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 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 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

 

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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Bella's Guide to Saying "YES!"

YOU’VE BEEN PINNING AND PLOTTING YOUR WEDDING DAY LOOK SINCE THE MOMENT YOU SAW HIM GET DOWN ON ONE KNEE, MAYBE EVEN SINCE YOU WERE A LITTLE GIRL…SO THE DECISION TO SAY YES TO THE DRESS IS IF NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT PURCHASE OF THE ENTIRE WEDDING PLANNING PROCESS. HERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW WHEN DRESS SHOPPING:

 

 

 

IT JUST FEELS RIGHT

Maybe the dress is your wedding style or maybe its on the complete opposite end of the realm, whatever it may be it just feels right simply put. If you are not overwhelmed with joy and love then its not the right feeling we’re discussing. You feel like the ultimate bride in your respective venue. Instinctively you’ll want to dance, sway, and even feel down the dress. Getting out of this dress will be a challenge!

 

 

 

YOU CAN ENVISION THE WEDDING

Not only can you see your fiances reaction at the end of the aisle but you can see yourself 30 years down the road looking back at your bridal portraits, loving your dress more so then the day you first tried it on. The reactions of your loved ones who are at the fitting now become the reaction of all the guests. When you’ve fallen in love with each part of your dress it gets much easier envisioning every moment from floating down the aisle to your first dance!

 

 

 

NO OTHER GOWN CAN QUITE COMPARE

If you continue to try on dresses after one has really taken your breath away and you find yourself envisioning the ‘one’ and comparing it to the others chances are this is the dress! No matter if you try on 20 more gowns the one you keep comparing to is the one, so throw the towel in and say, “YES!” If you are in a toss up between dresses try putting one on right after the other. Subtle differences start to pop out after you go back and forth between the two and one dress will start to speak more to you.

 

Bella Bride Cristelle compared fits between stores and dresses and found her dress with us. “I had been looking for dresses and had tried about 10 dresses on when I tried on my Hayley Paige dress it was in my actual size, that was the deal breaker!”

 

 

 

 

READY FOR ACCESSORIES

When you’re ready to add a veil or headpiece you’ve placed the dress in your top selections or its taken prevalence over the rest making it the one. When you begin to accessorize before you’ve narrowed down to two to three dresses it can become confusing and you may start to like a dress you were on the fence about because you can now see a whole picture. You don’t want to be on the fence about the dress, you should be over the fence shouting out how much you love the dress!

This is not always the case with some brides; some are on the simpler side and could never imagine wearing a veil or jeweled sash. Bella Bride Nicole didn’t want to play with accessories but knew when she put her dress on immediately it was her dress. “I was getting super bummed going to different cities and not finding anything that caught my eye, when I slipped on my dress I knew it was the one after all the searching and traveling!”

 

 

CIAO BELLA’S

 

 

Spring Forward!

As Spring starts to creep in we cannot keep our composure for the trends that will be arriving with the season! Who doesn't love the fresh, bright colors and cuts that Spring allows us to wear?

  Watercolor Wedding

Carrying through from last year, pastels are still going strong with an emphasis on dreamy watercolor prints. What an easy way to incorporate a theme! Although the Dori dress (Seen Above) isn't printed the geometric top & horsehair trim creates the same dramatic effect and gives the ability to revolve a color scheme easily around the bride.

The Neck Effect

Plunging necklines will be a hit this Spring, with warmer weather we tend to bare it all wanting to be comfortable and fitting of our environment. Designers are throwing a twist into the neckline this year by making it both high and low with contrasting fabrics. This neckline is for the edgy bride that embraces both the conservative and modern worlds trying to keep some traditional elements in her style while pushing the envelope.

Undergarments Become Garments

Forget the boudoir shots, corsets strike back in Spring giving off jaw-dropping silhouettes! Our Essense of Australia gown below is subtle yet super sexy with a corset top that plays peek-a-boo in the midsection. Like the look but want a dress with less boning? Baby doll and slip-like wedding dresses are making a wave as it heats up and have less constriction.


Make It Pop

Don't be afraid of a dress that comes to life with large appliques, its in season! Whether its through flowers, bows, or feathers designers are creating hype around the 3-D look. If you live to make a statement this is surely a trend to take advantage of. Spring 16' will be a season for the bold, risque brides looking to stand out being truly unique.

Halt Down the Aisle

Halter gowns reigned the runway for Spring and are sure to be seen down the aisle this year. If you are looking to show more of your arms off rather than the chest this is the perfect route to take. The Hayley Paige gown seen below provides a fabulous structured bodice that ties into a halter making it a perfect choice for Spring!

 

Get ready to Spring forward!

Ciao Bella's!

 

 

 

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