Monday, February 24, 2014

Our Bella Bridesmaids

Our Bella beauties...

Bella Bridesmaid: Dallas  Bride: Summer Larson Mohn   Designer: Love Lane
Style: Tori-Long   Fabric: Crinkle Chiffon   Color: Champagne
Photographer: Nicole Berrett Photography
Bella Bridesmaid: Shreveport   Bride: Madeline Roberts DeBlieux   Designer: twobirds
Style: Ballgown   Fabric: Jersey Blend   Color: Blush
Photographer: Brandi Smyth Photography

Bella Bridesmaid: Chicago  Bride: Meghan Blabolil Jarvis  Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Style(s): 450087   Fabric: Tulle  Color: Blush
Photographer: Allori Photography

Bella Bridesmaid: NYC  Bride: Alice Ng   Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Style(s): Varied    Fabric: Chiffon   Color: Blush

Bella Bridesmaid: Boston   Bride: Rebecca  Designer: Ceremony by Joanna August
Style(s): Varied  Fabric: Chiffon   Color: All Tomorrow's Parties
Photographer: Meeko & Redge Photography

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Real Wedding Q&A

How did you meet your fiancée?

Curtis and I met in the dorms during our first year in college. We instantly became close friends, and stayed that way throughout school. It wasn't until our senior year that we took a leap of faith...needless to say, we never looked back. :) 

How did you choose the location for your wedding? What type of venue were you looking for?  

We knew immediately that we wanted to return to our beloved college town, San Luis Obispo, for our wedding day. It's where it all started, and it’s just so beautiful... what better place to bring our friends and family to celebrate! We wanted a venue that would showcase all that we love about the area...the coastal climate & gorgeous countryside in particular, and settled on a new venue, Greengate Ranch, tucked into the rolling hills of Edna Valley wine country. It was just perfect. 

How did you decide on your bridesmaids dresses? Tell us about your experience at Bella!
Choosing my bridesmaid dresses was the very first thing that I did and one of the easiest! The Saturday after we got engaged, Curtis and I spent a weekend celebrating with my family. As I was sitting on the living room floor browsing through bridal catalogs with my mom and sister, I spotted the Joanna August Ceremony line... SOLD! The dresses had just the look and feel that I wanted for my girls. I wanted them to feel fabulous, but still be able to kick up their heels and celebrate with us without worrying about a wardrobe malfunction. 

Nine bridesmaids meant nine different personalities, body types, and styles! I wanted each of my wonderful gals to feel special, so I chose three different styles (Blair, Dani, & 8th Avenue long) and three different colors (Tiny Dancer, All Tomorrow's Parties, & Landslide) to work with. This allowed me to give each of my maids their own unique look, as no two dresses were exactly the same. Something else to note is that my girls live all over California (from LA to Sacramento), making it impossible to get everyone together in one location for a dress fitting. The Joanna August Ceremony line uses elastic waistbands, and is sized SM, MED, LRG, etc. which made it so easy to size each person. 

Cassidy with Bella Bridesmaid (Los Angeles) was a dream to work with. She was sure to have the styles and colors I was interested in pulled for my appointment, was so supportive and helpful as I pieced each dress combo together, and made herself available for any questions we had during the process. The experience was so enjoyable, and I was thrilled with the end result! 

Who designed your bridal gown. Where did you get it?
Tara Keely by Lazaro from JLM Couture in Los Angeles...a fabulous recommendation from Cassidy at Bella. I literally had the "aha" moment with my dress. After a day of shopping and finding a handful of dresses that I liked, I walked out of the dressing room in my Tara Keely gown, saw the look on my mom and sister's faces, and knew it was the one! 

What was your favorite part of the day?
It's just too hard to choose. 1) I loved getting ready in the house on the hill that overlooked our venue. Waking up there with my bridesmaids and being able to watch as everything was set-up and people arrived (including my groom) was really special. 2) Walking down the aisle was unreal. It wasn't until then that it all sunk in. 3) We love to party! We practically cut our photos short because we were just too anxious to join our loved ones at the reception. We ate, drank, and boogied the night away. 

What inspired you when you were planning your big day?
I had so much fun creating our romantic countryside wonderland. Aside from the bridesmaid dresses, we let the inspiration of the venue lead the way. The ranch was already so gorgeous in its natural state that we decided to stick to neutral, soft colors, wild and textural florals, and interesting, but soft fabrics like lace to lend a natural theme to the design. Because the look and feel of the ranch lent us so much freedom, we then didn't worry about matching every little detail! We wanted to create an atmosphere that was beautiful & romantic, yet warm & welcoming, so our decisions were based on those goals and we didn't look back!

What advise do you have for other brides?
Don't sweat the small stuff, and enjoy being a fiancée! It's such a special time that often gets overlooked due to the excitement of planning a wedding. We had a speedy seven month engagement, and had to often remind ourselves to stop and enjoy the moment. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Glowing Grammys.

The carpet may have been red, but was definitely lit up with glistening gowns!

Our favorite award show of the season, mostly for the fashion (and the hope of a JT appearance), shimmery gowns were a staple at the 2014 Grammy awards this year. Stars like T-swift & Ciara (looking adorable with her baby bump) sparkled in their metallic gowns!

We picked out some of our absolute favs to help your bridal party shine bright like a diamond!

Dresses by Adrianna Papell, Kirribilla & Jenny Yoo via Bella Bridesmaid

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Simply Radiant

Move over emerald, here comes radiant orchid! Crowned the Pantone color of the year for 2014, this rich jewel tone is perfect for your spring/summer wardrobe! If Giuliana Rancic and Oprah can do it, so can we!!

Also the perfect color to use as a cheerful inspiration for your upcoming nuptials! From decor to cakes, this fabulous floral will make the perfect wedding color palette!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Our Bella Bridesmaids.

 Bella Bridesmaid: Chicago   Bride: Kathryn Groves   Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Style(s): 450084 & 450087   Fabric: Tulle  Color: Blush
Photographer: Jean Smith Photography
  Bella Bridesmaid: Charleston  Bride: Annie Hutson McEwen  Designer: LulaKate
Style: Hannah   Fabric: Matte Silk  Color(s): Custom
Photographer: Gayle Brooker 

 Bella Bridesmaid: Houston  Bride: Brittany  Designer: LulaKate
Style(s): Varied  Fabric: Silk Shantung  Color: Aubergine
Photographer: David Schwartz Photography

  Bella Bridesmaid: Nashville  Bride: Carrie Choate 
Designer(s): Ceremony by Joanna August & Leona
Style(s): Varied  Fabric: Crepe De Chine & Chiffon Color(s): Varied
Photographer: Jonathan David Photography
  Bella Bridesmaid: West Hartford  Bride: Kimberly Shellman  Designer: Amsale
Style(s): Varied   Fabric: Silk Crinkle Chiffon   
Color(s): Truffle, Champagne, Blush and Shell print Chiffon
Photographer: Candace Jeffrey 

More to come from our blushing bride above, Kimberly Shellman...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

It's New Year's Eve ladies, the perfect time to re-wear your fabulous bridesmaid dress! This Monique Lhuillier tulle dress, paired with a paisley clutch and beautiful bangles is the perfect sparkly combo to ring in the new year! Complete your look with a glittery shade of blush, and you'll be entering 2014 in style!

Dress-Monique Lhuillier, strapless tulle sweetheart dress via Bella Bridesmaid
Clutch-Metallic Paisley Jacquard Minaudiere
Bracelets-Pyramid Stretch Bracelets
Blush-Shimmer bloc in pink mosaic