Hand Made With Love

I love this time of year! Not only because of the holidays but this is the time of year when I get to make hand crafted accessories for brides. I started Pretty Bride Shop because I saw a need for brides to be able to get the accessories of their dreams. It all started with one head piece for a friend, and since then I have had the honor to create veil’s Garters, flower girl baskets and even a jumping broom kit in addition to feather fascinators. Today I would love to share some of my favorite pieces and why I love making each piece tailored to each bride. 

My first veil for 2014 has turned out to be a very special piece. I met with the bride, Linzy a few months ago. As soon as she began to tell me about her wedding, my mind began to race with designs for her. She is my kind of gal, her style is very boho, fresh, girly, southern with a vintage flair. As I got to know her, she began to tell me about how her grandmother is growing the flowers for the wedding and how excited she is. How amazing is that? to have your grandmother not only arrange the flowers for your wedding, but to grow them! As soon as I heard that, I knew we had to incorporate pieces of her grandmothers jewelry into her veil. Below are a few sneak peaks of the supplies that I used for her veil and of the veil itself. Her wedding isn’t until Spring 2014, so you will have to wait to see her wedding photos. I am so thrilled to have been able to make this very Special veil for such a lovely southern bride! 

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Here are some of the supplies used for Linzy’s veil 

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Here is a sneak peak of Linzy’s veil 

As soon as I get photos from Linzy’s wedding, I will share her amazing veil made with love just for her. 

I would love to showcase some of last years creations: 

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I made this sassy birdcage veil/ flower hair piece for Katie. Katie had a Mad Men Themed wedding. 

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I made La June a Super fun feather flat hat! I had so much fun making her hat for her Tiffany’s themed wedding. 

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Finally, I will leave you with Heather’s flower Head piece. I loved matching the flowers from Heather’s dress for her head piece. I would not have thought of making the flowers the way that the dress maker had made them. This flower headpiece was a piece that forced me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow as a designer. 

Thank You for reading today’s post. I hope you enjoyed it! 

Stop by Pretty Bride Shop anytime! 

xox,

Nicol

 

What’s With the Tin Cans ?!?

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(Photo Credit: Macchina decorata)

I found this really great photo on the Italian webpage, Macchina Decorata. I love it so much because it depicts one of my favorite wedding day moments of when the bride and groom ride off together! Of course, being a vintage lover, I love the vintage car, but what i love almost as much as the vintage car are the tin cans! The tin can tradition is one of my favorites. It is so fun to see a car of a newlywed couple, and when I see a newly wed car with tin cans, i find it even more fun and exciting!! I took a look at where the tradition came from. It is an old tradition that stems from an ancient tradition. In the old days, people believed that by making a lot of noise evil spirits would stay away. The tin cans are more of a modern day twist on this ancient tradition.

Fun Fact: It is the groomsmen’s job to decorate the getaway car!

You can really make the tin cans complement your wedding day theme. You can make it a fun DIY project and decorate them in a way that would complement you wedding day theme, decor, or colors. You can also have someone else take care of this project. Let’s take a look at some cans I found on Etsy:

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(Photo Credit: Shabby N Chic)  

glittercans

(Photo Credit: KandJCelebrations) 

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(Photo Credit: handmadeweddings1)

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(photo Credit: Willow Street Cottage)

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s blog post. Thank you so much for reading!

Check out the super exciting project that Pretty Bride Shop is working on: http://rkthb.co/28007

Have a wonderful day and stop by Pretty Bride Shop anytime!

xox,

Nicole

Finishing Touches

ImageToday I want to talk about the importance of a brides finishing touches. Yesterday I stopped by an new bridal shop in Denver, Emma and Grace, with a friend. The shop is such a beautiful shop with a really beautiful inventory of dresses. While we were speaking with the owner, she was walking us through her top selling dresses. My friend asked her if she tells brides what are the most popular? I thought this was a great question! All brides want to feel special and they want to have a one of a kind wedding. The owner of the shop had the best answer. She spoke on how every bride is different and it is how they finish the look that will make them one of a kind and truly bring out the brides personal style. I couldn’t agree more! 

One of my guilty pleasures is to look at the celebrity magazines and look at the “Who Wore It Better” pages. I think I love looking at these types of articles because it shows how important the finishing touches are to an overall look.It’s the little details that can make or break an outfit, like accessories, makeup and hair. This is why I started Pretty Bride Shop. I believe that the little details will be what will help a bride show case her personal style on her big day even if she is wearing the most popular dress. 

Thank you for reading today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it!

Stop by Pretty Bride Shop anytime!

Check out out recent project: http://rkthb.co/28007

xox,

Nicole 

Questions are fun!

Photo: Off to pick up the food for tonight launch party! Hope to see you tonight at Beauty Bar Denver! #party #mobileboutique #crowdfunding

Last night, I had the launch party for Pretty Bride Shop’s RocketHub campaign at Beauty Bar in Denver.  I am so grateful to have been able to have my launch party at such an awesome location. I have been a fan of Beauty Bar for a long time, so to be able to have the party at Beauty was such a treat! I am so grateful for the Denver Fashion Truck and La Lovely Vintage mobile boutique for taking time out of their day and set up right outside of the party! And, I am so grateful for everyone who showed up and who started funding the project!Also, while at Beauty Bar I met some really awesome ladies who were at the bar for happy hour. I am so glad I met them because they have some really awesome businesses, have you ever heard of sexy Yoga? One of the ladies owns a studio that offer sexy yoga, how fun is that?! Plus, they joined our party for a bit. I had so much fun and am so excited to see what will happen next.

While at the party I was being asked some common questions. I wanted to take some time to address them on the blog just in cases someone in the internet world has the same questions. I was asked why I want to make my shop a mobile bridal suite/ mobile bridal boutique. I really feel that the wedding business is changing, not just the trends, but the wedding industry in general. I feel that more an more brides are getting inspired by sites like pinterest and magazines like Martha Stewart Weddings. Brides want their wedding to be different. They want it to be unlike  anyone else they know. Which means they are looking at getting married at venues that are unconventional. Often times these unconventional venues do not have a bridal suite. This has been my first official wedding season and I have noticed that it can be stressful trying to coordinate the timeline of getting ready with hotel rooms or someone’s home. For instance the last wedding I was apart of, the brides room wasn’t clean yet when she arrived, thankfully for her the owner of the hotel had a suite at the hotel that is always ready and she was able to use that suite, but what if there were no rooms available? Her whole wedding day timeline would have been off track. I want to offer brides an option to have a guaranteed space to get ready wherever it is most convenient for them on their wedding day.

Another question I was getting asked a lot was, “how many people will be able to comfortably fit in the mobile suite and how big will the RV have to be?” This is a great question! I am look at RV’s that are 20-30ft in length. I would like to be able to service a bridal party of up to 10 people comfortably. Also, I was asked if anyone else is doing something like this. “Do I have any  competitors?” The answer is yes and no. IF you are in business in any industry, you have competitors. There are some companies that go on location and do hair and makeup at the venue if there is a bridal suite, or to the hotel, or home. No one in Colorado, that I know of, has really built a mobile bridal suite, as in a physical location that will travel to the bride, YET! Also, there are a few other mobile boutiques but there is not a bridal mobile boutique in Denver yet. I feel that I would be able to collaborate with some of the other awesome mobile boutiques in Denver.I feel that this is a great idea and I am sure that I am not the only who has thought of it, but I hope to be one of the first to build it, with your help! If you feel that this is something that brides would love to experience, fund this project: http://rkthb.co/28007.Every Dollar Counts! Any Feedback will help, Feel free to comment with any feed back that you have.

Thank you so much for reading tonight’s Post! I hope that you have enjoyed it!

xox,

Nicole