Carmel Valley

Language of Love

September 18, 2011

Pacific Weddings

Very few girls are fortunate enough to have their wedding gown selected and fitted by the designer himself. Solera Smith owes a debt of gratitude to her girlfriend Jane, who took the liberty of arranging a day of appointments at bridal salons around San Francisco. They had been shopping in the city most of the morning and nothing stood out. So when the two appeared at the Bridal Galleria in the Embarcadero Center, they were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by none other than Lazaro Perez himself. In from New York for a trunk show, he graciously offered Solera his personal assistance. She says, “To be honest, when I saw my dress on the hanger, I was hesitant.” At Lazaro’s polite insistence she tried it on and “knew instantly it was the one.” His beautifully cut silhouette was perfect for her delicate frame. In her low key manner Solera says sweetly, “It worked for me. I really loved my dress.”

On September 18, 2010, one hundred and fifty guests gathered on the lawn of the Holman Ranch with a vista of mountains offering a natural altar. Solera was stunning in her glamorous Lazaro gown, carrying a lush bouquet of ivory roses. Her own sentimental touch was perfect. “Both of my grandmothers are no longer with us, so I tied each of their gold lockets to my bouquet with their pictures inside.”

Bridesmaids wore vivid orange Melissa Sweet dresses, establishing the cheerful color story of the day. Sitting in the chair during hair and makeup preparation, she heeded the advice she had often offered to other brides: “From this point on, just have fun.”