Fall Fantasy

Hello Lovelies!

Anyone else wishing that Fall would get here a little faster? I mean who doesn’t want to be a real life meme by curling up on their couch with a pumpkin spiced latte and a cozy blanket.

I am just aching for sweater weather and knee-high boots. Are you wistful for crisp cool air and changing leaves like me? Then take a look at this gorgeous styled shoot from Fall ’16. It features one of our favorite models, Jordan Blackhurst. Several of our shoots feature her lovely work.

This shoot is unique in that it is outdoors but maintains the simplicity of an indoor, industrial shoot.  The colors are incredible and I just can’t get over the use of light.

This beautiful mocha colored gown is from the Tara Keely line – designed by Lazaro. The chunky lace on the bodice is offset by a skirt of soft organza.   

With a plunging neckline and open back, this dramatic gown is not for the feint of heart.

Most people prefer full color photos but I have to admit that I am a sucker for a good black-and-white! I love the details and contrast that you pick up in a colorless image. But, these photos are absolutely gorgeous no matter the color.

#perfection

Until next time ladies,

Becca

Creatives
Photography: Lindsaay Lou

Model: Jordan Blackhurst

Dress: Tara Keely 2500, Available at Bitsy Bridal

Florist: Salt and Flora

Hair: Devynn Elizabeth MacLennan 

 

 

Stylist Picks: Barnyard Bride

Hello Gorgeous!

I will admit that these are my all-time favorite posts to write. Maybe its because at the end of the day I’m just a sucker for bridal gowns or maybe I have a thing for playing favorites … ha … Either way, here are the stylist picks for a barnyard  or country wedding.

Ball Gown

Pippa from Blush by Hayley Paige 

Pippa is a pheonomenal gown and an archetype of Hayley Paige’s designs.

She is flirty fun and princess-y but has a good done of rustic charm or bohemian flare depending on how you wear her. Head over to my post dedicated to Pippa for more info.

ALine

Ella Rosa style BE400.  Another brand new gown to Bitsy Bridal and one that I am loving! Beautifully detailed bodice and a skirt that has just enough volume to be fun without getting in the way.  Strap details and a scalloped neckline add to the interest.

Column

Matie from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini. Slim fit, flowing gown with thin straps and lace details.  Matie is one of those gowns where the fit is right on the edge between ALine and Column.

Soft chiffon and a mock basque waist line slim the hips without adding volume.

Fit to Flare

Tara Keely 2450.

This is a tried and true style from Tara Keely.  Venise lace sleeves and bodice paired with a crepe skirt are a very demure combo. The wide, plunging neckline is incredibly daring. The combo makes for a mesmerizing gown.  The skirt is straight cut but due to the train and the fabric it falls into a soft flare which lands it in Fit-to-Flare territory over Column.

Crepe is the most difficult fabric to wear as it is the most unforgiving. It is comfortable as it acts like a second skin but not the best choice for summer weddings since it isn’t the most breathable.

Trumpet/Mermaid

Tara Keely 2751.  Unlike 2450, this is a brand new design from Tara Keely. We had this dress in store for a trunk show a couple months ago and are insanely excited to get it back in store as part of our collection. It should be arriving any day now!

Chantilly lace in a beautifully rustic gold color lays atop this trumpet gown from top to bottom.  Spaghetti straps fall into a plunging neckline and V back reaching to or almost to the natural waistline which is marked by a gold ribbon.  This gown is remarkably simple yet full of texture and interest.

Final Thoughts

I can just envision a pair of funky cow boy boots peeking out from under Pippa or BE400. And Matie or either Tara Keely gown would look fantastic in silhouette against the sunset in a field or in a candle lit barn.  If a barn wedding isn’t your style, take a look back at the Stylist Picks for backyard, city, and temple weddings.

Check back for later installments including tropical weddings and garden weddings.

Ice-Cold Creativity: Behind the Scenes of Styled Shoots

Hello Lovelies!

We’ve been showing you a lot of our styled shoots lately so I’m going to take a little bit of a different approach on this one. This is one of the many shoots that I personally helped with. I was there for the entire thing (freezing my fanny off might I add) and the bridesmaid in the shoot…that’s my old friend Savanna.

Isn’t she cute?
Go Behind the Scenes at Jeremy Ranch

Shoots have carefully planned call times so everything goes off without a hitch. The day of this shoot, those call times went out the window. Several creatives got caught in a huge traffic jam in a canyon, another had her car broken into, and I was recovering from a concussion and had to hitch a ride from Dear Old Dad.

Eventually, we all got there and got back on track.

Our “bride” Jordan Blackhurst with hair stylist Julia Maughan (Blushing Blonde)
Bridesmaid Savanna Toussaint having her makeup done by Karlee Gibbons (Lure Makeup Artistry)

Groom and groomsman Cameron Nance and Tyson Romero

This shoot capitalized on the venue, Jeremy Ranch,with a design focused on  a contrast between rich tones and bright airy accents.

This Alyne by Rita Vinieris gown was such a perfect addition to this lush shoot that I’m not sure it could get any prettier.

Here are the Ceremony Shots

Beautiful shots right? Absolutely gorgeous!  Even more impressive considering there are 10 people crowded behind the lens, a table full of scattered hair and makeup supplies about 10 feet to one side and a fully staged catering table off to the other.

Also, these two models met about 10 minutes before the first shot.

This was the third week of January 2017 so it was well below freezing. Everyone working this shoot is standing outside in snow boots and parkas. Our model, Jordan, is outside is a paper thin dress. Don’t let the sleeves fool you, they’re made of mesh and lace – absolutely no warmth there.  Also, the gown had a sheer back.

Plus, I have never worn a men’s suit but I can’t imagine it was as warm as my down parka!

Let me tell you, trying to take pictures in the middle of a field of snow, in a wedding gown, while minimizing tracks that the photographer has to edit out is NOT easy.

This is probably the craziest shoot I’ve been to. The most effort, most energy, most time and most anxiety but it was also the most fun. I think it shows in photographer Chad Braithwaite’s photos.

The custom made suits are to die for and match so perfectly with our gown.

I loved working on this shoot, especially with the people! Props to the models for standing in below freezing weather without coats and still smiling like it was balmy. Also a special shout out to Julie Maughan for give Yours Truly a ride down the canyon so I didn’t have to Uber-it while carrying a designer gown.  I had a concussion remember – no driving allowed.

I hope you had fun with this little glimpse behind the scenes of our style shoots. After all, I know I always have fun participating in them.

Look below for all the talented vendors that participated in this shoot.

Until next time,

Becca

Creatives
Venue and Food - Jeremy Ranch Golf & Country Club
PhotographyChad Braithwaite with Faces Photography
Gown - Alyne by Rita Vinieris
Female Models - Savanna Toussaint and Jordan Blackhurst
Men’s Wear - BeSpoke Clothing
Male Models - Cameron Nance and Tyson Romero
Décor - Eventmasters
Floral - Esprit Raw Flowers
Linens - Luxe Linen
Styling - Angela Livingston, Jeremy Ranch GCC

Dakota from Blush by Hayley Paige

Hello Lovelies!

Its time for another installment in our Hayley Paige saga. We’ve taken a detailed look at 3 Blush by Hayley Paige gowns and we are still waiting for our last one, Kingston, to come in. Today, we have Dakota, our second to last gown and the second gown featuring Marrakesh Beading.

The other gown in our inventory to feature Marrakesh is West.  As you can see there are many obvious differences such as silhouette, straps and amount of Marrakesh. But one that is not so obvious is the difference in lining colors.  West’s lining is Cashmere and Dakota’s is Nude.

WEST
DAKOTA

 

Dakota is from the most recent season of Blush by Hayley Paige. It has the very sought after demure skirt paired with a very princess-y bodice.

For Utah brides, this dress is an excellent option if you need a modest gown. We can very easily order the Marrakesh beading and make the bodice modest without losing the integrity of the design and without having it look like piecework.

The Skinny

Silhouette: Ball Gown

Neckline: V-Neck

Waistline: Natural – it actually falls just below the natural waist but not low enough to be a “corset” waist.

Straps: Cap Sleeves

Back: Keyhole

Fabric: Marrakesh beaded bodice and tulle skirt

Sparkle Factor: 4/5

The Marrakesh Beading is very obvious and the only way for it to be more sparkly is if it covered the whole gown.

Boho Factor: 1/5

This gown reaches clearly to the “princess” side of the spectrum. There is a little bit of a Boho vibe from the lace and relaxed silhouette of the ballgown but that’s about it.

 

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this gown. Now that it’s here… it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

I think it is such a fresh and flawless design from Miss Hayley Paige. What are your thoughts?

Until next time,

Becca

Lush and Romantic with Tara Keely

Hello Lovelies!

We’ve all seen our fair share of wedding and engagement photos. Obviously the majority of these photos are smiling and happy pictures with a lot of light and energy. That’s why this shoot: dark, full of lush texture, and not a smile in the mix is such a fun change of pace.

Delicate Details

This unique shoot took place at The Ogden Click and includes detail shots of the cake, decanters and dress.

The gown is a classic piece from the Tara Keely line. Designed by Lazaro Perez, this gown has an amazing balance between the Venise lace bodice and the thick crepe skirt with a subtle fit-to-flare silhouette. A high back and low-v neckline continue the balancing act and keep the gown from falling into either the stuffy or revealing category.

Moody and Romantic

The low light and lush texture give this shoot a distinct mood. A feeling of calm romanticism and an almost noir-like mood hang over every photo.

Cranberry and deep, dusty blue compliment the ivory gown and pull out the mellow tones in order to greater highlight the romantic feel of the shoot. 

The addition of a heavily textured bouquet gives the slightest prickly feeling to detail shots.

Dramatic poses and a model who has mastered her ability to look pensive and moody are the final pieces in this elegant shoot. 

The bright window in the center of the room provides a flood of natural light in the otherwise dark room and shows off the texture of the couch, gown and bouquet.

Shots framed in unconventional ways highlight the offbeat feel of this shoot.

This perfectly executed, unconventional shoot is one that I find myself staring at over and over again because I love anything that is outside the norm.

Until next time ladies!

Becca

Creatives
Gown: @bitsybridal 
Photo: @krystalandcophoto 
Jewelry: @farrsjewelry 
Styling: @sageandthistleevents
Cake: @mysweetfancycakes
Model: @babyylexxiss
Floral: @stylinstemsfloral
Venue: @theogdenclick_ut 
Hair and make up: @hairbysarahschorr
Video: @stacielarsenphoto_ut

What Your Bridal Stylist Wishes You Knew

Shopping for your wedding gown is both wonderful and frustrating. Its the most unique shopping experience you will ever have. Never again (most likely) will you be in a situation where a complete stranger is dressing you in what could easily be the most important dress of your entire life. Never again will you need the opinions and advice of a whole group of people just to buy one dress.

Many brides are completely unprepared to gown shop and have no idea what they are getting into.  With this in mind Morgan and I, the longest reigning stylists at Bitsy, have put together our top pieces of advice for brides.

Becca’s Advice

1-Do your research

Know what kind of shop you are going into. What’s the price range? Are their dresses samples? If so what size? Do they have a seamstress in-house? What designers do they carry?

2-choose those who come with you carefully

Don’t bring a ton of people. Seriously, 2-3 is the magic number. Brides who bring more usually get overwhelmed and leave early or it takes them the whole time to try on 3 dresses. Neither scenario is good for the bride. The key is to only bring those who’s input you MUST have in order to purchase your gown.

3-Shop at the right time

Don’t shop until you are prepared to purchase! Styles get discontinued, floor samples get sold and factories get backed up. You don’t want to risk finding your dress and it being unavailable by the time you are able to purchase it and you don’t want to wait so long that you don’t even have time to order it anymore.  Avoid the heartache and shop at the right time.

4-speak up

As stylists, we don’t have any unnatural attachment to any of our gowns, our only intention is to find the gown that YOU love the most. So, speak up! If we pull something and you hate it: tell us and don’t waste your time or ours. If there is a type of dress we aren’t pulling that you want to try: don’t wait for us to read your mind, just ask us.

5-Eat a meal, but not right before

Trying on gowns can be a workout, especially if you are attracted to ball gowns, sparkle, or chunky lace. Eat a meal so you have energy but don’t come straight from lunch. Corsets and a full stomach don’t mix well.

Morgan’s Advice

1- we are here to help!

Don’t know what silhouette would look good on your body type? Ask! Want to know our opinion on a certain dress? Just let us know! All we want is to help you find your dream wedding dress, so anything we can do to help you, just holler and we’ll come running!

2-we don’t want you to be uncomfortable

Prefer to keep your tank top and shorts on while you shop? We won’t judge you no matter how little or how much clothing you keep on during your appointment. Also, if there is a dress we think would look great on you, but you HATE it, just say the word!

3-know your time limit

Dress shopping can be both fun and exhausting, but sometimes we get carried away! Unless your stylist has told you otherwise, your appointment will be the standard 1  1/2 hours. its fun to try on 30 gowns, but realistically, your stylist will know which dresses to put you in to keep your appointment (and those behind you) running on time.

4-bring only those who you want with you

You may feel obligated to bring your cousin’s neighbor’s boyfriend’s sister to your appointment, but trust us: only bring your most valued opinions with you. Those closest to you know you the best! And sometimes outside opinions make it tricky!

5-don’t dress to impress, dress for you

Brides always ask themselves “what would so-and-so think?” and unless their opinion is THE MOST important to you, follow your own instinct, you know yourself better than anyone else and this is your wedding, So do what makes you happy and pick the dress that does the same! Don’t pick a dress because you think its what others would want you to do.

 

We hope that these pieces of advice help you as you start your search!

Until next time,

Becca

 

 

Holiday Weekend Weddings. Good Idea or Bad?

If you’re from Utah then you are well aware that we’re famous for a high number of brides with short engagement times. Three to four months is a very normal engagement around here which means brides are starting to think about their Holiday Season weddings.

With the holidays come long weekends and semester breaks. For students getting married it means a convenient time to tie the knot without taking time off from school. for large families it means hitting two birds with one stone: family holiday and family wedding.

But, its a double edged sword.

Pros:
  • Yes, all of your family is already there and you don’t have to ask people to make a second trip.
  • You probably will get more attendees since its become a double-affair (maybe this is a con – you tell me, I don’t know your family)
  • Reception venues are generally cheaper since the holiday season is the wedding off-season.
  • Decorations are on sale,

 

Cons:
  • You’re wedding is in fact piggy-backed on the holiday and is no longer the main attraction. Which also affects your anniversary.
  • You won’t get to enjoy the holidays with your family because you will a) be prepping for your wedding or b) be on your honeymoon.
  • If you have piggy-backed on a major holiday such as Christmas then you only compound the stress and  financial strain. Not only are you hosting a wedding but you have to buy presents and hostess gifts for holiday parties.

Making the decision really depends on what is the most important to you. But, my two cents?

Big wedding? Don’t do it!

Intimate wedding? Go for it!

If the event itself is very important to you and you want to spend time with your family doing wedding-related things, then I suggest having it at a dedicated time when it won’t be overshadowed by a holiday. Give your family plenty of notice. If the have to fly in then set the date a reasonable amount of time after the last date they are expected to be in town.

But, if you’re having a smaller wedding and don’t care as much about the dedicated weekend,  a holiday wedding could be a great option. That way you’ll only have people there for the actual “I Do’s” but  won’t have to do more elaborate wedding weekend.

Speaking of holiday season weddings… how awesome is this snow bunny shoot? See it on Wedding Chicks.

 

Photographers: KC Photography Utah, Stephanie Lorraine
Models: Michael Barton, Heather Paxman
Dresses: Idella and Blanche from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini
HMUA: Red Scarlett Makeup, Heather Shelton MUA
Florist: Peaches and Peonies - now Intertwined Floral


Dress of the Month: Pippa

Continuing our Hayley Paige reveal. Next up is Pippa!

Pippa is so amazing that we have decided to have it be the dress of the month! Read on to see why!

As you know, Hayley Paige is famous for her fabulous, flirty ball gowns and Pippa definitely fits that bill.  Layers and layers of tulle and a sheer lace bodice are what create her unique charm.

The Skinny:

Silhouette: Ballgown with tiered skirt

Waistline: Natural

Neckline:  Illusion

Back: Open with strap detail

Color: Ivory with nude lining on bodice (also available in solid ivory)

Sparkle Factor:  0/5

Boho Factor: 4/5 – Its unusual for a ballgown to have such a bohemian vibe but Pippa pulls it off by adding a sheer bodice with a combination of organic laces on top of a voluminous skirt.

The little details are where Pippa truly shines!

~The back has crisscrossing straps that are dainty and fabulous.

~The lace on the sleeves is perfectly placed to flatter and elongate the arm while still allowing for free range of motion.

~The skirt is accented with horsehair trim to add body and visual interest to the soft tulle.

 

 

Pippa is a gown that fits with the trendy vibe of the times but also has a classic style that will never go out of fashion.

We are getting down to our last few Hayley Paige gowns! Check back to see them debut.

Until next time!

Becca

A Bitsy Bridal Anniversary!

Hello Gorgeous!

Bitsy Bridal is officially a year old! We have been serving local and out-of-state brides since July 2016 and the time has gone by insanely quickly.

Realizing we hit the year mark has made us start to reminisce about our beginnings. The very first of our Bitsy Bridal styled shoots was a collaboration with a venue that we are lucky enough to have just across the street: Cactus and Tropicals. Most of our styled shoots feature one or two gowns but as our debut into the bridal community, this shoot feature several gowns from our original collection.

The Bitsy Bridal girls and HMUA team prepping for the shoot.

Our photographer and AMAZING models did such a stellar job showing off our beautiful gowns.

The design at Cactus and Tropicals was spectacular!  Such a gorgeous, earthy background for a fun summer shoot.

These shoots may look like a piece of cake ….. hehe…..  but in reality they are the culmination of many people putting in 14-18 hour days. Artists putting their hearts and souls into their work and dress experts like us agonizing for hours over keeping a $3,000 dress made of silk mikado out of the dirt. It’s pure chaos and it feels like it will never end, but it is 100% worth it when you see the finished product.

Since this was our first shoot, all hands were on deck! Look at our rock star Operations Manager, Pam, running to take care of business!

This shoot was such a good start to our first year. It was a ton of fun and  truthfully that is what we are about. Having a good time and getting the bride her dream dress: whatever it takes!

 

 

As always ladies, much love!

Until next time,

Becca

Photography: Smyer Image
Hair: Faith Hoggan
Filmography: Forevermore Films
Makeup: Heather Shelton
Dresses: Modest Mon Cheri, Mikaella, Aire Barcelona, Alyne by Rita Vinieris
Florist: Cactus and Tropicals
Paper Suite: Weddings by Eccentricity
Cake: Carrie's Cakes
Jewelry: JBrooks Jewelers

Stylist Picks: Backyard Beauty

Hello Gorgeous!

It’s time for another round of stylist picks and the setting for this week’s gowns is a backyard soiree.

Varying from rustic farm-to-table gatherings to casual family-based barbecue-like parties; a backyard wedding can be a wonderful way to celebrate your special day.

Just because your wedding is not in a mansion and doesn’t include a 7 course meal does not mean you have to sacrifice a beautiful gown. Below are our stylist picks for amazing gowns that will fit perfectly at a backyard wedding.

Ballgown

Halo from Blush by Hayley Paige

The nude lining and soft, flyaway train are whimsical and fresh making Halo perfect for an outdoor reception.

A-Line

“Kim” from Tara Keely

PC: Lindsay Lou
PC: Lindsay Lou

With Mocha tinted organza and chunky lace, this A-Line beauty has a breezy quality that is highly desired among many backyard wedding brides.

Column

Idella from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini

PC: KC Photography Utah

Idella is made of Chantilly lace with a beaded bodice and sheer back. The texture and low key sophistication makes the gown girly enough to feel bridal but earthy enough to fit well in the outdoors.

Fit to Flare

“Rosalind” from Ella Rosa

 

Carefully placed applique on the straps and bodice make this gown feel very organic while the lace silhouette is easy to manage and textured to fit well in an outdoor setting.

Trumpet / Mermaid

“Maeve” from Mikaella Bridal

Wearing a dramatic silhouette in a casual setting is still possible. This trumpet gown of soft tulle with horsehair trim and a sweetheart neckline is sweet and romantic, softening the edge of the fitted cut.

Brides think that they have to eliminate silhouettes or fabrics because of their venue. But from experience I can say that it is more important to buy the dress that you truly want. With a few additions or alterations, dresses can be made to fit your setting. Chances are that your ideal dress and your ideal venue are fairly in sync anyway.

I hope you enjoyed our choices for a backyard wedding.

Until next time!

Becca