Our Brilliant Bride Kim | The Paseo

Our brilliant bride Kim and her hubby Derek said I do at the gorgeous Arizona venue, The Paseo. The open and desert and colorful sky created the most perfect backdrop for their photos.

Kim found her dream dress at our East Valley location. The dress featured some gorgeous detailed off-the-shoulder straps and a lace-trimmed train. Her florals by Jessica Barry Design perfectly complemented the gown. 💐

Keep scrolling for our favorite photos from Kim & Derek’s wedding courtesy of the amazingly talented Ashtyn Nicole.

Finding The One & Falling In Love

Hello again Brilliant Babes! Today, let’s talk about LOVE. 

Love is in the air when you get engaged, but not just the love between you and your fiancé. Falling in love with and finding your wedding dress is such a precious and unforgettable moment that will forever be part of your love story.

The other “love” we will be discussing is self-love. Because girl, you ARE beautiful and deserve the world - especially on your wedding day. 💛

Today’s post is continuing “Hey Brilliant Babe - Your Dress Is Waiting To Be Found”.  If you haven’t been following this series - check out our past blogs on “How to Prepare For the Bridal Experience” and “What To Expect” for stress relieving advice on the bridal process. Our latest part of the series showcased how the appointment generally runs, and how you and your stylist work together to find “the one”. 

Loving Vs. Liking 

Liking a dress isn’t the same as loving a dress. While shopping for your gown, you will find that there are many dresses out there that you like. However, only one dress will be YOUR dress. There's always beautiful dresses out there, but only one will speak to you and give you that special bride feeling. ✨

Narrowing Down

Don’t let yourself fall in love and have a favorite at every store you go to! This will only cause extra stress and confusion, and we all know planning a wedding brings enough of that. Be sure to narrow down and eliminate as you go! This isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but looking at each detail and picking what you like and don’t like about each gown can be super beneficial. 👏 As our Brilliant Bridal stylist Mary always says, “You’re not marrying your second favorite person, so don’t get married in your second favorite dress!”

Self love

If you take away one thing from this post, please let it be this. When you go out and look for your gown, remember to be kind to yourself. You don’t deserve the self-criticism that sometimes comes with dress shopping. Love yourself & love your body. In some cases, limiting the amount of people you bring along with you can be helpful. Having so many opinions can be overwhelming, and you must remember this is about YOU and how YOU feel. 👰 At Brilliant Bridal, we believe that the dress is about what fits your personality, not your body type. If you want bold and sexy, we will find you the perfect fitted dress for your frame. If you want something romantic and whimsical, we can find a gorgeous flowy A-line. It’s all about finding a gown that expresses who you are as a bride. 🙌

The knot

The knot

Stay on the look out for our final post in the series - what to do after your find your dress. 🎉 In this post, we will discuss alterations, accessories, steaming and pressing, and MORE!

Las Vegas Desert Wedding | Styled Shoot

We are so excited to throw it back and share inspiration with you from an amazing styled shoot in Las Vegas, Nevada. This beautiful couple created some magic in the middle of the desert. ✨

Gissel wore a traditional lace gown with stunning classic sleeves. The talented team accented the dress with a gorgeous cathedral length veil, bold jewelry, and a flower crown that matched the perfectly crafted bouquet. 🌻

A huge thank you goes out to Megan Haun for sharing these incredible photos with us! Keep scrolling for more inspiration and all the vendor details! ✨

During Your Bridal Appointment at Brilliant Bridal

Hey Brilliant Babe - your dress is waiting to be found! The time has finally come. It’s time to find your wedding dress. If you’ve been following a couple of our previous posts - we have dialed you in on how to prepare for the shopping experience and what to expect. Now, let’s shop!

Welcome To Brilliant Bridal

In our latest post “What To Expect” we went over the initial greeting for your bridal experience. If you haven't read it, no worries! We’ll catch you up so there’s no surprises when you walk through our doors. 

Whether it’s just you or you and your nearest girlfriends/family, the moment you enter our store you’ll be greeted by your stylist! She’ll then escort you over to your own viewing area. Each Brilliant Bridal location looks uniquely different, but all locations will cater to the bride by providing each appointment their own space. 😍

Once you are comfortably seated in your viewing area, your stylist will get to know you!

Reference to the “What To Expect” post for details on trusting and working with your stylist. We are here for you.

How Are We Different? 

When entering your bridal appointment, it’s important to know how the boutique works. (Reference our “How To Prepare” post to find out the difference between ordering and off the rack)

Brilliant Bridal is slightly different than most bridal boutiques, and we’d love to share why! 

Girl, we get it - we all want that picture perfect wedding dress but not everyone wants to spend all the big bucks to get it. That’s where we come in. 

Brilliant Bridal sells brand new, designer gowns off the rack. We mostly receive our gowns straight from designers once they’re discontinued or if they have overstock inventory. This way, you get a designer wedding dress but not at the high-end retail price. Plus, you get to take your dress home with you so there’s no worry about whether or not it will arrive in time. Having one less thing to worry about when wedding planning can make all the difference. 👏

After talking all things wedding with your stylist and learning about how we work, it’s time to head to the floor and find your dream dress! 

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Let’s Shop

Okay, so you’ve been educated on the prep, you’ve been clued in on what to expect, and now you’re finally here. Let’s go find your dress! 

Your stylist will guide you and your group to the selection of wedding dresses you have to choose from - all our dresses are organized by size. Bridal sizing is different. Your stylist will explain and guide you in the proper direction. 

Okay, so you’re out with the dresses. Your stylist is having you choose 3-4 dresses to start. We know it doesn’t sound like much at first - because let’s be real, it’s hard to not want to try on the whole store when surrounded by beautiful dresses. 👰 We start with that amount not only so you don’t overwhelm yourself, but so you can optimally utilize your appointment time. 

Don’t worry - your stylist will pull plenty more for you after this first round! 

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Likes and Dislikes 

If you’ve been skimming through this post so far, I highly recommend giving your full attention to this section. 

Brides, this is oh so important, not only for your stylist but for you to truly find out what your bridal style is.

Once you and your group have pulled the first round of dresses - you and your stylist will go off to your dressing room. She will then clip you in the dresses for you to visualize how it could fit post alterations. Now it’s time to see yourself in a wedding dress. 

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You’re in a bridal shop, you’ll continuously try on beautiful dresses but not all of them are going to feel like you. Tell your group, tell your stylist, and tell yourself everything that you are drawn to in the dress and everything you don’t like. This not only helps guide your stylist to pull what you want, but it will save you sanity. 🙌

The moment you are able to eliminate a silhouette, fabric or specific detail - you know you no longer have to keep trying that same style on. This will save you stress and time. 

Remember, finding your wedding dress should be fun and memorable. Prepare a guide for your vision but still be open minded. Have budget on hand, bring those closest to you with minimal opinions, and enjoy the experience. Your stylist and our Brilliant Bridal family are here for you. 

Stay tuned for our next post on “Falling in Love and Finding The One”. 💙

Our Brilliant Bride Allison | Prescott, Arizona

Our brilliant bride Allison and her new hubby Kyle tied the knot on a fall day in Prescott, Arizona. Looking at each photo, you can truly feel their love for one another and their beautiful baby girl.

“We felt so much joy watching these two become man and wife at the Grand Highland Hotel in downtown Prescott. It was almost surreal taking photos of them on the courthouse steps, where months before Kyle had asked Allison to be his wife in the middle of a crazy storm. On their wedding day though, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, only beautiful colored leaves creating a picture perfect fall day on Whiskey Row.” - Ryan & Denise

Allison found her dream dress at our East Valley location. She chose a show-stopping St. Patrick by Pronovias gown! The dress complemented her style perfectly, with large lace appliqués and an open back. 🤩

Keep scrolling for our favorite photos from Allison & Kyle’s fall wedding courtesy of the amazingly talented Ryan & Denise Photography.