Hayley Paige Bride

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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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 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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Hayley Paige Rage

THIS WEEK WE’RE HIGHLIGHTING THE EVER-SO FABULOUS HAYLEY PAIGE IN LIGHT OF HAVING OUR FALL BEST OF HAYLEY PAIGE TRUNK SHOW THIS WEEKEND! WE’LL SHARE JUST WHY WE LOVE THIS WHIMSICAL DESIGNER & DROP A FEW SNEAK PEEKS OF WHATS TO COME THIS WEEKEND!

 

                 Owner, Alexandra with Hayley Paige after another beautiful show last year!

                Owner, Alexandra with Hayley Paige after another beautiful show last year!

 

We’ve expressed our obsession with Hayley in small forms in previous blogs but just had to take it further this week! Her bubbly personality is transcended into dresses that speak a thousand words. From Hayley’s trademark horse hair trim on fun, layered skirts to extreme detailed bodices there’s not an inch of her gowns we don’t go crazy for! Her lively designs may not be every brides cup of tea but for the bride looking for a not so cookie-cutter gown her gowns are just that.

 

 

 

If you haven’t seen Hayley & Hubby Daniel’s wedding day photos, your in for a some serious wild wedspiration! Many times we describe Hayley’s wedding to brides & family members in store who can’t quit grasp her out-there concepts and designs. We are super thrilled to have the Hayley gown she wore during her wedding at our Best of Hayley Paige trunk show this weekend!

 

 

 

HERE’S WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THIS WEEKEND:

 

Wedding gowns with detailed backs sure to leave wedding guests speechless!
Yes, we are talking about Teresa (seen above) once again making an appearance here in store. The bead work on this particular gown has our hearts throbbing every time we see it!

 

 

Lovely Long Sleeved Stunners
Not only will the Hayley gown be in but its less voluminous cousin Remmington that is certainly in the ‘Best of’ collection for a reason!

 

 

Our Future Fashion-Forward, Upbeat, Bella Brides Enjoying the Best of Hayley Paige Trunk Show!

 

 

 

 

Just Get Paiged Bella’s!
xoxo

 

NYBFW Recap

 

NYBFW LEFT US SPEECHLESS FOR A FEW WEEKS AND WE’RE BACK NOW READY TO BREAK ALL THE EYE-CATCHING TRENDS DOWN! THIS BRIDAL FASHION WEEK BROUGHT NEW AND OLD AND CERTAINLY A MIX OF BOLD STATEMENTS. STATEMENTS MADE IN PREVIOUS YEARS WERE BLOWN AWAY WITH BIGGER & BETTER VERSIONS, CALL IT BRIDAL 2.0 ON EMBROIDERY AND EMBELLISHMENTS.

 

BARE BACKS

 

 

Hayley Paige bared it all and enlightened us with sweet statements down the runway. A few of her gowns had quotes straight out of a book called ‘Property of Good Vibes’ she helped write and illustrate, it really couldn’t get any more original! We’ve seen her backs becoming more and more exposed but this particular gown gives the Bride wanting to show it all that ability. Katie May meets Hayley Paige whimsy.

 

 

 

CASCADING CAPES

 

 

Capes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon ladies! Tony Ward mimics the lace pattern towards the trim of the cape really adding a flair to the cape. In previous seasons and designs dramatic capes have graced the runway but instead of plain tulle this twist on the cape takes place of a veil that may match up to a tee. Expect to see many capes and over skirts down the aisles next year.

 

 

 

BUBBLY BUBBLE SLEEVES

 

 

 

Hayley Paige brought out bubble sleeves to several different gown designs. We’ve seen plays on wide, bohemian sleeves but Hayley’s mark on the bubble sleeve is unique, as the designer would say herself there’s “zero chill when it comes to sparkle.” The pairing of volume and sparkle is spectacular, NYE wedding anyone?

 

 

3D BECOMES MORE LIVELY

 

 

Through extreme textures, patterns, and appliques 3D is popping out to another level next year. This trend is certainly not for the soft-spoken Bride. Galia Lahav took a dramatic play utilizing floral appliques with different dimensions. The illusion throughout combined with the over skirt really creates the sexy edginess we all love about Galia.

 

 

FLOCKING BACK TO FEATHERS

After a hiatus feathers have found their way back to the bridal nest. Feathers really give a playful characteristic to  wedding gowns, its certainly another trend for the bolder bride. We’ve seen lively feather skirts and touches of feathers through out gowns but Pronovias‘ play on feathers really extends the range of brides that can rock it.

 

 

 

Needless to say there is a lot to look forward to next year!
We can’t wait to share Bella’s Bridal Buys with you!

 

STAY PLAYFUL BELLA’S
XOXO