Shopping with Solstice Bride

When selecting our favorite summer trends for this month’s inspiration shoot, especially those befitting an elegant Boho bride, we had to look no further than across the street to our stylish neighbor, Orla, and her lovely boutique, Solstice Bride. Her dresses and casual-chic spaces are so fabulous, we thought our SK brides would want discover more about her dreamy shop!

Read our interview with Orla below – and if you’re about to tie the knot, make sure Solstice Bride is on your radar!

SB1Solstice Bride, perched above Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, CA

Q. What led you to open your own bridal boutique and why did you choose Abbot Kinney?

A. I got engaged in 2013 while I was living in NY.  I was working in fashion and when I moved back to my hometown of LA and started my dress search. I was disappointed to see that some of the coolest things happening in fashion weren’t happening in Bridal and certainly weren’t being offered in LA. I found that Los Angeles was over-saturated with cold, tired, mainstream bridal salons filled with pushy sales people and puffy princess dresses and there was nowhere for me and my friends to try on stylish and unique gowns while having a fun experience. I’ve always dreamed of opening a store, and after the wedding my husband encouraged me to combine my experience as a new bride with my background in fashion and 6 months later Solstice Bride was born.

I chose Abbot Kinney because I live in Venice and I can ride my bike here every day. I grew up visiting this street and I’ve witnessed the transformation from a quaint block with galleries, cafes and mom and pop shops to a shopping mecca and tourist destination – or as GQ dubbed it “the coolest block in america” . I have a deep pride for this city and a strong attachment to this neighborhood, so I am proud to be amongst the few remaining independent small business on this block.

SB9Meet Orla Stiles of Solstice Bride

Q. After our brides-to-be become engaged, how soon should they begin looking for a wedding gown?

A. I’d recommend that you begin shopping for your dress at least 8-10 months before your wedding, as it can take up to 6 months for your gown to arrive. I’d also suggest giving yourself an extra 8-12 weeks for alterations leading up to your wedding date. Of course, I get A LOT of last minute brides, so I offer Ready To Wear options for brides to buy off the rack if they need a dress in a tighter timeline. 

Q. What style of gowns does Solstice Bride carry?

A. I describe my selection of gowns as “California Curated”. Whether it is a long sleeve lace gown or a simple bias cut dress all the gowns I’ve chosen have an easy effortless quality to them and reflect the range of California style. I believe a bride should look and feel like the most elevated version of her every day self on her wedding day and her gown should be an extension of her personality and this is the goal with our selection.  (We couldn’t agree more!)

Q. What type of experience or setting should brides-to-be expect at Solstice Bride?

A. I want to make brides feel comfortable and give them a space to relax and have fun. We offer Beer, Champagne or Kombucha and the bride choses the tunes. Finding your wedding gown shouldn’t feel transactional or forced so it’s important to us that we give the bride an authentic experience. We are often told by brides that it feels like they are shopping at their friend’s apartment and that’s the highest compliment to me.

SB10Solstice Bride, perched above Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, CA

Q. Any other advice for our Sofia Kaman brides?

A. At the end of the day, its just a dress. Don’t overthink it and drive yourself crazy. It may sound strange coming from me, as this is my business, but there is so much more to a wedding and a marriage than the dress. 

SB6Solstice Bride

Sofia Kaman Fine Jewels + Solstice Bride:
Not only are Sofia Kaman Fine Jewels and Solstice Bride within steps of each other, but we’ve also partnered to make bridal shopping a breeze. Our SK brides-to-be will receive 10% off their Solstice Bride dream gown (upon purchase of your SK engagement ring). And, just to make things a little bit sweeter – Solstice Brides will also receive 10% off Sofia Kaman wedding bands or bridal jewelry. Ask us for more details!

Photographer: Melissa Gidney</>