Wedding Planning

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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Wedding Trends We Can't Wait to See in 2017

WE’RE TAKING A BREAK TO TALK ABOUT TRENDS OTHER THAN IN GOWNS/SEASONS TO CHAT ABOUT FUN TRENDS FOR THE DAY OF! FROM SIMPLISTIC EARTHY VIBES TO A BIT MORE TRENDY TECH CHIC MAKING A STATEMENT IN 2017 WILL BE ON TWO COMPLETE DIFFERENT REALMS.

 

LETS START OUT SIMPLE!

Everything found in nature is being utilized in weddings this year. Now from the moment you send out invitations you can give off the vibe through recycled invitations printed with soy based ink. For the day of you can blow your guests out of the water with serene decor that makes a simplistic statement. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

Line up your aisle with a variety of neutral pots with different plants, shrubberies, and flowers.

Swap out the floral walls for cascading rose chandeliers!

Try a fragrant bouquet – you can reuse this down the road!

Flip out the flowers for small fruit trees & pair decor accordingly.

 

TIERED CAKES MAKE THE COME BACK

After seeing the alternatives  like doughnuts, cake pops, and cupcakes the tiered cake will triumph this year. Going super stacked and filling each with fun flavors like pink champagne or salted caramel will bring back the classic tiered cake with a touch of today on the inside. Tiered cakes are also getting modified by technology; cake mapping is becoming one of the more trendier options in the industry by taking the visual appeal through the roof!

 

 

TECH CRAZY WEDDING

When drones first hit the market no one would have guessed it was going to make a mark in wedding photography but it is! Now we can control a drone from a smart phone and really create an epic selfie with the help of modern technology. So instead of the photo- shopped movie scene photos we’ll be seeing creative shots from above.

 

 

 

A TWIST FOR ENTERTAINMENT

Possibly the best idea we’ve seen out there that we hope to see in more weddings is going a more alternative route to entertainment. Glamour magazine suggests everything from a live choir belting out Beyonce to acrobats and aerialists. Why not think out of the box for this one, it will have your guests talking for years after!

 

 

 

MORE THAN FUR BABIES INCLUDED

Towards the end of 2016 we started hearing of venues and even a few daring brides including animals other than dogs. We’re talking longhorns, goats, and everything in between, much like a twist on the entertainment someone in your wedding party will appreciate a good photo with the animal who showed up to your wedding (and no we’re not talking about that one crazy aunt)!

 


Bella Bride Katherine at Lost Mission with their goat, Pickles.
Shot by Kate Panza Photography

 

 

STAY TRENDY BELLA’S
XOXO

 

Bella's Best Moments of 2016

We had to do an ode to 2016 because it was truly spectacular, filled with trunk shows and events, new designer pick ups, and insanely creative collaborations! We are so grateful to be apart of so many beautiful moments and marriages in 2016 and can't wait to cherish what 2017 holds in store! Here are a few of our favorite times of this past year:

 

 

LOVE OUT LOUD SHOOT
 

 


The Love Out Loud shoot captured love between all at Studios at Fischer. The collaboration included:

Photographers - Larry Johnson, Josh Michael and Sarah Naselli combined Ann Michael Weddings

Set Design - Chic Concepts

Hair and Make Up Artists - Vanity Eiland

Jewelry - Penaloza & Sons
 

 

 

2018 STELLA YORK TESTER TRUNK SHOW

 

 

The biggest honor of the year was being 1 of 10 chosen out of hundreds of stores to host a tester trunk show. Allowing brides in San Antonio to be apart of a huge decision making process alongside our fabulous representative from Stella York was one if not THE best moment of 2016! We cannot wait to see what made the cut but we have a pretty good feeling about what did!

 

 

MOMENTS OF MAGIC AT LAMBERMONT CASTLE

 


Its not every day you get asked to do a Harry Potter themed shoot so we couldn't pass the opportunity up! We brought the queen of whimsy (Hayley Paige) out to Lambermont Castle to create the up most magic. 

We adored working with Ann Michael Weddings & Vanity Eiland once again!
 

 

 

CHICAGO MARKET

 

 

Market always brings excitement for the next year especially when you are blown away by new designs and particular gowns! It was all about Kitty Chen during market, not only did we meet the designer but we gained exclusivity to the line in the San Antonio region! As our newest Kitty gowns trickle in we are reminded of the first time we laid eyes on them at market.

 

 

CELEBRATING SAN ANTONIO WEDDINGS MAGAZINE COVER

 

 

We graced the first cover of San Antonio Weddings Magazine this year with an impeccable shot from Castle Avalon. SAW had a beautiful soiree at the St. Anthony to roll out a year of cover photos. 


SHOOTING WITH LARRY JOHNSON & MODEL JULIE ERNES

 



Everything shot at Studios at Fischer this past year was dreamy and romantic but throw a Maxim model in the mix and its turned up to the max! We brought bombshell bride material out for Julie whom is currently engaged! The best part was exciting her for her actual wedding day, best wishes Julie!

 

 

 

RECEIVING THE BEST OF THE KNOT THANKS TO OUR AMAZING BRIDES & FAMILY MEMBERS

 



 

We can't thank all of our Bella Brides enough for going out of your way to leave sweet words about your experience with us! We are beyond grateful!

 

BRING ON 2017
xoxo

 

 

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

 

Bella's Guide to Pinterest

A BEST FRIEND AND A WORST ENEMY, WE’VE ALL HAD ONE BUT UNTIL YOU START PLANNING YOUR WEDDING YOU WERE UNAWARE HOW RULING THIS CAN BE ON YOUR PLANS. PARTICULARLY MORE SO WHEN YOU ARE A PINTEREST ENTHUSIAST GATHERING ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR WEDDING FROM THE SITE.

 

 

Often a Bride comes in with screen shots of a gown that she is set on and cannot move forward until she has tried on that particular gown. A good portion of wedding gown photos on Pinterestwill not include a designer name or a price leaving a Bride-to-be quite clueless. She may go into a bridal shop and show these photos to a consultant and find the designer and then find out prices, this can either shock her or make her very happy. If the store doesn’t carry the designer or line then she is set out into the world to find it and may run into tough circumstances. Unfortunately gowns that have been discontinued from a designer still circulate around Pinterest and tempt thousands of brides, this is what makes Pinterest the worst enemy.

 

 

There are many benefits to the site of course; to gather inspiration, to find out styles that work on your particular body type, and to find useful tricks as far as gown comfort and fitting. Don’t steer away from a particular style if you have your heart set on it, you truly never know until you try it on. Professional models and Photoshop really create the perfection of a photo, look into ‘Real Bride’ shots of a gown you have been interested in. You might still come across photos of models but you will see more real Brides rather than just models (as seen above).

 

 

 

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER BELLA’S
XOXO

 

 

 

Bella's Guide to Trunk Shows

MANY BRIDES CALL US BEFORE A TRUNK SHOW FULL OF QUESTIONS ON HOW A TRUNK SHOW WORKS AND WHAT EXACTLY GOES ON DURING ONE. WELL WE’RE HERE TO BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU!

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What does this mean for you, the bride?

It means if you’ve been looking for a certain gown style that a store doesn’t carry this is your time to try it on without having to pay for the gown to be sent out if its available.  Loaner programs are available through some design houses. This program enables a bride to try a dress on by paying for shipping if the store does not carry a certain style from a designer they carry. In many cases brides confuse a trunk show with an actual runway show or even sample sales. A trunk show simply gives the bride the chance to see the entire collection and sometimes the chance to talk to a representative or even a designer!

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So what are the benefits of buying during a trunk show?

For smaller bridal salons an entire collection may be close to impossible to carry so a huge benefit to booking an appointment during a trunk show is your ability to view the whole collection. You might really like the top of one gown but not the bottom, there may be a similar top in the collection that may be exactly what your looking for. Beyond that another tremendous benefit is taking advantage of the discount that is offered during the trunk show. This is the only time many stores are able to discount designer gowns that are ordered!

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How do the sample sizes run?

For the most part, the samples sent will be sizes 10 and 12. Bridal sizing runs like a typical European size, two sizes smaller than what the number reflects. Sometimes a designer may send a gown in a runway size because it is what they have in stock, this is generally a size 4. You can find out what size a certain dress may be coming in by calling the store hosting the trunk show.

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OUR FALL TRUNK SHOW LINE UP:

BEST OF HAYLEY PAIGE

November 11th & 12th

Kitty Chen Couture/Ivoire by Kitty Chen

October 21st & 22nd

Set up your appointment by emailing bellabrideboutique@gmail.com or calling

(210)-451-9602.

SEE YOU THERE BELLA’S

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