Designer Highlight: Mikaella

Highlighting a Store Favorite!

Showcasing the classic and stunning Mikaella!

Mikaella is one of our favorite designers and is definitely worth a highlight! We love Mikaella for a number of reasons, one of those being their amazing fabrics! Their silk crepe continues to impress and outshine other crepes. The shoot, done by the wonderful Maddie Jeppson, highlights this amazing designer is made from that beautiful silk crepe!

Mikaella is based in Toroto, Canada. They make sure to keep every detail of the process in Canada, so your dress can be 100% North American made! Check out their amazing story here to learn more about this fantastic designer!

Every time I put a bride in a Mikaella gown their first thoughts are always that it’s so comfortable! Their second impressions usually follow the theme of being so classic but dramatic. Mikaella is an expert in comfort! They are also definitely unique in combining this expertise with incredible fits and silhouettes.

This designer continues to amaze and dazzle in such a simple way. We have loved highlighting them their gorgeous gowns!  Check out our highlight of another favorite, Kenneth Winston!  If you are looking for amazing fits, fabrics, and designs give us a call or schedule an appointment here. We can help you find the gown that makes your special day amazing! Check out some of our other fabulous collection from amazing designers and stay tuned for more designer showcases!

See Ya Later!

-Stacie

April: Dress of the Month

Dress of the Month

This month we are highlighting a gorgeous Amsale gown!

Welcome back for another showcase this month of a beautiful bride and her fantastic gown! This gown was featured in Bridal Musings and we think it deserves a bonus highlight! Check them out as well to get some more bridal inspiration for your big day!

Modern garden styled shoot with Mandy in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Plain and simple never goes out of style! Glitter and glam will fade and change, but a simple sillouette is truely timeless! The style of this gown is a testement to that with its flattering cut accentuated by simple and modern lace.

The beautiful illusion back along with the delicate buttons trailing the train finish this simple look with a dash of elegance! Our featured gown is designed by Amsale who is a master of simple elegance that flatters in beautiful and unique ways. Amsale has been a favorite at our shop for a while because of this modern elegance that some bride crave!

Illusion backs are wonderfully trendy right now! Everyone loves the dimention and flattering look it give while maintaining a sense of comfort and coverage. This dress it absolutely stunning and this bride really exemplifies the style of simple elegance. We have loved showcasing our dress of the month! Check out our favorites from January,  February, and March !  If you can’t get enough of that simple elegance chic design give us a call or schedule an appointment here and we can help you find the gown you absolutely adore! Don’t forget to check back here for our next dress of the month! Come check out our fabulous collection from amazing designers!

Until Next Time!!

-Stacie

Multiple Wedding Gowns?

Thinking of Wearing Multiple Gowns for Your Big Day?

Here are a few tips from us!

 

Every wedding is different and every bride has their own dreams of what they want it to be like so it makes sense that many women would enjoy having multiple gowns for their big day.  Some choose to have a second gown for their reception that is much easier to celebrate in or fall in love with multiple gowns so they find a way to wear them both. Whatever the reason, make sure it is the right decision for you and you won’t regret it.

If you are wearing multiple gowns because of tradition or culture, most of this post won’t apply.

Why are you wearing a second (or third or fourth) gown?

Do you want something more comfortable for your reception?  Are your settings for ceremony and reception dramatically different? Are you having a second celebration (reception, open house) on a different day? Do you just want two different looks (sexy mermaid and fun loving ballgown)?

A second gown could definitely work for you then! Those are all valid reasons for purchasing two gowns! Check out some of these dramatic differences in these Sareh Nouri gowns!

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Are you torn between two gowns and think it will just be easier to get both?

If this is true then I would advise against it. Making a choice is hard and it can be quite the process for some brides, but the choice is worth it. Never settle until you have found the gown you adore!

If you spend money on a second gown will you have the resources to make them both fantastic?

Make sure you don’t stretch yourself too thin as far as funds. You want both gowns to be equally beautiful so be sure that it is in your budget to not only purchase, but also alter both gowns.  Our in house alteration does amazing work! Check out these before and after photos and more about our modest gowns here.

Do you want a “gown” for your second dress?

If you are going super casual for your reception after a formal ceremony or having a low-key open house a week after your wedding then you might consider a sun dress or a simple wedding gown that will cost less and fit the occasion a bit better.  An option like a pantsuit might also fit a more casual occation. This one by Rebecca Schoneveld is one of my favorites!

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Do you want separate gowns or a transforming gown?

Consider a two piece gown! Two piece gowns are not only trendy, but comfortable and versatile as well. Having a two piece with different looks might fit your idea for your wedding! My personal favorites are by Mikaella! These gowns have a beautiful fit and incredible comfort! Come in to try them on!

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We hope that some of these tips have helped with your decision about having multiple gowns for your special day! Its a hard choice for sure! If you loved some of the gowns you have seen in this post give us a call or book an appointment online so we can help you find the designer dress of your dreams! Check out some of our other helpful posts, like dress colors and inclusive fits, to get some more insights for your shopping experiance! Check back for more tips and tricks and fabulous designers!

See You Next Time Darlings!

Becca & Stacie

 

Our Bride Katya

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Katya.

This stunning bride from BYUI wore Idella by Kelly Faetanini. Her gown is one modest masterpiece. The delicate lace skirt was left untouched, but the top is a customized work of art.

This gown began as sleeveless with a v-neckline and matching back. The mesh back of the gown is left unlined to give a natural skin look and the intricate beading tapers off just before the straps begin.

Take a look at how this gown started.

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Photos by Kelly Faetanini

Katya lined the entire bodice with matching ivory satin and created a small cap sleeve to create a temple-ready look. She raised the v-neckline and matched the back, but kept the integrity of the original wedding dress design. We added more lace buttons on the back to follow along the raised bodice. We hand-beaded the new additions to the bodice to finish the look.

Alisha Hammond did an amazing job at capturing all of the beautiful and seamless detailing we used in her photography!

Schedule an appointment to see this gown, or discuss what we can do to make your modest dream come true.

-Aubrie

Wedding Dress Colors 101

What Colors are There?

What do they look like? And which one is for me?

 

One of the first things we mention to brides when color is a concern is that we don’t carry white. For clarity’s sake, the white that most people think of is purest of white colors as Bright White. Bright White has a blue undertone, which is what gives it such crispness. It also causes a blue hue in photographs so be aware of that.  A few designers carry Bright White gowns, like Enchanting.  All of our in store  gowns are ivory or other colors.

Knowing the difference between white, ivory and other gown colors will make your shopping experience easier.  So we’re going to break it down for you!Let’s keep it simple and break it into 4 categories: Ivory Family, Blush Family, Nude Family, Adventurous Colors.

Ivory Family

Ivory is a “catch-all” color. Anything that is white or off-white to the naked eye but isn’t actually white.  Most often, ivory will have a warm undertone of yellow or brown which is what makes it so much more appealing than Bright White.

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Elyse Alexandria
Kenzie Victory

Other names that designers will use for their ivory gowns include: natural (Mikaella), off white, soft white, beige. Some designers will have a dress available in ivory and beige – both are versions of ivory just with different undertones or in a darker/lighter shade. These photos feature gowns by Christos and Alyne by Rita Vinieris.

Blush Family

Technically, blush is the lightest of pinks- almost undetectable and very light. But lately blush tends to describe any dress that looks pink. There are a numerous color names for various shades that really just boil down to being called blush.

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Many people are afraid that blush doesn’t look “as bridal” as something from the nude or ivory family, but rest assured it photographs beautifully and is a fantastic way to make a statement while still being a bride! Check out our recent post featuring the color blush! In these photos we’re featuring (from the top down) Sareh Nouri, Tara Keely, and Saphia Blue.

Nude Family

Within the nude family we have Mocha, Champagne, Nude, Cashmere, and Cafe. Essentially these all have a brown or tan tone to them. Similar to ivory but much more saturated so there is no way they can be considered “off-white”.

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Cashmere, Mocha, and Cafe are essentially the same color just different names used by different designers. This color is a bit darker than  Champagne but still holds on to the soft “milky” quality. Nude is the darkest and is meant to look like tanned skin.  We showcased the first photo in a post here , by Elaya Vaughn,the second gown is one our favorite Tara Keely gowns, and of course Lazaro brings up the rear with his dazzling piece that we took up to Park City.

Adventurous Colors

These are gowns that are anything but ordinary! From black, to lavender, to gold and grey, and the now trendy blue! These colors will really make a bride stand apart from the crowd without looking like she is going to the prom!

My current favorite is our beautiful Star by Kelly Faetenini! Grey and blue are hot colors for bridal right now, so if you’re a bride with a bold side come and try on our Star! The other gowns showcased in this post are also by Kelly Faetenini and Sareh Nouri  who are a part of our exclusive collection.

Hopefully this helped break down the confusing world of bridal fabric colors. Don’t forget to check back with us for more info to help your bridal experience! If you want to make an appointment to try on some gorgeous gowns of all colors call us or make an appointment online!

Loves!

Stacie & Becca

March: Dress of the Month

Is This Your Dress?

Showcasing a one of a kind gown from Elaya Vaughn!!

Welcome Back Ladies!!

This month we are showcasing a dress that really stands apart from the rest! We say that about every gown, I know, but this one is definitely one of a kind. This beautiful shoot was done by Kristina Curtis. 

This gown has a gorgeous mocha color that makes it stand a part from your standard ivory dress. This gown also reminds me of a Greek Goddess, and this look is elevated by the addition of gold jewelry and headband. It’s exotic nature really separates it from your standard look. If you are looking for something other than your standard ivory dress, check out our post about Bridal Colors to find something unique to you!

The asymmetrical off the shoulder is so chic and dynamic and adds to the exotic look of the gown.  I really admire the risks that this gown takes and how it pushes boundaries on what is standard for wedding dresses. If you’re looking for something a little more traditional than this piece check out our highlight of Kenneth Winston, who takes classic to another level!

We have loved showcasing our dress of the month! Check out our favorites from January and February! If you love the unique and goddess vibes this provides give us a call or schedule an appointment here and we can help you find the gown you absolutely adore! Don’t forget to check back here for our next dress of the month! Come check out our fabulous collection from amazing designers!

See you soon, sweethearts!

-Stacie

Designer Feature: Kenneth Winston

Showcasing Designer Kenneth Winston

As well as their Ella Rosa line!

The Kenneth Winston line is part of the Private Label by G Bridal Design House. Which also houses the Ella Rosa bridal line. They are known for impeccable fit and elaborate, glamorous designs. The twin brothers Kenneth and Winston collaborate together to create fabulous works of art!

This bride really rocked one of our personal favorites from the Ella Rosa line. If this designer can do anything its provide a fit that will make you look and feel fantastic on your special day! The photographer, Megan Robinson, was able to capture this beautifully!

The unique flower appliques against the champagne fabric really make this dress pop! Kenneth Winston and Ella Rosa gowns give traditional silhouettes and shapes a chic and modern flare that make them a prime candidate for the millennial bride looking for tradition with a twist. With a Kenneth Winston gown you can be sure that yours is one of a kind since they are exclusive to Bitsy here in Utah!

Check out some more of Kenneth Winston‘s amazing creations here and in our own collections.  Give us a call or schedule an appointment here so we can help you find the gown to make your special day your very own! Take a look at our Christos feature to get even more ideas of designers you could fall in love with and stick around to see more great designers we adore!

See you soon darlings!

-Becca & Stacie

 

February: Dress of the Month

In Love with This Dress?

For February’s dress of the month we are showcasing a gown with delicate and stunning pizzazz from Tulle New York!

Since February is the month celebrating love and romance we decided to give this romantic dress its day in the sun! This gown from Tulle New York’s Antionio Gual line is absolutely stunning!

This gown adores the beautiful breeze that accompanied it on this shoot done by Mary Jessica Photography! If you have an eye for detail you would notice that this dress has adorable and glamorous polka dots on the skirt and gentle sparkles on the bodice. These small details are an eye catching and unique aspect of this gown that set it apart from others.

With a deep v-neck in the front and back, this gown provides a very appealing silhouette to balance the fullness that comes from the skirt. This gown really fits the bride looking for unique detail, light volume, and a flattering cut.

If you’re head over heels this look and want to find a gown of your own for Valentines day give us a call or schedule an appointment here and we can help you find the gown you absolutely adore! Don’t forget to check back here for our next dress of the month! If you missed January’s click here to check it out!

See you soon, darlings!

-Stacie

 

 

 

 

Trunk Show by Marina Semone!

Hello Ladies!

Its Trunk Show Time!

We have the pleasure of showcasing a trunk show from Marina Semone from January  26th to February 4th!

Trunk shows are always super fun for everyone! We love getting to try out these fabulous gowns and showing amazing brides something a little new and different! Check out some of these fantastic finds from Semone’s collection!

Our last trunk show with Claire Le Faye was absolutely fantastic with their “luxury with an edge” look, but with Marina Semone you can experience a romantic look inspired by climbing vines, hidden trails, and abandoned ruins. These elegant gowns are perfect for a bride who wants a vintage inspired look with a dash modern flair!

We adore these wispy romantic looks, and we can’t wait to see them on real brides!! Give us a call, or visit us here to book an appointment when the trunk show comes in so you can try these gorgeous gowns on! 

 

We will see you soon darlings!

-Stacie

 

Photos from Marina Semone website

Halo!

Before I dive in can we all just take a second to admit that Halo is the best name for a gown EVER. Its ridiculously adorable.  Okay, thanks.

Halo is the second arrival from Blush by Hayley Paige.

I will admit, I was against ordering this gown at first. I wanted a different one. But now that it is here, I am happily eating crow because it is so painfully perfect. My absolute favorite part is the back. I’m a sucker for a pretty back on a gown. If you think it’s gorgeous in the pictures, you have to see it in person.

The Skinny

Silhouette:  Ball Gown

Design:  Lace bodice, tiered tulle skirt with horse hair trim

 

 

The guipure lace  on the bodice is light but a bit chunky which is a nice contrast to the soft tulle skirt.

The skirt is made of several layers of tulle which gives it body without adding weight or bulk making the gown very ethereal and easy to manage.

Neckline: Scalloped v-neck

A beautiful twist on a standard v-neck a scalloped neckline is much more whimsical.

Straps: Spaghetti

Back: Low open back with strap detail

Color:  Ivory with nude underlay (also available in solid ivory)

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The draw for Halo is the cut and finish of the fabric, not added beading or

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Boho Level:  3

 

Hayley Paige is known for her exquisite ball gowns. Halo is no exception.  It will fit perfectly in many settings both indoor and outdoor. It is very much a warm weather gown but if you love the design, you could customize it by adding sleeves and it would work just as well.

We are so excited to have these Blush by Hayley Paige gowns trickling in! They are simply gorgeous and make beautiful additions to our carefully picked selection of gowns.

Until next time,

Becca

 

 

Bridal Look: Silhouettes

When you start looking for a wedding dress there are many factors to consider. When you sit down with a stylist, one of the first questions she will ask you is what silhouette you want. Obviously you don’t have to have made a decision on a specific silhouette but it helps to have an idea of your preference and what will give you the look you want.

If you do a google search to help you research silhouettes,  you will likely find a whole host of info-graphics depicting what silhouette to wear or not to wear based off you body type.  To be honest, those graphics are useless: very few people actually fall into those narrow categories and even fewer share the opinions of the people who designed the graphics.

So, rather than tell you what you should wear, I’m going to tell you what each silhouette does for your overall look and let you decide if its what you want.

Ballgown

Gown: Tara Keely  pic: via Instagram

A true ballgown is fitted on top with a heavily flared skirt. The waist is fitted and can fall anywhere from the rib cage to the low hip.

  • Defines the waist where the gown changes from fitted to voluminous.
  • Mask the hip/lower stomach area – which is sometimes desirable if your hip area is larger than you would like.
  • “Cuts” the bride in half – especially with a waistline near the ribs. By separating the bodice from the skirt a bride tends to look more proportional. If there is a great deal of poof, a shorter bride’s frame may become overwhelmed.
  • A larger skirt helps to balance out a top-heavy frame. This works well if you have broad shoulders or a large bust.
ALine/Princess
Gown: Christos

Characterized by a fitted bodice and tapered skirt, A line is a nearly universally flattering silhouette. Waistlines are most often found at the rib cage (natural or empire).

  • Softly flared skirt hides a larger hip area and the stomach
  • Balances out a slightly top heavy frame without the drama of a ballgown
  • Defines a waist where the bodice meets the skirt
  • Easy angles of the dress give the body a well proportioned look
  • Gives the illusion of height
  • Easiest silhouette to move in
Column
Christos: Kelly by Kelly Faetanini

Column gowns are aptly named. Defined by a straight cut, similar to a column. They can be tightly fitted to the hip or can fall straight from the waist line. Waist lines are on the rib cage (empire or natural).

  • Creates the illusion of height
  • Non-dramatic silhouette
  • Works well if you have an hourglass silhouette as it shows off a naturally proportional silhouette
  • Softly defined waist
  • Creates the illusion of a well proportioned body
Fit to Flare
Gown: Sophia Tolli

Fitted down to the low hip or high thigh and breaks into a soft or dramatic flare. This silhouette is often confused with trumpet but Fit to Flares hit much higher on the leg and don’t restrict movement.

  • Shows off the waist, hips and upper part of your butt
  • Flares above- and therefore hides- the biggest part of the thigh
  • Shows off a flat stomach or an hourglass figure
Trumpet
Gown: Tulle New York

Trumpet gowns are named because the flare of the skirt is like the spout of a trumpet: soft and round. The flare should hit just above the knees on a true trumpet gown.

  • Shows off the waist, hips, butt and thighs
  • Depending on the fabric can be quite restricting
  • Draws attention to the hips and stomach
  • Not as dramatic as a mermaid
  • Will make a large bust or broad shoulders look larger
Mermaid
Gown: Tara Keely

Fitted through the entire length of the body until the knees or just below. It then  flares quite dramatically, giving the illusion of a mermaid’s fins.

  • Most restricting silhouette
  • Makes a short frame seem even shorter
  • Draws attention to every curve
  • Makes a big bust or wide shoulders seem larger

In the most recent seasons, it has become increasingly difficult to find “true” mermaid silhouettes.  The flares have been moving higher as  most brides want to have free range of movement. The biggest difference has become the volume of flare on the skirt. Mermaids are considerably bigger.

 

That is the long and the short of it. The breakdown of all major bridal silhouettes. Any questions? Comments? Emotional outbursts?

If I can give you one piece of advice on top of all of this information: If you aren’t sure about a silhouette…. just try it on. More often than not, brides are happily surprised.

Until next time,

Becca

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Stylist Picks: Urban Jungle

Hello Gorgeous,

Its time for one of my favorite types of posts: Stylist Picks! I’m taking a setting/venue that is common among brides this year and together with the other Bitsy Stylists will highlight our favorite gowns in every silhouette for the chosen setting!30

This round’s setting:  URBAN JUNGLE

Country-chic and feminine-floral are still going strong but the edgier, urban style is starting to come back and its coming back fast. So, for the brides getting married in lofts, industrial building, city center hotels, train stations turned reception venues, or anywhere with exposed brick, steel or concrete; these gowns are for you.

Ballgown

This ballgown from Ella Rosa is the perfect choice for an urban wedding. There is just enough sparkle paired with the clean lines and sheer nude illusion neckline. Together they make the ultimate centerpiece for a city-based wedding.

A-line

Christos does several things extremely well. One of them is a flowing, A-line silhouette. This gorgeously beaded gown, Paisley, is no exception.  The sheer back and side panels only adds to the romantic allure. Simple and comfortable with feminine and sparkling details, Paisley, is the perfect reflection of venues such as exposed lofts and industrial spaces.

Fit and Flare

Smooth crepe from head to toe, this Mikaella gown is elegant and classic.  Add the sparkling belt and suddenly its that much more romantic. Don’t let the beach-based pictures fool you, this gown is destined to be photographed under city lights and next to stunning architecture.

Column

The romantic lace and beaded applique on Idella from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini are such a perfect pair. Any ballroom or loft will be made all the more perfect with the addition of this beautiful gown.

Trumpet

Silk shantung and architectural seaming make Tamara from Tulle New York absolutely stunning. Its hard to pick the best part of this true trumpet gown. The v-back, perfectly placed seams and a crisp off the shoulder neckline are all downright perfect.

Non Traditional

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Kate, from Tara Keely. This gown is a column silhouette and covered in caviar beading. With the addition of the removable tulle over-skirt it becomes a flowing A-line gown with a glistening under-layer. If you are getting married in a chic ballroom or a museum this gown would be perfect.

 

 

 

See something you like? Make an appointment to find your perfect gown at Bitsy Bridal.

Until next time,

Becca