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Boho Chic Style Ideas

Boho Chic Style Ideas

10/31/2017
Real Stella York Bride Monica + David

 

Boho weddings allow you to have the wedding you want, not the wedding you’re told to have. With romantic and personal touches, bohemian weddings free effortless and carefree, but also stylish and unique. Planning a boho wedding can seem daunting because the most important aspect of a boho wedding is the details. There are so many directions you can go, too. From the desert to the mountains, from a rustic church to an industrial space, boho weddings are anywhere and encompass any style.

1. Dress – First things first, the dress! Your wedding dress really sets the tone for the whole wedding. Choosing a dress with a strong lace pattern will give your wedding a romantic, boho feeling. Keep it simple and uncomplicated with a dress that you feel comfortable in. One of our favorite boho wedding dresses is from designer Martina Liana. Perfect for the fashion-forward, boho-inspired bride, Style 889 is made of bold, graphic lace in a more sexy silhouette with deep side cutouts.

If you want something a little more flowy, we suggest a dress from Martina Liana’s separates collection. By pairing the lacey Britt bodysuit with the dreamy Sawyer skirt, boho brides can create a very ethereal look for their wedding day ‘I do.’

2.Flowers – Flowers are an important element to every wedding, but at a boho wedding, they place an even more crucial role. Hand-tied arrangements are especially beautiful and lend an organic wedding to a boho nuptial. When choosing flowers, remember that sometimes a color palette isn’t always as important as the movement different flowers create. Choose flowers with different textures, colors, heights and lengths with plenty of greenery for a completely boho bouquet. Finish your bouquet with a silk, frayed ribbon or piece of burlap.

Trend We Love: Desert Chic Weddings

3. Hair – Once you’ve picked out the perfect boho wedding dress, next comes your hair. Highlight the back of your dress by wearing your hair up in a braided ‘do, or down in soft waves if you have a lace dress with sleeves. Add a flower crown or jeweled crown for an added boho element. Check out our blog post on our favorite boho hairstyles for more inspiration.

Essense of Australia Style D1934

4. Makeup – By keeping your makeup simple and clean, you can achieve a boho look that is still timeless. Try to stay away from false lashes that are too heavy and thick and go for a more natural look. Give your cheeks a glowy look with plenty of bronzer and dewy highlighter. Finish your makeup with a light pink lip shade or deep red tone for a perfectly boho style.

5. Venue – Maybe the second most important element to a boho wedding after the dress is the venue. Whether you want an industrial chic wedding or a rustic barn ceremony, venues allow you to be creative with your ‘I do’. Think about how much decorating you want to do at a venue and how the layout will impact the timeline of events. Do you want to have your ceremony and reception at the same? Do you want guests to be able to stay on the property during your wedding weekend? What about catering or transportation? For a boho wedding, look for a venue with character. Look for unique elements like exposed beams, stone floors, sky lights, and an indoor/outdoor spaces that can lend themselves to your bohemian wedding theme.

6. Groom – Your groom’s style is just an important as your own on your special day. What we love so much about boho weddings, is how they seem to reflect the style of both the groom and the bride. Ask your groom if he’s up for wearing a bow tie for the wedding, adding a whimsical touch. If you’re wearing an effortless lace boho wedding dress, forgo the traditional tux for your guy, and instead opt for a grey suit with no jacket.

Martina Liana Style 936

7. Bridesmaids – Keep the boho theme going by having your bridesmaids in boho style gowns. Off-the-shoulder styles with flowy silhouettes are the idea look for your bridal party. In soft lavender or a neutral mix-and-match palette, your squad will match your boho style perfectly!

8. Invites – Invitations are a great way for you to convey the boho theme to your guests. It is the first thing guests will see before coming to your wedding – unless you’ve been all over Pinterest! Try water colored paper with scripted lettering for an outdoor wedding. For an industrial chic boho wedding, go with monochromatic invited in grey, black and white with block letters. Pro tip: have the same designer do all of your paper stock from the invited to the seating cards for a cohesive look.

9. Food – Whether you realize it or not, food can give your wedding an unexpected boho element. Forgo the usual meat and veggies dinner and instead serve whatever your favorite foods as a couple are! Maybe your fiance proposed after a favorite meal, or you on a date you cooked something special, try recreating it for your dinner. Bonus points if you can incorporate the farm-to-table movement at your reception.

10. Decor – Don’t overlook decor when it comes to your boho wedding. A great backdrop behind your sweetheart table made of reclaimed wood can be fun and whimsical. Add hanging light for a more intimate feeling. For a desert chic wedding, add cacti and succulents to the tables with brightly colors pinatas hanging from the ceiling. If you’re having a barn wedding, add greenery to beams and use personalized mason jars as place settings. For even more whimsy, have a custom photobooth background for your guests!

How To: Add Flowers to Your Wedding Cake

Boho weddings really can be as creative and unique as you want – you just have to use your imagination! Keep things personal and focus on giving your guest a good time, rather than feeling formal.

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Introducing Nouveau Sequin!

Introducing Nouveau Sequin!

9/29/2017

An Art-Deco Inspired Gown

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You asked we delivered! Introducing a new collection from our Sorella Vita Designer Series: Nouveau Sequin. A completely different look and very Art-Deco inspired, it includes silhouettes you and your bridal party will love, in a new fabric that is unique and versatile. With the stunning attention to detail that you have come to know from Sorella Vita, we’ve created what we feel is the next big trend for bridesmaids.

What makes these Nouveau Sequin gowns so unique? We know you love our Sorella Vita Designer Series: Modern Metallics line and we see this as the next step in this popular matte sequin trend. More and more, brides are wanting to have multiple options for creating a mix-and-match bridal party look, which reflects their personal style, while other brides are looking for special fabrics and styles that will give their Maid of Honor her stand-out moment, and Nouveau Sequin is perfect for both looks!

Nouveau Sequin’s Art Deco-inspired pattern is a custom creation, unique to Sorella Vita. The matte-sequin style done in flatting, modern silhouettes, making these gowns super chic. We especially love pairing these styles in cool-toned parties, or in more neutral tones. With so many ways to do sequin, you really can have a style that is as amazing and unique as you want. What’s great about Nouveau Sequin, is that this pattern coordinates perfectly with most of our existing sequin colors, taking the guesswork out of trying to find matching and/or complementary hues. This Art-Deco pattern even pairs seamlessly with our tulle and chiffon fabrics, too. Try a sultry platinum sequin gown, with light blues and grays for a modern look. For something more feminine, try rose gold sequin shades with dusty lavender in silky chiffon. Trust us, your girls will thank you later for making them look so good!

Looking to make the current bridesmaid trend of mix-and-match work in all sequin? Perfect! Look no further than pairing Nouveau Sequinwith styles 8938 and 8689! Each dress feels glamorous enough for an evening wedding yet relaxed enough for a trendy wedding at a reclaimed industrial space. Let your ‘maids decide which Sorella Vita dress fits her signature style and feel comfortable knowing that all your girls will still have a cohesive look no matter which gowns they choose!

Want more fabulous style from Sorella Vita? Of course, you do! Check out our Pinterest boards to see more new arrivals from Sorella Vita or book your appointment now to try these dresses on! 

 

 

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Shades of Lipstick for every bride!

Shades of Lipstick for every bride!

8/31/2017

SHADES OF LIPSTICK FOR EVERY BRIDE

FROM OUR DESIGNER MAGGIE SOTTERO

It’s generally recommended that brides stick to their hair-and-makeup comfort zone on their wedding day. It makes sense; your look should be a chic upgrade to your everyday aesthetic, something that makes you feel most like your charming and radiant self. That being said, we’re here to advocate for a little fun when it comes to lip color. Consider this: for the non-Taylor-Swift-types, lipstick might be something that feels overly conspicuous at the office or even a casual cocktail party. At a wedding, however, atmospheric conditions align to empower your cheekiest, flirtiest, and most charismatic of personas to emerge. And if you hit just the right note of ease and upgrade, you can achieve a lovely-yet-striking lip color that stands out in a sea of rosy neutrals. Keep reading for more from our Maggie and Midgley brides! (And don’t forget our Fairytale Princess Quiz, just for funsies.)

CHERRY RED LIPS

Start with the shade Queen Cleopatra achieved by grinding bugs into a paste (you know the one: classic carmine!). Cherry red lipstick evokes beauty, health, femininity, and exuberance, and shows up great on film. (As a general rule, go a little brighter with lip color than you think to avoid looking washed out in photographs.

Shades of Lipstick for Every Bride - Cherry red lipstick evokes beauty, health, femininity, and exuberance, and shows up great on film. Shades of Lipstick for Every Bride - Cherry red lipstick evokes beauty, health, femininity, and exuberance, and shows up great on film.
 

PINK AND CORAL HUED LIPSTICK

From red, dial it up to pink and coral hues. Think bright fuchsia with chic and understated eye makeup, or luxe rouge-hued satin with a smoky eye. Just don’t get too glossy on this end of the scale; it’s destined to disappear before you ever reach the altar. And while matte textures are all kinds of scrumptious in photos (i.e. Pinterest),they tend to get a little flat IRL.

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NEUTRAL BRIDAL LOOK

If you do want to go the neutral route, opt for nudes and beiges. They aren’t as photo-ready as the red scale, but offer a sexy and modern look nevertheless. Channel Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid with smoky eyes and bold brows, or go beachy glam with bronzed lids and a dewy highlighter.

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DEEP MAUVES AND PURPLES

Give in to the dark side with deep mauve and purple hues, including a dark plum stain or plush magenta. Dark reds make you look vampy and mysterious… your photographs will look striking and sophisticated for years to come!

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SWITCH IT UP

Still not convinced? Go classic for the ceremony and switch to a party-ready pout for the reception. A fabulous shade of electric pink or smoky plum is guaranteed to get the festivities rolling.

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Other ways to incorporate these iconic little tubes of magic: have your bridesmaids wear matching shades of lipstick, give candy-colored cosmetics as favors, or request a makeover party or department-store outing as part of your bridal shower. Above all, have fun! Donning lipstick should be playful and fabulous, not a maintenance chore or surrealist nightmare. And besides, half the pleasure is experimenting: try a few shades during your bridal beauty timeline, take some selfies, and test out your new look at a party or friend’s wedding. Transformation strikes in unexpected ways…

 

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Be a Bridal Cottage Ambassador!

Be a Bridal Cottage Ambassador!

8/18/2017

Hello Bridal Cottage Brides!

Our brides are forever a part of The Bridal Cottage family!  You are all Bonded by a Common Thread. You are a representative of our most proud moments, our most cherished memories.  You are what make us love what we do as professionals and enjoy coming to our job each and every day.

That is why we focus our advertising on our brides.  Because you are the ones that can tell our story the best! 

We are looking for Bridal Ambassadors of The Bridal Cottage.  Being a Bridal Cottage Bride, you have personal knowledge on who we are, and we want you to represent us!

As an Ambassador, you will:

  • Be featured in our advertising for one year, including Arkansas Bride, our website and all our social media sites
  • Be an advocate in the community for The Bridal Cottage
  • Attend a few events throughout the year to represent The Bridal Cottage
  • Receive a free wedding gown preservation

In order to be considered, you must:

  • Attend an all day photo shoot on Monday, September 18th Photography by Sterling Imageworks, Hair and Makeup by Wicked Salon, Flowers by Tipton & Hurst and location shoot at Alda’s Magnola Hill
  • Attend the Little Rock Bridal Show on Sunday, January 14th, 2018
  • Be able to wear your bridal gown

Submit two wedding photos showcasing you in your gown and a short paragraph on why you would like to be an Ambassador of The Bridal Cottage to consultant@bridalcottageonline.com.  Deadline for submission is Wednesday, August 30th.

HUGS!

Lindy, Owner

Thank you to our lovely brides that were featured this past year!!!  

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DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers!

DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers!

8/11/2017

 

 

DIY WEDDING IDEA: LACE CHOKERS BY:

You’ve seen our super-cool lace chokers in our Sottero and Midgley collections—now it’s time to make one of your own! Keep scrolling for the trend breakdown.

1. Assemble your materials: lace motif on illusion or lace pattern, scissors, tape measure, snaps.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS:

  • lace, lace motif, ribbon
  • needle and thread
  • snaps
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • tape measure

2. Measure your neck to determine length of lace needed.

DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers

3. Measure and cut your lace. If you’re working with motifs on illusion, carefully trim away the illusion to create the desired effect. Leave an overlap of lace to be snapped at the neck.

4. Sew or glue snaps at the lace overlap.

DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers

5. Don your work of art and dance the night away!

DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers
DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers

(And while you’re riding high on DIY, get inspired by these other bridal-ready accessories!)

DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers
DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers
DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers

 

 

 

 

 

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