Our Bride Morgan

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Morgan.

This stunning bride wore “Kate” by Tara Keely. Lazaro designs the Tara Keely collection, and his attention to detail continues to shine through in these gowns. Morgan added a modest flutter sleeve, which gives this gown a custom spin.

This gown first began as a strapless beauty and features a gorgeous sweetheart neckline and low back. The beaded floral and chevron design shimmers and dazzles in the light. This fabric and design is complimented by a sweep train. Kate includes an optional tulle overskirt that gives this look a longer train and more volume.

Take a look at the original gown.

Our seamstress worked with Morgan during our in-house alterations to create her modest vision. First, she built up the top with a v-back and high neckline using the same shimmering fabric. During build up alterations, we carefully construct new bodices and necklines to ensure every bride is seeing their idea come to life. Finally, this classic look was complimented with a whimsical modest flutter sleeve.

Shameless Photography did an incredible job at capturing the beauty of this bride and her gown.

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Come see our Tara Keely collection, in addition to discussing your modest look by scheduling an appointment.

-Aubrie

Our Bride Maddi

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Maddi.

This stunning bride wore “Kassidy” by Tara Keely on her big day. Tara Keely is  the little sister of Lazaro, and this collection has the same design integrity at an affordable price. Kassidy features an ivory Venise lace bodice with long sleeves and plunging v-neck. The skirt is a fitted crepe, with a chapel train. Tara Keely’s crepe is a beautiful quality and defines natural curves and is comfortable enough to wear all day.

Take a look at how amazing this dress and our bride look!

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Schedule an appointment to see this gown, or the rest of our Tara Keely collection in person.

-Aubrie

Our Bride Shelbi

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Shelbi.

Our beautiful bride Shelbi wore Kim by Tara Keely on her special day. Tara Keely is designed by Lazaro, and his attention to detail still shines through in this budget-friendly collection. This gown features an Alencon lace bodice on top of a full organza skirt. The ribbon sash that sits around the natural waist, gives this airy gown a touch of feminine beauty. In addition to the sash, the Venise lace appliqués subtly tie the look together. Kim comes in mocha or ivory, either one of them complimenting a wide range of skin tones. This gown is a perfect combination of comfortable and classic.

Dezember Photography captured the stunning couple at Homestead Resort. This venue is a personal favorite of the staff of Bitsy Bridal! Both our manager and I picked this venue for our weddings.

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Come and see this gown or any of the other Tara Keely collection by scheduling an appointment.

-Aubrie

Why are Designer Wedding Dresses so Expensive?

All about what makes a gown so pricey

A question I get from many brides and their mothers is, “Why is this dress so expensive?” Some brides are shocked when they find out that a gown with little-to-no detailing costs more than the gown with all of the tulle and beading in the world. Here is a breakdown of the 4 things that go into making an expensive designer gown. Hopefully, this can help clear up some confusion about gown prices.

DETAILING

As mentioned before, sometimes the detailing isn’t the most costly aspect of a gown – but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t contribute to the overall price.

There are many different types of lace, beading, appliqués, and shimmer. All of them can vary in complexity and quality. If a dress has designer-unique detailing, like this caviar beaded gown from Tara Keely, it is going to be more expensive.

The same goes for lace and other detailing.

Style 2810 Tara Keely by Lazaro bridal gown - Ivory beaded floral and chevron modified A-line bridal gown, illusion V neckline, open back with dual crystal straps and chapel train.


FABRIC

Fabric is one of the bigger factors that plays into the price of a gown. Polyester tends to be a cheaper fabric than silk crepe or silk chiffon.

So why isn’t everything made in polyester, or other cheaper fabrics? The simplest answer is that different fabrics create very different looks, and frame your shape in different ways.

For example, silk crepe by Mikaella is a natural fiber that hugs the body, and drapes in a way that no other fabric does. The fabric is one of the first signs of high quality. The quality of the fabric definitely determines the price.

DESIGN

Something that not everyone considers when looking at a gown is the designing that goes into it. To create the unique shape and fit of a gown, a lot of time and thought must be put into the design.

More expensive gowns will have a more calculated pattern that deliberately showcases certain aspects of the figure. This is especially apparent in minimalist styles, like those by Amsale.

Remember, “less is more,” but less is more difficult than it looks. Every line and seam in the dress is purposefully placed to create the effortless-looking shape that you love. The time and talent of our designers is very valuable, and truly transforms a gown, from a blob of fabric to a work of art.

DESIGNER

Last, and certainly not least, is the designer. Every designer has their own invaluable style and creativity. However, much like other areas of fashion, the name behind the creativity is important too.

Because designers like Lazaro and Hayley Paige have made such a big splash in the bridal world with their designs and innovation, they can charge more for their gowns.

There is nothing more amazing than hearing that someone was able to purchase a gown from THE designer. The status of the designer is another factor that can lead to a gown being more expensive.

Style 3814 Lazaro bridal gown - Ivory silver checkered net bridal gown, sculpted V-neckline with crystal beaded strap, natural waist, A-line skirt with side pockets, chapel train.

Style 1802 Kona Blush by Hayley Paige bridal gown - Ivory draped chiffon A-line bridal gown, sweetheart neckline with beaded strap accent, draped cut out back detail, flowing chiffon skirt with slit.

Hopefully this can shed a bit of light on how gowns get so expensive. When it comes down to it, the quality and craftsmanship determines the price.

It’s always a good idea to keep this in mind when planning your wedding, and thinking about how you want to feel and look in your gown without breaking your bank.

If you want to check out our beautiful, high quality gowns, call or book online to come in and try out our collection. Don’t forget to check back for some more tips! While you wait for next time, check out our post on Alteration Terms, for when you find the dress of your dreams!

Until then!

-Stacie

Winter Weddings: What to Know!

Wishing for a Winter Wonderland Wedding?

What works and what you should think about for your festively frosty winter wedding day!

It’s that time of year again! Now is the time to start thinking about your winter wedding! Thinking of a spring wedding instead? Well, never underestimate the beauty of a blanket of snow to highlight your beautiful dress!

What better place for your ideal icy nuptials than in the beautiful snow covered mountains of Utah! This bride was clearly a fan! Her wedding was even featured in Rocky Mountain Bride . It was so stunning at Deer Valley Resort in Park City!

Have we convinced you yet?? Well, if we have, here are a few thoughts for your chilly celebration. First things first, warmth! Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean you have to freeze!

For that reason, many brides, choose to wear a long sleeve gown. Not only does it look elegant, but it can help keep you from turning into a popsicle before you turn into a wife. This bride chose a fabulous Tara Keely by Lazaro gown with a beautiful silk skirt, pockets, and a stunning lace top! Not into sleeves? Then this is the perfect opportunity to rock an adorable jacket or wrap!

Another important factor for your winter wedding is a nice toasty spot for your guests! This bride chose a wide open cabin where you can look at the beautiful snow outside while sitting by a gorgeous fireplace! Jessica White really made it look so cozy with her beautiful photography!

Thinking of saying “I do!” in the snow now? Come on in and check out our amazing designers! Call or book online to find the gown to dazzle your December wedding! Don’t forget to check back for some more wedding ideas and tips! Until then check out our post on Tropical Weddings for some more summery ideas!

Until Next Time Darlings!

-Stacie

Romantic Blush!

“You’re making me blush!”

White is alright, think pink!

Ivory and white are gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, but lately colored gowns are in! Champagne, mocha, cashmere, blue, black, and blush are dazzling colors that can take the cake!

Blush is a trendy and sophisticated statement that can elevate the femininity of a gown and personalize your dress.  What’s fantastic about it is that even in the photos the delicate pink undertones don’t flash or scream at the audience. It just whispers “I’m fun, I’m unique”. This is a beautiful Tara Keely design! They have an outstanding and fun dramatic style that definitely stand apart from the crowd. Check out our other fantastic designers here!

This bride totally rocked this dazzling color and made it her own! This romantic look is balanced with the delicate and fresh decor. Thanks to Stephanie Lorraine for the amazing photos!

When it comes to a gown, what ultimately matters is that you love it, and a dash of color might bring you head over heels for the gown of your dreams!

Give us a call or schedule an appointment here and we can help you find the gown you absolutely adore! We can’t wait to play with color with you!

See you soon, darlings!

-Stacie

Fall Colors Fantasy

Hello Lovelies!

Anyone else wishing that Fall Colors 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. It features one of our favorite model, Jordan Blackhurst. Several of our shoots featured 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 faint 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.

Read about our Tara Keely, designed by Lazaro, right HERE!

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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.

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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5 Best Things About Tara Keely Fall 2017

Hello Gorgeous!

In May, we were lucky enough to host a trunk show for one of the favorite bridal lines among stylists and Bitsy Brides: Tara Keely.  Part of the JLM design house and designed by Lazaro Perez, Tara Keely is for the sophisticated and timeless bride who is not afraid to make a statement.

The new season is To. Die. For.  The girls here were literally drooling over the newest designs. The official pictures are not out yet but I just couldn’t wait to give you a taste so…. without further ado…. here are five things to expect from the new season of Tara Keely.

1- Sleeves

Sleeves were a rare luxury among bridal designers over the past several years but they have been making a comeback in the most recent seasons. In my opinion, the JLM design house (which includes Tara Keely) does sleeves better than most. You will find dainty cap sleeves and long, lace, masterpiece sleeves in the newest collection.

2 – Sparkle

If you thought it was impossible to have a sparkled dress without looking like a chandelier or like a 4 year old playing dress up then you have never tried on a gown designed by Lazaro Perez. With cascading waves of sparkle and perfectly placed belts or jewels, each dress with the addition of shine is made with the utmost regard for taste and sophistication.

Silk shantung, long sleeve gown. Via Tara Keely instagram.
3 – A-Line Perfection

There is a reason it is the most requested silhouette. ALine gowns flatter nearly every body type. They are feminine and elegant without being hard to manage or overdone. A Line is classic and gives you a lot of wiggle room to show your personality with the gown design, which is exactly what happens with a Tara Keely gown. With a design channeling Princess Diana hanging next to a bohemian beauty, there is a gown for everyone in this collection.

4 – Lush Materials

Tara Keely always has amazing fabrics and finishes but this season is particularly spectacular. I am in love with the use of Silk Shantung I am finding.  Shantung is an amazing material with just enough luster and the perfect amount of drape to easily be worn in a formal or whimsical affair.

Spaghetti strap trumpet gown with bohemian vibes. Via JLM instagram.
5 – Bohemian Charm

I am particularly critical of boho-style dresses. Just not my favorite. I will however have to admit that I am drooling over Tara Keely’s bohemian additions to this season.

Get ready ladies, this season is going to be AMAZING!

Until next time,

Becca