Our Brilliant Bride Tyler | Brilliant Bridal East Valley

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We're traveling from the beaches of California to the desert of Arizona and even to the sweetest vintage farm with this cute couple on the blog today!  We're obsessed with Tyler + Tanner's beachfront bridal session and their Webster Farm wedding featuring details to die for (the "cards" basket on the bicycle! Swoon!).  And don't miss another dramatic before + after bridal gown transformation.  You will not recognize the dress Tyler bought vs. the dress she's wearing in the pictures!

Tyler bought an informal Dessy bridal gown at Brilliant Bridal East Valley and with her stylist's help was able to have a vision for "making the dress".  This is something you will hear our stylists talk about a lot at Brilliant Bridal.  Because our designer bridal gowns are all overstock or last season's style we very often don't have the exact dress our brides are looking for.  But combine the creativity and knowledge of our stylists with the expertise of the seamstresses we refer and we truly can turn any old dress into your dream dress!

The dress Tyler bought was a strapless natural waist ball gown that her seamstress transformed into a flowy sheath gown with illusion sleeves for a totally boho look!  Tyler paired her dress with one of our signature cut edge veils that put the finishing touch on her bridal ensemble.

Make sure to scroll through all of these gorgeous pictures from Tyler + Tanner's special day for some perfect Summer wedding inspiration.

California Photos | Christine Skari Photography
Arizona Photos    | Ashtyn Nicole Photography


Our Brilliant Bride Danielle | Brilliant Bridal East Valley

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Oh this is such a sweet couple we get to share with you today! We also have a special "before and after" shot of some pretty dramatic bridal gown alterations so keep on scrollin' to see how a little creativity can turn a bridal gown into your dream gown!

 Danielle and Sean were married this spring in Mesa at The Wright House!  One of our favorite local venues in the East Valley.  Their pictures are full of the vibrant colors you would expect from a Spring wedding in Arizona.  Danielle found her gown at Brilliant Bridal East Valley, a stunning fit and flare lace and tulle dress from Jasmine Bridal. She also found the perfect hair accessory and earrings to complete her bridal look at our boutique as well!

Danielle's dress was altered from a size 12 to a size 6.  You'll see in her "before" pictures how her stylist has her clipped in the dress to give her a more accurate idea of what the gown will look like post alterations, and there are about 6 inches of fabric rolled into those clips!  At Brilliant Bridal we like to say if we don't have your gown we will make the gown, and this is exactly what Danielle did with her wedding dress!

Thanks so much to Danielle and Sean for sharing their wedding pics and Danielle for those raw before pics.  If you love these wedding pictures as much as we do, make sure to check out Ashtyn Nicole Photography, we're big fans!


Summer Wedding Guest Style Guide

Summer weddings can be so much fun for so many reasons! The tasty food, refreshing drinks, summertime jams. There’s no doubt that it can be hot, (especially for you Arizonans reading this!) but instead of dreading the heat, beat it with these styling tips. 

1. Break out the halter top dresses!

And don’t stop there! There are so many different shapes of sleeveless dresses sure to help you stay cool and look classy at the same time. From tank top dresses to spaghetti strap, below our a few of our favorites. Click the images to shop these styles below!

2. Say yes to the block heeled sandal…

Block heeled sandals are SO in right now. The good news about this, there are so many places you can find them at an affordable price (most of them look similar, too!). We love this sandal for many reasons. The first, they are too cute for summer. The second, they’re the perfect blend between fancy and summer casual. Pro tip: Lulu's has amazing ones at unbeatable prices! Click the link to shop these styles below!

3. Up-do’s are the way to go!

Get that hair up and out of your way. The one thing that will make you hotter when it’s already hot, is moving around, dancing, socializing, etc. To avoid this, throw your hair in a messy bun, ponytail, or braid! At the end of the night you will be so glad you chose that up-do!

4. Let us see your real skin!

Save yourself the hassle of putting on makeup just to sweat it off. Use a lightweight powder, a simple eye shadow, and finish it off with a touch of lip gloss. Bring blotting papers to freshen up throughout the day, and touch up with more powder. Let your skin breathe, and it will thank you!

5. Don’t go crazy with the jewelry...

A simple necklace and earrings will do the job and save you money when preparing your wedding assemble. Not only will it allow you to move more freely, but it decreases your chances of getting ‘hooked’ on your blind wedding date.  

Our Brilliant Bride Samantha | Brilliant Bridal East Valley Real Bride

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Get ready for a healthy dose of desert glam with these stunning images from Samantha + Michael's wedding!  Metallic details? Check. Blinged out bridal gown? Check.  Adorable couple? Check and check.

Samantha + Michael were married this Spring at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale and we think it's actually their love that has them glowing not the bright desert sun.

Samantha said yes to her Mori Lee dress at Brilliant Bridal East Valley and seeing it here in the context of her wedding day she could not have picked a more perfect gown!  We're obsessed with the sexy trumpet silhouette, the lace hem and all. that. bling.

Thanks to Alyssa Ryan Photography for sharing these beautiful images with us.  Scroll on for all of our favorites from Samantha + Michael's wedding!

Summer Wedding Appetizers

There's only one place to look for fun summer appetizers to have at your wedding. You guessed it -Pinterest!  When it comes to selecting hors d'oeuvres, it's very important to consider the season that your wedding celebration is taking place in. For example, you wouldn't necessarily choose to serve tomato soup shooters if it's 100 degrees out! Here are some of our favorite Pinterest summer appetizers! 

1. Tortellini Pesto Skewers

First of all, anything on a skewer is a winner-- and great choice! Skewers eliminate mess, and the struggle of juggling your drink, socializing, and trying to eat standing up at the same time. These tortellini pesto skewers make for a great snack no matter when your cocktail hour is (whether it be lunch or evening). The light and fresh pesto sauce complements the sweetness in the sun dried tomatoes so wonderfully! 

2. Easy Cucumber Bites

Cucumbers can only really be described in one word: refreshing. Add a dollop of this special cream cheese mixture, top it with a cherry tomato, and you're good to go. Your guests will love munching on this tasty snack! 

3. Goat Cheese & Fruit Crostini

Bruschetta is all the rage! There are so many ways to sweeten it up, make it fancy, make it fun! This is one of our favorite recipes-- Goat Cheese & Fruit Crostini drizzled in honey. The fresh fruit screams summer, while the goat cheese pulls all the flavors together. The appetizer is so simple to make! 

4. Oven Baked Crab & Avocado Won Tons

Crab + Avocado-- need we say more? The two are notorious for being summer favorites, and together they work so perfectly! Pair these won tons with a sweet and sour dipping sauce sure to leave your guests wanting more and more!

5. Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls

Nothing is better than a sweet steak hors d'oeuvre! The balsamic glaze is the perfect way to marinate these hearty appetizers! Serve them with tooth picks and a horse radish dipping sauce for your guests and again, you have an easy, mess-free and tasty snack!

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