Last updateWed, 19 Oct 2016 4pm

The making of a dressmaker: Young Los Altos designer crafts custom local gowns

Courtesy of Loic Nicolas Photography
A deep V and a cascading, loose bow add drama to the back of Los Altos native Sarah Blaha’s otherwise traditional gown, designed by Los Altos High grad Taylor Tompane.

Los Altos native Taylor Tompane went abroad to study fashion at London’s Kingston University, one of the world’s top-ranked design schools.

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night

Courtesy of Dick Bright
Dick Bright, a veteran Bay Area musician, manages local bands such as the Dick Bright Orchestra, Club 90 and Encore. His bands ramp up the energy at weddings.

A wedding soundtrack draws nearly everyone to the dance floor. As the band plays a Beatles tune followed by Bruno Mars’ latest single, guests ages 8 to 80 jive, boogie and strut as the night goes on.

How to personalize the wedding bar

Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
A seasonal signature cocktail adds interest beyond the standard wedding bar’s spirits and mixers. Focus on one set of fresh ingredients, such as blueberries, blackberries and mint for a dose of budget-friendly mixology.

First something old. Then something new. A borrowed item and a bit of blue. Sounds like all the makings of a great wedding cocktail.

Welcome to the new era of wedding traditions, where signature cocktails have become a must-have at wedding receptions.

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