Bridal Fashion

Hot Rods + Hayley Paige

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We’re FINALLY sharing this stunning shoot that took place at The Barn at Swallow’s Eve earlier this year! Allison Jeffers took the most romantic photos featuring florals with fabulous colors, a vintage car aaaaannnd motorcycle, and a couple madly in love!

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Calligraphy brought to you by one of our previous Bella Babe’s Malarie with Lazy Creek Designs.

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Southern Unique events planned all of this perfection, bringing together some truly amazing vendors.

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Taylor Cumbie provided the bouquets and other floral arrangements.

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We brought out one of our favorite Hayley Paige gowns, Dare is so classic yet modern with its chunky opals that can catch even a blind eye!

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Bella Bridesmaids San Antonio dressed the beautiful bridesmaids in this rich purple hue that tied everything together effortlessly. Hair By Keziah Bevans dolled all of our models up.

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Bartenders 4 you brought out their mobile Sipsy bar that is the cutest thing that serves up delicious drinks.

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Circle J Vintage cars jazzed this shoot up with not only a classic car but a super sleek bike as well!


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Till next time Hot Rods!
xoxo

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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
Bartenders4you
Lazy Creek Designs

 

 

 

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Bella's Buy 2018

We feel like Christmas has come early this year with a few of our favorite designers shipping out our orders a little earlier than normal! We're thrilled to share a few gowns that have already arrived and some trendy numbers that will be here SOON!

 

Here's what we have in store now 2018 || 2019 brides: 

 

STELLA YORK

 

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Stella has wowed us with her detailing this coming year, it has really gone above and beyond! The dress above not only has the clear sequin underlay to give supreme shine but banded straps that are trimmed with pearls.
 

 

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Justin Alexander
 

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There wasn't a single Justin gown that din't make a statement but this detachable train took statement to the next level. We knew we had to have it when we laid eyes on it, which was a similar situation we had when looking at each gown!

 

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Here's what will be shipping out within the next few months: 


Justin Alexander

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Justin's newest collection is full of all the hottest trends for the upcoming year! We are so thrilled to have this millennial blue gown in the store, we've had tones of blue before but this Justin takes the cake with its elegance.
 

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Martina Liana

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Martina showcased some brilliant backs in her latest collection. We added some great V-backs to our own collection from the whole Essense design house! We cannot wait to get them in!

 

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Hayley Paige

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Many of our Hayley Paige picks were nothing like our last Hayley Paige buy. Some of these 2018 gowns will be replacing older styles in our store that have a special place in our hearts, for example the Londyn gown and River gown. 

 

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We hope you are just as eager as we are to get these stunning gowns in! We look forward to seeing you shine in them #FutureBellaBride !
xoxo

 

 

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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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Fast Forward to Fall

We're not trying to beat the heat, we promise we are just ready for the excitement that fall is bringing us! With three new lines arriving as well as Baby Bella #2, how could you blame us? 

 

Baby Bella #1 is ready to meet her sister/future wedding dress shopping companion! 

 

 

Our three new lines will bring a bit more diversity to our store as well as a whole mass of fabulous! We've had many questions about these lines & their arrival - we promise the wait is almost over!  These gowns should be rolling in by mid-August to the beginning of September. Until then here is a sneak peek at our buys on these lines!

 

 

Muse by BERTA



A divine new line from BERTA just made its debut this year & will differentiate from the main line by being more up the Boho/vintage alley. Muse utilizes many soft tulles and chiffons in the collection making the gowns themselves easy, breezy, and rather beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marchesa Notte
 

This diffusion collection from Marchesa is lively and fun with 3D appliques and intricate embroidery. With 'supreme femininity'  being the center of Marchesa's designs, you just can't help but feel like a lady!

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Fenoli Bridal

 

After years of being surrounded by brides & stunning gowns Randy Fenoli of the hit show 'Say Yes to the Dress' debuted his bridal collection this year as well! With multiple DEBI awards and feedback from over 15,000 brides Randy truly knows his mission: make every bride feel beautiful while choosing the most important dress of their lives. 

 

 

 

 

FALL TRUNK SHOW LINE UP

 

August 18th & 19th

Muse by BERTA

 

September 15th & 16th

Marchesa NOTTE

 

September 21st - 23rd

Randy Fenoli Bridal

 

We can't wait to have you Future Bella Bride!
xoxo

 

 

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!