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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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 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
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.
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.
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!
Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. They are appealing for may reasons including their ability to be less stressful. However, planning the event from a distance can quickly turn into a nightmare if you start forgetting things. So, here are 9 keys to keep in mind when planning your destination wedding.
1- The Dress:
More than the look of the dress needs to fit your wedding. If your setting is 100 degrees. You do not want to be in a satin mermaid gown.
Just the same, if you are getting married in a castle setting in England in the winter… you may want to pick a heavier gown, maybe with sleeves so you can take pictures outside without having to wear a coat. If your perfect gown is sleeveless or sheer then find an awesome coat to wear outside.
Finding a stylists from afar can be daunting so rely heavily on reviews and referrals.
If you are doing your own hair then be sure to think about how your hair responds to different climates (ie humidity) and prepare for that well in advance.
Cheap plane tickets are not the place to try to save money. Your plane rides are the bookends of your trip- don’t make them awful.
Make travel plans idiot proof for your guests as well. Make sure everyone knows the right airport and how to get to and from all of the relevant locations at your destination.
Remember that the best weather in popular destinations also coincides with a heavy flow of tourists which might throw a wrench in your plans and usually drives up prices.
5- Marriage Legality
Marriage laws can be drastically different in different countries and states. You will need to check into requirements for a marriage license in your destination i.e. blood tests or minimum age.
Also take into account that marriages may not be recognized between countries and you may need to actually be married before you leave or get married again once you arrive back in your home country.
6- Warn Family and Friends
Give your loved ones plenty of time to arrange their lives and finances.
Make it clear ahead of time, that you are having a destination affair, to anyone you are asking to be in your bridal party before you ask them. This way they can politely decline if they are unable to make the trip.
7- People will Complain
Whether they are going and don’t want to travel or aren’t going and wish they could; people are going to complain that you are having a destination wedding. To quote every pop and rap singer in the last 5 years “haters gonna hate” just ignore them. This is your wedding.
8- “No” RSVPs
Travel and accommodations can be costly so you will get a lot of people who cannot attend. Some will probably disappoint you or be unexpected but you need to be ready for that if you are traveling for your wedding.
9- Visit Your Destination or Make Peace with Surprises
Pictures and descriptions are great but have been posted by people in marketing. If your pictures are all you care about or you aren’t that worried about how things look then this may not be a huge deal. But, I HIGHLY recommend visiting your destination and seeing your venue before your wedding so you can plan accordingly and not be surprised on your wedding day.
Have you had a destination wedding or are you planning one now? Share any tips of your own below.