was forever thankful I encouraged her to try the dress on again!
Darcie came dancing out of the dressing room saying "yes" to the dress !  The dress indeed complimented her figure, and made her feel like a "beautiful Princess!"

The Bride was escorted by her Father, John down the stairs of the Victorian backdrop of the Perry House.   The exchange of the wedding vows,  were personally written by the Bride and Groom stirred  emotion in everyone. There were tears of joy in everyone's eyes which words could not express.  The exchange of wedding vows was performed by Darcie's best friend, Katie Raquel  did a wonderful  presentation.

wedding vows exchanged by the bride and groom

The Bridesmaids wore  elegant black cocktail dresses, which look beautiful against Darcie's blush colored  wedding dress. The flower girls dresses were white accented with a blush pink belt.  The flowers were in a blush pink, ivory, peach tone which were done by Melody at "Fleurish Floral Designs", and brought the color palette together of Darcie's wedding theme colors beautifully!  Peri Basseri of "Big Time Video" did an amazing job of the videos of the wedding.  The Professional Photography was done by "Love Life Studios."   Richard, the Event Coordinator at the Perry House made certain the day of the event went smoothly!  Freedom Bakery baked the most delicious wedding cake. One piece was not enough.   The food the wine, the candy table, everything was excellent!

After dinner, everyone put on their dancing shoes, and took pictures in the Photobooth.

It was the most beautiful wedding I attended.
Everyone had a wonderful time and it was a wonderful day to remember by everyone! 

Congratulations  to  Darcie and Tony! Wishing you both tons of love, luck, and happiness in the years to come!


Your Bridal Appointment is going to be the most important factor in finding your Wedding Dress.

Every independently owned Bridal Salon or Bridal Boutique will set their own policy in servicing their customers.  This includes their scheduling of your "Bridal Appointment."  Their procedures are different from "chain store" Salons.  There is no comparison, including the services they offer which may include:

1. Private Consultations, this includes one and one private meetings with the Bride within a 1 hour or 2 hour time frame.

2. Private Appointments and Customer Service, which you do not find anywhere else, include shopping "online".

3. The knowledge of style and fabrics and how to fit you properly.

4. Timing of your order and when it will arrive in time for your wedding.

5. Couture Fashion design, and custom order knowledge

6. A well trained Bridal Salon and their staff will know exactly what style of wedding dress will look stunning just by looking at your body shape.  This comes from  many years  of experience  working in the Fashion Industry, including  as Showroom Models, Couture fashion design, Bridal Alterations , and Merchandising, They will know how to take your measurements to determine your proper size of your wedding dress.


Congratulations!   You said "yes" to his proposal of marriage.  It's the most exciting time of your life..and there is so much planning ahead!

It is highly recommended that you start shopping for your wedding dress no later than 1 year before your actual wedding date. Concentrate on your dress first..then take care of your Bridemaids.(more on that later).

Go thru some Bridal Magazines and see what is out there to get some basic ideas.  Set your budget for your wedding dress and accessories.  Alterations are NEVER included in the cost of the dress. This should not surprise you. Factor in approximately $300-$900 for Bridal Alterations.  This is a reality, and these costs are usually done independently by a professional expert in Bridal Alterations.  There is no "negotiation" of  any of these charges.  They are what they are as the cost of your dress!

Shop locally for your wedding dress. This is convenient in most cases, and you will be supporting independently owned businesses.

Call in advance for your appointment at the Bridal Salon you wish to patronize.  "Word of mouth" is the best referral.   Make the most of your appointment when you attend.   Bring shoes, any undergarments you need to try on with the dress, as these are usually not supplied, and will be required to purchase what you need at the appointment.

Each Salon is different. You will have an assigned a Consultant to work with you. She will have experience and the proper training in working with Brides and their Bridal Group. The  duration of your appointment  and the number of bridal gowns you will be allowed to try on during is up to the salon and their policy.  They will ask you several questions. Be honest and do not waste their time. This also means if you have already selected a gown at another store, but have not made your deposit or your final decision, say so.  Tell your Consultant you are "still looking".  There is nothing wrong with that. This is an important decision to make and an investment, and you will know instinctively when you have found your wedding dress.

 If the Bridal Salon does not allow  taking pictures during the appointment, please respect that policy. This is quite common and no reason to act surprised.  However, you will be allowed to take pictures of your wedding dress once it's purchased. Please always ask before you start "snapping" away  assuming it's OK.

Keep an open mind and feel free to go thru the inventory with your Consultant.   Try on the wedding dresses that "speak" to you. Limit yourself to 6 dresses at each appointment. If you want to try on more, you can always reschedule another appointment a few days later. Be rested, leave pets, small children at home to avoid distractions.  Also, bring along just one person that can give you positive feedback.  I have had many Brides say "YES" immediately to the first dress they try on. You never know what will be flattering on you and make you shine!

It can take anywhere from 6-9 months to order your wedding dress.  You will be required to sign a  Purchase Agreement , and make a non-refundable deposit  before your order is placed. This is not uncommon. Add extra time for custom orders with special changes.   Bear in mind, all RUSH ORDERS, and CUSTOM Changes will cost extra and are not included in the original cost of the dress, which is always priced as marked.  Don't expect discounts. Chain store Bridal Salons don't give them, so don't expect "privately owned" salons to do so either.

Furthermore, be courteous and gracious with the Salon.   If you cannot keep your scheduled appointment, call them and cancel your appointment at least 48-72 hours prior.  It's rude to not show up, and the appointment can always be replaced with another Bride. Some salons will take your credit card to secure your appointment and charge a fee for not showing up, or not calling within the time frame specified to cancel or reschedule.  Bridal salons and Consultants are rendering a Professional Service to be respected.

These are some of the basics on what to expect.  If you need more information, please give us a call at (831)626-1287.  You can schedule your appointment by calling us or by completing the "Contact US" form on our website, www.collezionefortuna.com. We are here to help.

We look forward working with you! Happy 2014 Wedding Season!

(c)July 19, 2013, Collezione Fortuna Fashion Boutique and Bridals, All Rights Reserved

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Are you ready for the 2013-2014 Wedding Season?   We have started the new year off by "re-vamping" our website.  If you haven't  seen it, you need to get on it now, at www.collezionefortuna.com, and our mobile website is www.m.collezionefortuna.com.   You don't want to miss out what we have to talk about, including all the new wedding trends, our Brides that have been "Collezione Fortuna Fashion Boutique "Bridal Couture Brides", and a lot more.  This is going to be "short and sweet" so stay tuned..and don't forget to call us to schedule your appointment with us (831)626-1287 and become one of our newest Collezione Fortuna Fashions Boutique and Bridals "Bride."
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