Our Brilliant Bride Samantha | Idaho forest Wedding

We love seeing couples getting married in venues that are personal for their big day, and today's couple did just that! Our Brilliant Bride Samantha vowed her love to her groom, Lane, in her grandma's backyard outside of Sandpoint, Idaho. They were married this past June surrounded by their closest friends and family, forest trees and vibrant florals from Kennewick Flower Shop.

Samantha said yes to her dream dress at our East Valley location. She wore a classic, natural-waist ballgown that looked picture perfect against the tall pines and meadow wildflowers. We are obsessed with the contrast between the satin bodice and lace + tulle skirt, and of course, those buttons down the back!

Thanks to Samantha + Lane for sharing their day with us and to their photographer, Amy Peterson, from Selkirk Ridge Photography for the great images!

2017 Winter Wedding Trends

This month starts the beginning of the winter wedding season! Can you believe it? If your wedding is coming up in the next few months, you probably have your details squared away. But we've been around long enough to know that there are brides on all sides of the planning spectrum. 

So whether you are planning for this winter or super on the ball for your wedding next winter, we've complied our favorite 2017 winter wedding trends. And they are simply beautiful! Each year we are blown away by the lovely weddings our brides plan, and writing this blog has gotten us gets us SO excited for these upcoming winter weddings!  

Drip Cakes 

We've seen naked cakes, simple white and greenery cakes and now the new new is drip cakes. If you haven't seen one of these cake videos on Instagram, you're missing out. Really! It's absolutely mesmerizing. 

And during the winter when the scenery is typically more gray and neutral, don't be afraid to spice up your color palette. We are loving how these blush, crimson and berry hues play together. The pastel and jewel-tone combo is a winner, for sure!

Velvet

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The velvet trend is coming in hard and fast! We are obsessed with this groom's emerald blazer and these sweet pink heels. But the applications are practically limitless. Imagine a velvet sash to show off your waistline or long, velvet ribbons falling from your bouquet. And of course, there is the ever popular The Mrs. Box or velvet lined invitations to add texture to your wedding flatlay. 

Bonus: This trend isn't just for weddings. Can you picture those adorable heels post wedding day with a pair of boyfriend jeans and a white t-shirt?!

Leather Jackets

Prints + Metallics + Jewel Tones

The Pantone color of the year for 2017 is Greenery, and that has allowed some really unique bride tribe looks. The days of boring, even ugly, bridesmaids dresses are long gone! Printed dresses have been sneaking their way into weddings throughout 2017 and are the perfect dress for your girls to wear more than once! #bless

But that's not the only trend we are seeing as we approach the colder months, assorted jewel tones are what's hot! This look takes mix-n-match to a whole new level. Not only does it let your tribe choose a dress in their favorite silhouette, but now, they can choose the color they feel best in! 

Last, but so not least, metallics are perfect for a glamorous wedding because who doesn't like shiny things?! Plus, metallic dresses feel extra festive during the holiday season.

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Neon

This might be one of our favorite tends on the list! And it's really not just for winter. This trend started popping up on our Instagram feed a few months ago. At first we were pretty skeptical about the cost, but as more inspo photos are coming out, we are really being won over.

The most cost effective way to add this modern detail into your wedding is through your invitations. The glow font is a fun update that definitely shouts "let's party!" If you're looking for the real deal, but buying outright isn't in the budget, check out rental companies. Keep in mind investing in a neon sign for your wedding means you'll get to enjoy it long after you've said "I do." It would be a great reminder of the promise you've made, while adding a unique decor element to your home together.

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Faux Fur

This is pretty classic for a winter wedding, but this inspo picture is the culmination of so many beautiful trends happening right now: lace fit-n-flare bridal gown, mix-n-match bridesmaid's dresses, metallics, and of course, fur! And we love the cream for the bride and gray for the girls.

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For more wedding trend inspo, check out The Knot and our social media pages.

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Give + Save Toy Drive

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Every year during the Holiday season, we like to focus on giving back to our community. It's one of our favorite times of year, and this year we're excited to announce several new partnerships! Each of our stores has chosen a local, non profit to work with to make a difference. All of our stores will be collecting toys for children in need. We know it isn't much, but to these kids it means the world. For many of them, this may be the only toy they receive during the holidays. 

Give a Toy + Save a $100 on your dream dress* 

So for December 3rd - December 9th, bring in a brand new toy to give and you'll save a $100 on your dream dress. If you've already purchased your dress or aren't quite ready for that journey yet, you can still contribute by bringing a toy to any one of our store locations.  We'd love to have you join us to make a difference in December!

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*Donations must be made at time of purchase. Does not apply to dresses currently on a hold or payment plan, clearance wedding dresses, cleaning or pressing services, alterations, accessories or other items. May not be combined with other sales, discounts or coupons. Donations have no cash value.

Our Brilliant Bride Sarah | Simply Beautiful Barn Wedding

Our Brilliant Bride Sarah and her groom, Marc, were married this spring in Littleton at The Barn at Raccoon Creek. One of our favorite local venues in the greater Denver area! Their pictures are full of the muted, pastel colors and lush greens, as you would expect from a spring wedding in Colorado. Their mantra while wedding planning was 'beauty in simplicity,' and you can see that beautifully executed in each design choice. 

Sarah found her gown at Brilliant Bridal Denver almost a full year out from her wedding date. She said yes to a stunning lace, fit and flare from Wtoo by Watters and accessorized with a crystal sash from Private Label to add some bling to her bridal look. And for all our fun brides who love to add pattern to your bridal aesthetic, you are going to love her shoes! 

Congrats Sarah + Marc, we wish you all the best in married life! Thanks for letting us be part of your day. And a special thank you to Elevate Photography for sharing their lovely photos with us!

We Won! The Knot Best of Weddings 2018

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Thanks to the stories and experiences you've all shared on The Knot over the past year, we are so excited to announce Brilliant Bridal is a winner of The Knot Best of Weddings 2018!

This award is especially meaningful to us because it's not like a Grammy or an Oscar, it's like a People's Choice award. Meaning, we wouldn't have won it without the votes from you, our sweet brides!!

And not only do your reviews earn us fun awards. You help us earn the opportunity to continue helping more brides find their dream wedding dress for way less! Over 80% of brides-to-be read reviews before working with a wedding vendor (you did, right?), so when you share your experience at Brilliant Bridal it helps other brides know they will have a great time shopping at one of our boutiques!

If you haven't had the chance yet to share your Brilliant Bridal experience online, we would so appreciate if you took a couple minutes to write a review for us. You can copy and paste your review anywhere you'd like, but the places that brides visit the most are: The Knot, Wedding Wire, Yelp and Facebook (Arizona, Denver + Las Vegas).  Just make sure you are reviewing the Brilliant Bridal location you visited, and if you remember the name of the bridal stylist you worked with, we are all about name dropping. :)