Celebrating Marriage Equality Anniversary

The two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage across the country happened earlier this week. Marriage equality isn't something that we want to take for granted and it deserves to be celebrated, so we are featuring a few of our Brilliant Brides' real weddings from this past year! To our brides and to many other couples and families this decision means the world, and we want to partner with them to show that love is love!

We hope that these images inspire you to plan your own wedding with love at the center and not to get caught up in all of the extra stuff. Focus on your marriage and each other, and the rest will fall into place. But one thing we can definitely help you figure out is what to wear on your big day! Wether you need to complement your fiancé's dress or tux (or anything else they might want to wear), we've got you covered!

Erin and Elana

Elana selected a gorgeous lace David Tutera gown that fit her personality so well, sweet, feminine and delicate! The v-neck straps and traditional buttons on the back of the dress were the perfect classical touch. Elana and Erin definitely have similar tastes as they both rocked lace dresses with dramatic backs, but each chose a dress to let their personal bridal style shine. 

Their photographer, Suzy Goodrick, did a phenomenal job capturing Erin and Elena's big day. You can see more beautiful photos from their wedding on Suzy's blog post. 

Courtney and Lindsay

Courtney chose a romantic, Justin Alexander a-line, gown that paired perfectly with Lindsay's fit-n-flare lace dress. The illusion neckline and full satin skirt make Courtney look like a modern day princess without taking too much of the spotlight off Lindsay! We love how similar these two dresses are with the illusion detailing, long trains and lace accents; they literally look like they were made to be worn together, and yet, each gown is distinctly different to let their charming personalities room to shine through. 

Thank you From The Hip Photo for sharing these gorgeous photos from Courtney and Lindsay's wedding day. You can see more photos from their outdoor ceremony on FTH Photo's Facebook album

Shawn and Myra

Shawn and Myra both found their dresses at our Denver location, and it was such a pleasure helping these ladies find gowns that would complement each other, but also let them express their personal style. Both of these dresses share a similar satin fabric and from behind they almost look like the exact same gown! Our stylists did an amazing job at selecting the perfect dresses for Shawn and Myra!

Congrats newlyweds; we wish you many years of happiness together!  And thank you to JXC Photography for sharing these lovely images with us today!

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Moody Winter Wedding Styled Shoot

With exactly six months until the winter wedding season, we've partnered with some incredible Arizona vendors to make your cold-weather, wedding dreams come true! This shoot features: a dark and moody color palette (perfect for warming up any chilly day); lots of greenery; and a mix of boho, vintage and modern decor elements to create a dramatic effect! 

Collaborating with local talent for styled shoots is one of our favorite parts of working in the wedding industry, second only to helping brides say yes to the dress! We've made the best of friends and created some of the most magical shoots! Plus, watching each vendor bring their 'A game' is just so rewarding. 

These shoots encourage us to really let loose creatively and step outside of the traditional wedding box; they're like Pinterest on steroids! We focused on incorporating a mix of styles to show how you can pair boho antlers with vintage, gold candlesticks and modern, ghost chairs. We hope it's helpful for brides to envision how different trendy elements can come together to create a truly unique environment that reflects their style and personality. Bottom line, just pick what you love and everything will fall into place!

If you love what you see, all of the wedding professionals are linked to their respective websites at the end of the blog! They would be more than happy to answer questions about availability and pricing. Now, we hope you enjoy this shoot as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you!

Thank you so much to all of the amazingly talented, wedding professionals who donated their time to make this shoot happen! We could not have done this without you!

Photography: Lockie Photography | Venue: Garden Pavilion @ Stonebridge Manor | Styling: Stonebridge Manor | Rentals: Event Rents | Vintage Rentals: Vintage Chic Rentals | Florals: Jan Dekker Designs | Cake: Piece of Cake | Custom Invitations: Posh Invitations | Hair + Make Up: Baby Dolls | Bridal Gown: Brilliant Bridal | Bridesmaids Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids | Bridesmaids: Anna Rajnisz + Brittany Fitch | Bride + Groom: Andrea Fickel + Nathan Hughes

Our Brilliant Bride Kayleigh | Denver Real Wedding | Brilliant Bridal Denver

Last summer on Fourth of July weekend, Our Brilliant Bride Kayleigh tied the knot with her groom Sean during an outdoor ceremony in Denver. Their Colorado wedding was full of friends, family, gorgeous white florals, string lights, pops of soft blue and waterfront views! 

And just wait 'till you see this gown! Kayleigh said yes to the dress at our Brilliant Bridal Denver location almost a full year out from her wedding date. She wore Ermelinda by Sophia Tolli accessorized with a pair of matching textured heels and simple drop necklace. This dramatic, mermaid gown features a fully beaded bodice and ruffled, tulle skirt! No veil needed with this dress, perfect for a warm summer wedding!

Keep scrolling for our favorite photos from Kayleigh + Sean's Denver real wedding courtesy of Courtney Lamb Photography, and try not to laugh when you get to the cake cutting! You can tell these two have a lot of fun together!

Summer Beauty Tips To Beat The Heat

Summer to us means relaxing by the pool with a can of La Croix and a Spotify playlist in the background. Those days are our favorite, but summer also means scorchingly, high-temperatures and all kinds of sweaty, situations! From arm pit stains to raccoon eyes to frizzed out hair, summer can cause quite a few frustrating, beauty issues! 

We have been having a pretty mild June in Arizona, but wedding season is definitely winding down due to the rising temps. However, in Denver, Las Vegas and practically the rest of the country wedding season has just begun; bring on the outdoor wedding fun!  So to help all our summer brides-to-be and wedding attendees, we made a list of our top five summer beauty tips to beat the heat and keep you from having a makeup meltdown! 

1. First Prime

Primers build a base for you to layer your face creams and powders on top of. They allows your face makeup to go on smoother and last longer! And when you're fighting the summer sweat anything to help keep your makeup where it belongs is worth every penny! Plus, we've linked the travel size version of our favorite primer to save you money while you test it out for yourself!

2. Opt For Oil Free

Adding additional oils to an already sweaty face is a big make up no no. Unfortunately, not all of your fave products will be available in oil free, but whenever you can opt for it! It will make a world of difference, and the primer we linked above already has you on the right path! 

3. Waterproof. Waterproof. Waterproof.

This probably goes without saying, but with all the added moisture in the air and walking through misters, waterproof mascara is a must to avoid the dreaded raccoon eye! We linked Seventeen's five best waterproof mascaras to try for summer to help you make your decision (pictured below). Or if you're not really a waterproof kind of gal, false lashes are the perfect alternative to regular mascara. The'll give your eyes some added definition without the risk of melting off!

4. Dual Purpose Stains

Stains are the queen of all summer makeup products. They're so versatile and very resistant to melting off in the heat. Choose a pop of color for your lips and let it play double duty on your cheeks for a cohesive look. Don't even think twice about it smudging or rubbing off! Bustle has made all of our lives so much easier and linked ten of their favorite lip stains, so all that's left for you to do is pick your summer shade!

5. Blotting Papers Are Key

Once you've have your summer look just right, you'll still want to keep a pack of blotting papers in your bag. These papers are so convenient for on the go makeup touch ups. They do just what their name says, blots up excess oil on the surface of your skin to restore a matte finish without taking off all your makeup!

And when it comes to a chic, summer look, less is more!

Summer beauty looks don't have to be all or nothing, but skipping a few products can mean less makeup to sweat off in the long run! The less you put on the less there is to come off. Elle walks you through the "How to Master 'The No-Makeup' Makeup Look" in nine easy steps!

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Our Brilliant Bride Megan | Seattle ReAL Wedding | BRILLIANT BRIDAL EAST VALLEY

It may have rained a bit during this Seattle wedding, but that didn't stop these two from enjoying their day! Our Brilliant Bride Megan and husband Neil sealed the deal (#megandneilsealthedeal) earlier this spring on a brisk day in March. This wedding was full of the sweetest details from the first look to the song Neil performed for his bride! Their love for one another is undeniable! 

Megan said yes to her beaded, La Sposa fit and flare bridal gown at our East Valley location, paired with a smooth cut chapel length veil in matching ivory. We are so obsessed with the high illusion neckline on the front and back bodice giving this dress a modern art deco vibe. Plus, check out the chic, soft brown, fur shrug for the outdoor portraits, perfect for this rainy, spring wedding! 

Thank you so much to the happy couple and their photographers Sullivn & Sullivan for allowing us to share these gorgeous wedding photos! And a special shoutout to the other vendors who helped make this day a dream come true: Makeup: Colleen Freese; Coordinators: Mary Ellen Jilek and Mandy Brown; Lighting: Crimson Haze; Venue: Canvas Event Space; Floral: Flora Nova Design.