Since 2006, Bacio Bacio Bridal is a full-service couture bridal boutique that has assembled an amazing team of professionals to assist you with all aspects of your wedding. You will find a beautiful selection of gowns in an atmosphere that is relaxing and soothing. We also provide tuxedo rentals, bridesmaids and mother dresses, flower girl dresses, and custom accessories.
-How about a little about yourself?
I was born and raised here in Palm Beach County and have been the Operations Manager of Bacio Bacio Bridal since the first day. This December, my husband and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and are the proud parents of 3 children and a granddaughter. I have worked for fast-paced lawyers and lobbyist, as well as training in the crime scene investigation field. I feel with the high stress experiences I have had, I am prepared for any emergency. You know brides have a lot of emergencies! I love spending time with my family, attending concerts, boating, fishing, reading and watching my children do the things they love. A lot of people ask me if I get tired of working with brides or do we get a lot of “bridezillas.” Truth is, we really don’t have any. We’ve heard from customers (many times) how comfortable they feel when here. If they were a bridezilla to others, we got the “zilla” out of them the moment they walked through our doors!
-What’s your number one piece of advice for brides in the planning process?
Shopping for your gown should be the least stressful part of the planning process. My advice would be to trust your bridal consultant, try on gowns you don’t think you’ll like and have fun! It isn’t uncommon for brides to fall in love with a gown that is a different style and/or shape than they originally envisioned.
-If a bride was on a budget, what are some ways they can save when it comes to finding the right gown?
To avoid factory rush charges, order your gown (including bridesmaids and mother dresses) at least 6 months in advance. Avoid making custom changes with alterations, find a gown that you love just the way it is! Also, consider purchasing a discontinued sample gown that has been drastically marked down. Keep in mind, your head-to-toe budget consists of hair, makeup, headpiece/veil, jewelry, gown, undergarments, shoes, alterations. Most of all, you need the gown – you can cut the budget on the extra items as well.
And all these lovely gowns pictured are from Bacio Bacio.
As promised a couple weeks ago, I want to talk with y’all about engagement sessions.
They really are one of my favorite things to do. Why, you may ask? Well, I have lots of reasons…
One, it gives us a chance to hang out. We can spend time together before the whirlwind of your wedding day. I get to know you as a couple and you get learn what it’s like to be in front of my camera.
Two, and my favorite reason, you are left with images that represent you as a couple, just as you are, right now, in this stage of your relationship. I love that you can look back on the images in 25 years with your children or grandchildren and remember what it was like.
Because I believe these sessions are so important, I put together a few tips so you can get the most out of your engagement pictures with us.
Tip #1- Inspiration.
There is inspiration EVERYWHERE these days. Wedding blogs, magazines, Pinterest, Facebook, the list goes on. I think it is awesome to have so many resources as a bride…. but I do know that it can be overwhelming at times too. You see a bajillion cute ideas and you will find yourself wanting to copy all of them. My advice is this… your inspiration needs to come from YOUR relationship. What you love doing together, maybe a special place to you as a couple, etc. That’s where I would start! If you have never gone on a picnic… then don’t feel like you have to put together a stylized picnic session. That’s not you guys!
We love to help our couples in this area… which is why we give you a questionnaire to tell us about yourselves. That will help us come up with ideas that fit you as a couple.
Tip #2- What to wear.
When choosing your wardrobe, think about where your shoot will be and what kind of look you are going for. Wear something you feel awesome in. And yes, you can try to coordinate not only color palette, but also style of clothing… but don’t feel you have to be too matchy. If you wouldn’t normally go out to eat both wearing white shirts and jeans, then please don’t come to your session matching either.
As always, if you are unsure of what you should wear, just ask! You can always bring a few options as well the day of.
Tip #3- When to do the session.
There really isn’t a “right” answer to this question. The answer really is.. whatever works for you!
I usually tell my clients it depends on what you plan on using the photos for. If you plan on using them in a save the date or invitation, I would recommend taking the photos at least 6 months before your wedding date. If you want to use them for the reception decor or your guest book, at least 2 months before is a good amount of time. If you just plan on using them for yourselves to decorate your home, etc. You could do them as late as the week of your wedding honestly (this sometimes works better for destination weddings, because the couple will only have to come in to town once).
I hope these tips have helped you in coming up with ideas for your session!