Thursday, May 31, 2012

Grayson Elise and Serendipity Bridal

There are times that everything just fits into place, and something spectacular is created...and this is one of those instances.

Grayson Elise has been a brand in the making for many seasons, and is finally taking flight! The belts designed exclusively for Serendipity Bridal have been worn by hundreds of fabulous brides, and we could not be more proud!

As well as designing impressive accessory pieces, these bridal experts have surrounded themselves with an elite group of industry standouts to take their styling knowledge public. The Grayson Elise Styling Group consists of Forever Photography Studio, Lizama Videography, Visual Lyrics Floral Artistry, Vintique Rentals, Bittersweet Design Boutique, Maris Malone Calderone, and Jen Hoover from Pearl Salon and Makeup Studio. These members have been sought after and recognized as top talent in their trade for years, and as a collaborative team, the sky is the limit.

Vendors have already been able to capitalize one this team's success for marketing pieces, and now brides have the opportunity to experience this unbelievable work first hand. Stylized shoots customized to each bride are as professional as they come, and will be treasured for a lifetime.

Contact Grayson Elise founders for further details.

Monday, May 28, 2012

It's Here.....Watters Fall 2012 Trunk Show!!

This weekend we have the pleasure to unveil the innovative and ingenious Fall 2012 collection from Watters. These designs have generated tons of press buzz and oodles of industry ogles.....and we could not be more excited to get our hands on them!!

If you have yet to read my posts raving about this season's group of gowns from Watters, let me sum it up by saying, YOU HAVE TO SEE THESE DRESSES!! This collection is beyond beautiful and possess a personality all of its own. These two beauties were just a couple of the standouts for me.

The back detail is exquisite within many of these lovely lace pieces, and I could not be more in love with each of them!!

 The WTOO collection flaunts flirtiness at a fantastic price point. There is NO compromising here. Attention to detail and fit have once again made this designer a press favorite....and for good reason! These two lovelies are super swoon worthy.

The introduction to the "Encore" collection embodies current trends for brides that are looking for standout pieces for their special occasion ensembles, or getaway gowns. The little numbers are also a beyond perfect and precious choice as a short wedding dress. Here are just a few of my favorites.

The bridal party is not an after thought for this powerhouse design group. These flattering dresses are on-trend and fun to wear. Careful consideration of 9 additions to the already amazing color palettes, make the mix-n-match trend a breeze.

We are reserving appointments to view this collection with our specialty bridal stylists, for Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd, so be sure to schedule your appointment...they are booking up quickly. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pretty, Pretty Pinterest

Outdoor wedding season is upon us, and as the temps increase; styles have to change accordingly. Always an advocate for finding inspiration via Pinterest, I thought I would post my favorite recent up 'do pins to prove that this look is not just for prom queens.

Not only are these chic styles humidity friendly; they are also a great canvas for stylish accessories, such as amazing earrings, boho bands, and glamourous combs....not to mention, there is the utmost security for veil placement within these teased matter how what the weather might bring.

At a recent press photo shoot, hair extraordinaire, Jen Hoover,   took an already beautiful ballerina bun to another level of chic by simply surrounding the 'do with a beaded headband and finishing it off with a dainty bow. The look was both dainty and dangerously fabulous. Swoon. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Serendipity Bride Rocks Her WTOO Gown!

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending one of my favorite brides (and muses), Sara's, unbelievable wedding at Mercury Hall. Every detail was stunning and the Sorella gown from the Watters' WTOO collection was such a flattering silhouette for her figure. She looked A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Her styling choices were spot-on for her fun and fashionable personality. I was lucky enough to assist her with the selection of her gown and accessories, but the finishing touches were all Sara.....and I happen to think that they were beyond perfect. Her hubby had a hand in her look all as well. Moments before the nuptials, he sent her a gift....Kendra Scott "Finn" earrings in pearly white. Such a sweet and stylish gesture. :)

The slimming shape of her gown is such a stunning look, that Sara wisely chose to keep the overall silhouette and her bouquet the main focus for the ceremony. (Not to mention her gorgeous mug! ) The simple veil placed low and back within her 'do creates a modern touch, and the rhinestone buttons strategically placed down the back of the gown add sparkle to an already glorious shape.

Once the party started, Sara added her customized "Andreas" sash from Serendipity's exclusive Grayson Elise belt collection. The silk satin ribbon in stone paired with the handmade ivory feather flower add dimension and texture to her tailored gown as well as emphasizes her tiny waist.

Sara styled her bridal party with the same swagger in mind. :) Each member chose a gray gown that complimented their personality and body type. To create fluidity throughout the looks, Sara paired each outfit with a variety of vibrant green earrings from the Kendra Scott collection. Love special touches like these. Serendipity is lucky enough to fulfill customized KS orders like such as this to help bring the entire bridal parties' look together.

I cannot wait to see the finished photos from this treasured bride's big day!! Congrats to Sara and Mike!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Serendipity Gets a Face Lift....

We are beyond pleased to share photos of our work in progress renovations! The boutique has received an adorable refreshment, and we could not be more proud. The salon is intimate yet spacious, and the dressing rooms are private, with the addition of grand "double door" drama to reveal that 'a-ha' moment. Every bride should remember the experience of selecting her gown, and we feel like this is the perfect setting to do so. The Serendipity Bridal team consistently strives to bring our beloved brides the best that this industry has to offer, and our efforts prove it.

Notice the original sketches that each of our wonderful designers contributed to complete our special...serendipitous, indeed.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bridal Gowns and Cowboy Boots

I was recently asked by a publication what the new trend in bridal shoe wear is, and far and away, the trend of pairing both wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses with cowboy boots is the most popular.

I think that we can thank Mrs. Miranda Lambert for her adorable styling for this uprising trend....

The pairing of short, full a-line dresses for her bridal party, complete with tulle underlays could not look cuter with boots. These cowgirls collaboratively make up one of the best "mix-n-matched" celebrity bridesmaids' looks to date. I love how every member has a different pair of personal boots. There are no wall flowers in this group!

Miranda played it smart by changing from a long ceremony gown (which happened to be her mother's), to a shorter, more playful dress. This shows off her personality and style perfectly!

 Proper fit tip: If you are one of the brazen bombshells that decide to wear your sassy cowgirl boots, be sure to stay consistent. If you only plan on wearing them for the reception, be sure to choose a matching heel height for the shoe that you sport for your ceremony, and visa versa. The hemline can only be cut to one length, so make sure that both shoes are one likes to two-step with a torn hemline.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Angelina Jolie's Fantasy Wedding Gown Sketches from

She is no Princess, but Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are "the Royal couple in Hollywood", so there will be just as much buzz, if not more about what this wild card bride will wear. Check out what some of the top bridal designers sketched for showcasing their interpretation of an inspirational bridal look with Jolie in mind.

Sketch by: Theia

 Sketch by: Watters 

Sketch by: Alfred Angelo

Sketch by: Reem Acra

Personally, I am on "Team Jen," but I am extremely intrigued by Jolie's style and her impact on global matters, so I gather that there will be more thought into what she wears rather than what is the most flattering. For this reason, I lean towards the design by Haley Paige, and what inspiration is behind this designer's fantasy wedding gown creation...
Sketch by: Haley Paige

"I believe her presence will revolve around a promise for the future in recognition of her diverse family unit and appreciation for her ability to positively influence others on a global scale," says Paige, who designs her own line as well as the Jim Hjelm Blush collection. "This look embodies worldly influence by incorporating the different weaving, beading, and embroidery techniques from the five regions of her children: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Namibia, France, and Vietnam."  Haley Paige.

Sketch by: Angel Sanchez

Sketch by: Lela Rose

We would love to hear what sketch  you think best describes Angelina Jolie's style!! 

Please read blog to see what each designer had to say about their personal inspiration. I am constantly in awe of the thought process that actually goes into creating a wedding gown. These designers are so creative and talented!  

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pretty JLM Pubications!

JLM Couture recently posted some of their favorite press pictures, and I adored them so much, that I feel compelled to share them again! Is your favorite in the mix?

 My obvious #1 choice is a Lazaro gown complete with Longhorn cuff links! 

 I adore this aqua inspiration grouping. Jim Hjelm #5232 has that hint of 70's style that I cannot get enough of! 

 Jim Hjelm #5240  demonstrates the proper way to practice subtle sophistication for any black tie event.

 Right on trend, the draping of Jim Hjelm #5215 gives a flowy and flattering silhouette, while color blocking at the natural waist to create an hour glass figure. 

Can't get enough lace?? I am with you!! The lace panel in Jim Hjelm #5222 surrounded by chic, tailored black mikado is like an instant slim a bridesmaids' dress?!? Who knew?!?! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Met Gala Fashion Frenzy!!

Such a fun night for fashion!! It's a trendy night where anything goes, and I eat it up like candy! ;)

Here is a fun recap of terrific trends taken from the red carpet and interpreted into wedding styles. Enjoy!!

The high and low of it....Hayley Paige's Blush gown translates this trend adorably!

Trumpeted Tulle Skirts play a softer tune when sampled in these blush tones. Jim Hjelm's floral embellishment add whimsy and romance.

The glamourous look of a one shoulder draped dress is here to stay. Amsale's silk chiffon gown is one of my favorites!

Super slits. This Jim Hjelm Blush gown adds sweetness to the sexy slit with lace and a ribbon bow detail at the waist.

There were a plethora of peplum skirts on the red carpet. This Lazaro gown from the Fall 2012 collection is a peplum style with a twist.

Here is another pretty peplum look with a shorter hemline. The Watters' version from their Encore collection adds another trend by pairing a sheer lace neckline.

This keyhole detail is a great way to bring the focus to the face. It is an instant jeweled neckline. Monique Lhuillier demonstrates this look with this lovely silk chiffon bridesmaids gown.

Monique Lhuillier is once again right on track with the latest trends. Her new collection introduces the pretty look of manipulated tulle overlays. Peek at some more of her new styles for 2012.

This was my FAVORITE look of the evening...the elaborate hem and easy-breezy feel of this boho chic style appears effortless! ML "gets" this style perfectly.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sarah Seven is Coming to Serendipity Bridal!!

This is BEYOND huge! I have been following the success of this young designer for a few seasons now, and we have finally wooed her enough to bring her amazing collection to our boutique! These dresses ooze romance and I am smitten.

We will be the exclusive retailer for Sarah Seven Bridal gowns in Texas, and could not be more excited!! If you are not one of her loyal followers, Sarah is a fresh young designer that designs, creates, AND manufactures gowns at her studio in San Francisco. Her creations are delicate, feminine and innovative and have her distinct aesthetic stamped into each and every piece. The fabrics are light and unfussy, and her silhouettes are custom created to allow each individualistic brides' beauty shine.

I am an uber fan, and had the pleasure of selecting gowns from her Spring 2013 collection as well as customizing a constant favorite, (Practially Perfect),
to make it a one of a kind piece exclusively for Serendipity Bridal.

 Here are some images of the Spring 2013 collection sure to be an instant hit just as the past seasons.

The anticipation and demand for these dresses has been so great, that we simply could not wait until summer to debut the Spring 2013 collection....we are so please to announce that these AMAZING pieces will arrive to our showroom floor at the end of May!!! As if that was not exciting enough, Sarah Seven herself will make an appearance the last month of July at our trunk show with the "press favorites" collection in hand. If there is a specific dress from previous collections that you would like to see, please let us know now so we can ensure it is at the show.