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

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)

Shine Level: 0

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

shine.

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

 

 

When You Should Purchase Your Gown – Seriously

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One of the first things brides do after they pick a date is start planning their time line: when to book the photographer, when to buy the dress, when to send out invites and save the dates.  There are a lot of opinions on when to buy your wedding gown. Most say 9-12 months before your wedding or if your engagement is shorter, purchase it first thing.  That’s because gowns can take upward of 20 weeks to get to the shop after you order it.

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There are so many factors, including designer, customization, location of the designer factory, size, color, etc etc etc.  Then you have alterations and pictures, maybe you need to travel, maybe you gained/lost weight and now your alterations are more extensive or you have to reorder your gown. There are just so many moving parts that your best friend when ordering a gown is time. That’s why the standard is 9-12 months before your big day.

This is GREAT advice, but there’s a catch. Here in Utah it is quite common to have very short engagements; many are in the 12-20 week range from down-on-one-knee to down-the-aisle.  So, as a designer bridal shop in Utah, we tend to operate a little differently and are a bit more accustomed to working miracles. However, sometimes it’s just not possible. You cannot fit 20 weeks into 12.

This post is aimed at brides with shorter engagement times. I’m going to break down the variables in dress ordering so you can decide for yourself when the right time is to order your gown.

Types of Gowns

Reorder
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A reorder gown is a gown you have tried on in the boutique and are now ordering from the designer in your correct size and color.

It is YOUR gown. You will be the only one to have ever worn it and depending on the designer, it may be cut to order for you.

Sample

Sample gowns are the floor models at designer boutiques. They are what is tried on in store before ordering from the factory.

Once or more a year bridal shops will hold Sample Sales. Select floor model gowns will be sold straight from the rack at (usually) a significant discount.  You may be able to get a $3000 gown for under $1500. You would take these gowns home day-of and as-is.

Most shops only carry one of each gown so if you are looking into a sample gown be sure to ask what size their samples are.

Off-the-Rack

This is what you get at a store like David’s Bridal. Every gown in the store is technically a sample gown but they are all sold at full price.

Off the rack gowns are usually under the $1500 mark, with many options under $1000.

Order Times

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Often I have brides who get a little frustrated in the discrepancy in what they hear on order times. This is why.

** Note: order times are the time it takes from the day the order is made to the day it arrives at the designer’s facility. It still has to ship to your specific boutique.  Unless you are buying from an Off-the-Rack store where the store is their facility so shipping time is built in.

Standard Order

This gown will be made and shipped from the factory in their normal time. For most designers this sits between 12 and 16 weeks.

From Stock

Some designers have gowns that are ready and waiting to be ordered. We call that “stock”.  Expect it to be the most popular dresses in the most popular sizes.  In stock gowns can be requested to ship immediately so, depending on where the designer is based, you are looking at roughly a 10 day wait.  To secure these dresses and minimize your wait time, be prepared to pay a rush fee, just like with a rush cut gown.

Rush Cut

If you don’t have 16 weeks to wait for your dress to arrive, don’t worry because the vast majority of designers offer a rush cut service.

Price and availability will depend entirely on the designer and sometimes it varies between dresses. However the basic guidelines for rush cuts are below.

** This is referring to gowns unable to be ordered from stock

*** There are a few designers who will do rushes as quickly as 4 weeks for as little as $50. However this is not very common.

10 week rush – Widely available – cost: free – $250

8 week rush – widely available – Cost: $100- $400

6 week rush – offered by some designers – $200 – $400

4 week rush – offered by select designers – $250 – $500

 

Alterations

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Alterations can be a lengthy process. Our seamstress can be booked for what we call weekend alterations: where all the work is done in a matter of days because the seamstress works on your gown and only your gown. Usually you are looking at 4-8 weeks if you don’t want to pay the seamstress a rush fee.

The more complicated the alterations (i.e. modest build up) the longer and more expensive they will be. So build that time into your schedule.

Bottom Line

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If you have a quick engagement then you are looking for a designer who can rush a gown in 4-8 weeks. Schedule your alterations for the week your dress arrives and look into the possibility of a quick alterations process by paying the seamstress a fee to only work on your gown for a weekend.

If you can’t afford the rush fee for a 4-8 week ship time or you have even less time than that, look at sample gowns. Sample gowns are sold directly from the floor of the showroom and are sold as-is, usually at a very steep discount.

Be very straightforward with your stylist when you go in for your consultation. She will know which designers can get dresses to you and how to guide you without getting either one of you in hot water.

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Short engagements can just compound the stress but don’t forget that you’re getting married and this should be a wonderful experience.  What ever you do, don’t get pressured into buying a dress you don’t want because of time constraints. There is always something for everyone.

Until next time,

Becca

Blush by Hayley Paige Has Arrived!!!

I am very excited to announce that Bitsy Bridal is now carrying Blush by Hayley Paige.

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We have been looking forward to this for weeks, pouring over dress pictures and painstakingly picking the gowns we think you will love the most.

The gowns will be coming in one at a time over the next weeks and months so we are introducing them as they arrive. First on the list is this little number: her name is West.

 

The Skinny:

Silhouette: Fit to Flare

Fabric/Finish: Cashmere lining and Marrakesh beading

Waist: Natural

Neckline: Elongated Sweetheart

Straps: Spaghetti

Back: Low scoop

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Shine level:  4/5

Boho level: 3/5

How can you not love this? Seriously.

But for real, if you had an answer for that question, just go away… I’ll wait.

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That’s right, it’s AMAZING. Say it with me now…. Marrakesh Beading……. from top to bottom!

With the stellar fit,  low back and the perfect amount of sparkle, I’m not sure how Miss Hayley Paige could have improved upon this design.

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West is a phenomenal design. Not just because she is drop-dead gorgeous but because she is such a universal design. She appeals to the “princess” brides who are looking for drama, sparkle, and a little more drama.  She also has such strong bohemian elements with the off white coloring and abstract beading that trendy brides are losing it!  West is perfect because she walks the line between classic and bold.

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As for me, my favorite part of the entire gown is the cut. I love the neckline, where it hits the legs to flare out into a perfectly rounded skirt, and most of all I love that back. I am a sucker for a low-back gown. But for real, who isn’t?

 

 

 

Want to see it yourself? Call and make your appointment. 801.699.2571

See you soon!

Becca

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

Get your Girly on with Kelly by Kelly Faetanini

Hello Gorgeous!

I walked in to work on Friday and legitimately did a happy dance. I am not just saying that: I dropped my purse and started grooving to music only I could hear. Why? Because I saw this beauty:

Meet IDELLA! This gorgeous design from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini has been haunting my dreams ever since she was cruelly ripped from the store a few months ago. We were lucky enough to have her in the boutique for a trunk show but we only just got her in permanently. Joining Idella are 4 other dresses that we carefully picked to join our collection, all from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini.

K by KF is an amazing line that I am head-over-heels in love with. It is unashamedly girly, sophisticated, and daring.

I’m so in love <3<3

Check out our other designs from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini!

Olive

Cap sleeves on a wide v neck with a sheer plunging back add an extra element of sophistication to this column alencon lace gown

 Blanche

Elegant beading adorns the bodice while the illusion bateau neckline and keyhole back add whimsy. A full bodied handkerchief style skirt is the perfect balance.

 Matie

Slim flowing gown with v neck and scooped back. Laced bodice fades to soft skirt.

Idella

Beaded applique on the bodice gives way to a fitted Chantilly lace skirt.

Elsie

Fit and flare silhouette in rum-pink with lace applique on the illusion shoulders and back

 

 

The girls at Bitsy have been anticipating the arrival of these gowns for months and we are so excited they are here so we can show them to all of you wonderful brides!

Our collection is growing, getting more diverse and more amazing every day. Make your appointment to come see for yourself.

Until next time!

Becca

 

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!

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  • 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

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  • 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