Saturday, July 25, 2009

Accessories Sample Sale starts August 1

OUR SAMPLE SALE HAS BEGUN!!! Read below for some very important details:
Everything will be handled ONLINE through the SALE tab at our new Cocktail Bling website. We're in the high peak of bridal season right now at our salon and due to the high amount of calls that our San Francisco bridal salon receives, we just can not take orders over the phone. This sale is only happening with designs from our San Francisco boutique and design studio; not through other retailers who carry our line.
A few things to know:
1. Start shopping! Visit Cocktail Bling to see a list of our sale items. Looking for just an earring? Do a search in our search tab for "SAMPLE SALE EARRINGS, OR SAMPLE SALE BRACELET, OR SAMPLE SALE HEADBAND, ETC"
2. All sales are final. Please read our Customer Service page for details
3. All items will be inspected, boxed and shipped within 10-14 days via UPS GROUND Insured.
4. SALE only through our online secure ecommerce website,
5. Have questions for coordinating pieces to compliment something that you are interested in buying? Email us!
About our samples... what exactly are they?
Samples are usually pieces that were either used for press or editorial, showcased on our floor at our bridal salon, or extras that were made. ALL SALES are final. Please allow 7-14 days for us to ship your sample. We'll clean it, make sure that it's in excellent condition, box it and ship it out. Shipping is via UPS Ground.
Any questions? Email us at

Monday, July 20, 2009

Photos from our Atlanta Trunk Show

Meghan and I had a BLAST with the lovely gals from the Atlanta Priscilla of Boston. What a beautiful salon and an extremely well-run business. They truly do have some of the most beautiful gowns in the world! We are so honored to be a part of their 15 salons across the US. The brides that visited us during the trunk show were equally as special and we are so excited to be a part of their special day!

Extraordinary work by San Francisco photographer, Gene Higa

Our good friend, and local SF based Photographer, Gene Higa, recently completed this amazing photo shoot! All of the accessories seen in this photo shoot are designed by Haute Bride and available at our San Francisco Bridal Salon.

A great shot of our new B442 pearl cuff bracelet with handmade Swarovski Brooch.
A shot with San Francisco's finest is always necessary...
Love this picture of the Ribbon Brooch headband! Not sure of the designer of this gown,
but it looks like an Alvina Valenta?

Love the versatility of this piece.
It can be worn as a necklace or a dramatic back piece!

About the photo shoot: (In Gene's words)
Robert Evans and Curt Appanovich the creators of
photography mentor were in San Francisco last week, for the Photo-fusion Tour. Some of you may know of Robert Evans, he shot Tom Cruise + Katie Holmes and Brad Pitt’s first wedding to Jennifer Aniston a couple of years back. Amazing! They were kind enough to ask me to do a wedding model photoshoot. Photography Mentor is a educational website for the up and coming or seasoned wedding photographer. Photography Mentor is one of the best social medias out there for wedding photographers in San San Francisco and abroad. Jaime Dollaga is THE amazing San Francisco based model who was happy to be my bride for the day. Armando Sarabia got her do up and glammed up her make up. All of her amazing handmade jewelery was from Lindsie Jones of Haute Bride and Jose gave me the dress. Thanks everyone for the hook up.

About Gene...
Recently named, One of the Top ten Wedding Photographers in the World, Gene Higa travels the world doing what he loves, photographing weddings near and far, and is one of the most sought-after destination wedding photographers today. Originally from Los Angeles, Gene makes his home in San Francisco, but calls the world his office. Gene has been commissioned to photograph weddings all over the world, including Spain, Philippines, Peru, India, Italy, Greece, Hawaii, Jamaica, Thailand, Brazil, Barbados, Mexico, as well as across the United States. His images have been featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Elegant Bride, Your Wedding Day magazine, Modern Bride, The Knot Weddings, and the last 15 consecutive issues of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine, including landing the cover image of the magazine’s 2008 special issue. In 2007, 2008, and 2009 The Knot voted Gene as the “Best of Weddings Pick” for Northern California. A WPPI platform speaker, he has been profiled in Rangefinder magazine, Photo District NText Colorews and Studio Photography magazine. He is sponsored by Bay Photo Lab,Cypress Albums, Pickpic, Boda Bags, Albums Unlimited and liveBooks. Gene also teaches and shares his approach to shooting weddings with professional photographers across the country, inspiring a new generation of photographers to reach for the stars.
Check out Gene's website!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Salons we LOVE! Bridal Extraordinaire in Kansas City

We've been lagging on giving our favorite bridal salons props, so here's one for you! Make sure to check them out! They have a HUGE selection of our designs!

Bridal Extraordinaire
12109 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Shawnee, KS 66216
For Appointment: (913) 268-5566
Fax: (913) 268-4351
Email Us:

Bridal Extraordinaire is open Tuesday - Thursday from 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Bridal Extraordinaire is Kansas City's finest bridal atelier. They are nuptial fashion experts with 20 years of experience. As a full-service atelier we offer a fashion-forward enthusiastic shopping experience. Bridal Extraordinaire is a 6000 sq ft free standing building devoted entirely to wedding fashion. You will shop in a private show room with the assistance of a bridal expert to determine what styles you like and to choose dresses for you to try. Our finishing touches loft features accessories of every kind- veils, jewelry, shoes and more. Their bridesmaids department carries over 600 styles including special occasion dresses. Be sure to visit the tuxedo department where specialists can help you find the right style.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Next Up... Atlanta Here We Come! ...

Brides We Love... Quyen!

We had such great pleasure to work with this VERY special bride! Quyen had seen some of our designs in one of her bridal magazines and called our San Francisco Salon directly. She told us about her stunning wedding details (2 gowns! She wore an Enzoani gown & Lazaro Veil from Angelas Bridal - Albany, NY and Pnina Tornai at Kleinfelds in Manhattan. Every detail of her wedding was so fine tuned that we gasped when she recently sent us photos! She was married at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, NY and her color theme was Red, Fuschia, Gold, & Ivory. She accessorized both gowns with our EC701 earrings and B442 bracelet. For her hair, she added the feather flower from our T158 Hudson headband. Check out these amazing photos! We're so happy to have had the chance to work with Quyen!

Congrats Quyen and Thai! xo

Our Design Studio is Expanding!

For the last five years, we have ran our design business out of the back of our bridal salon. Well, the time has finally come, and we've simply ran out of room! This week is the last week that our design studio will be located on site of our salon. Kind of bittersweet...we've got mixed emotions about this transition but the space that we now will occupy is incredible and will allow to us to maximize our design skills! It has insane light, tons of room and storage and is surrounded by windows and palm trees! We've added some new production assistants to the Haute Bride family who we'll be introducing very soon. Stay tuned... Here are a few pics of the new studio.

Our Sample Sale and Union Street Bridal Walk

This weekend we hosted our Annual Gown Sample Sale in our salon and many fabulous brides walked away with the deal of a lifetime! We had an absolute blast with the brides and our first ever Union Street Bridal Walk. It's been in the works for a few months now and it was fun to see how the whole thing came together.

Very successful if we may say so! The Swag Bags were overloaded with very generous treats from all of the different vendors on Union Street. We're proud to be in such a fantastic area with great vendors who support each other's businesses. If you didn't get a chance to make the Walk, make sure to check out the Union Street Wedding Ring website. You can plan your entire wedding on Union Street in the Marina. We love San Francisco!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 Blogs about Haute Bride and our new Cocktail Bling website!

We had a few calls today at our San Francisco salon from brides ordering our newest creation... Crystallized by Swarovski shoe brooches! I do believe we owe an extra special thank you to Kathryn Papanek of! She wrote an amazing little plug on us in their BLOG on Monday and we are huge fans of the BLOG. Check out if you already haven't! Click here for the link!

Courtesy of Cocktail Bling
If you're inspired by
new bride Kendra Wilkinson's blinged-out wedding day look, you'll love the new site Cocktail Bling. Developed by San Francisco-based accessory makers Haute Bride Design, the site features necklaces, earrings and brooches created with Swarovski crystals. I especially like their collection of shoe brooches: the sparkly pieces are a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding-day footwear. The site is also a good resource for bridesmaid gifts— you can use the discount code "bridesmaid" to save 10% on three or more pieces of the same design.—Kathryn Papanek

Haute Bride's Alexis Hairpins featured in Brides Magazine

Check out our Golden Shadow faceted rhinestone hairpins featured in the new Brides Magazine! You can see them on Page 73. They're available in Clear, Golden Shadow and Light Rose, sold in a set of 3. Check our store locator page for a retailer in your area.