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

How to Prepare for Dress Shopping

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Hello Gorgeous!

Shopping for your wedding gown is an amazing experience and most women have no idea what to expect when they get there. Just like the Bitsy Stylists, all  bridal consultants are there to give you the best experience possible. We will do all the heavy lifting. And like any successful interaction, it’s a two way street.

Keep these things in mind as you are preparing to hunt for your perfect gown.

1- Choose your underwear/bra carefully

Mischa by Nouvelle AMSALE (back)
A bright pink bra (or a bra at all) would completely throw off the look of this Nouvelle Amsale gown.
  • Most quality bridal shops don’t carry undergarments for you to wear under the dresses because the gowns are designed to not need a separate bra (usually)
  • If you are uncomfortable going bra-less or if your bust is on the bigger side, then try to wear a strapless bra in white or nude. So it doesn’t interfere with your view of the dress.
  • Spanx are always welcome too.
  • Remember that your stylist will be in the dressing room with you so whatever you wear will be seen

  ** Note: Your stylist has seen it all, so don’t wear something different just for our sake. Wear what’s best for you.

2- Know the gowns will not fit you perfectly

Stylists are trained to clip dresses so you have a perfect vision of what they will look like on you
  • Unless you are shopping at an off-the-rack store, the gowns you try on are samples. This means there is usually only one – often carried in a middle size.
  • If the dress is too big, we will clamp it (see picture). If the dress is too small, we will use elastic bands and extra fabric to make it worth showing to your friends & family.
  • Any consultant worth their salt will be able to show you how the gown will fit perfectly, regardless of size.

3- Only bring who you have to

A group of 2 or 3 guests is ideal. Gown: Alyne   PC Brushfire
  • Dress shopping gets overwhelming. Having a gazillion opinions flying around only makes it worse.
  • Just bring THE people whose opinions really matter to you. (The people you couldn’t imagine doing this without.) You really can’t please everybody… literally!
  • On the flip side, make sure to bring the people you need. Don’t get caught in your dream gown and your mother or you bff is not there and unreachable. 
  • Bitsy Bridal has a free wifi that you can skype or facetime!

    4- Please don’t expect your entourage to pull dresses

    At Bitsy, we will happily pull any dresses you want to try on. PC: Brushfire
  • Considering the traffic jam in a bridal store and the quality of the gowns; it is standard for the bridal stylists to be the only one to handle the gowns and put them on and off racks. 
  • It ensures the integrity of the gowns for all brides. 
  • This works in your favor. I can’t count the number of times that after finding the perfect gown for someone, she tells me she never would have picked that gown after seeing it on the hanger.
  • Don’t hesitate to point out what you like. Ask your stylist to walk you through the racks (Same goes for friends and family).
  • Each shop works a little differently but your stylist is all yours for the entire appointment: she will navigate the shop for you.

5- You will get tired: Bring on the Gatorade!

PC Brushfire
  • Wedding gowns are seldom light. Even if you are only trying on the airy ones
    made of chiffon, you will get tired from the in and out.
  • If you are making a day of it and hitting multiple shops, schedule breaks and meals so that you + your friends & family can rest and be energized for the next appointment.
  • You might consider packing some sugary snacks to eat between appointments (since no food or drink is allowed in most bridal shops)

    6- Come looking “your” best

    Gown Tara Keely PC Brushfire
  • You will likely not be able to see yourself as a “bride” when you feel like a slob or not feeling fresh or not feeling clean. So, no dresses will feel right.
  • You don’t need to be dolled up for the red carpet, just feel good for yourself: whatever means work for you.

    7- Your stylist doesn’t care what dress you choose

  • Don’t edit your praise or criticism of a dress based on a fear of insulting your stylist. She doesn’t have any unnatural attachment to a gown and her only goal is to find you your perfect dress. 

 

It is our job to make your dress hunt an unforgettable experience.  Let us do the heavy lifting.

Just take a few steps to ensure a good time and we’ll handle the rest. One final concept reaches through all these pieces of advice and is something every bride should remember:

This Is About You!

Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion and ask for what you want. 

At Bitsy Bridal, we are all about the bride!

 

-XO Becca

5 Things to Remember When Searching for Your Perfect Gown

Hello Gorgeous!

My name is Becca, I am part of the team here at Bitsy Bridal.  You’ll “meet” Morgan in her upcoming posts.

As bridal consultants we get asked all sorts of questions. One of the most common is “How Do I Know When I’ve Found My Dress?”

Truthfully, everyone reacts differently, there’s no formula or easy answer I can give you. I can, however,  tell you 5 things you should keep in the back of your mind while searching for your gown. 

1- Don’t wait for tears

PC Brushfire   Gown by Alyne

Like I said, everyone reacts differently. Don’t go in with the expectation that the gown which makes you cry is your gown. Not everyone cries, it’s actually more rare than you would think. Crying is great though – bring on the feels. 

 

2- You will react like you

PC Brushfire  Gown by Alyne

Your personality is not going to change. If you are analytical and fact based, your decision will likely be based on facts about the dress. If you are intuitive and emotional…. Well you get the picture.

 

3- It’s YOUR reaction that matters

PC Brushfire Gown by Alyne

Don’t get caught up in what everyone else thinks. It’s YOUR dress. You need to love it. I cannot tell you how many brides I have had come in and buy a second dress (either for the same wedding or another) and tell me they hated their first dress because they bought the one everyone else loved. Don’t be like these brides.

 

 

4- You WILL know, but it may not be instantaneous

PC Brushfire Gown by Tara Keely

Feel free to try on more dresses to compare. Get in and out of your favorite five times if you need to so you can be sure. But, you will know!

5- Feel free to mull it over

PC Brushfire Gown by Tara Keely

Sometimes, you need to take a breath, go to lunch, in rare cases even sleep on it. Feel free to do that. Look at the pictures, if your shop lets you take pictures (Bonus! At Bitsy we encourage photos!).  If you can’t stop thinking about it- if you still want it when you aren’t in it – then you know you’ve found your perfect dress.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve watched these patterns emerge over appointments with hundreds of brides and I still love watching each woman find her perfect gown.  Finding your gown should be a great experience, which is why we at Bitsy we put so much effort in to focusing on the bride and her needs.

If you have questions or maybe you had a unique moment when you found your gown, sound off in the comments, we’d love to hear from you! 

-XO Becca