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Avant-Garden! Bridal Trends of 2020

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The New Year is the start of a new decade, a new beginning of all things trending. Bridal trends are no exception when it comes to pushing new limits, creating unique and memorable events or adding creativity and personalization to a wedding day! The year 2020 promises to be an exciting year with brides expanding on new and experimental ideas from dresses to floral, and the trends are pushing boundaries into new territory.

Floral and Event Design
The concept for this year’s Bridal Trendsetter comes from the creative mind of Annie Zunino of AZ Floral. With a decade of experience in floral design, Annie anticipates unexpected designs for 2020. “Expect the unexpected. Lots of green and colors, dried elements, tropical elements and more modern aesthetic overall,” Annie shared enthusiastically. Event design, from the invitations to the overall styling of the event, is another talent offered by AZ Floral. “My favorite parts are picking all of the decor with rental companies. Selecting the flowers at the mart and actually having my hands on the stems and creating, of course!” explained Annie. Her advice to brides includes working with someone you can build trust with and who can visualize your style. 

The Bridal Gown 
Nancy Chambers of The Elizabeth of Lodi has been working with brides since 2001. She purchased The Elizabeth in 2014 and has continued to be a resource for local brides in the Central Valley. “The trends in bridal gowns for 2020 are all over the board! Lace, satin, ball gown, fitted mermaid styles, bling and color; we are seeing brides not afraid to take risks,” Nancy commented. Floral and jeweled headpieces are trending in accessories and thanks to celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, the cathedral veil is back! Nancy encourages brides-to-be to start early in search of the perfect dress. “One year ahead is ideal to begin the search; making a decision and placing an order nine months out ensures plenty of time for the dress to arrive in store and for the alterations process to begin,” remarked Nancy. She encourages her brides to consider weather, the style of the venue and the overall theme of the wedding day when making selections for bridal gowns. 

The Photography
Katherine Murillo of KCM Photography helped bring this year’s Bridal Trendsetter to life. With her artful style, she captures a unique take to traditional wedding photography. “I have been photographing weddings since 2015. I am humbled by my role in each couple’s story and I love the chance to capture such emotional, priceless moments,” Kat said smiling. She loves documenting the beautiful details, the love, and the excitement of a wedding day. “My favorite part is delivering the images to my couples, giving them the chance to relive even the smallest details of their day for the first time,” she continued. Trending for 2020, Kat anticipates fun pops of color, from color blocking in reception decor to different shades of blue jackets. “Many couples are having fun blending traditional romantic styles with fun nods to their own personalities, and I absolutely love it!” Kat shared. Her advice to recently engaged couples looking for a wedding photographer includes doing some quick homework. She encourages couples to take a look at their style, their use of light in different scenarios and times of day, and look at what is included with each package. If you love soft, natural light or darker, moodier edits, you should see that consistently in their portfolio. If the majority of your reception will be indoors with soft lighting, make sure to ask for some examples of work in that setting. When looking at pricing and packages, keep in mind that most couples need eight hours for a full day of coverage, and extras such as an engagement session or an album are not always included in the package price. Lastly, take a few minutes to chat with them. You spend a lot of time with your photographer, and it is important to know you’ll be hiring someone you like and trust!

For more information on the vendors behind this year’s Bridal Trendsetter, please see below:

Annie Zunino of AZ Floral:
please visit or call (209) 327-2611.

The Elizabeth of Lodi:
please visit or call (209) 369-9046.

KCM Photography:
please visit or call (209)400-3444.

Retreat to the Farm:
please visit


Giovanna Jaques and Katie Niehaus

Kimmy Kollman of Perfect Balance Day Spa

Mallory Bettencourt of Perfect Balance Day Spa

Floral and Set Design
Annie Zunnino of AZ Floral

The Elizabeth of Lodi

Shot on Location
Retreat to the Farm, Grand Island