Wedding Dress

July 12

Style Swoon: Back Story

Looking for a pop of surprise and aw when you are making your grand entrance? We adore the Fall and Winter trend of ditching the traditional veil and opting for a beautifully embellished or open backed wedding dress. Not only do unique backs make exquisite photos, but they leave an element of memorability and stately beauty that will leave your guests (and groom) swooning. Which lovely gown would you choose for your big day?

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 Photo Credits: 1) 100 Layer Cake 2) Paul Vincent Photography 3) Style Bistro 4) South Bound Bride


March 9

Rant or Rave: Letting the Groom See the Dress

According to superstition, the groom should not see the bride in her dress before the wedding. Some people stick to to this tradition others throw it to the wind. Are you letting him see the dress or keeping it a surprise? Rant or rave!

Here is a what a few of our Facebook fans had to say:

“no! he didn’t even want me to let him know when i bought it.” -Lynn

“I did, but he only saw it on the hanger. It looked totally different on me…and he was so surprised!” -Liz

“He was with me when I bought it. It was his fave and mine too!!! We threw tradition out the window! Its 2012!” -Jenefer

“No way. I’m hoping he’ll fall in love with me all over again when I walk down that aisle :-)” -Sarah

“he was my second opinion…this is OUR wedding, not mine. And I will chime in about his attire, and he can do so with mine. Now he won’t see me in it until the day, but yes, he is my partner :)” -Jennifer

“No but tradition goes out the window when pics are taken before the ceremony so why not???” -Danielle


October 18

Bride’s Diary: I Said “Yes” to the Dress!

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

The dress has been one of the final outstanding items on my checklist. After going to multiple stores, a few online purchases (yes, it’s worth a try!) and many hours of looking for inspiration… I said “yes” to the dress! Not only was it the first dress I ever tried on, but I found it online at a wedding boutique that was closing and offering a perfect condition sample in my size—at 40% off! Yes, you heard right. When I saw that, I knew it was meant to be. To make matters even better? It arrived last night and fits practically perfect. With my shoes, I don’t even need to have it hemmed. How is that for good luck?

While I can’t show you the dress (c’mon gotta keep some things a surprise, right?), I can tell you it’s designed by Ivy and Aster—one of my favorite boutique wedding dress brands.

In other not-so-fortunate news, we have decided to change our honeymoon location. We had planned to go to Greece and Turkey, but due to the unstable economy, we didn’t want to take a chance. Now we are brainstorming new places to go. So many options makes it that much harder to pull the trigger. Any ideas? We are all ears.

French Riviera?



Meet Jessica

Jessica and Dan met nearly 7 years ago on Myspace. (Remember Myspace?) It took weeks of contemplation until they decided to finally meet… and I guess you could say the rest was history. After discovering their mutual shoe addiction, surviving countless Thanksgiving family meals together and three apartment/house moves later—they are officially ready to tie the knot.

Jessica and Dan are getting married May 27, 2012 at Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Los Angeles.


January 25

What Style Wedding Dress Fits You Best?

Looking for the perfect wedding dress? Get fun bridal fashion tips from our guest blogger, Bella Pictures, who breaks down your dress dilemma into seven distinct styles:

Strapless with Detail: On her big day, Caroline opted for a classic dress with a sleek empire waist and simple beaded details. Her minimal make-up and modest jewelry choices are perfect for the “laid-back” bride.

Simple with Bold Accessories: Mikaela took a simple white dress and accessorized it with bold and bright statement pieces for a chic look. This pairing is both fun and trendy!

Old Hollywood Glam: Kristi’s dress is a tribute to the glamour of the 1940s. Paired with bold make-up and no jewelry, this dress is a statement of its own.

Vintage: This vintage gown that Kelly chose for her wedding looks amazing with all her vintage accessories (earrings, veil and ring).

Couture Gown: For Tovah’s New Year’s Eve Wedding, she went for a dress as extravagant as the event. Her pink wedding and party dress is a great option for the non-traditional bride.

Sheer with Embroidered Details: Kristen’s simple and elegant dress is perfect for the classic bride. She opted to pair her dress with other classic staples like a long veil, pearls and a simple updo.

Princess Gown: Cristina’s style of dress is the number one choice for many brides. It’s classic and elegant and when paired with a tiara, and it will really make you feel like a princess on your big day!

Want to see if Bella Pictures is available on your wedding date? Click here to find out!

About Bella Pictures

Bella Pictures is the most recognized name in premium wedding photography and video, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

Bella now offers an expansive wedding photography portfolio, with hundreds of wedding galleries and slideshows from all around the country, as well as a daily blog and a helpful planning section that features engagement session ideas, wedding day photo itineraries, budget-saving tips and more.

Most importantly, Bella now provides a completely transparent shopping experience, allowing couples to customize and buy photography, video and albums online.


January 11

A Lovely New Wedding Line: Eye Candy

If you’re in search of fresh bridal fashion inspiration, you’ve got to check out Ivy & Aster. This new (and utterly delightful) line of gowns and social dresses is delicate and divine. Short gowns range from $600–$900, tea-length and long gowns range from $1200–$3000 and all bridesmaid dresses are less than $300—what’s not to love?

Here are a few of our favorite styles, along with some highlights from their accessories collection. Simply lovely!

Love these frocks and accessories from Ivy & Aster? Leave us a comment below!