June 29, 2015

Bridal Style - For the love of lace

Are you are planning to have a non traditional or more intimate wedding ceremony & reception but  you don't want a traditional wedding dress?  Consider expanding your search from the traditional bridal boutique to specialty retailers such a Asos Online.   I love shopping at Asos because their styles are on trend and pricing is also great.

If you are a bride and love lace, you have to see some of my top picks for lace dresses that can be worn for the wedding or even as a second dress for your wedding reception if you are planning a dress change.  The looks below would also be great picks for bridal showers & the wedding rehearsal/dinner!

As with any online shopping, be sure to look at the companies sizing chart for better accuracy in size selection.  Asos in my opinion is pretty true to size & I love that their shipping is super fast!

Are you considering rocking lace on your wedding day?  What's your favorite look(s) from my top picks?

June 26, 2015

Marriage Equality - Love Wins #WedWeCan

Today marks a very historic day in American History.  The Supreme Court voted in favor of same sex marriage to be legalized in all 50 states in the US.

As a Bridal Stylist I look forward to working with couples to identify their wedding style whether it be a luxurious bridal gown or tailored tuxedo, your wedding style should tell the story of your individual style.


Image Credit: Clipartist.net

June 14, 2015

Bridal Style: Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription Service

So excited to be partnering with Rocksbox to share some amazing jewelry pieces for both bridal + personal style! 

Rocksbox is a subscription service that allows you to try out specially curated pieces and you can swap or keep what is sent to you each month! 

The subscription is $19/month however if you use my  Code: OpulentCoutureXOXO & you will receive 1 month free!! My first box literally was everything that I would rock with a little sparkle mixed into it! 

To sign up for your subscription visit Rocksbox.com & be sure to use the Code: OpulentCoutureXOXO for 1 free month! 

Brides, this would be a great gift for your bridesmaids for your wedding.  Its definitely the gift that keeps on giving!  

 I absolutely love the packaging for my 1st box!  

My first box is amazing!  Don't you agree?

May 25, 2015

I had the pleasure of styling Chelsea & Braden of Nashville for their engagement shoot that was in Antigua, Guatemala.  They were such a pleasure to work with and I must say even through the distance of the shoot their looks turned out amazing!

When planning your wedding & your engagement shoot style its important to select looks that are cohesive in color palette but also that complement your personal style as a couple.  With Chelsea and Braden they wanted their engagement pictures to reflect their personal style and to look natural.  I think we definitely achieved this with their engagement looks.

In shopping for their looks, we remained well within budget, shopped at stores that they loved  but also selected pieces that they can wear after the photoshoot is over.  There are many misconceptions of "Can I afford to hire a Bridal Stylist for my wedding?"  You really can't afford NOT to hire a Bridal Stylist if you aren't very style savvy.  You want to look your best for your engagement & wedding photos because lets face it....we are in a social media driven society and you want to make a first & lasting impression for one of the most important days of your life as a couple.

Bridal styling can be as unique and personal as you would like it to be.  As a Bridal Stylist I take the time to get to know my clients via style questionnaires & personal meetings to determine their personal style, overall wedding vision & also the vision that they may have for their engagement photos.  Its becoming very popular for couples to have destination engagement photoshoots as well as themed engagement shoots that capture the couples personality.  

Working with a Bridal Stylist for your wedding and engagement style actually helps you to eliminate the stress of shopping for "the perfect look" for your special day.  In working with Chelsea & Braden they completed their style questionnaire and we shopped together for 4-5 looks for their destination engagement shoot in Antigua Guatemala.  Believe it or not we scored those looks in under 3 hours of weekend shopping which is nothing short of amazing!!  If shopping is not your favorite past time I can shop for you and schedule in home fittings for your engagement style looks!

I would urge every couple that is recently engaged to seek out the assistance of a Bridal Stylist for your engagement & bridal style needs.  You want your engagement & wedding memories to be flawless and memorable because these memories will last a lifetime.  Trust me your wedding photographer will actually thank you when you work with a Bridal Stylist because it actually helps their editing process because your styles are cohesive.  Having a cohesive color palette, personal style & shoot location for your engagement images helps in telling your love story.

Image Credit:  Mariano Luna
Location:  Antigua Guatemala

Are you considering hiring a Bridal Stylist for your upcoming wedding?  Comment below I would love to connect with you!!  Opulent Couturier is available for Nashville & Destination Wedding Bridal Styling be sure to visit our website OpulentCouturier.com 

March 31, 2015

Bridal Style: Non Traditional - Yet Trendy Bridesmaid...

Lets face it, bridal style is everywhere, whether you are a bride, bridesmaid or Groom.  The pressure to look your best & stylish is present especially with the presence of social media.  Bridesmaids styles are pretty traditional unless you add a twist to it with variations of colors, lengths or even allowing the bridesmaids to pick their own dresses as long as its in the same color palette.

Well you know that bridal styling is my thing...right?  There is a resurgence of an old style trend that I think would be absolutely adorable for a afternoon Spring/Summer garden wedding.  Culottes!!  Now hear me out, Culottes were typically worn in the Victorian Era when women would go horseback riding because it very difficult to be lady-like and straddle a horse in a skirt.  Culottes is actually described as a "riding split skirt".   I rocked culottes probably 8-10 years ago when they made a come back into the fashion scene.  However if you have visited any major department store or specialty store in the last several weeks, culottes are definitely making a comeback for the Spring & Summer.

How to make them work for an afternoon wedding?  With today's style of culotte jumpers it would be easy to incorporate this style trend into your bridesmaid wedding attire.  I would suggest it for an afternoon or garden wedding.  This look could easily be accessorized with statement jewelry & also a pashmina to cover the arms for chilly evenings.   What's even better is the fact that your bridesmaids will be comfortable & confident because truthfully its appears like they are rocking a midi skirt until they walk and you can see the split. Win, Win!

Here is an example of a culottes jumper that I would recommend for a lower style budget wedding.  However if this is a style that you like, it would be simple to recreate this look with a more quality fabric + an amazing seamstreess for a luxury budget wedding as well!

Would you consider this as an option for your bridesmaids?  I personally love this look & would love to hear your thoughts!

Comment below!  As always for bridal styling please contact me at www.OpulentCouturier.com