February Vendor Highlight

Check out this Pro Vendor!

One of our favorite make-up artists!

This month we are showcasing an amazing artist and vendor who really knows her stuff! Katie Adair does some beautiful work that showcases the bride and elevates her natural beauty.

Every bride will look gorgeous in her dress, but to take your look to the next level we recommend Katie! Professional make-up will not only look fabulous, but it will last giving you one less thing to worry about!

Katie is professionally certified and has a passion for what she does and from delicate to dramatic she can really knock it out of the park! Check out her portfolio to see what else she as done!

We love our vendors and the work that they do to help make your day special! Katie was so wonderful to use some of our gowns in this shoot she did and make the girls looks so fabulous in them as well! If you loved the look of these gowns come you can check out our collection and give us a call or schedule an appointment here so we can help you find the gown you’ve always dreamed of, and don’t forget to check back with us to see more of our favorite vendors!

See you soon lovelies!

-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.

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

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

 

 

 

 

Industrial Elegance

Hello Lovelies!

Time for another styled shoot! This particular shoot was for Utah Bride Blog and featured this lovely gown from Mikaella Bridal.   The addition of a mid-century lounge space, metal accents, and a bright backdrop made the perfect combination for this industrial wedding.

We love Mikaella gowns, and they fit so well for an industrial style wedding! This lovely gem, named Margo, is a crepe dress with an  a-line fit and amazing train. It’s simple elegance really makes this bride shine. Check out some more of our Mikaella gowns if you are drawn to the chic simplicity of this beautiful piece.

We love the simple geometric style this couple used in their wedding! The shapes really bring a modern glam and industrial feel that compliment the gown so beautifully.

Even their cake looks like it is cut from a beautiful slab of marble!  From the lighting to the decor and, more importantly, to the dress, this couple knocked it out of the park as far as the industrial style is concerned!

If you’re loving this look and want to find a gown of your own to compliment this elegant style give us a call or schedule an appointment here and we can discover the gown to elevate your industrial wedding! Special thanks to Jalene Taylor for the amazing photography!

Hope to see you soon darlings!

-Becca & Stacie

January: Dress of the Month

New Year New Dress!

This January we’re showcasing a gorgeous wedding dress on a gorgeous bride for our wedding dress of the month!

This dress is a dazzler for sure with an open back, full skirt, and long train from Mariana Semone.

Some brides may shy away from ball gown style wedding dress because it’s not as figure hugging as a mermaid or sheath, but a dramatic back is the perfect way to add a bit of spice while still feeling like royalty.

This wedding dress screams business in the front and party in the back! A very classical and clean look in comparison to our last featured wedding dress Pippa

If you look closely, you can see the delicate lace detailing throughout the voluminous skirt that completes this strongly silhouetted gown inspired by nature. 

This gown is absolutely stunning, and if you’re an elegant bride looking for a dash of je ne sais quoi to classical silhouette, stop on by to see some of our unique collection of ball gowns and dazzling backs! Check out some more of Kenzie Victory’s work as well, because these photos are phenomenal! Don’t forget to check out our helpful tips before you come and make sure to check back for our other favorites!

 

Best Wishes, 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

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

Stylist Picks: Backyard Beauty

Hello Gorgeous!

It’s time for another round of stylist picks and the setting for this week’s gowns is a backyard soiree.

Varying from rustic farm-to-table gatherings to casual family-based barbecue-like parties; a backyard wedding can be a wonderful way to celebrate your special day.

Just because your wedding is not in a mansion and doesn’t include a 7-course meal does not mean you have to sacrifice a beautiful gown. Below are our stylist picks for amazing gowns that will fit perfectly at a backyard wedding.

Ballgown

Halo from Blush by Hayley Paige

The nude lining and soft, flyaway train are whimsical and fresh making Halo perfect for an outdoor reception.

A-Line

“Kim” from Tara Keely

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With Mocha tinted organza and chunky lace, this A-Line beauty has a breezy quality that is highly desired among many backyard wedding brides.

Column

Idella from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini

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Idella is made of Chantilly lace with a beaded bodice and sheer back. The texture and low key sophistication makes the gown girly enough to feel bridal but earthy enough to fit well in the outdoors.

Fit to Flare

“Rosalind” from Ella Rosa

Carefully placed lace appliques on the straps and bodice make this gown feel very organic while the lace silhouette is easy to manage and textured to fit well in an outdoor setting.

Trumpet / Mermaid

“Maeve” from Mikaella Bridal

Wearing a dramatic silhouette in a casual setting is still possible. This trumpet gown of soft tulle with horsehair trim and a sweetheart neckline is sweet and romantic, softening the edge of the fitted cut.

Brides think that they have to eliminate silhouettes or fabrics because of their venue. But from experience I can say that it is more important to buy the dress that you truly want. With a few additions or alterations, dresses can be made to fit your setting. Chances are that your ideal dress and your ideal venue are fairly in sync anyway.

I hope you enjoyed our choices for a backyard wedding.

Until next time!

Becca

 

 

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

Rachel Laukat Photography

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