Our Brilliant Bride Katie | Tempe Real Wedding | Brilliant Bridal East Valley

Katie and Marc were married at the beginning of February, outside of the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park. Their wedding was full of friends and family and lots of brightly colored, geometric details! If you want the story behind how this sweet pair met and fell in love, you can read their feature on Phoenix Bride & Groom's Blog

Katie said yes to her satin, fit n flare gown at our East Valley location. This Da Vinci dress featured a ruched bodice, sweetheart neckline, and chapel length train. She accessorized her gown with crystal earrings and bracelet to add a little bit of sparkle and a pair of blue TOMS for her "something blue!"

We're so excited for Katie + Marc and loved getting to share in celebrating their special day! We hope they enjoyed their first Fourth of July weekend as a married couple (celebrating five months of marriage)! 

Also, a special thank you to Tracy at Fully Alive Photography for sharing these beautiful photos with us, and a shoutout to all of the amazing vendors that came together to make their wedding dream a reality: Planner - Sharon Parker; Stationary - Greg Brokaw; Florist - Maggie Apel; Cake - Floured Cupcake; Makeup - Caitlin at Facelabs and Alterations - Gemma's Fashion & Sewing.

Arizona Wedding Venue Spotlight

Over the next few weeks we're going to be highlighting a few wedding venues in the home towns of our bridal boutiques! Since the very first Brilliant Bridal store opened in Mesa, AZ in 2011, we thought we would start first with our flagship state! Arizona has many beautiful wedding venues to suit a variety of bridal styles. Any bride getting married in Arizona is lucky enough to be able to select from over 30 wedding venues just in the Phoenix Valley! It was difficult to select our favorites, so we narrowed down our favorite Arizona wedding venues by style category. 

Rustic Charm // The Elegant Barn

The Elegant Barn is a unique and beautiful wedding and event venue located in charming Gilbert, Arizona. The space boasts a beautiful rustic barn, a serene garden under strung bistro lights, a farm house featuring a spacious bridal suite and groom's room. 

Modern Muse // Phoenix Art Museum

What could be more magical than having the run of an art museum for your special day? Whether planning an intimate affair or lavish wedding, the Phoenix Art Museum offers a truly unique setting. A variety of spaces can be tailored for your function from a state-of-the-art 300-seat theater and various sizes of galleries, as well as The Museum Café. The classically progressive design of the Museum's 203,000 square feet architecture, the Museum’s 18,000-work collection of art from around the world, and the many traveling exhibitions will add excitement to your wedding and give your guests much to talk about during cocktail hour! Cummings Great Hall, is one of the city's most dramatic multi-use spaces, the perfect space for a breathtaking indoor ceremony. For a lovely reception move into the Rineberg Gallery where the accent is on customization and artworks from the Museum's collection provide a unique atmosphere for a one of a kind reception.

Desert Dream // The Paseo

The Paseo offers a private, outdoor setting at the foot of the Superstition Mountains for your wedding or event with breathtaking mountain backdrops, natural Sonoran desert views and amazing sunsets. The exclusive property includes iron entry gates, guest parking, and a lovely welcome area.

Two suites are available for the couple and their attendants. The lush grass ceremony area with a raised stage has unparalleled mountain views. Guests will journey along decorative paths to a sunset cocktail hour with views of both the Superstitions and the pristine desert.

After cocktails and pictures, guests will be invited to the outdoor reception area perfect for dining and dancing under the stars. The area lighting and market lights add to the festive, romantic atmosphere.

The 4000 sqft pavilion is extremely versatile and can be used for an extension of the reception area, an indoor reception, welcome area or ceremony. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the surroundings are incomparable. Only one event is held at a time so you will enjoy privacy and exclusive use of all facilities.

Urban Gem // SoHo63

SoHo63 is a hip and historic wedding and event venue offering a selection ofbeautifully appointed indoor and outdoor spaces. Located in vibrant Downtown Chandler, SoHo63 features a grand gated entryway, multiple contemporary indoor spaces and an exquisite outdoor terrace modeled after a chic city rooftop promenade. With the SoHo63 Signature Experience, you can say "I do" surrounded by candlelight or under the stars. SoHo63  can accommodate events of up to 25-200 guests within four hip and historic, indoor and outdoor event spaces that can be used individually or collectively as a free-flowing space. 

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Photos courtesy of  Elegant Barn, Phoenix Art Museum, The Paseo & SoHo63 


Wedding Veils 101

After you've purchased your dream wedding gown at Brilliant Bridal, it's time to accessorize! As you know, we like to say that wedding gown as the cornerstone of our bridal party style. Even more, your veil will be the cornerstone of your wedding accessory style! You'll want to start accessorizing your bridal style by first selecting your veil. From there, you can choose complimenting necklaces, earrings, bracelets & belts. You'll want to make sure that your accessories are complimentary to each other, not competing.

When our brides shop with us, they are sometimes surprised with the variety of veil lengths! Here's a helpful infographic to showcase the different veil lengths.

Each Brilliant Bridal boutique carries a variety of veils in varying lengths and styles! From horsehair, to lace, to bling - we've got you covered!

Here are a few of our favorite inspiration looks!

Blusher - BHLDN

Flyaway - Etsy

Shoulder - Bridal Musings

Waist - Coco Meledy

Knee - Elibra Handmade

Chapel - BHLDN


Cathedral - Oscar de la Renta

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Meet the Team Monday - Alli from Brilliant Bridal Phoenix


If you've been to Brilliant Bridal Phoenix you've likely met Alli at some point.  She's our resident crafter / DIY gal who loves all things vintage and does ALL of the accessory buying for Brilliant Bridal Arizona!

This week, meet Alli from Brilliant Bridal Phoenix!

Brilliant Bridal Phoenix

  1. Name?  Alli
  2. Which Brilliant Bridal location are you based at? Brilliant Bridal Phoenix
  3. How long have you worked in the wedding industry? Almost one year
  4. What is your favorite part of working at Brilliant Bridal? The time we have with our brides. Learning about who they are, who they want to be and of course how they got engaged!
  5. What is your one tip for brides starting their wedding dress shopping journey? Try on one dress that is the complete opposite of what you have in mind.
  6. If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be?  Jennifer Lawrence, how does someone trip in front of so many people and still look graceful? Love her!
  7. What is the best concert you've ever been to?  Haven't been to many concerts but I love plays. Watching the live performance of "Top Hat" was my favorite by far even without Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
  8. Where is the one place you would love to travel to that you haven't visited before? The Netherlands, or Germany, or Wales....
  9. What is your favorite wedding trend of the moment?  The nod to the 70's. A simple silhouette with such rich and beautiful fabrics.
  10. Who is the one wedding vendor you just love to refer brides to in your city and why?  The Lake House at Windmill Winery. It's beautiful, elegant and intimate.

Meet the Team Monday - Monica from Brilliant Bridal East Valley


Happy Monday!  We're back with another meet the team post!  Say Hi to Monica from Brilliant Bridal East Valley.  Monica is a hippy at heart and is also our much loved and needed Spanish speaker at Brilliant Bridal East Valley.  Scroll down to learn more about Monica and what she loves about being a bridal stylist!

Meet Monica from Brilliant Bridal East Valley! bridal east valley

  1. Name? Monica
  2. Which Brilliant Bridal location are you based at? Brilliant Bridal East Valley
  3. How long have you worked in the wedding industry? Almost a year and a half now!
  4. What is your favorite part of working at Brilliant Bridal? My lovely coworkers and the kind brides we are able to work with!
  5. What is your one tip for brides starting their wedding dress shopping journey? Be true to yourself and have fun!!
  6. If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be? John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  7. What is the best concert you've ever been to? Matt & Kim
  8. Where is the one place you would love to travel to that you haven't visited before? Costa Rica
  9. What is your favorite wedding trend of the moment? Anything with a bohemian flare that incorporates nature.
  10. Who is the one local wedding vendor you just love to refer brides to in your city and why? Jennifer from Made by Mossie Alterations!