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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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 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

 

 

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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Assurance of Spring 2017

Many Bella's come to us looking to find a dress that will be timeless. They try on a mix of styles and run into problems when they start to love a modern style or even small feature of the dress. Worries arise on whether or not 5-10 years down the road that the dress in question will be timeless or just a fad that came and went.

Bridal Fashion Week affirmed the presence of a few trends we seem to get questions on. These trends are going to stick around and be seen all over Pinterest for a few more years! Lets break them down!

 

 

Bedroom Babe

Visibly seeing a corset top throws many brides off, its a bold move that will be carrying on through out next year. If a bride isn't typically used to seeing herself in sexier clothing wearing a wedding gown that has the underwear element to it can feel as exposed as Vera Wang's take on the trend for Spring 2017 (seen below). To some the thought of wearing a risque dress around family members could give someone a heart attack, having the dress lined in its more sheer panels can help relieve the situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bows Brought to Life

The statement bow is easy to accept for playful brides who dress very youthful but for those on a more serious side it is harder to love. Size is always an issue, in many cases we see the bride wanting a smaller sized bow or no bow at all. Its definitely a matter of personality and taste. One thing is certain that bows, flowers, and bling will not be leaving the scene as a means of giving life to wedding gowns.

 

 

A Matter of Color

Different tones of ivory, blush, and champagne are common to see for dress lining colors but Spring 17' brings a twist to color in the wedding industry. 'Something blue' can now be your entire dress not just a patch sewn in the inside of a gown or sticker on the bottom of a pair of heels. Black bridesmaids dresses are thrown to the curb and replaced with black wedding gowns for the not-so-traditional bride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bling It On

Bling will not be leaving us anytime soon, year by year the intricacy of the embellishments becomes more apparent and eye-catching. It makes sense figuring the way designers want to out-do a previous design and keep innovating. As women we want the same, we don't want the same look as our friends or even third-cousin removed's wedding gown. Bling and lace allow for differentiation. Lace isn't questioned like all the shine and shimmer is because we tend to think we are over-doing it. NEWS FLASH: It's your wedding day, go all out bling it on its not going out of style!

 

 

Patterns & Textures

Striped gowns and horsehair trim will be making another huge splash for the seasons to come. Much like bling different patterns and textures are hesitated against because we are unsure if we are over-doing it. Patterns can confuse us because we are used to seeing them on casual wear more so than a wedding gown. Until you try these bold gowns on you will never know how it will look on you!

 

 

GO BOLD BELLA'S

 

 

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