Bridal Accessories

Hill Country Glam

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Vida Chic Events planned this stunning shoot out at Kendall Plantation with all the best vendors so we had to bring it to the blog to share all the glam inspiration! 

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We chose this L'amour gown with exquisite beading and simple tulle skirt to make a statement at the beautiful hill country venue. It certainly hit the mark! 

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Liv Beautified created a flawless bridal make up look to compliment DMA DIVO'S easy breezy curly locks look. 

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Bartenders 4 You brought out their adorable mobile Sipsy bar & created the ultimate Summer cocktail that's sure to have one drunk on love!

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Lazy Creek Designs' place cards were perfect sitting on the understated black & white plates!

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A Kendall Plantation shoot wouldn't be complete without some swing shots......

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We hope this shoot has you smiling the way she is above! For more inspiration follow the vendors involved: 

Vida Chic Events
VIVID Fotos
Liv Beautified
DMA DIVO
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Lazy Creek Designs

 

 

 

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Nothing Short of Whimsical

HAPPY HALLOWEEN BELLA BOO’S! WE WANTED TO SHARE THIS STYLED SHOOT SHOT BY OUR FRIENDS JOSH MICHAEL PHOTOGRAPHY & SARAH NASELLI WEDDINGS ON A MAGICAL DAY, SO TODAY BEING HALLOWEEN IT WAS ONLY RIGHT! OWL DARE YOU TO CONTINUE ON!

 

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The creative Dona Liston of Lambermont events was inspired by a real wedding she put on at the castle on Grayson Street. The details pulled together throughout the historic beauty that is Lambermont Castle placed your tracks right in the Hogwarts Castle!

 

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GOLDEN SNITCH, ANYONE?

 

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If a Golden Snitch doesn’t sound delectable to you we’d hope that Butter Beer does! From the drinks to the bites Harry Potter himself would have been glad to be at this wedding!

 

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We brought out two very fitting gowns for the location and theme! We had such a blast straying away from the mainstream look and just went big and bold with one of our favorite stylists, Stephanie Eiland.

 

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Our gold accessories really picked up in the castle and highlighted the decor! How wicked is the gold headpiece in model Serena Paris’ purple hair?!

 

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For the reception look we really brought out the whimsy: I’m talking smoke bombs (no dresses were harmed in the process), black veils, and levitation!

 

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We chose this witchy black evening gown from Pronovias to really go for a different look from the wedding gown from Blush by Hayley Paige. Stephanie Eiland created this sppoktacular veil!

 

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WINGARDIUM LEVIOSA

 

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HAVE A SAFE, MAGICAL HALLOWEEN!
XOXO

Photographers: Josh Michael Photography & Sarah Naselli Photography
HMUA: Stephanie Eiland
Venue: Lambermont Events
Models: Serena Paris & David Escamilla

Bella's Friday Faves

WE’RE BACK WITH A NEW FRIDAY FAVE, IT’S BEEN QUITE SOME TIME SINCE WE’VE SHARED ONE OF THESE! WE’VE HAD SO MANY NEW GOWNS ARRIVE THAT WE’VE FALLEN HEAD OVER HEELS FOR – SO IT’S BEEN HARD TO PIN POINT A FAVORITE! MARTINA LIANA GETS US EVERY TIME WE OPEN UP A SHIPMENT, HER DETAILING ON EACH GOWN STOPS US IN OUR TRACKS!

 

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So what makes this beauty our new favorite? 

Easy, we’ll break it down for you below!

 

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Art Deco Beading
The center of the bodice really brings an art deco feel to this gown that differentiates itself from its sister gown in the Essense line. The circular pearling in the center really concretes that feel!

 

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Pretty Pearl Buttons
Who doesn’t love pearl buttons? We just adore the pearl buttons Martina does on the majority of her gowns! (INSERT A THOUSAND HEART EYE EMOJI’S)

 

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Divine Detailing From Head to Toe
With a whole underlay of clear sequins this gown certainly shines! Towards the end of the train the appliques begin to thicken with lattice work detailing. We are big fans of that checker boarding action!

 

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A Personal/Store NEED
We were full with layered tulle skirt ball gowns needing another gown with a straight textured skirt. Much like needing a basic in your own closet and finally finding the perfect one you just feel that satisfaction!

 

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So, how did we style this exquisite gown?

 

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We wanted to really show off this headpiece and chose the dress around this headpiece (which is not how it should be, fall in love with your dress first***). We selected a nice tear drop earring we have a soft spot for and simple yet striking gold bracelet to create a full look.

 

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To allow the bodice of the dress to speak we brought the headpiece towards the back of the head instead of the crown. Versatile pieces like this one are truly great when you are unsure of how you are going to do your hair on the wedding day.

 

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Because there is so much detailing going on in this gown we decided to pop in a raw edge veil that gathers so sweetly. This veil is a personal favorite because of the way it cascades down the back with two layers of tulle.

 

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We look forward to sharing more faves with you Bella Babe!
xoxo

 

 

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Bella's Buy

The new year has brought us new designers in store we are just dying to share with you! The latest Bella's Buy { insert drum roll }  Justin Alexander  brings more contemporary gowns with a touch of romance to our store. The Justin Alexander gowns are trickling in and we couldn't help but have a small style session  with one of our favorites!

 

 

When we saw style 8880 during the buy we had to have it for multiple reasons! The main reason being the bold statement it makes, the stripes meet in a center seam in front which draws the eye up elongating the body. Who doesn't want that? The contrast between the skirt and bodice brings a twist to this dress that we love!

 

 


The train on this Justin Alexander brings an even bolder statement to the back!  You might think accessorizing this dress would be a challenge because of how busy it is but its really not! The key is keeping it simple to let the dress speak for itself.

 

 

Here is what we paired this striped wonder with:

 

 

☑ A Jennifer Leigh Couture cathedral length veil to go past the train

 

 


Many times a bride is afraid of the veil blocking the view of the dress going down the aisle. A plain tulle veil will not obstruct the view and most importantly not take away from the gown.

 

 

 

Our honorary Bella Babe had pearls on, we kept them on to show how pearls pick up beautifully against the sand colored sections. Below you can see more sparkle and shine against the gown.

 

 

☑ Tear drop earrings with an equally fabulous bracelet

 

 

 

Stay tuned to for a ridiculously exciting Bella's Buy coming SOON!
xoxo

 

 

Bella's Trend Chat

WHO WHAT WEAR JUST PUBLISHED AN INSIGHTFUL ARTICLE ON WHAT IS OUT IN BRIDAL AND WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO AS THE ALTERNATIVE. GEARING MORE TOWARDS THE FASHION FORWARD BRIDE WHO ISN’T AFRAID OF PUSHING THE ENVELOPE ESPECIALLY ON HER BIG DAY! CHRISTY BAIRD, BRIDAL GURU AND FOUNDER OF THE ACRONYM LOHO BRIDE (LEAGUE OF HER OWN) BREAKS DOWN WHAT TO EXPECT TO SEE ON THE EDGY BRIDES THIS YEAR.

 

 

TRADITIONAL LACE IS TAKEN OVER FOR BASKET-WEAVED GOWNS GIVING OFF A 3D EFFECT. WE’VE PREVIOUSLY BLOGGED ON HOW 3D DRAMA IS COMING TO LIFE IN DIFFERENT FORMS BUT THIS YEAR THE ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION IS TAKING ON DEPTH. RATHER THAN EMBELLISHMENTS THAT CAN BE HEAVY FORMS OF CONSTRUCTIONS LIKE BASKET WEAVING CAN BE LIGHTER.  HOW PERFECT IS THIS FOR A SUMMER WEDDING? OUR TAKE ON THIS TREND BELOW IS TAKEN ON BY OUR NEWEST TARA KEELY GOWN IN STORE!

 

 

WWW SAYS DITCH THE CAPES THIS YEAR! SHOW OFF YOUR SHOULDERS AND LEAVE THE DRAMA IN THE BACK. YOUR GUESTS ARE AFTER ALL LOOKING AT YOUR BACK FOR MOST OF THE CEREMONY! THIS SAME TARA KEELY GOWN TAKES ON A DOUBLE WHAMMY WITH ITS DETACHABLE TRAIN.

 

 

PURE WHITES CONTINUE TO FADE AWAY AS A GOWN COLOR CHOICE. NUDE UNDERLAYS WILL CONTINUE TO BE SEEN MORE THAN EVER OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR. DETAILS POP WITH THIS DIFFERENCE IN A WAY THAT JUST CAN’T HAPPEN WHEN YOU HAVE IVORY ON IVORY.

 

 

THE CONTRAST ON THE BODICE OF HAYLEY PAIGE’S HALO GOWN IS POSSIBLY ONE OF OUR FAVORITE EXAMPLES OF THIS TREND. COLORS ARE USUALLY FLEXIBLE WITH GOWNS SO IF THIS IS A TREND YOUR NOT WITH DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK THE COLOR OPTIONS!

 

 

 

BE A LOHO BRIDE & LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF WHATS TO COME IN THE COMMENTS!
LETS CHAT TRENDS!

 

 

Bella's Guide to Veils

Just as the hunt for your gown may be a small journey the hunt for a veil to go with can become even more so a process. It's all about personal style and taste, don't let it be hard!

 

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Let's start with the basics:

Veils were first recorded in history during ancient Greek times; the bride to be wore a flame red colored veil to scare off spirits. As time went on and arranged marriages became more prevalent the blusher was seen to shield the brides face as the man at the end of the aisle hadn't yet seen her. Later down the road veil lengths grew longer and longer to symbolize social status. The tradition of pulling back a blusher to be unveiled to ones future husband is still around but veil lengths symbolizing certain statuses - not so much!

Many brides chose a length to their comfort and taste. In some cases the floor to cathedral length overwhelms a bride who has a more simplistic style. If a bride is still overwhelmed with a shorter style she may lean towards a dainty bridal headpiece. 

 

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If a bride is looking to have a blusher it is always nice when the veil comes with it attached. This particular veil is fingertip length with the blusher attachment, if a bride chooses to not wear the blusher over her face it is equally beautiful behind her giving off a layered look.

 

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We paired this veil with Kira from the Pronovias 2017 collection to not take away from its divinely detailed back. A simple trim allows this dress to really speak and show off what its about without distracting.

 

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Below you can see a veil with bling trim instead of the ribbon trim paired with Bijou by Hayley Paige. Since the gown itself has no embellishments we chose to bring a little sparkle in with a cathedral veil. Typically a Hayley Paige bride isn't afraid of a cathedral length veil and wants nothing more than to make a statement!

 

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Some veils cascade around the shoulders really assisting a bride who may be getting married in a church and happens to be wearing a strapless gown. Some churches allow this and others want a strap or sleeve.

 

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Going back to personal style and taste if a bride prefers no embellishments or trim on her veil there is always the simple tulle veil. This is always a go-to for the bride that is unsure of wearing a veil at all.

 

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When searching for your veil, here's what to keep in mind:

 

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Does the veil take away from my gown?

Glance at your full look and take in the whole picture, does the whole picture flow? Do you have a balance of what your looking for?

 

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Does the veil blend into the dress on into the train of the dress?

If your veil is clashing or blending into the gown try something different! The last thing you want to do is take away from your wedding gown. 
 

 

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Play with the options Bella's
xoxo

 

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Bella's Friday Faves

Our fave this week is Candice by Kitty Chen, it may go into the category of fave wedding gown of all time because it makes a statement front & back! Just check it out for yourself! 

 

 

Brides looking for a long train and open back, look no further! Candice has got elements many ladies look for but have a hard time finding all in one: bling, lace, support with an open back, and of course that statement train! With many gowns that have an open back or extremely low back the front of the gown suffers because of the lack of support inside of the gown, Candice has all the right boning and structuring to keep the bride up right. 

 

 

Accessorizing Candice:

 

 

With so much lace and centralized beading you really don't have to accessorize this too much! A nice head piece with a veil and a simple earring would be our suggestion but you can really jazz it up as much as you like! We chose one of our favorite head pieces from Bel Aire Bridal that is truly versatile. The boho bride can wear this piece more as a halo to get that bohemian feel & a more traditional bride can set the piece more so in her hair than across the forehead. 

 

 

When it comes to pairing a veil with Candice you really want the veil to reach past the beading beneath the open back (finger tip length) or you would want the veil to reach past the train (cathedral length 148").

 

 

With a combination of pearls and rhinestones the beading really allows flexibility with what you might want to wear. The fingertip veil we chose to pair with Candice has both pearls and rhinestones 

 

 

The cathedral length veil we styled with Candice allows the gown to speak for itself, not taking away from the lace or embellishments. Cathedral veils come in 120" and 148" - the 120" does not go past the train where as the 148" does.

 

 

 

BRING THE SASS BELLA'S
xoxo

 

Bella's Friday Fave

 

Finding out your wedding style is apart of the wedding planning process, it may be spectacular and fun for many but for others it is just that; a process. For women who typically hate wearing dresses, bridal separates can be a safe ground that's comforting and beautiful. The concept of bridal separates for Brides can be challenging, either they are all for it or against it. Some are unsure until they have it on and are blown away.

 

 

 

Many believe that separates will look as it sounds S E P A R A T E.
There are many ways you can make the separates look as if they were two pieces and many ways you can make them look as if the were a single dress. If you want to make it look uniform Martina Liana offers a customization of sewing your two choices together. If you want to make it look separate you can show mid-drift or go with a two-toned look (seen below).  There are so many options to make your wedding look YOUR wedding look that is why the Celia corset & Scout skirt are our favorite right now!

 

 


 

Accessorizing Bridal Separates  

Accessorizing separates can help you achieve the look of being more uniform. For instance you can place a sash at the natural waist to bring the colors together and for the double whammy it will bring in the waist! Who doesn't want that? We also added an off-the-shoulder strap to create a soft, romantic touch.

 

 

 

 

We chose to highlight the cleaner ivory color rather than the stone color on the skirt because the skirt color has majority of the look. We also chose to use a few boho-chic headpieces instead of a veil, most of our brides who go down the separates route typically are less traditional and are opposed to wearing a veil. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The separates can be so playful and freeing for many women who have a hard time finding the right dress, its relief for the Bride who makes the hunt for a dress a strenuous process. Accessorizing separates can be as custom as the pieces themselves, the more you change or add the more you are creating a personal look no one has seen yet(raise bust line, line a sheer panel, add beading ect.). That's liberating knowing you don't have to have a designer draw up and charge you your whole wedding budget to get something pretty custom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE YOUR LOOK YOURS BELLA'S
xoxo

 

 

Bella's Market Recap

LAST WEEKEND CHICAGO BRIDAL MARKET TOOK US BY STORM WITH WINDS OF FRESH DESIGN, LIVELY COLORS, LASER-CUT LACE, AND LOTS OF BLING! WE SIMPLY CANNOT WAIT FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THESE GOWNS AND EVEN A NEW DESIGNER! MUCH EXCITEMENT FOLLOWED MARKET FOR NOT ONLY OUR STORE BUT FOR A FEW DESIGNERS WE CARRY!

 

 

A huge build-up of anticipation for Kitty Chen’s newest collection for 2017 was formed at the show! Our newest exclusive designer never shy’s away from dramatic beading and patterns which we love, of course! The 2017 collection’s are no exception to the drama, we are honored to have a few pieces show up to our Kitty Chen trunk show this October!
 

 

 

 

 

Following Chicago Market the DEBI awards took place to honor the best of the best in Bridal design and manufacturing. We’d like to congratulate A our divine vendors for taking home awards!

 

BRIDAL MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
 

 

 

COLLECTION OF THE YEAR

 

 

HEADPIECE WINNER

 

 

We can’t wait to share more of Bella’s Buy with you all!

STAY THE BEST BELLA’S

 

Bella's Friday Faves

When it comes to meeting modern with traditional, Hayley Paige never lets us down! She is hands down our favorite for mixing these two elements most brides look for. Our fave this week is Esther by Hayley Paige.
 

 

What makes her our fave besides the twist on a traditional gown?

A combination of lightweight loveliness and fun silver striping make Esther simply divine. As much as this gown may look like a ball gown it is a modified ball gown so there is no crinoline giving it volume. With no crinoline and organza layering it is truly a breeze to move in making this gown perfect for the bride wanting a ball gown but afraid of how hot it may be or even how voluminous it may be.

 


Another perk on Esther is the rouged band around the high waist, it creates a beautiful shape by accentuating the waist. Esther also has a twist on the sweetheart that is very different! Many chose to raise this bust line by an inch which is an option through the design house. 

 

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The options available on this dress are remarkable! Another option that Hayley Paige allows at a cost is to have Esther made without the striping, which hits home to the brides looking for a more traditional look. 
 

 

 

How do I accessorize Esther?
 

Even with the striping going through-out the gown it is so easy to jazz it up whether you are looking for more bling or just a simple touch. One guideline for the striped version of Esther would be to stick to any silver jewelry, gold accessories could of course be worn with the all ivory version of Esther.

 

 


We chose to highlight the trim of the gown with one of our favorite veils from Jennifer Leigh Veils mimicking the horse-hair trim found on most Hayley Paige gowns. This particular veil is equipped with the blusher attached.
 

 

 

 

 


Below you see how beautifully silver accessories can compliment the striping. To not draw away from the dress we chose a statement sash and a nice earring, nothing too large but definitely no stud.  
 

 

 

CHECK BACK FOR MORE SOON BELLA'S!
XOXO

 

Bella's Friday Faves

WE’RE BACK WITH A NEW FAVORITE BELLA’S! INTRODUCING THE KALEA GOWN FROM THE BLUSH BY HAYLEY PAIGE COLLECTION. SHE’S THE MERMAID FRATERNAL TWIN TO HALO (ANOTHER FAVE OF OURS)!

 

 

With bold lace and an even bolder back this gown could not make a bigger statement! The combination of tulle and lace is the perfect match for the bride not looking for a whole lot of embellishments but for a gown that speaks for itself. That must be why we love this masterpiece. Occasionally we come across a bride who falls in love with a gown like this one but apart of her criteria contained BLING. We always suggest bringing the bling through a nice earring, headpiece, and veil.

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kalea can be ordered in an ivory underlay with ivory lace our gown has the nude underlay to really bring the lace out. This contrast really creates that bold effect, ivory on ivory will look slightly more traditional blending together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW WE ACCESSORIZED:

 

 

We chose to bring the bling with a Marionat hair comb and a pair of our favorite Haute Bride earrings and cathedral length veil. With an intricately detailed back we chose not to take away from it with an embellished veil, the veil is simple yet so spectacular because of its length, much like the dress it makes a statement on its own.

 

 

 

 

 

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STAY TUNED FOR MORE BELLA’S

 

Bella's Friday Faves

 

WHAT MAKES STELLA YORK STYLE 6229 OUR FAVE?

The details on this gown are out of this world complete with an illusion back and lattice trim with the right amount of sparkle. The clear sequin gives off the sparkle in each applique and on the lattice trim train. Structuring in this Stella York creates shape to many figures while defining the waist and hugging the hips, then creating that mermaid shape towards the bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT KIND OF UNDERGARMENTS DO I WEAR WITH AN ILLUSION BACKED GOWN?

We get this question quite often! This gown is among one of our favorites because of the support it gives with a built in corset providing a cup and boning. No need for a bra! That means there’s one less trip to find undergarments! If you are more top heavy we suggest a breast enhancing cutlet that will provide more of a lift.

 

 

 

We chose to accessorize with one of our favorite veils that has a simple satin trim to match the color of the gown. The veil compliments the gown by not taking away from the lace or illusion back detailing.

 

 

 

To play off the lace coming up the illusion top we matched the hair comb to the flowering. We paired a sweet pearl earring to match the comb. This brings the entire look together without overwhelming the eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

STAY TUNED FOR MORE OF OUR FAVES

CIAO BELLA’S

 

Boler-OH MY!

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THE BOLERO IS THE PERFECT TRANSFORMATION PIECE FOR BRIDES LOOKING TO COVER UP FOR THE CEREMONY, WHETHER IT BE FOR THE CHURCH OR FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL STYLE AND COMFORT. IN MANY CASES A BRIDE WANTS TO HAVE TWO LOOKS AND AREN’T AWARE IT CAN BE DONE WITHOUT HAVING TO ACTUALLY BUY TWO DIFFERENT WEDDING GOWNS. IT CAN BE AS EASY AS 1,2,3!

 

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Don’t you feel like you can conquer the world when you have a separate skirt and top on and you get a compliment on your ‘dress’? You can  Make eyes and minds wonder on your wedding day, pair a voluminous skirt with a bolero. The easiest way of doing this is finding bridal separates you love. Martina Liana is known for beautiful separate pieces including corsets, body suits, jackets, and skirts that compliment each other magically. Seen below are a few Martina Liana real brides who have thrown over bolero’s. Check out that fur!

 

 
 

Some designers offer a matching bolero with certain dresses making it easier on the bride-to-be. A particular favorite of ours is La Sposa who enables clean pairings. The Ermelinda bolero seen below gives off a hint of Grace Kelly and has a chameleon effect in the way that it is able to flow with different brands and styles. Definitely a must-try for the traditional bride!

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A bejeweled bolero can give the opposite effect of the lace bolero. This option is for the edgier bride that tends to wear a little more fashion-forward clothing on a daily basis. The particular bolero seen below gives a Gatsby feeling but can be worn with a simpler dress or a more embellished gown like the one Bel Aire Bridal has it with.

 

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GO FOR THE BOLERO BELLA’S

 

 

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