Sunday, December 28, 2008

Salons We Love... Bella Bridesmaid, Chicago & Milwaukee

Girls, if you haven't checked out bridesmaid gowns at your local Bella Bridesmaid, you are missing out! Visit their website to see if there's a location near you! Haute Bride has teamed up with Bella Bridesmaid to create a very special and affordable collection of handmade Swarovski rhinestone broochess for your lovely Bridesmaids! And the Bella Bridesmaid in Chicago and Milwaukee have been selling them like crazy!!
Make sure to stop in and see Erin and Kathleen (mother and daughter owners of both locations!)

Chicago Boutique
8 East Chestnut, Suite 3
Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: 312-943-0344
Milwaukee Boutique
The Renaissance Building
309 N. Water Street, Suite 170
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Phone: 414-270-0344

Haute Bride Flagship Salon welcomes Stephanie James Couture

Famously known for her flirty 50's style tea length dresses, Stephanie's line of dresses was born out of her marriage to husband Jim on February 22, 2005. Located in Huntington Beach, CA, Stephanie was just not able to find the right dress. After months of searching, she designed her own. In Stephanie's own words... "I swear I was supposed to have lived in the 50's, so I have created my own little fantasy world through these dresses. I also adore the glamour of 30's gowns and the femininity of 40's suits". One of our favorite extra touches that you will find on Stephanie's dresses is the custom colored tulle underneath the skirt. We love seeing our brides choose a light blue tulle for their "something blue." Not only is Stephanie an amazing gown designer, but she and her husband Jim are also amazing photographers!
We are so excited to be carrying her line in our San Francisco Salon! Stay tuned for an upcoming 2009 Stephanie James Couture trunk show. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We wish all of our wonderful brides and friends a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Haute Bride featured in the February/March 2009 BRIDES Magazine

Check our our N302 necklace, featured on page 60 of the February/March 2009 BRIDES magazine, on sale now! Design is shown in Golden Shadow with freshwater pearl accents and briolette backdrop.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Winter Wedding Accessories by

'Tis the season to sparkle, so turn up the wattage with a glittering gown that takes a cue from the elements of winter. From beading that twinkles like snowflakes to embroidery that glistens like ice, bedazzling details take radiance to new heights on these delicious dresses. The best part? An ultracool wedding day look lets everyone know it's your turn to shine. —Kathryn Papanek of

Read full story and see additional Winter Wedding Accessories designed by Haute Bride.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Haute Bride in 2009!

We are so excited about our newest collection and are blown away at the amount of press we've received so far! Inside Weddings, Brides Magazine, Bridal Guide, designer photo shoots, runway shows, etc etc...
Our website has been updated with a few fabulous new designs, and we can't wait to see our brides' reactions! Our newest look is called Modern Glam and Vintage Glam; each piece has a modern design with an added touch of Victorian elegance. While our 2008 collection, Hollywood Glam, was all about luxury and romance, this collection has a timeless and clean look.

Check it out and let us know what you think! Our 2009 collection is arriving in salons now, so please check our store locator for a salon in your area.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Brides We LOVE!! ...Anh-Chi Nguyen

Wedding Date: June 27, 2008
Location: Fairmont Hotel San Jose
Gown: Carolina Herrera
Experience with Haute Bride in her own words... I had my tiara custom designed by Haute Bride, and I can't emphasize enough how stunningly beautiful it is!!! The extra pearls added, perfectly matched my necklace which my father had given to me as a present years earlier. I felt like true royalty from head to toe, and the tiara was the perfect finishing touch. The customer service at Haute Bride was amazing, as the ladies were friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic from beginning to end. Although many brides these days forego accessories such as tiaras, I didn't regret my decision at all. Haute Bride allows you to look elegant and classy, rather than over the top dressy. Thank you so much to the team at Haute Bride...I'll definitely recommend you to all the brides I know!!!

Thanks Anh-Chi! Your wedding photos are truly amazing. We are so honored to have had the pleasure of working with you!

Brides We LOVE!! ... Jenn Jordan-Klauer ...

Another one of our favorite summer Haute Brides! Jenn Jordan and Rich Klauer were married at Peju Winery in Napa Valley this summer. Jenn wore a custom B628 bracelet with ivory pearls and golden shadow crystals to match the deep champagne color of her gown. Accented in her hair was a rhinestone brooch/comb, accented with a fresh flower. What a beautiful bride, and a beautiful wedding!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Haute Bride Accessories Sale UPDATE!!

The EBAY sale has currently ended... we found it was a little too much work on our end to keep track of the EBAY sales. Instead, we created a page dedicated specifically to our accesories sample sale. We'll be updating daily through the month, so please check back for additional styles. We have attached a PayPal shopping cart to the sample items to make it easier for you to check out. You may also call us at our San Francisco salon to place an order, or for item inquiry. Thank you!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

NYC Bridal Market

We are finally back and settled from NY market. We had such an fabulous time! We met so many talented designers within our industry, and the overall vibe of this market was truly amazing! Market was hosted by Wedding Channel and held at the InterContinental Barclay hotel. They reserve different floors of the hotel, take the furniture out of the suite, and designers are able to turn the suite into a mini boutique! It's really fun to get creative and give the room a little mini-makeover! It was nice to be back in NY! (We missed last year as Lindsie took the year off to give birth to her twin boys!) Hope you enjoy the photos!

Above from left to right: peek of our "mini Haute Bride boutique"! We had an absolute blast setting up... all the way into the wee hours of the morning. Always fun over a couple bottles of wine. ;)... A Golden Shadow beaded champagne necklace from the UNBRIDALED book by Swarovski. So fun to see this beautiful piece in person!...Our necklace that we created for the display. It surely was a work of art! And next to it is the beautiful cake display that Swarovski had all of their designers create a piece to display. It was on display in the Manhattan Suite. The gown next to the cake is the most amazing beaded Monique Lhilliuer dress we've ever seen!!!

Below: Lindsie snuggling with a furry friend outside Tavern on the Green- wanted to take him home!

Meghan with our favorite gown designer, Valena Valentina. Can't wait for you all to see her new collection available at Haute Bride's Flagship salon in San Francisco.

And last but most certainly NOT least, our Ultra Chic designer and friend, Matthew Christopher, stealing the show as always! ;)

Our new friends from The Bride Room in Nashville; what a beautiful salon!! Thanks Martha Stewart, for the fun party! We had a blast!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sample Sale UPDATE!!!

We are really excited about our upcoming sample sales and the response that we are receiving!
Just to clarify, here are the details on both sales:
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HAUTE BRIDE Flagship Salon in San Francisco is hosting a GOWN sample sale, with discounts marked down to 80% off of retail. This sale is a ONE DAY ONLY event, taking place on Sunday, November 16, from 10am-4pm. Appointments are NOT required. Brides will be able to try on gowns on a first come-first serve basis. Come early for the best selection and savings. (We are normally closed on Sunday's, and are opening for this special event). We have created our list of gowns that will be a part of our sample sale, and there are some fantastic styles! We'd like to have an idea of how many brides will be attending, so please RSVP to
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Starts November 1, and ends on November 30. We have an entire selection of duplicate pieces, that have been worn on the runway, used for photo shoots, editorial, etc. These pieces are in perfect condition, and if any piece needs a touch up, we will certainly take care of it for you. The accessories samples will be marked down to 50% off the retail price. You may call our salon for pricing/availablilty; however, we will be selling the majority of our sample pieces in a Haute Bride EBAY store until they are gone. This includes accessories/jewelry as well as footwear. Our EBAY seller name is "hautebridesf".
You won't be able to see items online in the EBAY store until after 11/1. We also have a VIP list of brides who have emailed in regards to certain pieces. We will be contacting those brides first, and then the remainder of the designs will go online for sale. Don't worry, there is enougt to go around for everyone! Remember, sale ends 11/30. Please allow up to 2 weeks to receive your sample sale items after the time of purchase. Buyer is responsible for shippping (UPS Ground). For any other questions, please post a comment on our blog and we will get back to you ASAP! Thank you!!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Haute Bride with Caroline De Villo (in Chicago) on DAILY CANDY

Wedding planning should be an Olympic event. Think about it — it’s got all the criteria: challenges, scoring, competition, nervous sweating, rings. People laugh; people cry. And someone always takes the cake.

You’re Goin’ Gown blushing bride!
One step inside
Caroline DeVillo’s sun-filled studio and you won’t want to leave. Well, not without a dress. DeVillo designs timeless couture looks — elegant, simple silhouettes with architectural lines made from the highest-quality Italian silk. Throw in shoes from Filippa Scott and jewelry from Haute Bride and Betsy Tanner Designs, and you’ve got a veritable one-stop shop. You’ll win best dressed, bar none.

pic perfect!

She Shoots, She Scores
Or in this case, he shoots, you score. For impeccable photos with the perfect amount of tongue in cheek, hit up local fave
Jeremy Lawson. His eye for detail and penchant for in-the-moment shots give him an edge above the rest. Not a fan of posing? Neither is he.

Apply Yourself
Enough with all this talk about bronzing. Go for the gold at
Sonia Roselli, Esthetique, a brand new storefront in Rogers Park. Roselli offers airbrushing, eyelash extensions, and custom color mixing for the blushing bride and her party. Stop in for a trial application and you’ll be hooked.

what could be batter!

Sweet Victory
Chicago native Jeremie Lappe is a real winner. After whetting her palate at Cheryl Kleinman in New York, she returned home and started
Batter Up Cake Bar, whipping cakes that’ll knock you out of the park. Lappe meets with her clients to discuss flavors (chocolate, red velvet, vanilla), fillings (citrus curd, chocolate ganache), icings (lavender, pistachio, coconut), and decorations (she specializes in sugar flowers). Tastes like a grand slam to us.

Step Up to the Plate
Winner takes all with
Black Rooster Catering. Headed by the folks behind Jerry’s, the reputable group dishes modern comfort food to the masses. Options include a whole poached salmon; beef tenderloin with ancho-coffee rub; tomato tapenade and goat cheese bruschetta; marinated shrimp, basil, and prosciutto skewers; and much more. Liquor and spirits are also available, guaranteeing you’ll beat ’em to the punch.

simply gorgeous!

There Will Be Buds
Simply Flowers wins first prize in our eyes. Owner Toni Lenzi sticks to the cream of the crop (premium Dutch buds; Ecuadordian roses). She picks her blooms according to season — this fall she’s loving vine maple, safflower, bright dahlias, chocolate cosmos, and kale — and pulls it all together with fragrant geranium leaves. Not a bloom expert? Not to worry. Lenzi is on-site the day of, pinning boutonnieres and making sure your bouquet is picture perfect.

go green!

The Invitational
Win your guests’ hearts with invites from
Greenstar Creative. During a personal consultation with fun-loving owner Lynda Junge, you’ll pick a design that fits your fancy, from the traditional (cursive, bows) to the cheeky (Eat, Drink, Marry). Even better? Junge can create a stamp to match the invite (not that we don’t love liberty bells). Post-celebration, thank those who made it happen with a letterpressed Wedding Expert Appreciation Kit from Cardiology Cards. For your jeweler: We’re thrilled and delighted with the bling you provided. For the caterer: You’re swell, you fed us well.

Go get ’em, Champ.

Need more inspiration? We’ve published Wedding Guides in every edition today, so check them all out.

Haute Bride (in San Francisco) on DAILY CANDY!

spark creativity!

From this day forward, I pledge you, DailyCandy, my faithfulness.

You’re Invited
If you’re looking to make a killer first impression with unconventional save-the-dates, invites, and all things paper, turn to local graphic designer Jenn White Topliff of 13 Creative (415-290-4908; From starfish to wax stamps and wine corks, Topliff’s three-dimensional materials and clever copy will have tongues wagging.

yummers!Something Blue
Something old and borrowed? Check, check. New and blue? Get two for the price of one with artisan organic chocolates from the newly opened Chocolatier Blue (1964 University Avenue, Berkeley; 510-705-8800). The perfect party favor for your guests, the adorable bonbons come in signature (PB&J, lime) and seasonal (pumpkin, egg nog) flavors. Map It

wild thing!Wild at Heart
You’ve always dreamed of tying the knot on a private game reserve in Africa until you found out about the shots and, oh, yeah, the cost. Stay close to home with a destination wedding at Safari West in Sonoma County (3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa; 800-616-2695). Say “I do” in front of the bird aviary, then head out with guests on a 60-minute safari scouting cheetahs and giraffes before your reception in the canvas-walled Elephant Room. Map It

picture perfect!A Thousand Words
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you’ll want local photog Jamie Grenough to stick close by on your big day (310-387-2261). Whether you want abstract close-ups in brilliant color or classic wide-angles in black and white, take a shot with this talent.

get pinned!Badge of Honor
The last time you had to choose a boutonnière for your dude was prom. They’ve come a long way since then, as proven by the whimsical creations designed by Rosenow Floral Design (415-424-7437; Sourcing hilarious materials like hood ornaments, dice, and dominoes, the medallions avoid the girly-man vibe of a flower.

berry good!A Cut Above
Get stacked with organic wedding cakes from Pinkie’s Bakery, SF’s new purveyor of artisan tiers (415-533-4525; Recently opened by Cheryl Burr (former pastry chef of Bacar), Pinkie’s stunning shapes of iced deliciousness (strawberry shortcake, chocolate fondant) come in big or small packages.

by the sea, by the sea!Sky’s the Limit
You want a traditional ceremony in your family’s church. He wants to be barefoot on a beach in Mexico. Meet in the middle while overlooking the ocean on a seaside cliff at Liquid Sky (650-726-4090 ext. 112; The picturesque 30-acre private property in Half Moon Bay sets the gold standard for couples seeking the ideal outdoor setting.

dress to kill!Material Girl
Earth girls are easy to please with the ecobridal collection by Adele Wechsler, now at Haute Bride (1954 Union Street; 415-923-5900). Her chic cocktail number in hemp charmeuse with knife-pleated organza or the vegetable-dyed shantung gown with overlay will make them green with envy. Always a bridesmaid never bridezilla? Lucky you. Be a good maid of honor and suggest frocks by Queue at Bella Bridesmaid (2250 Union Street, suite 1b; 415-931-5492). Map It

room at the inn!Runaway Bride
For a piece of Europe close to home, honeymooners need look no further than Chateau du Sureau at the Estate by the Elderberries (48688 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst; 559-683-6860). Nestled in the mountains near Yosemite, the charming (part Tahoe, part Provence) Relais & Chateaux inn is the ultimate romantic backdrop with dreamy rooms complete with fireplaces and homemade breakfast. Map It

We now pronounce you ready to wed.

Need more inspiration? We’ve published Wedding Guides in every edition today, so check them all out.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Saison Blanche Photo Shoot

Every season we are honored to design the jewelry for the new gown collection by Saison Blanche. We just got back from market and absolutely fell in love with their new designs... and of course their beautiful new catalog featuring our accessories! ;) From the 2008 collection, this is our absolute favorite necklace and photo. Check back after October to view Saison's newest collection. Saison's Designer Jason G is truly FIERCE!!! You'll love what he's been up to!! Visit Saison Blanche

Brides We LOVE!! ... Amy Weber

We were so honored and excited when the beautiful model and actress, Amy Weber, contacted us back in March to create a custom designed rhinestone headband for her May wedding. Designed something special to match Amy's Reem Acra gown was the most fun I've had in a quite some time! (and I am always having fun!) Amy wore her Reem Acra gown to the ceremony and then changed in a stunning Jenny Packham gown for the reception, in which we custom designed a choker which featured a fabric flower from the dress. These beautiful photos were taken by Aaron Delesie. His work is amazing! Wishing Amy and her handsome husband a lifetime of love and happiness! For more pics on Amy's wedding, view Style Me Pretty's Blog.


Haute Bride Couture Bridal will be hosting our annual Bridal Gown Sample Sale on Sunday, Nov 16, 2008. We are preparing for our 2009 stock to arrive, so we will be selling samples by Adele Wechsler, Augusta Jones, Caroline De Villo, WToo and more! Gowns will be up to 80% off retail prices!

There is no appt necessary during the sample sale- brides will be able to try on gowns on a first come, first serve basis. Come early to get the best selection!

To RSVP for this event, please email us at or call at 415-923-5900. Hope to see you there!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Spring 2009 Wedding Gowns: Styles and Trends

Spring 2009 Wedding Gowns: Styles and Trends
The Editors of Perfect Wedding Guide
Updated 10 Oct 2008

Brought to you by our good friend, stylist and Melissa Lamkin—fashion blogger and former fashion and beauty editor of Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Magazine.

Put your best fashion foot forward when shopping for your spring 2009 wedding gown. To help spot the hottest looks of the season we sat down with stylist Melissa Lamkin as she identified the five wedding gown styles and trends to take spring 2009 bridal wear by storm.

Spring 2009 Wedding Gown Style: The mini-dress

High hemlines are making a big splash this season. "This is a perfect 'second' dress, like a reception dress if the bride wants to change into something for partying and dancing the night away," says Lamkin, whose styling credits include luxury retailer Neiman Marcus and lifestyle clothing line, Robert Redd. The emergence of tea-length wedding dresses show designers catering to the fun-loving, youthful bride.

Spring 2009 Wedding Gown Trend: Floral embellishments

Floral accents are sophisticated and sweet. Bridal wear designers are adding eye-catching rosettes to couture collections, placing buds at the hip, neckline and shoulder. Lamkin notes the versatility of the trend, stating that brides can pull off the look in at a formal church ceremony or a beachside wedding.

Spring 2009 Wedding Gown Trend: Pockets

While this style was introduced a couple seasons back, its presence in spring 2009 bridal fashion still has us enamored. "When you're a bride, it's not like you can walk down the aisle with a purse, so pockets are the perfect place for your tissue and lip balm," says Lamkin. Pockets are also a great prop for wedding photos, giving you another posing option for hands.

Spring 2009 Wedding Gown Style: One shoulder

Toned arms and delicate necklines are ideal for sporting a spring 2009 wedding gown that dares to bare one shoulder. This bride wants all eyes on her without a doubt, Lamkin reveals. "The one-shoulder gown is great for a destination wedding—beachfront, marina or outside. It's simple and no fuss, but definitely not boring."

Spring 2009 Wedding Gown Trend: Ruffles and layers

Whether it's tiers of silk organza, wispy tulle or feathers and chiffon, ruffles and layers are a definite "I do" for the bride who loves fantasy and lots of romantic elements. Ruffles are architectural and add volume to an otherwise basic skirt, Lamkin states. "This style is for the bride who wants to make a dramatic statement on her way down the aisle."

Look to these spring 2009 wedding gown selections for the best in bridal style this season. To view collections of the latest inspirations in spring wedding fashion, visit your local bridal salons and formalwear retailers.

Visit The Perfect Wedding Guide

For more fashion talk, visit Melissa Lamkin's style blog, SwankyPeach.

The Remainder of our Chicago Market Trip!

Need we say more...? We had a fantastic time!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Day One.... Market in Chicago

We are so excited to be at market in Chicago debuting our new 2009 collection! Allow us to toot our own horns: the new collection is spectacular!

Yesterday we arrived, and after spending hours setting up our booth, we realized that a box of displays was missing- and of course, it contained ALL our earring and bracelet displays! Frantic, we had to get creative...we cabbed to Crate and Barrel and grabbed every frosted glass container we could find. We also draped fabric on our mannequin and turned her into a brooch display! Macgyver, right? :) Haute Bride's design skills came in handy as we used every available resource, including "borrowing" a bright pink rolled pillow from our hotel room. Thanks, Hotel Sax!! We promise we'll bring it back! :)

We love our neighbors, the adorable Sara Gabriel Veiling, our pal Jennifer Leigh Veils, and the always fabulous Matthew Christopher. After a long day, we sat down for a cocktail and stumbled across the dapper Mr. Christopher. For any of you who aren't familiar with his amazing collection of couture bridal gowns, definitely check him out! His ad in Martha Stewart (which features our Marjon chandelier earrings) is incredible- like a promo poster from a 40's flick!

Here are a couple of shots of us lettin' loose in the Crimson Lounge!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Dream a Little Dream Events

We were so honored to be a part of the Dream a Little Dream Events Bridal Tour this past Sunday! It was o fun to meet all of the lovely brides, and Kathryn's adorable team! Many thanks to Kathryn Kalabokes, owner of Dream a Little Dream, for including Haute Bride on her bridal tour! We look forward to seeing you ladies again soon!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sample Sale starts November 1!

It's back!! Our sample sale starts November 1, and we have a lot of samples this time that we be up to 50% off! If you'd like to be notified beforehand of the sale, please email us at List your three favorite pieces, as the sample sale is on a first come first serve basis. We'll create a list of who has emailed us first, and you will have first dibs on whatever piece you are interested in, (and if it's on sale!) And YES, we do have a few B628 bracelets! We will also be hosting an in salon sample sale on shoes, gowns, and accessories. The date is TBD, so check back on our blog for more info. We plan to pick one Sunday in November (we are usually closed) that will be dedicated solely to the sample sale. Please email us with any additional questions. Thanks! The ladies at Haute Bride...!