Fall Fantasy

Hello Lovelies!

Anyone else wishing that Fall 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 from Fall ’16. It features one of our favorite models, Jordan Blackhurst. Several of our shoots feature 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 feint 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.

#perfection

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.

Dress of the Month: Pippa

Continuing our Hayley Paige reveal. Next up is Pippa!

Pippa is so amazing that we have decided to have it be the dress of the month! Read on to see why!

As you know, Hayley Paige is famous for her fabulous, flirty ball gowns and Pippa definitely fits that bill.  Layers and layers of tulle and a sheer lace bodice are what create her unique charm.

The Skinny:

Silhouette: Ballgown with tiered skirt

Waistline: Natural

Neckline:  Illusion

Back: Open with strap detail

Color: Ivory with nude lining on bodice (also available in solid ivory)

Sparkle Factor:  0/5

Boho Factor: 4/5 – Its unusual for a ballgown to have such a bohemian vibe but Pippa pulls it off by adding a sheer bodice with a combination of organic laces on top of a voluminous skirt.

The little details are where Pippa truly shines!

~The back has crisscrossing straps that are dainty and fabulous.

~The lace on the sleeves is perfectly placed to flatter and elongate the arm while still allowing for free range of motion.

~The skirt is accented with horsehair trim to add body and visual interest to the soft tulle.

 

 

Pippa is a gown that fits with the trendy vibe of the times but also has a classic style that will never go out of fashion.

We are getting down to our last few Hayley Paige gowns! Check back to see them debut.

Until next time!

Becca

5 Attributes of a Tulle New York Gown

  Every so often we have fan-girl moments over specific designers. Recently, all of us at Bitsy Bridal have been obsessing over Tulle New York. Designed by Antonio Gual, these gowns have caught our eye and our hearts with their simple elegance and sleek lines. Our favorite of the bunch is Erin, a trumpet gown with a sweetheart neckline and architectural seaming. Come in and see exactly why we love these dresses so much, but before then, here are 5 amazing things that go hand in hand with your Tulle New York Gown.

Erin- Available at Bitsy Bridal

Qualit

Tulle New York gowns are made from very high quality materials. Silk chiffon is soft to the touch, and Silk Shantung provides an effortless structural aspect to your gown. Because they are made from natural silk, the materials have the ability to breathe and have an airy quality that lesser quality fabrics can’t provide. No matter the material, Tulle New York gowns are matched with amazing quality: not only in their fabrics and finishes, but also in their craftsmanship.

 

 

Sleek Lines

Antonio Gual knows how to flatter the figure! Each dress has its own breathtaking nuances, but the architectural seaming throughout the collection is front and center in these gowns. Figure hugging gowns such as Erin, play with flattering lines and cuts that emphasize your best qualities and show off your curves.

Bold

Tulle New York specializes in that old Hollywood glam vibe mixed with a modern simplicity. These two aspects put together is the making of a fabulous dress. It’s a common idea that a dress doesn’t need to be over the top to be memorable. But if you are looking for that ‘WOW’ moment, Antonio Gual also specializes in colorful and bold laces that make you stand out from the crowd. Gold lace, colorful fabrics, and stunning beadwork amp up your wedding day attire from a dress, to a show stopping gown.

Custom Made for You

An amazing aspect of a dress is the fact that it is yours, and only yours. Tulle New York helps you make a dress yours by adding the ability to customize your very own gown. Love the bodice of one gown, but the skirt of another? Make it your own by combining the two with a customized look. Want to go with a less traditional look? Ask about all the color options we can provide with a silk gown! The possibilities are endless.

Timelessness

With a Tulle New York gown, you know that you are getting a gown that is classy, elegant, and that will never go out of style. These gowns are timeless. When you look back at pictures from your wedding day, you want a dress that will withstand the test of time. Elegance and sophistication never go out of style, and Tulle New York is just that: timeless.

 

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

PC:Brushfire

Blush by Hayley Paige Has Arrived!!!

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

via misshayleypaige Instagram

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

via jlm_couture Instagram

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.

via jlm_couture Instagram

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.

via misshayleypaige Instagram

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.

via misshayleypaige Instagram

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

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

 

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