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

 

 

Ti Adora Bridal Fashion

This Ti Adora gown has been a staple at Bitsy since we opened our doors. We absolutely love the gauzy feel and way it can look formal and bohemian at the same time. The neckline is such a unique take on a halter while the fitted under layer of the gown adds to the simplistic feel.

This beauty features an ALine cut and natural waistline. The high neck gives way to a sheer back and soft flowing skirt.

Grab a hold of this Ti Adora gown for yourself before it leaves our store in early July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All HMUA for this gorgeous style shoot was done by DK Hair Design.  The soft rosy lip and subtle smoky eye complimented the gown perfectly.

I am completely in love with the styling from Sage and Thistle Events. The execution of the floating blooms is so flawless I just might cry…. no wait… I’m good.  But it is still amazing. I love the charming mix of copper, gold and rose gold. Such a romantic look for metal decor.

The marbled cake is is proof that the naked cakes trend is on its way out. This is so clean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need some inspiration for your summer soiree, look no further. This shoot is so perfect you could copy it and call it done.

Credits
Gown: @tiadorabridal 
Photo: @krystalandcophoto 
Jewelry: @farrsjewelry 
Styling: @sageandthistleevents
Cake: @mysweetcakes
Model: @andyjo711
Floral: @bloomstobouquets
Venue: @theogdenclick_ut 
Hair and make up: @dkhairdesign
Video: @stacielarsenphoto_ut

9 Things to Consider When Planning a Destination Wedding

Hello Gorgeous!

Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular.  They are appealing for may reasons including their ability to be less stressful.  However, planning the event from a distance can quickly turn into a nightmare if you start forgetting things. So, here are 9 keys to keep in mind when planning your destination wedding.

1- The Dress:

Photo: Stephanie Lorraine

More than the look of the dress needs to fit your wedding. If your setting is 100 degrees. You do not want to be in a satin mermaid gown.

Just the same, if you are getting married in a castle setting in England in the winter… you may want to pick a heavier gown, maybe with sleeves so you can take pictures outside without having to wear a coat.  If your perfect gown is sleeveless or sheer then find an awesome coat to wear outside.

2- Hair:

Photo: Mary Jessica

Finding a stylists from afar can be daunting so rely heavily on reviews and referrals.

If you are doing your own hair then be sure to think about how your hair responds to different climates (ie humidity) and prepare for that well in advance.

3- Travel:

Cheap plane tickets are not the place to try to save money. Your plane rides are the bookends of your trip- don’t make them awful.

Make travel plans idiot proof for your guests as well. Make sure everyone knows the right airport and how to get to and from all of the relevant locations at your destination.

4- Tourists

Remember that the best weather in popular destinations also coincides with a heavy flow of tourists which might throw a wrench in your plans and usually drives up prices.

5- Marriage Legality

Photo: Carla Boecklin

Marriage laws can be drastically different in different countries and states. You will need to check into requirements for a marriage license in your destination i.e. blood tests or minimum age.

Also take into account that marriages may not be recognized between countries and you may need to actually be married before you leave or get married again once you arrive back in your home country.

6- Warn Family and Friends

Photo: Carla Boecklin

Give your loved ones plenty of time to arrange their lives and finances.

Make it clear ahead of time, that you are having a destination affair, to anyone you are asking to be in your bridal party before you ask them. This way they can politely decline if they are unable to make the trip.

7- People will Complain

Whether they are going and don’t want to travel or aren’t going and wish they could; people are going to complain that you are having a destination wedding. To quote every pop and rap singer in the last 5 years “haters gonna hate” just ignore them. This is your wedding.

8- “No” RSVPs

Travel and accommodations can be costly so you will get a lot of people who cannot attend. Some will probably disappoint you or be unexpected but you need to be ready for that if you are traveling for your wedding.

9- Visit Your Destination or Make Peace with Surprises

Photo: Summer J Photography

Pictures and descriptions are great but have been posted by people in marketing. If your pictures are all you care about or you aren’t that worried about how things look then this may not be a huge deal. But, I HIGHLY recommend visiting your destination and seeing your venue before your wedding so you can plan accordingly and not be surprised on your wedding day.

Have you had a destination wedding or are you planning one now? Share any tips of your own below.

Until next time,

Becca