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TAB Style - Paloma Blanca @ Couture Show

Classic silhouettes like ball gowns and trumpet skirts get an express pass into modern style with the design twists featured in the above gowns from Paloma Blanca. Horsehair - which was a HUGE trend in bridal this season - appears prominently on the ball gowns and in the flounce and train of the low backed trumpet gown.

For more information on Paloma Blanca, visit or follow them on Twitter @Paloma_Blanca

Photography courtesy of: Manny Tejeda Photography

TAB Style - Nina Shoes @ Couture Show: Sashes!

Sashes are such a staple accessory for brides. They can glam up a plain dress and help to accentuate a bride’s waistline. Additionally, it can help to tie their entire wedding theme together by way of fashion. Featured above are a few new gorgeous crystal and beaded sashes from Nina Bridal that will be available later this year.

Florals and the mixing of textures (beading vs crystals and use of pearls) is translated into these sashes much like with Nina’s jewelry collection. My personal favorite is the sash in the second picture that has a pearl edged design and a center floral accent that also incorporates pearls in the petals.

For more information on NIna Shoes and their Nina Bridal collections, visit or follow them on Twitter @Nina_Shoes

Photography Courtesy of: Manuel Tejeda Photography

TAB Style - Nina Bridal @ Couture Show: Jewelry

If you’ve been following The Anti Bridezilla since February, then you know that I am in fact a Nina Bride! My bridesmaids and I are completely outfitted in styles Nina Bridal’s shoe, jewelry and accessory collections. Featured above are some gorgeous styles that are just launching in stores & several more that will become available in the coming months.

Two trends that are huge right now in bridal that have transitioned from gowns to jewelry & accessories are floral accents and pops of color. When I stopped by the Nina booth at Couture Show, they had several floral infused designs as well as rose gold metals & crystals styles that will be coming to a store near you soon!

For more information on Nina Shoes & their Nina Bridal collection, visit or follow them on Twitter @Nina_Shoes

Photography courtesy of: Manuel Tejeda Photography

TAB Style - Terani Couture @ New York International Bridal Market

In addition to figure skimming styles, a major trend at the market last week was the use of blush, champagne or nude(ish) tones for wedding gowns. For brides that are looking to buck the ivory or stark white trend, Terani Couture showcased five unique styles that all managed to incorporate crystals and the blush/champagne tone. My personal favorite is the far left design in the bottom picture. I love the blend of soft tulle with a star burst crystal pattern on the bodice. The asymmetrical flouncing in the skirt as well as the one shoulder and contrasting white and champagne tones in the bodice’s design makes this a break out style in my opinion.

For more information about Terani Couture visit or follow them on Twitter @Terani_Couture

TAB Style - Mon Cheri Shoes @ New York International Bridal Market

Of course, shoes are an essential part of any bride’s wedding day style. Featured above are two crystal embellished accessories from Mon Cheri Shoes. A sweet neutral toned low heeled open toe shoe is adorned with a modest row of crystals while an oval shaped clutch steals the show with fully encrusted crystals on both sides.

For more information on Mon Cheri Shoes visit or follow them on Twitter @MonCheriBridal

TAB Style - Olia Zavozina @ New York International Bridal Market

I was first introduced to Olia Zavozina when I attended the NY International Bridal Market in October of last year at their closing fashion show. I loved her designs because they were feminine while still focusing on design and construction.

This season, her gowns place an emphasis on texture (which has been a huge trend this season) and closer fitting bodies with two in particular (featured above) that offer a crochet effect (far left in bottom image) and a beautiful floral textured pattern (center image).

For more details on Olia Zavozina, visit or follow her on Twitter @OliaZavozina

TAB Style - Rosa Clara @ Couture Show

Rosa Clara is a serious staple in the bridal design world. Anyone who claims to know bridal should know of her and the numerous collections under her name. Featured above are two beautiful ball gown silhouettes from her line - one featuring a heavily embellished skirt and the other utilizing a smoky gray thread to produce the embroidered floral design on the bodice.

For more information on Rosa Clara, visit or follow them on Twitter @RosaClaraBridal

Photography courtesy of: Manny Tejeda Photography

TAB Style - Creations Georgianni @ New York International Bridal Market

Crystals and bling go hand in hand with weddings. And although this is something that’s always been a trend - it felt even stronger at this season’s market. From embellishments on garments to actual jewelry that glittered from across the room…gorgeous, light catching accessories adorned with crystals were all the rage. Featured above are a variety of bridal accessory options from Creations Georgianni with a variety of twists on the classic tear drop earring concept.

For more information on the Canadian based brand Creations Georgianni, visit

TAB Style - Angel Rivera @ New York International Bridal Market

I’m in love with Angel Rivera’s designs. So much so, that I featured him along with a designer profile in March on The Anti Bridezilla. Maybe it’s because he also hails from the Midwest like me! But for sure, it’s because he creates gorgeous designs that just flatter a woman’s body.

Featured above are a few new-to-market styles from Angel Rivera that brides-to-be should keep an eye out for in the coming Fall ‘14/Spring ‘15 season! One thing that was a strong theme in his designs was an emphasis on taking the tried and true trumpet/fit-and-flare silhouette and breathing new life into it with his use of crystal beading to create a dress that’s equally eye catching from any point of view as a bride makes her debut down the aisle.

For more information on Angel Rivera, visit or follow him on Twitter @ARBridalCouture

TAB Style - Jean Ralph Thurin @ New York International Bridal Market!

Jean Ralph Thurin is a designer that I’ve featured on The Anti Bridezilla earlier this year with amazing designs that focus on contrasting textures and an attention to intricate detailing. While I was walking the floor of the New York International Bridal Market show, I had the opportunity to pop into his booth to chat with the designer (who is the namesake of the bridal line) and see some of the new designs in store for the upcoming season.

Jean Ralph Thurin is actually a mainstay in the American bridal community, based in New Jersey, the designer has a rich fashion history which he consistently emphasizes with his gowns. The new season is a nod to Old Hollywood glamour with romantic floral accents and highly detailed pintucking on the bodices.

Since I was chatting with Thurin, I had the chance to ask him a few questions to help brides find THE dress:

TAB: What’s the most important aspect you would want a bride to consider when selecting a wedding dress?

JRT: The dress should speak to you and really make you feel gorgeous and pretty. Things can and do go wrong when you’re planning a wedding. But as long as you feel beautiful in your dress, you’ll be the center of attention and all the drama will seem less important.

TAB: Are there any tips you would recommend in terms of finding the right fit for a dress?

JRT: Don’t forget to dance and move around in your dress when you’re trying it on. You’re most likely going to be wearing this dress for several hours - if not all day! So, you want to make sure that you can sit, dance, eat and just feel comfortable overall in your dress. Again, if you’re worrying about an ill fitting dress, then you don’t feel your most gorgeous.

For more information on Jean Ralph Thurin and his sumptuous designs, visit