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3
Oct
Wedding Gowns for Fall 2017 from Schaffer’s Bridal | Scottsdale, Arizona
categories: bridal fashions, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 have arrived in most bridal shops by now and we are absolutely thrilled with what we’ve seen so far- there are backs to die for, versatile styles, floral embroidery that will blow you away, and some classic styles that are enjoying their moment in the spotlight. We asked Elite Circle bridal shop Schaffer’s Bridal in Scottsdale for their top picks for this fall’s wedding gown line up and here’s what they shared with us:

Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Sottero and Midgley: We love this style because it features a low back, as well as the perfect sweetheart neckline to flatter any bride. It is a fitted silhouette with bold intricate lace that we cant get enough of!

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Maggie Sottero: This gown is for the vintage bride with a twist! It is an all over lace gown with a beaded key-hole back and crystal detail buttons to finish it off.

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Maggie Sottero: The perfect gown for a glamorous bride that is looking for a fitted dress with a fun skirt and a low back. The bodice is fully beaded and fits like a glove.

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Pronovias: A classic wedding gown featuring a sleek fit with detachable off the shoulder straps for a versatile look. It is perfect for a bride who is all about comfort!

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Pronovias: For the bride that is looking for a dress with the perfect sleeve, this dress has it all! This gown features lace, beading, and a full skirt for the bride that wants it all.

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Hayley Paige: The perfect dress for a bride looking for a fully beaded wedding gown with gorgeous back detail. It is fully fitted with a slight flare in the skirt.

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Blush by Hayley Paige: The “Dayton” gown is a modern and exciting twist on a lace and tulle ball gown. The skirt is finished with layers of horse hair for a fun and flirty look. It is perfect for the bride who wants the look of a lace bodice and the skirt of a ball gown.

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Blush by Hayley Paige: This flowy ivory A-line gown is perfect for style and comfort! The bodice is finished with beaded cap sleeves and a key hole back.

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Paloma Blanca: This all over lace A-line wedding gown is a classic look with a plunging neckline and a low back. The double beaded bands across the waistline adds the perfect flare to this soft lace dress. Not to mention, it has POCKETS!

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Lazaro:  This floral embroidered wedding gown has it all! With the gorgeous V neckline in the front and the back, all the attention will be on the bride. The gorgeous belt detail is a finishing touch to complete the perfect bridal look.

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OK brides, we know where you’re headed to get your fill of wedding gowns for Fall 2017—we can’t wait to see the beautiful gowns you choose!

About Schaffer’s Bridal: For nearly 60 years, Schaffer’s has been making shopping for your special event as memorable as the event…Whether searching for an elegant ballgown or seeking the latest fit-and-flare, our gowns feature superior quality and luxurious fabrics. Stop in and see for yourself. You’re certain to find a gown that’s perfect for you!

Schaffer’s Bridal is located at 7293 N Scottsdale Road, Ste. B103 | 480.998.2298 | Website

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1
Sep
Elite Circle Bridal Shop in Arizona | Laurie’s Bridal and Formal
categories: bridal fashions, Meet Our Friends, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration

You know those people who are considered “whisperers”? They’re the experts who seem to be born to know exactly how to do their job and they do it well every time. Well, Laurie Dickman, owner of Elite Circle bridal shop Laurie’s Bridal and Formal, is a wedding gown whisperer. From the moment you meet Laurie, you feel how passionate she is about wedding gowns and you also sense that you can completely trust her expertise. You’ll trust her to find the gown that will make you feel and look beautiful on your wedding day and you’ll trust her when she pulls a gown to try on that you never would have considered. Laurie will make your wedding gown dreams come true and we want you to know a bit more about her and her beautiful bridal shop in Arizona!

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(Photographer: Saaty Photography, Planner & Florist: Simply Beautiful Wedding Event Planning)

What will brides looking for their wedding gowns find at Laurie’s that they won’t find at any other bridal shop in Arizona? They will find a selection of gowns not offered elsewhere or offered with limited distribution.  Brides always tell me that they don’t necessarily want to see the same gowns all over town.

What are your top 3 tips for brides trying on gowns for the first time?

1. Do not come all decked out. Come dressed comfortably and you do not need to come all made up with make up. Be comfortable. You’re going to be getting in and out of dresses.

2. Bring 1-2 (or sometimes 3) trusted people whose opinions you trust and respect.  Sometimes the entourage is a bit overwhelming and can backfire.

3. Bring pictures.  But also, please be realistic—the pictures you see are professional models. Don’t compare yourself or be too hard on yourself if a dress you love doesn’t look the same on you as it does on a professional model. 
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Can brides customize their gowns at Laurie’s? We do carry one manufacturer, exclusively available in Scottsdale, who offers full customizable gowns.  We also refer out to local and reliable seamstresses who can do amazing modifications to your gown.
What are you seeing brides gravitating towards as far as bridal fashions that you’re loving right now?  Brides are more conscious about what they want to look like and how comfortable they want to be, rather than going for a particular style of gown. We do sell a little bit of everything so I’m confident that a bride coming into the shop will find her perfect wedding gown.
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What is your advice to brides who are concerned about being “too trendy” when choosing their gown? My advice is pure and simple and I’ve said it to almost every bride who’s been in my store: You don’t want to look back at your wedding day pictures 20 years from now and think what was I thinking?  Stay true to who you are.  I even heeded my own advice. I just celebrated my 22nd anniversary and posted my wedding picture.  I STILL love my handmade gown and I would wear it all over again!

What do you want brides to know before coming in to try on gowns at your bridal shop in Arizona? Please keep an open mind, be patient and trust that I know what I’m doing. For me, it’s not always about closing the sale, but making that perfect match between bride and gown.

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What else should we know about this very special bridal shop in Arizona? I treat every bride as if she were my friend, daughter or family member.  I really enjoy what I do and want every bride to just have a fun time shopping for her gown.  It shouldn’t be overwhelming or stressful, but the most enjoyable part of this special day.
 
One more thing…When brides book appointments, we staff accordingly and set time aside especially for them so it’s unfortunate when they can’t make their appointment and don’t notify us. We see a “no-show” as a missed opportunity for another bride who could have found her dress and while we certainly understand that sometimes brides can’t make their appointment, we just ask that they contact the store and let us know so we can re-schedule their appointment and open up that time slot for another bride!
 
About Laurie: Originally from New York, Laurie’s flair for fashion began in her teenage years, when she started working part time at a high end clothing and dress boutique in her local mall. In the very early 1990’s, she started working for a leading bridal dress and headpiece manufacturer. Laurie worked her way up and was soon traveling all over the United States as a Trunk Show Coordinator, training store owners and their employees how to properly sell wedding gowns, to educate their customers and to help listen to what the consumer wanted and bring that back to the company. She also helped design bridal headpieces.
Connect with Laurie’s Bridal: (480) 699 3973 | www.lauriesbridal.com
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30
Jun
Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding
categories: bridal fashions, floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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It was all about the love at Elizabeth and Chris’ romantic blue, gold and ivory wedding! The beautiful couple kept their appreciation for each other and their families at the center of their planning and their wedding day ended up being a gorgeous event that was full of love and happiness—just how we like it!

Elizabeth recalls: I wanted to pick a color pallet that complimented the venue and added some glamour to the day! Navy is a timeless wedding color and gold was the perfect pop of glam to accompany it. The idea of the burgundy accents in the floral arrangements came from Kevin Reed at Your Event Florist, it was the perfect additional for a fall wedding. I was very much about putting our stamp on the day, so I was so happy Your Event Florist found another way to do that. It really made the arrangements one-of-a-kind and the burgundy dahlias were simply stunning.

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | Favorite Moment: We both agree that our favorite moment of the day was our first look. I was reluctant to do one at first, wanting to uphold tradition but our photographer, Jenn convinced me otherwise and she was SO right! When Chris finally turned around and we locked eyes, it was like the rest of the world faded away. Any nerves we had disappeared and everything just felt perfect. 

Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Dress: My dress was an A-line gown made by Pronovias, purchased from Schaffer’s. I brought my mom, sister and best friend along to go dress shopping with me. My mom was actually the one who picked out the gown I ended up wearing, I wasn’t sure about it at first because it wasn’t white. As soon as I put it on, I fell in love. I was in awe of all the detail of the Swarovski crystals and the pinkish color of the tulle overlay. It wowed everyone in the room. But I’m a cautious person, so I decided to keep looking. We went to another bridal store, where I tried on more dresses, including a mermaid gown that my mom and sister fell in love with. There was a lot of pressure from them to pick it but the other was still in the back of my mind. I realized that the Pronovias dress was the one and went back to purchase it that night just as they were closing!  

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Flowers: Floral was one of the most important aspects of our big day. Kevin Reed, Your Event Florist owner, was remarkable in taking our vision and turning it into a reality. They custom designed my bouquet with Polo Roses, Lisianthus, Ranunculus, and Dahlias then finished it with Bay Leaves, it was perfection.

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Ceremony: Elizabeth and Chris wed in an unplugged ceremony under a lushly decorated wrought iron arch; eucalyptus garland lined the aisle and wine barrels placed at the beginning of the aisle were topped with overflowing floral arrangements. Elizabeth said the ceremony decor took her breath away!

The biggest surprise of the day came from our 2 year old flower girl, Peyton! After she walked down the aisle with our ring bearer, she went to sit with her parents and decided that it was time to take off her dress. I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a naked Peyton, happy as can be, at the beginning of our ceremony. It was so hard not to laugh! 

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Reception: Chris and Elizabeth stole away for photos while guests proceeded into the reception; the evening was filled with thoughtful touches from a “Generations of Love” display to a heartfelt donation in lieu of favors.

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Chris is a HUGE car buff and works for Barrett Jackson but since he was little, his passion has always been classic cars. For the escort card table, we had a valet board where each of our guests received a vintage car key with their car for the night. The tables were named after his favorite classic cars with a license plate.

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Family is very important to us and we wanted to honor them with a Generations of Love tribute. We compiled wedding day photographs from our parents and grandparents to display. It warmed many hearts and brought happy tears to both of our families.

We love it when couples incorporate the things that are important to them and Elizabeth and Chris did just that—one example is this table that celebrates their relationship along with their passion for two dog rescues in Arizona: Paw it Forward Husky Rescue and AZ Happy Tails.

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Sugar: Elizabeth and Chris opted for a decadent dessert table that included cake, chocolates, mini pastries and watermelon.

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding : Before our sparkler exit, Chris & I wanted a final dance, a moment to take it all in before the night ended. While everyone lined up outside and prepared for the big moment, we stayed back. “The Only One” by Charles Kelly began to play, and we danced alone in a giant empty room, utterly elated and in love. It was one of my favorite moments from the night.

One thing I would change would be to have hired a videographer for the day! I will cherish our photographers forever, but the chance to hear Chris’ vows again or getting to see my mom walk down the aisle, would have been well worth the investment. 

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Everyone told us it would be the best day of our lives and it was. To have so many people there, surrounding us with love was simply wonderful.

Elizabeth and Chris, congratulations and thank you for sharing your romantic blue, gold and ivory wedding with us!

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27
Oct
Wedding Trends: 2016 Wedding Gowns at Bella Lily Bridal
categories: bridal fashions, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Last week was New York International Bridal Market (otherwise known as NY Bridal Fashion Week) and we kept an eye on the runways via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We quickly gathered some thoughts on what next year’s brides would be wearing and while we noticed 3 things immediately- lots of skin, floral details, and architecture inspired shapes, we wanted to ask the experts what their impressions of 2016’s wedding gowns were too.

To weigh in on the wedding gown trends for 2016, we asked Bella Lily Bridal owner Brenda Maldonado to share her predictions.

Top Trends for Spring 2016 Wedding Gowns:

Tiered Skirts: Tiered skirts were seen on the runway from several designers. From Hayley Paige to Enaura and Carolina Herrera…tiered skirts continue to be a trend that is on-point. Whether its softly flowing organza or layers and layers of tulle, tiers add texture to a dress as well as giving it a touch of playfulness. These cascading layers will have a floaty effect as a bride walks down the aisle.

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(Wtoo, Spring 2016)

Wedding Gowns with Floral Details: Florals were in full bloom on the runway and definitely a Spring 2016 trend. From Monique Lhuillier to Maggie Sottero, intricate floral embroidery and beautiful floral prints make these gowns look like they were created in a lush garden.

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(Maggie Sottero, Spring 2016)

Sleeves: Touches of tradition are making their way into bridal fashion by way of sleeves. Sleeves in all lengths were prevalent on the runway. This trend got a modern twist with the use of naked-looking illusion sleeves which allows for a semi-covered look while accents like classic lace, sequins, intricate beading and embroidery added a touch of visual interest.

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(Ellis Bridal, Spring 2016)

Wedding Gowns with a Statement Back: No longer an afterthought, the back of the dress is just as important as the front. Designers creating dramatic backs allow a bride to wow her guest both coming and going!!

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(Wtoo, Spring 2016)

All of the wedding gowns shown above will be available at Bella Lily Bridal in early 2016- we can’t wait!

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29
May
Spring/Summer 2015 Wedding Gowns
categories: bridal fashions, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Since the New York Bridal Market in April happened, our Elite Circle wedding shops have been buzzing with their new arrivals. Here’s the latest in shops now:

Schaffer’s Bridal, located in Scottsdale, has a huge selection of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, Mother of the Bride/Groom dresses, and formal wear. Here’s what they just received in the shop that has them just a tad giddy:

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(Eddy K)

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(Marchesa)

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(Mikaella)

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(Paloma Blanca)

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(Rivini)

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(Rivini)

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(Rivini)

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(Alvina Valenta)

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(Alvina Valenta)

Schaffer’s Bridal also received some new bridesmaid dresses.

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(Amsale)

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(Jim Hjelm)

And they’ve also started carrying Donna Morgan bridesmaid dresses. One advantage that brides and bridesmaids will appreciate is that they have a quick turn around time so if there’s a time crunch, this collection could be the perfect option:

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Call Schaffer’s Bridal to make your appointment to try their newest arrivals:  480-998-2298/www.schaffers.com

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18
Nov
Real Arizona Wedding: Amanda and Chris
categories: floral inspiration, from the consultants, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

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There is probably no better example of how to infuse meaning into your wedding day than Amanda and Chris’s Real Arizona Wedding. Almost every detail from their wedding day had a deeper significance:

-The Bells of Ireland in the bride’s bouquet and centerpieces are a nod to the couple’s Irish heritage

-The Pastor is a longtime family friend of the groom’s family and former worship leader at the bride’s family church

-Guests signed magnum wine bottles during cocktail hour from DeLorimier Winery which was founded by the surgeon who saved Chris’ life as an infant

-The escort card table was placed atop wine crates purchased by the couple during a Sonoma Valley vacation

-Pictures of the bride and groom at various vacation spots around the country served as table names

-The wedding photographer, Mike Olbinski, took the couple’s very first picture together at the wedding of Amanda’s matron of honor, where Amanda and Chris first met (that picture was the escort picture for the couple’s sweetheart table)

-Guests enjoyed a late night snack of the groom’s favorite breakfast burritos with hot sauce and a guacamole bar (a surprise to the groom ).

And the icing on the cake? Placed alongside the wedding cake were black and white photos from the weddings of prior generations- a beautiful way to honor both Amanda and Chris’ families.

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I don’t know if there’s ever been a bride as in love with her wedding dress as Amanda:  I have been a long time viewer of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and even took a picture outside of Kleinfeld’s. I knew I wanted something classy, stunning, and elegant- like Grace Kelly meets Kate Middleton. With magazine clippings in hand, my mom and I set foot in the first and only bridal salon, Schaffer’s. I tried on about nine or ten before trying on THE DRESS.  As soon as I put “her” on, I knew I was ready to say YES! Both my mom and I were in tears.  The bridal consultant added a veil to the dress to help me make my decision.  Before I knew it, I was on the phone to my dad telling him I had found my dress.  He was shocked! Chris along with my parents know that I take time to make decisions.  Not this decision.  I was sold on day one!

[The] gown was an ivory Pronovias dress with lace detailing and a sheer neckline that buttoned down the back…I loved spinning in the dress.  One of my favorite photos is at the Phoenix Country Club spinning in circles watching my dress and veil pick up in the breeze.  After the wedding, I remember starring at myself in the mirror of our Honeymoon Suite not wanting to take the dress off!  I loved my dress and look forward to using parts of “her” to create Christening dresses for our future babies!

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The reception was yet another opportunity for Amanda and Chris to customize their wedding day: We met at a wedding and had been to about six weddings before our wedding, and dancing the night away was always a high priority.  We envisioned our guests dancing all night and rarely spending any time at the table…instead of our bridal party being introduced and us following, we had our bridal party get everyone out on the dance floor and dancing…as soon as everyone was dancing, we were introduced and joined our guests dancing to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  It was a great way capture the mood and vision of our wedding reception! 

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A classic color palette of blue, ivory and silver made was modern with striped table runners and tall centerpieces featuring white and green hydrangeas, and Bells of Ireland with white rose accents; the cake was infused with almond and lemon curd, and had raspberries and a butter cream icing.

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What is your favorite memory from the day?

Amanda: If I have to think of just a few, I would start with my future brother in law Michael delivering a special verse to me from Chris (Philippians 4:7-8) on anxiety.  Reading this verse along with one of my bridesmaids Tara praying over me in the ready room at Brophy before walking down the aisle, really brought me peace.  I had both of my parents walk me down the aisle, which was just perfect.  I’ll always remember waiting in the hallways of the chapel with my dad thanking him for blessing us with a perfect wedding while we waited for my mom to return from lighting the unity candle.  When we started walking the aisle, my mom whispered to me to just focus on Chris at the end of the aisle.  Seeing his smiling face gazing in my direction was pure bliss!

Chris:  I choked up once that day.  As I stood between my parents, locked arm and arm with them, just as we were to enter through the doors leading down the aisle to the alter, I again remembered how fortunate I was to be marrying this woman before God and our gathered guests.

Congratulations Amanda and Chris and THANK YOU for sharing your wedding day with us!

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