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a&bé bridal shop features unique and modern bridal styles including romantic, vintage, and boho. Locations in Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, and Miami.  

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The NEW Truvelle Collection / Available at all a&bé locations

Nicole Lacriola

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It’s here! Truvelle has debuted their 2018 collection and we couldn’t be more excited! This is Truvelle’s fourth collection and we were fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of the new beauties! Designer of Truvelle, Gaby Bayona, as well as her team spent a considerable amount of time developing designs that will make brides feel and look amazing. The new bridal gowns have elements that we all know and love from her past collections as well as introducing new fabrics and details we can’t get enough of.

Our a&bé Minneapolis location was one of the first stores in the World to have the new collection in for our brides to see for themselves. The wedding gowns fit incredibly and have the soft and modern look we know and love about Truvelle. Every style seems to embody a minimalist effect, bit of romance, and that effortless look that so many brides want.

Truvelle focuses heavily on design, fit, and quality and once you step into one of these beauties you’ll know you’re not in just any wedding dress. All of the bridal gowns in the 2018 collection have been named after strong, inspirational, and individual women- all words that describe the Truvelle bride. Do these words sound familiar to you? Stop in one of our a&bé locations to try one of these amazing wedding gowns for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

Music Inspo for the Boho Fall Bride

Nicole Lacriola

Music speaks to our souls on a level that words alone can never quite achieve. Poetry and prose set to melodies that invariably become a soundtrack to our lives. Sometimes an easy tune that brings feelings of nostalgia; or maybe there is that one track that no matter what is happening, when it comes on, it makes you want to bust a move (that’s Breathe and Stop by Q-tip for me).  For you bridal babes, we have put together a fall bohemian bride playlist that we are diggin’ in the shops right now. Give a listen on spotify

a&bé fall boho bride playlist

We’ve got some chill acoustic covers which could make for a beautiful first dance, some super fresh artists and some classics that could be great to play during your dinner! These are all completely appropriate to play as your getting ready tunes too!

While we love ‘Skinny Love’ as much as the next gal, we wanted to share a few other options for our cool brides to get in the mood with, and to inspire you to think outside the box on what you use to walk down the aisle, to have your first dance, and to play while cutting your cake! One of our managers got some mega boho vibes and hired a North African Oud player to strum some modern tunes, while one of our recent brides said she had an acoustic version of The Cure’s ‘Lovesong’, sung by a local indie musician who put her own spin on it for the processional (LOOOVE that)!

We know most modern bride’s don’t feel confined to Wagner’s ‘Wedding March’, but equally do not feel pressured to walk out to Cat Power’s ‘Sea of Love’ because that is what hip bride’s are doing! The rules are out the window. Use songs that you genuinely love… that carry a meaning for you and your beau.

Let us know the songs that speak to you, and the tunes that will make up your personal soundtrack for the day you marry your best friend!

 

After You Become an #aandbabe // The Dress Viewing Pt. 1

Nicole Lacriola

You’ve been waiting months and your dream wedding gown has finally arrived to a&be bridal shop! Now what?? As soon as your beautiful wedding dress arrives at the shop, a stylist will reach out with the exciting news. Once you get that phone call you’ve been waiting for, it’s time to set up your dress viewing! But what does that actually entail? Here are the top 5 things to know when it’s time to pick up you’re beautiful wedding dress.

1. We want to set up your appointment on a weekday ASAP. When we receive your gown, we inspect it for any blatant issues, but sometimes there are minor flaws we can’t see until we get the dress on your body. Remember, these dresses are often made by hand, so there can be variances in your dress from the original sample. We want to be absolutely sure that the dress we received is correct and fits your body how we anticipated when we ordered it. Our designers take the weekends off, so we want to be able to get in touch with them right away, which is why we ask that you take 1 hour out of your schedule to come in during the week. We know how busy your schedule can be, but the longer we wait to get you in the shop, the less time we have to fix any errors.

2. Come ready to put on YOUR wedding dress. If you know what shoes and undergarments you’ll be wearing, feel free to bring those along! But since we won’t be doing any alterations during this appointment, they certainly aren’t necessary.  We do, however, recommend that you come in feeling like your best self, (so coming straight from the gym with frizzy hair and no makeup can make you feel less than stellar when you step out in your gown.)  Just be sure to keep the self tanner and lipstick far away from your pristine gown! And feel free to bring a family member or gal pal in to share in this special moment!

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3. Be prepared for your dress not to fit like the pictures you’ve been drooling over of you in the sample. Your designer and stylist worked hard to order you the closest size possible to your measurements, but your gown is not made to your exact proportions. The sample you tried on was cliped and stretched by your stylist to give you an idea of what your dress will look like after a seamstress works her magic. And since this is your dress, we will not be clipping or clamping. It’s common for your bridal gown to need a nip and a tuck here and there, so do not be alarmed! This is your opportunity to talk through any fit concerns or questions with your stylist so that you feel 100% confident before you take your dress home. Your stylist can also provide you with a list of trusted local seamstresses.

4. Let’s complete your look! The fun doesn’t have to stop after you find your wedding dress.  We will set aside 60 minutes just for you to put the final touches on your bridal look with the perfect bridal accessories.  Veils?  Jewelry?  Headpieces?  We’ve got ‘em! And you will have plenty of time during this appointment to work with your expert stylist to select all of those beautiful details that will make your look so unique.

5. Last but not least, your remaining balance (if any) is due before you can take your gorgeous wedding dress home with you. We will store your dress for you for up to 30 days (or more with an additional fee), but you will more than likely want to take your wedding gown with you that day to start the alterations process.

Congratulations, you beautiful #aandbabe you! You have yourself the wedding dress of your dreams!  Next up, alterations. Be on the lookout for our next a&bé blog post discussing what to expect throughout the alterations process!

 

Discover Flora's newest collection: Intrigue // available in Dallas, Miami, & Minneapolis

Nicole Lacriola

Minneapolis, Dallas, and Miami brides be on the look-out for exciting things coming to a&bé bridal shop from Israeli designer Flora Bridal’s new collection, Intrigue. Appropriately named the dresses embody the entrancing qualities of fascinating detail and enticing materials. For anyone from the boho bride to the romantic bride they truly have a design for everyone. When interviewed about the collection designer Renat Asher described her inspiration for the new collection as being from the women she was surrounded by. Truly embodying this idea, the collection is varied in material, fit, and style.

One of Miami and Dallas’ new designs Dalphin is the dream Boho bride dress. Following their constant attention to quality the lacework is unparalleled and not to mention so soft and comfortable. With a great back and beautiful train, Dalphin is sure to catch breaths as the bride makes her entrance.

'Dalphin' by Flora

'Dalphin' by Flora

A new design that is exclusive to our Miami shop, Julia is an amazing choice for the more traditional bride looking to stop the show in a lace wedding dress. With an extreme deep-v back the sultry looks from behind are an awesome juxtaposition with the lovely high-neck illusion and delicate lacework cap sleeves.

'Julia' by Flora

'Julia' by Flora

Minneapolis will be sure to make waves with their newest Flora design, Lucia. With a combination of simple detail and luxurious fabrics making dress will definitely be a favorite amongst romantic brides. Looking to make a statement but still have a flowy comfortable skirt? Look no further, Lucia’s open strung back is sure to catch your beau’s eye while still being effortless with its airy, silk skirt.

'Lucia' by Flora

'Lucia' by Flora

For the preppy or playful brides take a peek at Dallas’ new Camilia gown. This two piece wedding dresss merges touches of intricate lacework, with swiss dot netting to create a truly one-of-a-kind look. The three quarter length sleeves are an awesome pair with the touch of mid drift and soft silk skirt. Floral embroidery adds to the playful nature of this design and is sure to make the bride looking to standout in a crowd smile.

'Camilla' by Flora

'Camilla' by Flora

Regardless of wedding style Flora’s Intrigue Collection is sure to peak your interest. Give your local a&be a call to hear more about the new designs and prepare to be wowed!

 

The best Minneapolis wedding venues for boho babes

Nicole Lacriola

We've found the very BEST Minneapolis wedding venues for our Minneapolis brides. Are you a Minneapolis bride with a boho inspired wedding dress? Then you MUST check out these with boho inspired wedding venues. From vintage and industrial to serene and woodsy, these Minnesota wedding venues are perfect for the boho bride with a vintage, rustic, or romantic wedding vision. We can't wait to share them with you...

PAIKKA

Paikka, meaning place in Finnish, is a modern, industrial space located at the Vandalia Tower  in St. Paul.  This venue has a ton of cool features including 9 ft. antique doors along with a kickass custom mural. Another awesome factor to this place is that there is an amazing outdoor patio that draws you in with strung cafe lights and cool, minimalistic landscaping. Oh...And...did I mention they are also located next door to Lake Monster Brewery? Pretty damn perfect to have a potential cocktail hour/rehearsal dinner spot right next to your venue. Love this place!

JULIANE JAMES PLACE

Placed on a picturesque 40 acres, Juliane James Place is a magical venue in the middle of the peaceful woods of Minnesota between Finlayson and the Willow River. This spot is a no brainer for the aandbabe looking for a more raw, rustic vibe. This place is the epitome of intimate, and will envelop everyone who’s sharing in your wedding day.

MACHINE SHOP

Machine Shop was originally part of the Pillsbury Mill, which fun fact: was the largest working mill in the world.  They’ve done a really great job of keeping the character of the building while integrating modern details. For any boho babe planning a big party this is the space for you. It can hold up to 300 guests. Boom! Plus the light in this space is insane. Can you say a photographer’s dream location? In fact, this was where we held our last a&be stylebook shoot. This venue definitely holds special meaning to us, and we have a feeling you’ll love it as well.

Top Boho Wedding Gowns // Available at a&bé bridal shop

Nicole Lacriola

Calling all brides who want to express their relaxed, no-fuss, and fabulous selves to take a look at our favorite boho wedding dresses...

'DAKOTA' BY RUE DE SEINE

This Rue De Seine wedding dress is for the bride ready to fully commit to the urging of her wild soul. Free, fringe-y, and ready to be danced in, Dakota epitomizes the bohemian bridal extreme.

 

'KEMP' BY DAUGHTERS OF SIMONE

Off the shoulder and simple, this Daughters of Simone wedding dress is relaxed and clean - perfectly fitting for the modern bohemian.

 

'CARRALL' BY TRUVELLE

Airy and lightweight, Carrall by Truvelle is a breezy taste of funky lace and flowing chiffon.

 

'SIMON' BY FLORA

Romantic and flowing - Flora partnered the finest lace with the funkiest twist.

 

'SASHA' BY MADE WITH LOVE

Sasha is fierce. (Yes, that’s a Beyoncé reference.) This Made With Love wedding dress is funky as can be and GORGEOUS in both ivory & tan.

Whether you’re located in Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Portland, or Seattle, we would love to have you in the shop to fall for our bohemian wedding gown picks in person!

Get to know our Minneapolis Space // Photos by Half Acre House

Nicole Lacriola

a&bé Minneapolis was lucky enough to have Half Acre House visit our shop a few weeks ago to capture stunning photos of our Minnesota Bridal Shop. We could not be more thrilled with how they turned out! Rachel Cook and her husband Ethan make up Half Acre House, and we have a special connection with Rachel, as she worked at a&bé as a stylist for more than two years. Who better to capture our dreamy Minnesota shop than them? We spent the morning catching up about all things a&bé, wedding photography, and of course all the amazing things going on in the Twin Cities. The product of this morning was an incredible set of photographs of our sweet shop that encapsulate what every bride who walks through our doors is about to experience. 

Our goal is always to provide an inviting, warm space that not only shows off our on trend wedding dresses and accessories, but also is a haven for the midwestern bride. Each bride who visits a&bé is escorted to a private dressing room and viewing area upon their arrival where their friends and family can sit back, relax, and enjoy the appointment.  We want to take the stress and anxiety out of the wedding dress shopping process, and show all our brides how fun finding "the one" can be! Making sure our brides had privacy and a place to unwind was key when we were designing our shop. While the rooms are open and airy to provide maximum natural light, we also made sure that all the attention is focused on the beautiful bride in each room! You never have to worry about undressing in front of other people, or sharing a mirror with another bride at a&bé. We know how personal and emotional planning a wedding can be, and worked hard to make our bridal shop a calming oasis. 

After the drywall went up and the racks were hung came the fun of decorating! Each a&bé location carries similar themes, but is also distinctly unique based on it's region. In Minneapolis we found amazing resources for vintage Mid Century Modern Furniture that we couldn't pass up. We paired our thrifted finds with other pieces from CB2, West Elm, and Urban Outfitters for the perfect laid back, yet polished vibe! We love gold and copper accents, so you will see those touches added in here and there to add warmth and brightness to each viewing area. 

One of our favorite things about our shop is our storefront. We are lucky to be able to design window displays that show off our style and dresses to the Twin Cities. These photos feature an incredible install by the ladies of Kindred Blooms, a local Minneapolis Wedding Florist that we have been collaborating with since we opened. The dramatic wreath is not only eye catching from the street, but creates the perfect backdrop for our brides to celebrate saying "yes" to their dream dress! It has made for such a fun in store photo-op.

We would like to give a huge thank you to Half Acre House for helping us celebrate a shop we worked so hard to create, and to the ladies of Kindred Blooms for lending us their amazing talents!

Prenuptial Party Looks // Find an outfit for all of the events following up to your big day!

Nicole Lacriola

It’s the season for all sorts of celebrations! We have your back not only when it comes to the big day but all of the days of celebration along the way.

Follow along for some outfit ideas for engagement parties, couple shoots, wedding showers, and rehearsal dinners!

'Skyler' Jumpsuit by Theia

'Skyler' Jumpsuit by Theia

Here is this easy-breezy Skyler jumpsuit by Theia with a friendly price of $1,195. Perfect for casual-chic prenuptial parties.

'Emie Top' by Noel & Jean

'Emie Top' by Noel & Jean

For the boho girl this Noel & Jean “Emie top” is an off the shoulder dream. Priced at $495 it looks amazing paired with breezy skirts or a sleek high-waisted pant.

'Britney' by Noel & Jean

'Britney' by Noel & Jean

Britney by Noel & Jean is priced at $395 and can be dressed up or dressed down depending the occasion!

'Sailor Skirt' by Houghton

'Sailor Skirt' by Houghton

For a fun and flirty look, pair one of our tulle skirts with one of your favorite tops and a sleek bootie. Sailor Skirt by Houghton, $1,750.

'Ines Skirt' by Theia

'Ines Skirt' by Theia

Theia’s Ines skirt is priced at $795 and makes for a great two-tone look with a cropped button down or try with a fitted blouse!

We would love to book an appointment today to style any of your upcoming wedding celebrations! We love to style—from the big day to everything in between.

Let's Start From the Top! // Contemporary Bridal Accessories

Nicole Lacriola

Subtlety. It can just be a slight change or addition to a bridal look that can completely modernize or romanticize a bride’s style. To enhance a bride’s wedding style to be more bohemian, glam, or organic, nothing brings that vibe in more successfully than selecting the right accessories! At a&bé we like to start right at the top—through selecting the right headpiece! Every bride can find a headpiece that works for her preferred wedding aesthetic and hairstyle—whether it is an ornate updo, fishtail braid, or romantic waves! We are highlighting a few headpieces from some of our all-star designers: Emma Katzka, Hushed Commotion, Lia Terni, Sara Gabriel, and Untamed Petals showcasing the diversity in modern bridal headpieces!

To achieve these glowing bride looks, a&bé miami teamed up with the super talented artists of Glamsquad, an on-demand hair and makeup service (and nails in select markets) available in Miami, LA, NY, & DC, with new cities coming soon! Model’s Aroon and Aylen brought these bridal looks to life in our Miami indie wedding bridal shop.

Our first look features Aroon in a whimsical and organic combination, wearing the new Truvelle ‘Carrall’ wedding gown customized in ivory and paired with the Lia Terni Crown. Lia Terni pieces are always ecologically and ethically conscious and reveal a modernized romantic look!

We changed up the mood a bit simply by changing the accessory to the Sara Gabriel ‘Taylor’ combs, which can be laced into updo’s or secured into free flowing tresses. Glamorizing a still natural vibe with crystal elements and a bit of sparkle!

For Aylen this clean Rebecca Schoneveld ‘Elliot’ wedding gown becomes celestial and ethereal with the addition of the ‘Diana’ Comb from Emma Katzka—bringing a natural rose quartz beauty to the loose face framing curls. Again, we refreshed the bridal look with the larger ‘Rue’ Comb from Emma Katzka, for a contemporary half-up-half-down style!

Aroon takes on a goddess vibe with this unexpected headpiece from Untamed Petals! We wrapped the ‘Vineyard’ Necklace around her crown, lacing the drop through the intricate updo for a truly unique look. Keeping this look beach bride friendly with the ‘Shannon’ and ‘Breanna’ two-piece wedding gown from Rebecca Schoneveld.

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For a vintage look and a nod to some art deco vibes, Aylen wears the ‘Gemma’ wedding gown from Rebecca Schoneveld paired with the ‘Eden’ Duet from Sara Gabriel.

We love versatility in accessories, and find that with the Hushed Commotion ‘Ames’ headpiece which can even be worn again after the wedding day, keeping those boho vibes flowing!

Whatever your wedding vibe, your bridal headpiece and the finishing touches of bridal makeup and hairstyle are the subtle elements that complete your look, and carry your coveted mood throughout every facet of your bridal style! Check out our accessory designers page to see which designers you can find at your nearest location!

Show your Girls some love! // How to perfectly gift the gals that are going to help you say “I do!”

Nicole Lacriola

Being a bridesmaid is no small task. Likewise, neither is finding the perfect gift that makes your bride tribe feel appreciated and special. We have all been given that gift that sits in the proverbial ‘gift closet’ and never again gets touched after the big day. So look no further, a&bé is here to help you find a gift that not only will last, but will also make your girls look fab on the big day!

While robes and monogrammed goodies are great in the short-term, lets talk about jewelry and headvines. It's easy as a bride to get caught up in completing your ensemble and have the bridesmaids’ look as a afterthought, but what if you could take care of both in one fell swoop? At a&bé we offer accessories appointments but you may not realize they don’t have to be just for you! Imagine going in with your best gals, sipping champagne and finding your veil as well as all of your bridesmaids’ earrings. Not only will your friends love the quality time spent with you but they will look stunning in those hard earned wedding photos.

When thinking about gifting bridal accessories think about four things:

1. Your wedding look and how you want your bridesmaids to accent you

2. Your bridesmaid’s personalities and style: Do they have pierced ears? Do you know your Maid of Honor hates bracelets?

3. How your bridesmaids are wearing their hair: this could determine the type of earring, necklace or head-vine that would be most appropriate.

4. The versatility of the gift: think about how your bridesmaid could wear/use her gift after the big day. (i.e. a belt that could also be an awesome headband)

Remember that the reason these gals are to be a part of your day is because they have been a big part of your life, don’t forget to show them some love!

Earrings by Untamed Petals

Earrings by Untamed Petals

Untamed Petals bracelets elevate your bridesmaids' looks with something special

Untamed Petals bracelets elevate your bridesmaids' looks with something special

Necklace by Untamed Petals to perfect a low back bridesmaid look

Necklace by Untamed Petals to perfect a low back bridesmaid look

Emma Katzka, an accessories goddess brings us an affordable rose quartz comb to complement various hairstyles

Emma Katzka, an accessories goddess brings us an affordable rose quartz comb to complement various hairstyles

While your maids may all have different dresses, keep it all cohesive with a matching sash that can double as a headband for events down the road.

While your maids may all have different dresses, keep it all cohesive with a matching sash that can double as a headband for events down the road.

Hushed Commotion has an amazing price point and so many beautiful options for earrings to gift!

Hushed Commotion has an amazing price point and so many beautiful options for earrings to gift!

a&bé stylebook volume 8: all about GRL PWR

Nicole Lacriola

The Future is Female.

Our a&babes epitomize what it means to be the modern, individual bride. They make our jobs so incredibly fun and rewarding day in and day out. This stylebook is an ode to them.

We drew our inspiration for this shoot from cool toned concrete, acrylic accents, and celestial shimmer. We wanted to depict a strong, independent group of women who support and love each other and illustrate what it means when you join the community of #aandbabes. Our girl gang sported glitter war paint, badass leather jackets, raw accessories, and sleek swept up ‘dos. Our girls are fierce, but they’re not afraid to have fun! We also wanted to be sure to represent a range of body types in our models, because a&babes come in all shapes and sizes.

The landscape of urban Minneapolis shaped and influenced the outcome of this shoot as well. We were so excited when The Machine Shop Minneapolis agreed to let us shoot on their rooftop with an amazing view of modern Downtown Minneapolis, as well as the historic Pillsbury A-Mill creating the perfect backdrop for our gowns. We enlisted the most talented vendors in Minneapolis to help us execute our vision. We knew Athena Pelton was the perfect photographer to capture the day as she always strives to generate self love, body positivity, and individuality in every image she creates. Her story telling shooting style brought out the best in our girl gang of models, not to mention the behind the scenes team!

Kindred Blooms, Printerette Press, and Alibi The Salon provided the perfect detailed elements that elevated our vision. Floral nests, brushstroke acrylic signs, and hand painted glitter eyeliner stand out as some of our favorite details of this shoot.

Of course our hearts belong to the amazing dresses and designers we featured in this shoot. Bride favorites Rue De Seine, Hayley Paige, Sarah Seven, Truvelle, and Made With Love were shoe ins for this modern, industrial shoot. Throw in a silver hand painted skirt from Rebecca Schoneveld, a shimmery all sequined number from Anna Campbell, and insane embroirdery details from Israeli designers Rish Bridal and Limor Rosen, and you have the perfect blend of bridal inspirations.

Made With Love's newest LUXE collection is coming to a&bé

Nicole Lacriola

We’re excited to announce the arrival of the new Made with Love collection at our Miami, Minneapolis, and Dallas shops! This Australian designer introduced their LUXE collection, and we’re proud to be a U.S. stockist.

The LUXE collection is inspired by bohemian laces and romantic silhouettes with long trains. Each of our shops carries a curated selection of gowns from the Made with Love and Made with Love LUXE Collections—like Ella, Isla, Mimi and Adelyn, to name a few.

Photos: Ellen Ashton Photography | Floral: We Love Moss | Gown: 'Isla' by Made With Love

Photos + Styling: Sea + Ink Photo | Floral: Zoom Bloomz | Gown: 'Adelyn' by Made With Love | Accessories: Lia Terni

Photos: Half Acre House | Floral: Munster Rose Floral | Gown: (left) 'Adelyn' by Made With Love (right) 'Hayley' by Made With Love | Accessories: Untamed Petals

Photos: Lauren Apel Photo | Gown: 'Ella' by Made With Love

Who to Bring to your Bridal Appointment

Nicole Lacriola

We know all you brides have seen the bridal shows that have taken over our TV's in recent years. They are filled with tears, heated opinions and woes every bride has come to believe they're about to face. I know this may come as a shock but most of this is very far from reality (insert sarcasm here). The one thing that does tend to ring true is the opinions that come with the people you choose to bring.

The fine line between having people there to support you and enjoy the experience with, without bringing so many that your voice is thrown to the back row of the choir is a hard balance to find. The more people you bring with you the more opinions you have filling your fitting room.

So whose opinion matters? Well in reality one matters. Yours. You, the bride, wearing the dress have the ultimate power of deciding which dress is right for you. So then how do you avoid the mass chaos of the entourage throw down? Easy. Decide early on who your wedding wingwomen/men are going to be. Whether that be your mom, dad, sister, life long best friend, or your crazy aunt Francine. Decide on 1 or 2 people who know you the best to help you along the way. These should be people who will fight for you and not let you settle for something you don't feel your best self in but will also back down if you love something that maybe isn't their style.

Your dress should feel uniquely you and whoever is there with you should be able to feel that and support your decision. This is not the time to appease someone else and the people with you should never pressure you to do so.  We also have some of our happiest brides leave here after going through their appointment on their own. Sometimes the best guest is no guest and that's great too.

So there really is no right answer to who you should bring with you to your appointment. The answer, just like the dress, will look different for every bride. As long as you the bride walk out of our shop feeling like Beyoncé and your group fulfills the roll of hype man you've brought the right people. You got this girl.

If you're ready to book your appointment, give your shop a call or book directly online here. For more helpful tips before your appointment, be sure to check out our recent post on Planning the Dream Shopping Experience and What Really Happens at your Bridal Appointment.

8 Tips for Choosing your Veil

Nicole Lacriola

For the finishing touches on your bridal look you may be debating on whether a veil is the right choice. To us, it’s not a matter of whether or not to wear one but which one is perfect for you!

To cut out some of the pressure of deciding on what veil to don on your big day, here are 8 easy tips that will help you narrow down the field!

1. CONSIDER THE DRESS

Is your dress backless? Think about a sheer or ballet tulle veil so that you aren’t hiding that show stopping feature. Does your dress have a long train? Make sure your veil is either short enough to not compete with it (chapel length) or that is it long enough to reach outside the edge of your train.

2. HAIR STYLE

How do you plan on wearing your hair? Find the veil more important? Then take the plunge into accessories before your hair trial and make sure that your hairstyle is complementary to a veil.

3. THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE WALKING DOWN THE AISLE

If you are getting married in a church, perhaps something with a bit of drama and cathedral length would be best. Or if you are getting married on the side of a cliff, a longer veil might get in the way of your ‘hike’ down the aisle.

4. ARE YOU A MORE TRADITIONAL BRIDE OR ARE YOU TRYING TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES ON WHAT PEOPLE EXPECT A BRIDE TO LOOK LIKE?

More traditional brides might gravitate more towards long, intricate lace work. For the gal who’s breaking stereotypes take a peek at veils with fun details like leaf motifs and alternative shapes.

5. KNOW YOUR PRICE POINT

Veils can be as simple or as elaborate as your dress and similarly they range in cost. Be sure to consider veil cost in your wedding budget. If you know immediately that a veil is going to be a priority, be sure to set aside a proportional amount of money towards it. Our collection of veils ranges from $200-$1,300.

6. DON'T BE AFRAID TO BRANCH OUT!

If you were the bride that wanted a wedding dress that was edgy and boho then why go for the plain jane veil? There are so many options so don’t be afraid to ask your stylist for something fun and different!

7. QUALITY COUNTS

Be it 300 dollars or 1000 dollars, make sure your money is going to a veil that will age well enough to be that heirloom piece 50 years from now. Soft, high quality tulles and custom lacework may cost a little bit more but they make a huge difference when the next generation pulls out your veil for their “something borrowed”.

8. MOST IMPORTANTLY: BE YOU!

Just like we prefer to guide brides towards dresses that make them look and feel like themselves on their big day, the same should be said for your veil.

In addition, here are some of our favorite styles from Sara Gabriel, an accessory designer that is carried at all of our locations!

Get to know one of the newest a&bé designers // Daughters of Simone

Nicole Lacriola

Brit and Ash are the oh-so-cool sister duo behind the bohemian bridal brand Daughters Of Simone; the coveted line now gracing a&bé bridal shops in Dallas and Miami. When we asked these bridal babes what inspired their newest collection, Sunshine of My Love, we were flooded with imagery; of fabrics, tattoos, doodles, quotes and poems. My favorite prose that was part of this inspiration was penned by Nikita Gill, and sums up the vibe cohesively, “Some days I am more wolf than woman and I am still learning how to stop apologising for my wild.”

The iconic name of the brand has its own interesting story. It was inspired by Simone De Beauvoir, a writer and an out-of-the-box thinker. A woman who went against the grain by speaking her mind during a time when women were not encouraged to do so. Daughters of Simone gowns represent a style which goes against the norm, and supports the fearless, adventurous and nontraditional woman.

In describing the mantra and ethos of Daughters of Simone, the girls elaborated,  “Every place on earth houses a few women unlike the rest. They are vagabonds and free spirits. The dreamers and the starry eyed. They come from a generation of non-traditionalists, casting aside the princess illusion of yesteryear in exchange for just simply being....themselves. Daughters Of Simone is dedicated to these types because they inspire us to see living in a whole new way. They are our kind of girls. The modern outsiders, bound to freedom with the spirit of rebellion.”

Designer Brit gave the a&babes a heads up to something possibly on the horizon, “We’re hoping to launch a capsule collection... Two words: bell bottoms!” We can't wait to see what this will entail!

Brit and Ash are empowered and talented women who create. They create not only gowns that make our bohemian brides feel and look their most beautiful on their wedding day, but they have created a bridal tribe, a community of women that embrace all that make them unique. Encouraging the modern bride to be her raw, unconventional and truest self. Let the a&bé team know how you are holding on to your inner she-wolf and keeping your authentic vibe on your wedding day.

You can find Daughters of Simone at our Dallas and Miami locations. Contact your shop for more details and to schedule your appointment today!

Your Guide to Bridal Accessories

Nicole Lacriola

If the dress makes the bride then the accessories speak for her….
Wedding gowns have become so much more unexpected these days. From classic to contemporary, dresses have evolved to allow a bride to be as much herself as she desires on her big day.

But being yourself does not stop with the dress. There are so many amazing touches of gold, silver and tulle that can take a look over the edge to complete customization. So many times we see brides with a Pinterest board full of their “dream dresses” but at the end of the day the earrings, cuffs, hair chains and veils are what take that “dream dress” from Pinterest to reality.

It’s not just your mother’s veil anymore! From long cascading lace veils to something sassy and modern the traditional veil is not a bride’s only option these days. Just as dresses have evolved and branched out to intertwine with a variety of styles, so has the veil! Indeed a hand sewn lace veil is swoon worthy but in great contrast, an edgy birdcage or leaf trimmed tulle can just as well take your breath away.

Just as varied and equally as exciting are the abundance of amazing sparkly things a gal can add to her bridal look. Head-vines can rest among curls or twist into braids. 

Belts can spark up the waistline and add an extra "umph" to a classic look.

Earrings can add just the right amount of edge to a girl who is wanting to stand out in a crowd. \

Even more appealing? These accessories don’t have to sit in your gown box for decades to come. How many brides wish their wedding dress wasn’t just a one night wear? For the girl looking to get the biggest bang for your buck look no further, pair that belt with an over-sized oxford on your next girls night out or pull out the statement earrings for an upcoming company dinner.

Each of our shops carry a unique assortment of bridal accessories that will compliment your gown for the big day and beyond — visit your local shop's designer page to find out who we carry!

MPLS Brides // Don't miss the Alexandra Grecco guest trunk show!

Nicole Lacriola

Alexandra Grecco's beautiful collection is only weeks away (trunk show is March 17 & 18th) from being in our Minneapolis shop and we are waiting with baited breath. Inspired by decades past, her bridal line was born in 2014 and has been making brides (and grooms!) swoon ever since. She got her start in the world of fashion at a young age when her mom passed on her knowledge and love of sewing.

'Arlington' by Alexandra Grecco

'Arlington' by Alexandra Grecco

Creating a ready to wear line in 2010 led to a natural progression into bridal in 2013 when shopping for her own wedding dress. She wanted to create a line that gave the non traditional bride a home in the bridal industry.

'Samantha' by Alexandra Grecco

'Samantha' by Alexandra Grecco

Her first line of bridal separates and delicate beading was embraced by the modern bride immediately and with endless excitement. Now while still keeping a nod to the modern she has also welcomed the bride who dreams of romance. The mixture of soft ethereal fabrics and architecture that rivals a New York skyscraper make these the wedding dresses of every brides dream.

'Etienne' by Alexandra Grecco

'Etienne' by Alexandra Grecco

Whether you wish to be more of a modern bride or dream of being a true romantic bride this collection covers it all. All of her gowns are made to order by hand in her New York studio which really make them a one of a kind garment. Alexandra utilizes high quality laces and intricate embroidery produced in England and France in her designs.

'Daphne' by Alexandra Grecco

'Daphne' by Alexandra Grecco

Ranging in price from $2,000 to $5500 these dresses radiate quality and craftsmanship. Ultimately the most important thing to Alexandra and her team is for their brides to feel comfortable and like themselves on their wedding day! We can't wait to share the beauty of these gowns with all the Minnesota brides. 

'Ava Crop Top + Vivienne Skirt' by Alexandra Grecco

'Ava Crop Top + Vivienne Skirt'
by Alexandra Grecco

Yes! Miami :: Launch Party with A Creative's Loft

amanda grosgebauer

a&bé bridal shop is over the moon to be opening our miami shop. 

A huge thanks to our fabulous vendor team who pulled together this gorgeous event. 
Photography by: Erika Diaz Photography
Planning/Coordination: The Creative's Loft
Installation:  Marino's Creations
Live music: Hen Siso. 
Sweet treats: Juliana's Pastries & Cakes
Lipstick bar: Beauty by Jackiy
Braid and Wave bar:  LMG Beauty Factory
Live Poet: The Biscayne Poet
Tea-infused Cocktails: Peko Tea House
Lounge set-up: The Salvage Snob
Florals:  Primrose Floral
Accessories: Lia Terni   
Photo booth: Juju Booth
Letterpress and Paper goods: Papel & Co. 
Party Rentals: Atlas Event Rental

&1 Dallas Anniversary Party :: Bash Co + Events :: Jo Jo Pangilinan Photography

amanda grosgebauer

Thank you to all of our vendors and brides who made our first anniversary party go off with a bang!

photos by: jojo pangilinan photography
planning/design by: bash.co events
calligraphy by: alli k design
florals by: r love floral
sweets and treats by: a dancing baker, whisk until sweet, steel city pops, and joy macaroons.
dj: le force dj
braid bar: styling by macey
brow/glitter bar: ba beauty tx
photo booth: the photo bus dfw
mixologist: hd liquid catering
coffee: coffee :: experience
video: psycle films

Miami Sneak Preview #2: A Day at the Beach with Sea+Ink Photo + Rue De Seine

Nicole Lacriola

From Manager, Sabrina:

"When I first moved to Miami, I had the resolution that I would go to the beach everyday! While many of our ideal days would either start with some beachside yoga, or end with a sunset overlooking the water, it is rare that with the chaos of Miami traffic, work life and other #FirstWorldProblems that such indulgences can come to fruition. The a&bé Miami Bridal Shop Stylists and I spent the day with photographer, Sea+Ink Photo for a glorious unconventional balmy day at the beach, frolicking surfside in the ever bohemian line, Rue De Seine."

Pronounced “Roo-De-Sen,” the line is named after the artisanal Parisian neighborhood which inspired Rue De Seine’s designer to start the label after celebrating her own wedding on the very same Parisian street! Cut, constructed and finished in Auckland, New Zealand, Rue De Seine  is truly special as the beading is hand done, and the silhouettes enhance a feminine energy.

A collection for gals who are a little bit of a wild child, and definitely a lover; the Miami shop is excited to welcome Rue De Seine for a Trunk Show on February 3rd and 4th. This intricate line will feel like home for our free-spirited Miami babes. Not to think that a bridal look ends at just a stunning gown, the accessory designers that are gracing our Miami bridal shop are true game changers for creating authentically romantic, bohemian or just plain rad wedding day looks, including: Sarah Gabriel, Miami-based Lia Terni, Emma Katzka, Untamed Petals, Haute Bride and Hushed Commotion!

Give us a call at 786-703-8658 to reserve your appointment and find out more about all of our upcoming trunk shows and events!