La Novia Bride – Antonia

We love a sunny destination wedding, and after seeing these amazing photos from La Novia bride Antonia’s wedding day, we were not disappointed. If you want a romantic getaway wedding then where better than a historic hilltop village surrounded by gorgeous countryside and vineyards…

Choosing to get married in Antonia’s family hometown of Monforte, in the beautiful Lazio region of Italy, Antonia and her husband James took a personal and laid-back approach to their wedding planning; opting to design and decorate most of their day themselves with simple lighting, and handmade decorations for a rustic and quintessentially Italian feel. With the help of Antonia’s parents they even sourced wood from the surrounding mountains to create their own take on the wedding arch. As you can see from these photos fuss-free was the way to go and their day looked gorgeous!

Antonia’s bridal look was just the right balance of relaxed and elegant, which worked perfectly for the occasion being a warm summer wedding. The ceremony took place in the local church which requires an element of tradition when it comes to a bridal gown, therefore the delicate French Fiona lace bolero was an ideal addition with a refined boat neckline and long sleeves. Having a bolero layered over Antonia’s customized wedding gown, made by our very own Liliana Dabic, was the perfect way to bring versatility to the look. After the ceremony and their meal, the couple hired a square in the neighbouring village where all the locals could get involved and enjoy the celebrations along with the guests. Antonia’s wedding dress was a simple and sleek strapless style which accentuated her figure with a plain waistband. The intricate beaded lace overlay on the skirt added some sparkle and a touch of glamour perfect for the evening party time in the piazza, and it also paired beautifully with her cute gold heels which gave her wedding style a stylish twist.

La Novia Favourite Dress – Claudia by Oscar Lili

Over the Summer months we have seen our La Novia brides loving the Boho trend, opting for fragile florals and decorative lace details on their wedding dresses. Boho bridal dresses are perfect if you want more embellishment whilst keeping it looking delicate and casual; whereas having a simpler dress can be great if you want to be a bit more quirky with your bridal accessories and style up your look with fresh blooms, layered jewellery or maybe even a customized denim jacket.

A key Autumn/Winter bridal trend for next year is in keeping with the Boho vibes of Summer but updating it into a more polished and grown-up look.

If simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to your wedding dress inspiration, and you want a carefree style which is still channeling a little 1970’s vintage glam then our dress of the moment may be the one for you.

Our favourite dress is Claudia, a dreamy and elegant gown designed by Oscar Lili. A fuss-free, classic sheath silhouette cut from immaculate white crepe fabric which has a beautiful drape and pools into a modest train. The low V-back of the dress with button-down detail is so flattering and gives the design just a little bit of a flirty feel.

The high boat neckline and gorgeous chiffon bell sleeves with lace cuffs are all about creating the vintage Boho bride look. Perfect for an understated barn venue or festival themed wedding, this design is lightweight and ethereal – you will be floating down the aisle. The effortless simplicity speaks for itself with this dress and it doesn’t need to be over-styled; some delicate jewellery and wild flowers would be enough. In saying that, if you want to go all out with the accessories then this gown is versatile enough for experimentation. It is your big day after-all!

The Claudia sample is available to try in our Queen Street boutique; for inquiries and appointments send us an email at info@lanovia.co.uk.

Pre-wedding prep: the skincare regime

Whether you are overwhelmed from days of wedding dress shopping, or perhaps anticipating your dress-to-be’s arrival at our boutique, we thought we’d divert your attention for just a second to get you thinking about your pre-wedding prep. Specifically, the all important skincare regime!

You may be blessed with a naturally flawless complexion, but Autumn is here and we feel like everyone might feel like a little skin pick-me-up. Here at La Novia, we are huge fans of Arbonne skincare. If you haven’t heard of Arbonne, it is a premium health and beauty brand which uses all pure, botanically based ingredients; it’s vegan, cruelty-free and clinically tested. Plus it will have you glowing – what more could you ask for?

We’ve picked a few of our favourite products to kick start you on your way to looking absolutely radiant and photo-ready, so you’ll have that boost of confidence on your big day.

So.. starting with a good cleanser is the most important step when it comes to caring for your skin. Cleaning the skin thoroughly before adding anything else will ensure that your products will be absorbed into the skin and work more effectively. You will be able to use your products sparingly so they will last you. Our favourite here at La Novia is the RE9 Advanced Brightening Cleansing Foam, it’s foamy texture gets rid of any make-up and impurities and leaves your skin feeling tightened and luminous. Great start!

If you feel like you need a deeper cleanse then a great product to add in once daily or just a few times a week is the RE9 Advanced Prep-work Cleansing Polish. It is a lovely refreshing exfoliator which contains pea protein, antioxidant vitamin E and fine ground apricot seeds to get rid of dull, dead skin cells and soften the skin tone. It’s gentle to the skin and will give you an instantly refreshed complexion.

Next, the RE9 Advanced Regenerating Toner is a must-have! It contains natural witch hazel and brown algae extract and comes in a handy spray bottle to deliver a dreamy mist over the skin which will have you feeling revitalized. A toner is great as it will shrink the pores and the appearance of fine lines. This product can be used throughout the day when you’re on the go; even over your make-up for a boost of moisture and brightness. We think this is an essential for your wedding day too, great for a refreshing spritz when you’re working up a heat from dancing the night away.

For moisture and radiance by day we suggest RE9 Advanced Restorative Cream SPF 15. With hyularonic acid, vitamin C and added Collagen this is a skin saviour which replenishes moisture and firms and plumps the skin for a youthful glow. The added SPF protects from sun damage and is essential for a sunny wedding day where you will be outdoors for longer periods, or for cushioning the skin on colder, windy days.

After a long day of wedding planning you deserve some beauty sleep and the RE9 Advanced Prep-work Overnight Face Jelly is essentially that in a bottle. It’s a gorgeous light gel texture which gives instant hydration, and the super-food ingredients work into dry, tired skin overnight resulting in you waking up looking fresh and your face feeling “baby soft”. That’s one reason for a good nights sleep!

For fabulous skin, creating a consistent routine is key and who doesn’t want to treat themselves to some luxurious self-care? All Arbonne products are available to order at the La Novia boutique, get in touch and ask our stylists for more information on orders and samples.

La Novia Bride – Claire

This week we were so happy to hear from our lovely La Novia bride Claire, who got in touch to say “A huge thank you to Liliana and the other ladies who helped me pick my perfect dress for my wedding, and helped to put me at ease whilst making it such an enjoyable experience. I absolutely love my dress and couldn't have picked a more beautiful dress anywhere else.”

We always love to know that our brides feel amazing in their perfect dress, and to see how all of the finishing touches come together on their wedding day. Claire shared some beautiful photos taken by Martin McClellan photography which really capture how much she enjoyed her special day, and how stunning she looked in the process!

The ceremony at Gleddoch House was classic and so chic, and we are swooning over the exquisite floristry by Miss Bloom. Claire chose a gorgeous colour palette of dusty, pale pinks and soft whites which had a lovely simplicity and completely complimented the Groom’s traditional, muted blue tweeds and tartans.

In the Tiffany bridal gown by Oscar Lili, we are pleased to see that our bride did us proud and stole the show. The cut is so flattering with a low scoop neck and back, and a glamorous fishtail shape which fits Claire to perfection giving her the ultimate hourglass silhouette. The unique embroidered lace of the Tiffany gown is covered in shimmering sequins which catch your eye and add just the right amount of glitz whilst keeping it elegant. We love Claire’s personal touches; she chose a long single layer tulle veil, which is so simple and really finishes off the dress without distracting, as well as understated accessories to add a little something extra. The pearl and diamanté hairband is beautiful to bring the sparkle out from the dress and keeps Claire’s look so modern.

Thank you to Claire for looking fabulous and for the kind words, we are thrilled to have created your dream dress and to always help each of our brides have the best day possible.

A love letter to weight worried brides

It’s time for a bit of bridal self- love… recently I have noticed a significant amount of brides putting themselves down about ‘not being wedding dress ready’/ struggling to find anything that suits their body shape/ weight gain/ weight loss/ bridal guests putting them down during appointments… this needs to stop! Wedding dress shopping should be a once in a lifetime experience which should not be ruined or disrupted by any of the above!

At La Novia, we are passionate about helping you find something that will suit YOU perfectly, fit your wedding theme and make you feel truly special… we know that these normal insecurities exist but trust us (the bridal experts – wink, wink) that 9/10 times we will be able to find something perfect, leaving you smiling and wanting to walk out the shop with your dress on. Here is one of our favourite dresses which we find suit almost all body shapes, the perfect balance of bridal and chic.

Oscar by Liliana Dabic is on one of our custom-made golden oldies. The V shape front and V back is very flattering for both girls with bigger or smaller bust size- this top allows you to embrace your bust regardless of size! The lace detail on the top is made with just the right amount of embroidery, providing a balance between tradition without being over the top. Being a made to measure gown gives you the freedom to add more detail, sparkle or heavier lace if you wish, it also means you will get the exact support you need.

The simple but staple detail of this dress is the wide satin belt stitched around the waistline, this is lined with a boning acting as a built-in corset. This magic touch cinches in your waist and keeps your posture upright. The skirt of the gown is similar to our magnificent Marianna dress, A-line shape made in satin silk material. The fullness of the skirt creates a perfect proportion to the fitted top, the sweep train is also a very manageable size and can be pinned up in the evening. The dress can be finished off with either a corset tie up back or a zip and satin buttons.

Whatever bridal stage you are at La Novia is here to help you find the one, in order to book your bridal appointment phone us at 0131 558 9613.

Enzoani Trunk Show

ENZOANI TRUNK SHOW | 7th-10th of June

Enzoani is bringing their latest collection to our Edinburgh boutique for a limited time.

We will be running our Trunk Show on an appointment basis. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in Enzoani and order from this stunning new collection before most brides have seen it, call us to book your space!

All Enzoani orders placed during our weekend will receive 10% discount. We are also offering 20% off our bridal accessories.

We can’t wait to welcome you to La Novia.

Book now: 0131 558 9613 | info@lanovia.co.uk

Bridal dress of the week: Enzoani BT19-26.

Last bridal blog post was dedicated to the world of boho- perfect for the more relaxed and quirky bride. This week, the focus turns to PRINCESS, big skirts, volume, tulle, flowers, sparkle, layers, over the top… the list goes on. The wedding dress that falls into all the above categories is the Enzoani BT19-26 from the Beautiful Bridal collection.

It was during a fitting last week that I remembered just how simply beautiful and flattering this dress looked on. The other wonderful thing about this gown is that it works for pretty much all seasons (perhaps apart from weddings abroad on a beach with 30-degree heat all day). Although it certainly has a full skirt, the top is light and not made of heavy material- ideal for summer brides who want to embrace an A-line style but are afraid they will get too hot.

Plunge necklines are a massive YES, striking and will ensure all eyes on you. The bodice of this gown is made with a perfect dose of floral lace and detailed glitter sequence without being too girly or overbearing, embroidered onto a sheer material which will mean that your skin will be showing through. Before panic arises over the potential bra situation, there will be cups stitched in that are fitted to you- keeping you secure and in place in all day. The midsection of the dress acts as a belt
itself, this horizontal illusion band will bring in your waist without the need of any extra accessories, how ideal! This fabulous top doesn’t stop here though, the back is just as dazzling, V-shaped to match the front, revealing your back as you walk down the aisle.

The size of this skirt is phenomenal, the tulle material is what makes and keeps the skirt structured and standing throughout the day. The fullness of the skirts provides a big contrast to the top, however as the lace floral pattern cascades down the dress onto the skirt, it ties the whole look together, creating a better flow between the top and skirt. Although it’s hard to see in the photo, there is a faint seam line round the bottom of the skirt which adds an extra detail not to be
overlooked, before flowing out into the train. The gown is fasted with small crystals buttons and an invisible zipper making it quick and easy to slide on when the big day comes!

To try Enzaoni BT19-26 or any other dresses from the collection, call La Novia on 0131 558 9613 or email us at info@lanovia.co.uk.

Introducing… Beloved by Casablanca

Over the past few days, the sun has been shining getting La Novia really excited for all the summer weddings that are just around the corner. What’s more, just to add to this buzz, we are launching another new bridal designer- something fresh, summery and quite unlike any of our other current dress collections… we are bringing to Edinburgh- Beloved Bridal by Casablanca.

Beloved motto goes as follows- ‘Distinctive design, high-quality materials’. The beloved bride is in the look for something more experimental, free-spirited and fashion forward. We think the wedding dresses we have chosen to stock from the Beloved range fall into these three categories.

One of our favourites is Beloved 284, this dress is utterly unique. Boho brides this will be right up your street. The pattern is so distinctive and different from usual bridal wear, formed by original shapes that intertwine elegantly all the way down the gown making it stand out from the crowd. The top which has a plunging neckline shape is very feminine, as well as bringing a daring feel to the dress. The three-quarter sleeves are the perfect length, giving you coverage without restricting movement. The lace edging may be a small extra detail but it makes a big difference, the delicate appliques make a gown look beautiful, expensive and classy.

Beloved 228, there are so many quirky features about this dress making it hard to know where to start. The material is a combination of floral lace mixed with a dotted Aztec pattern, the fabric is sheer allowing your skin to show through, ideal for a beach venue or spring/ summer season wedding. The dress is formed in vertical lines which will elongate your body, making you look taller, This is broken by a belt in the middle which will really accentuate your waist as well as dividing up the top and bottom half of the dress. The style is fishtail but due to the light material, this will not feel rigid or uncomfortably tight around your body. This gown is boho, youthful and fun.

If this boho vibe is a bit of you, please give us a call on 0131 558 9613 or email us at info@lanovia.co.uk to book your one-to-one appointment.

Oscar Lili & La Novia Bridal Accessories

Both in La Novia and our sister bridal boutique Oscar Lili we pride ourselves in providing bridal wear that is contemporary and fashion-forward (as well as our traditional, classic dresses obviously!) the past couple of blog posts have dedicated a lot of attention to these latest looks and designs. However, we know that the wedding gown itself is not the only important thing, that’s why its time to devote this blog post to the wonderful world of accessories!

Accessories do a wonderful job of adding an extra touch of magic to the big day. More so, they can allow you to have two separate looks without having to change your dress- day time marriage look VS evening party- how ideal! Everyone knows the impact that a statement piece of jewellery or a belt can add to your everyday look, well the same applies for your wedding dress however you have so much more to choose from.

First up, one of the most bridal accessories a bride can have- the veil. Who would have thought a veil could become so versatile? Bespoke made to suit your dress and fit the theme and venue of the wedding. We, of course, have classic long simple veils made to match the length of your train, these look beautiful, elegant and you just can’t really go wrong. If you are looking for something a bit extra, why not go for a veil with a satin edge to match your dress, or a veil with Swarovski crystals hand stitched all over making you glisten down the aisle. Lace lovers, we have a range of veils with different amount of French or vintage lace embroiled into the veil or around the edging. If a long veil seems like a bit of a daunting thought, short or three quarter length veils are just as fabulous- bringing that bridal touch without having to go full out. Our veils can be either single or double tear, giving you the option of having it over your face if you wish.

If you are looking for a more quirky or alternative accessory, then the birdcage is for you. These are super fashionable and can really look spectacular. Birdcages are so great because apart from being easy to wear, they are so chic allowing you to have a head accessory that doesn’t have to be traditional. Our birdcages can be made very simple with a few flowers and a discrete net over your face, or you can go for the full blown-out look with flowers, sparkle and multiple layers of voluminous netting. Birdcages can be completely ivory or if you are feeling a little more daring we have some with touches of black detail
or we could create one from scratch in another colour. If birdcages don’t sound like your thing, don’t worry we also have some stunning diamante tiaras and headbands.

Belts, these are just a wonderful invention- this simple accessory can go so far. It is safe to say our belt selection is extensive; sparkles, pearls, flowers, beads, lace- you name it we have it, and if we don’t, we will be sure to create it. Belts can do so much more than the classic job of magically cinching in your waist, they can break up the top and bottom half of your gown, provide your dress with more structure, help create an illusion of curves or extenuate an hourglass figure.

Jewellery- without doubt one of the most important parts of a bridal look. What jewellery to go for is heavily dependent on your dress and style, open necks or sweetheart necklines allow you to focus on a necklace, whereas a high neck may lead you to think more about wearing statement earrings. For the open back brides, we have some amazing back jewellery available. Whatever you are looking for we have a diverse collection to choose from, ranging from more minimal simple earrings to extravagant more embellished pieces.

La Novia Bride: Ellie

We think the warmer temperature and sunnier days means spring is upon on us… let’s hope it stays this way! This means we need some wedding inspiration where the sun is shining, here is the perfect example, Ellie.

First things first we want to congratulate Ellie – you look fabulous. The mix of warm reds, pinks, yellows and green in your bouquet and flower scheme adds a splash of colour to the day and ties in perfectly with the outdoor theme of the wedding. On this blog post, we have featured some of the best pictures from her big day.

‘’I wanted to send you some pictures of my beautiful dress that you and your team made. I had so many comments on it and I felt a million dollars!’’

Ellie’s bridal gown is called Olivia by our custom-made designer, Liliana Dabic. There are so many wonderful things about this dress but just to simplify things down to three word – we think we could all agree on timeless, classic and elegant. Olivia is most definitely a dress that will have all your guests in awe, no matter what age or style they may have, you just can’t go wrong with it. The element of this dress is that it doesn’t need anything to make it so special, the cut and structure of this dress is immaculate, this is an especially good option for brides who want to be able to incorporate something fitted without losing a voluminous skirt look. The reason for this ‘double look’ is due to the boned bodice going beyond your waistline, this elongating your body and showing off your curves more than an A-line style would do.

The boat neck, slight off shoulder look is dreamy as well, passing just below your collarbone and adding an extra hint of femininity. This neckline draws eyes to your shoulders and neck, giving you a swan-like elegance, this also allows you to wear to wear a necklace if you wish. Furthermore, as Olivia is one of our more classic pieces, this neckline adds a contemporary touch, this is also achieved by the V at the back, providing contrast to the front and adding a subtle sexiness to the look.

The skirt and train with satin buttons hand stitched down all the way down the gown speaks for itself. If you are looking for a dramatic train, I don’t think you can get much better. What is great about this skirt is that it looks so full and opulent requiring minimal effort, all you need is one your bridesmaids to lift it and let it swoosh in the air before it falls to the ground lying perfectly. Due to the structure of the skirt material, it does not need lots of layers underneath to create this look, it will just move with your body. We provide the option of wearing a hoop if you want to give yourself full freedom around your legs. An invisible hook will also be attached on to make sure it can be pinned up perfectly for your evening service.

Ellie has gone for a simple veil as her only accessory, however, you can embellish the dress as you wish- sparky belt, lace veil, embellished bolero, the list goes on. As always, our made to measure gowns give you the freedom to take your wedding dress in any direction you like!

We think it’s important to have real wedding blogs as there is no doubt that some of the best ideas and bridal brainstorming can come from having insight into couples who have sealed the deal. Through providing you with snapshots of a variety of wedding styles and dresses, we hope to make the start point of this wonderful journey just a tad easier!