Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Hot on Pinterest


Are you following us on Pinterest yet? Here's a quick peek at what we're pinning:

Board: "Jenny Packham"

Board: "Bridal Accessories" 
Board: "Inside Bisou Bridal"

Board: "Monique Lhuillier"

Board: "Marchesa"

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Bisou Bride: Karen


Bisou Bride Karen will be remembered at Bisou as one of the sweetest brides to have ever graced us. From day one she was a pleasure to work with, and graciously sent us a note of thanks after her wedding day.

I adore the oversized orchid in Karen's hair. It balances out the classic lines of the gown and make the look very fun - totally Karen! 

Karen wore a fitted lace gown with cathedral train by Augusta Jones  and accessorized with a delicate crystal belt, also by Augusta Jones.

How fabulous is this picture? Congratulations Karen and Warren, we wish you all the happiness in the world. 

All photos courtesy of D'Soleil Photography

Monday, 23 July 2012

Bisou Bride: Kayla


I can't decide who I have a bigger crush on....

The handsome groom?

The delicious best man?

The adorable ring bearer? He's a front runner, for sure!

Nope. Without a doubt, my biggest wedding induced crush is on Bisou Bride Kayla. How gorgeous is she? I adore every single photo of this wedding courtesy of Ameris Photography. 

Kayla was an absolute delight to have in the store. She chose a classic lace gown by August Jones and accessorized it with a custom veil and delicate crystal Augusta Jones belt. 

Kayla and Joel's wedding was styled by Wedding Design Studio. I love the classic black and white decor. 

All of the staff at Bisou Bridal would like to thank Kayla for choosing us to be a part of her day. 

This picture just says it all, doesn't it? True love and support. Congratulations to the very blessed couple. We wish you the utmost happiness in your marriage! 

If you are a Bisou Bride and would like to see your wedding on our blog, email us

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Be Inspired: Style Through the Ages


If you catch yourself scanning history books for pictures of gorgeous gowns instead of studying, you probably work at Bisou Bridal.

One of my favourite sources of inspiration is history. While historic-themed wedding gowns usually make me think of the costumes at renaissance fairs, wedding gowns that connect to historic styles are entirely different. By tapping into the beautiful shapes, fabrics and styles of the past, brides can achieve a timeless and classic look for their wedding say.

So to satisfy my love of bridal while proving that a history degree is a worthwhile endeavour, I’ve put together a little ‘Then and Now’ for your viewing pleasure.

Then: Empress Elisabeth of Austria

Empress Elisabeth of Austria was THE fashionista of the 19th century. This painting depicts her on her wedding day, showing off the grand hoop skirts that were de rigueur at the Austrian court. The soft, ethereal skirt and embroidery on this dress are to die for.

 Now: Lazaro 3213

This gown by Lazaro mimics the shape of Elisabeth’s wedding gown with its natural waist and full skirt. The gentle ruffles and folds of the skirt give the illusion of luxurious fullness without the restrictive hoop skirts of the past. Add a tulle wrap just like Elisabeth’s to complete the look.

Then: Empress Josephine

Empress Josephine, or as I call her, ‘Our Lady of The Empire Waist,’ is credited with the creation of the most comfortable gown silhouette. Worn to disguise her first pregnancy, the empire waist gown quickly became a favourite of women across Europe because of its combination of comfort and grandeur.

Now: Monique Lhuillier ‘Holiday’

While we love the empire waist for its comfort, most of our brides think that it’s a difficult silhouette to wear without looking like you might be ‘hiding something’ (their words!). To solve that problem and still achieve that floating feeling, Monique Lhuillier dropped the waist and highlighted it with an embroidered belt. Along with the soft silk skirt, it’s the perfect combination.

Then: Wallis Simpson

Wallis Simpson was the woman who took down a king. Her amazing fashion sense likely had a little to do with that, especially when you consider how gorgeous her wedding dress was. In classic 1930s style, Wallis showed off her tiny waist in a royally appropriate gown.

Now: Jenny Packham ‘Aspen’

Created with the 1930s in mind, Jenny Packham’s ‘Aspen’ is a perfect modern adaptation of the art deco style that Wallis loved. The cinched waist and gathered bust with the modern addition of cap sleeves instead of the more restricting full-length sleeve keep the gown modern with a hint of retro.

Then: Grace Kelly

Princess Grace of Monaco wore what has become one of the most famous wedding dresses of all time.  Utterly timeless, her wedding gown is the pinnacle of what classic brides want to achieve.

Now: Monique Lhuillier ‘Catherine’

A gown fit (and named) for a princess, Monique Lhuillier’s ‘Catherine’ is a streamlined, updated version of a royal wedding dress. The scaled down skirt and corset detailing paired with a simple silk tulle veil make the all-over lace gown easy to wear to any wedding.

Then: Audrey Hepburn

Timeless. Classic. Sweet. Audrey Hepburn at the 1953 Oscars was absolute fashion perfection. The bateau neckline, belted waist and re-embroidered lace create a perfect silhouette.

Now: Augusta Jones ‘Ali’ and ‘Marilyn’

AugustJones ‘Ali’ (left) is a classic. While a lace fitted gown will always be timeless, the bateau lace neckline turns this into an heirloom. The waist is defined with a bejewelled satin belt, creating that Audrey Hepburn waist on any bride.

‘Marilyn’ is equally timeless. Again, the illusion bateau neckline recalls classic 1950s fashion. The full organza skirt is soft and gently floats as you walk. ‘Marilyn’ comes with an embroidered satin belt, but you could easily accessorise it with bejewelled of flowery belt to entirely change the look, while still embracing that classic Audrey look.

Then: Carrie Bradshaw

Okay, okay, this wedding dress only made its debut a few years ago, but it will go down in history as one of the most memorable wedding gowns of all time. Love it or hate it (I will love it until I die), Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding dress was the ultimate fashion statement.

Now: Oscar de la Renta 33N07 and Monique Lhuillier ‘Ceclia’
Oscar de laRenta is the King of New York couture wedding gowns. This silk faille creation features an architectural skirt that is carefully draped to move with you. The sweetheart neckline and wrapped bodice is universally flattering.

Similarly, the wrapped bodice on ‘Cecilia’ accentuates the waist, flattering and creating an hourglass shape. The combination of tulle, lace and satin, rarely seen on a traditional wedding gown, is something that Carrie surely would have approved of.

To see any of the modern gowns, please contact us at Bisou Bridal. To see the gowns from history, pay attention in history class!

Xoxo, Bisou

Historic fashion photos courtesy of Vogue

Monday, 16 July 2012

Bisou Spotlight: Marchesa 'Isadora'


Every delivery we get from Marchesa is magical. We get so excited when we see our deliveryman with a distinctive Marchesa box, because he is bringing us (and you!) such eye candy. 

So you can imagine how excited we were to unwrap Marchesa’s ‘Isadora’ a few weeks ago. This dress is signature Marchesa with its soft lace, intricate detail and perfect tailoring. Since we are all about knowing our product, we made Natalie try it on!

I love how dramatic the back of this gown is. It is demure yet sexy, modern but classic. Natalie said it is light and comfortable to wear, which is so important to all of our brides. Here Natalie is showing the option to remove the lace-capped sleeves.

Supermodel and actress Molly Sims chose ‘Isadora’ for her wedding along with a gorgeous chapel length veil.

The simplicity of ‘Isadora’ makes it equally suitable for a casual outdoors wedding or a grand, sparkling ballroom. It can carry accessories very well; we recommend a thin bejeweled belt such as the one below by Jennifer Behr, and a fabulous pair of earrings to echo the movement of the sleeves. 

To find out more about our Marchesa gowns, please contact us. 

Saturday, 14 July 2012

New Arrivals!


It's the weekend, and Bisou Bridal is bearing gifts of eye candy (and possibly your future wedding gown). What could be better?

For a limited time, we have in store Lazaro 3103 and Jenny Packham 'Eden'. 

Lazaro 3101 is a pleated silk organza gown. The sweetheart neckline made of Alencon lace is highlighted by a lace and petal accent at one shoulder.

The thin belt flows out with petals at the back which softly blend into the lace appliqued chapel trail. 

This gown is playful and elegant, and the skirt would be sun much fun for dancing!

Jenny Packham's 'Eden', also in store for a limited time, is a work of art. 

Intricately beaded, this silk sheath is a show stopping gown. The deep v-neck and delicately embroidered cap sleeves are very art deco. 

Whether you're a bride looking for a vintage, art-deco look or an alternative to traditional bridal gowns, Eden is the perfect choice. 

Fresh from New York is Alvina Valenta 9257. This softly fluted dress is made of gorgeous chantilly lace. It features a sweetheart neckline and shirred bodice to highlight your waist, where a separate feathered floral belt sits. 

Simple, elegant and very light, this gown is perfectly timeless. 

Alvina Valenta 9257 is making it's home at Bisou Bridal. Jenny Packham 'Eden' and Lazaro 3101 are here for a short time, so book your appointments now to see them in person! 

To inquire about these gowns, please contact us. 

Friday, 13 July 2012

Jennifer Behr Accessories



Working at Bisou Bridal is kind of like living a dream. We’re surrounded by beautiful dresses and we get to work with glowing brides every day. But one of the best parts of our workday is getting to play with Jennifer Behr’s fabulous accessories.

Double Crystal Scallop Headwrap

Ten Strand Crystal Braided Belt

Whether it’s a thin sparkling belt tied at the waist or a bejeweled comb tucked into a sleek updo, we love using Jennifer Behr’s accessories to elevate a bridal look.

Martha Stewart Weddings, April 2012

The leather studded dinosaur headband, one of her signature looks, was featured on the Fendi Fall ’11 runway and has been worn by Hilary Duff and Evan Rachel Wood. It is the perfect everyday hair accessory.

InStyle, August 2011

Her pieces also combine the beauty of vintage pieces with the ease and versatility of modern jewelry. Her headbands can be finished with satin ribbon to tie an elegant bow at the nape of the neck or finished with covered elastic for the ultimate staying power.

Overlapping Crystal Twist


 Jennifer Behr also designs fashion forward (and fun!) headpieces. These would be so perfect for a super stylish bride who wants to stand out amongst the veils!

Vogue Germany, September 2011

Martha Stewart Weddings, January 2012

Because of her range of high quality designs, Jennifer Behr has a huge celebrity following. The most stylish ladies in Hollywood are regularly spotted hearing her pieces both at star-studded events and in their everyday lives.

Natalie Portman

Nicole Richie

Jennifer Lawrence

Reese Witherspoon

To see more Jennifer Behr designs or to inquire about a style, please contact us. 

All photos courtesy Jennifer Behr. 
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