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When the Bridal Stylist Becomes the Bride! Temi of Lavish Bridal’s Gorgeous Wedding #tkeverafter17

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I love weddings! The idea of a stylish event for the sake of love has always had me bubbling with excitement. From a young age, I loved fashion and putting clothes together. I have always had an eye for standout pieces – be it clothes, accessories or shoes.

While in college, I would style friends and classmates when they went out on dates, interviews, balls and even parties. However, it was years of partaking in several weddings, wondering what I would have done differently with fashion and binge-watching episodes of ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ that grew my love for bridal fashion and bridal styling in particular.

Essentially, bridal stylists guide brides in the biggest decision they make on their wedding planning journey, the wedding dress! They have a vast knowledge of fashion, bridal trends, colour tones, fabric textures and dress silhouettes. They are able to assist in curating an overall look for any bride, with any body type, under any budget.

Bridal stylists may also style the other events surrounding the wedding such as engagement photo shoots, civil ceremonies, engagement parties and sometimes the traditional wedding ceremonies. They are to make the process of compiling all these different outfits easier on the already busy bride.

After this realisation of my love for bridal styling, it didn’t take long for friends and family to start asking me to go wedding dress shopping with them. Things stood out to me that didn’t stand out to most people. For instance, what kind of ivory went with a lady’s undertone?

While styling other’s weddings, it never crossed my mind that perhaps I might style myself one day. Although, people would say ‘I can’t wait to see what you will wear on your wedding day. I never took such comments seriously, until, it was my wedding in a few months and I hadn’t thought about my own dress!

Believe it or not, I had thought of a wedding planner, a location and even had a date in mind but still had no clue what I was going to wear. Like many brides, I was so busy working on other things; I hadn’t started the search for pieces required for my outfits. Amidst planning the more ‘important’ aspects of the wedding and working with other brides, the search had somehow been pushed to the back of my mind. In fact, someone had to remind me, that I had not started and it was getting late.

You typically need around 6-9 months for an off the rack dress to be made for you or about 3-5 months to get one from a custom designer. The longer you wait to get your dress, the more pressure you put on yourself to find ‘the one’ immediately.

Ladies, let me say this now; YOU DO NOT WANT THIS KIND OF PRESSURE WHEN YOU ARE PLANNING FOR YOUR BIG DAY. My advice is simple, find your dress and order it as soon as you can. You can alter much closer to the wedding and give yourself some peace of mind.

So, let’s get back to my styling story. Most bridal dresses these days are made with some form of lace. However, my one rule was ‘No Lace’ and ‘No ball-gowns’. This made the search extremely hard! However, knowing the ‘type’ and style of dresses various bridal stores carry helps in narrowing down where to look. It also saves time and prevents you from settling.

Essentially bridal stylists come in handy with this information to help you have a pleasurable wedding shopping experience and avoid the rollercoaster of trying numerous dresses and getting nowhere.

After a month of creating mood boards, strategic searching and visiting three bridal stores, I found the dress of my dreams! It was an organza mermaid dress with a V-neck (perfect for my wider shoulders). It had contemporary lace appliques on the bodice and an asymmetric train.

Almost immediately, I was faced with the defining questions most brides are faced with right after picking their dress. What shoes? What kinds of accessories? Should I wear a belt, a neckpiece or just earrings? These things might not occur to most brides before the dress search is complete, but they would to your bridal stylist and in my case, I already had the shoes! *Laughs*

I then had to put together a complete bridal look that was reminiscent of my personality, style and vision for my big day. Your bridal stylist helps you define these components during your consultation so you don’t look back at your wedding pictures confused.

Sometimes this happens because someone in your entourage or someone at the bridal store convinced you that the dress was to die for, in the moment you gave in but now are stuck with a decision that was obviously not right for you. I always advise that your entourage consists of people who don’t just know your vision but know you. This is why I like to build personal relationships with my brides. It helps me advise on the ‘ONE’ that embodies who she truly is out of all the beautiful bridal dresses that are out there in the dress universe.

As a stylist, body analysis is one of the most important things during a consultation. This is because you can’t dress all bodies the same way. It is why while styling my bridesmaids look; I picked 6 different styles for them that would suit each of their unique body types. For example, halter necks help create the illusion of narrower shoulders. While off-shoulders sleeves work best on people with hips as wide as their bust. We picked the colour green for them, as it was the accent in the overall wedding colour scheme.

For the groomsmen, however, we could not add more to their colour palette as they wore dark blue suits. What we did was to have them wear off white ties to match the bride’s dress. Last but not least, the groom wore a classic black tux to go with the Hollywood movie premiere theme of the reception.

My veil was a Lavish Bridal design with middle-eastern bridal style influences. Some brides might have an idea of what their dresses should look like and others might have no clue. Today’s brides are very sophisticated and most have one or two very specific needs they require to be met in the styling process. For example, some already know the type of shoes or some other accessory they want to wear, so the whole look needs to revolve around that piece. In my case, it was my veil and shoes.

I had always thought to myself, that if I ever did get married, I could wear almost any dress in the world but my veil had to be dramatic lol. I also didn’t like the idea of a regular white robe, so I wanted something different. I knew I had to design both my veil and robe from scratch if I wanted something true to my vision, so I did! I loved every bit of the process and would do it all over again. So, later this year, we would be launching a full line of unique veils and luxury robes for standout brides so watch out if you are getting married.

In all, the best advice I could have given myself, which I give all my brides as well is, DO NOT SETTLE! There are too many dresses out there for you not to find ‘THE ONE’. You don’t want to be walking down the aisle thinking ‘What if I had gone with the other dress?!’ In addition, trust your instincts and that of your bridal stylist. The goal is to be a vision on your wedding day and in the images after!

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Credits
Bride/Groom/Bridal Party Styling: @lavish_bridal
Bride’s Dress: @ritavinieris
Bride’s Robe & Veil designed by: @lavish_bridal
Bride’s Makeup: @eeswatmakeover
Bride’s Hair: @bridgetsmakeovers
Bridesmaids Dresses: @msmakor
Bridesmaids Makeup: @phoebebenkalio, @faithadamsmakeup, @brides_blings_n_tiaras
Grooms/Groomsmen Suit: @kimonokollection
Planner: @2706events
Photography: @atilarystudio, @femionatugaphotography, @owoshawnyphotography

Temitope K.O.A. Creative Director Lavish BridalTemi is the creative behind Lavish Bridal. She worked in financial services and management consulting industries before getting an MBA from Texas A&M University, Mays Business School.Bridal fashion and consulting has been her love for years and she has helped brides across the globe feel truly beautiful on their big day! She launched Lavish Bridal to make every fashion ensemble of the bride easier to find and truly expressive of her style personality.Lavish Bridal caters to styling the groom as well as the bridal party. They take care of every aspect of fashion in the wedding planning process, from engagement shoot to the big day just so every bride looks and feels her best!Instagram: @lavish_bridal Email: [email protected] Phone: +234 80929 60107

11 Comments

  1. Yejide uthman

    June 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    This stylish sure knows what she is talking about and I really enjoyed the part about styling bodies differently for the bridesmaids.will definately consult her for my big day.
    Thumbs up lavish

  2. OluwaJoyJoy

    June 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Aww this is beautiful! Congrats Temi!!!

  3. Baby gurl

    June 29, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    So beautiful. The bride sure knows her craft. And the groom is son of Mike Awoyinfa of Sun Newspaper if I’m correct. One of his twin boys yeah? Amazing pictures. The wedding must have been a blast. Congrats and HML.

  4. Tomi

    June 29, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I am a lavish bride and I can say for a fact that Temi is incredibly professional and knows her stuff!!! She’s always readily available and is a good listener. She tailors her responses & ideas to your needs and never forces her opinions on you. I’m also incredibly privileged to call her a friend. So so so proud! ???

  5. Olapeju

    June 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Now that ring is what i’m talking about! So cute

  6. Liz

    June 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    its just one day o!
    one freaking day!!!!
    argghhhh

    • Wura

      July 8, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      One lifetime is about 70 – 90 yrs if you’re lucky. One day is relatively significant given thstbhumans don’t live that long. Let a Bride enjoy their day. Try and be happy for other people

  7. Oluwatosin Olufisayo Adeleye

    June 29, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    See my childhood friend looking soooooo fly..congrats dear nd God bless your union..Amen

  8. Timini Imue

    June 30, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Beautiful!!!! Please the list of vendors is not complete oh 🙂 Please Who designed that green asooke? GORGEOUS!!!!!!

    • Elle

      July 1, 2017 at 3:57 am

      I think Bimms did it. I can’t remember her instagram name but I remember her posting the pic

  9. missappleberry

    June 30, 2017 at 9:40 am

    The bride has the most gorgeous eyes!

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