A Daylight and Twilight Wedding

La Fontana Springs Event Center offers a beautiful array of settings that are sure to compliment every couple's dream wedding.

https://www.lafontanasprings.com/

Whether you are dreaming of having your ceremony during the day or night, both times offer a gorgeous and romantic feel.

Dress from Destiny Bridal SA, https://destinybridalsa.com/

Tuxedo from Rex Formal Wear, https://www.rexformalwear.com/

As the sun sets and the stars shine, that's when the magic happens.

Dress from Destiny Bridal SA, https://destinybridalsa.com/

Tuxedo from Rex Formal Wear, https://www.rexformalwear.com/

Bridal Session

I longed to do a studio bridal session that had a classic, yet modern feel. Do you remember the beautiful heirloom bridal portraits of your grandmother? How elegant, statuesque she looked. A portrait that would stand the test of time . A portrait that would be proudly displayed and passed down to future generation, telling the story of her time.

A dream. Every Bride deserves to have a beautiful portrait taken, not just for her, but for the future to enjoy and remember her beauty.

Beautiful dress from Celebrations Bridal & Prom Shop in New Braunfels, Texas

Beautiful dress from Celebrations Bridal & Prom Shop in New Braunfels, Texas

And then there was the Yellow dress. Stunning.

Merch Media

We have the coolest businesses in our networking marketing group, Merch Media is one of them! If you need anything with your branding on it, they will make it happen. I love the high-quality polo shirts they did for Bloom! I rock those every chance I get!

Check out this fun video showing just a glimpse of what they do! The possibilities are endless!

www.Merch-Media.com

Celebrations Bridal & Prom

I immediately fell in love with Celebrations Bridal & Prom the moment I set foot in their beautiful shop in New Braunsfel. They are trend setters. If you are looking for a unique dress that no other bride in the area is going to have, look no further! I have faith you will find the perfect dress here!

http://www.celebrationsbridalandprom.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CelebrationsBridalandProm/

How did you get started in the bridal and formal industry and how many
years have you been in the industry?

My husband and I opened a small bridal boutique in Sacramento, CA in 2004 after noticing a void in the market. We started with a small 1,500 square foot space and grew the business to 4,000 square feet in 4 years. We sold the store to move back home to Texas, where I met the owner that began Celebrations 29 years ago. She was considering retirement, so we agreed
that when she was ready, she would call me to talk about the possibility of taking over Celebrations. That chat occurred about 2 years ago, and I'm so thankful to be back in the bridal industry doing what I love in an amazing community!

Meet Ashley, the owner of Celebrations Bridal & Prom and her wonderful team!

Meet Ashley, the owner of Celebrations Bridal & Prom and her wonderful team!


How did you personalize your shop for brides?
We try to learn as much about our brides before their appointment begins so we can personalize the experience. We invite our brides to pre-shop our inventory online and create a wish list to tell us what styles they might be interested in. Based on their list, we can have a few gowns pulled for them when they arrive. We also have our brides fill out an information card that gives us an idea of what type of wedding they are planning.

What makes the Celebrations Bridal & Prom experience unique?
Our goal is to make our customers comfortable. Shopping for a wedding dress can be an anxious time, so we try to put our customers at ease. Our team is friendly and fun, and our store is clean and bright without being stuffy. We scour the country for styles that are fresh and beautiful, but
still classic and approachable. We understand that our brides want to maintain the balance between on-trend and timeless when it comes to bridal fashion.

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What designers do you carry?
Bridal designers include Allure Couture, Maggie Sottero, Stella York, Casablanca, David Tutera, and Blush by Hayley Paige.

What should I bring with me during my appointment?
Any pictures of dresses that have caught your eye will help your stylist get an idea of what you like. If you are considering wearing heels for your wedding, a shoe of the same height might be helpful with measuring. Other than that, just bring 2-3 trusted advisors and be ready to have fun!


What sizes bridal gowns does your bridal shop offer?
Our sample gowns range from size 6 to size 26, with the majority of dresses in sizes 10-16.

How do the fittings and alterations work at the bridal salon?
Once your dress arrives, we can schedule a first fitting with our in-house seamstress. The first fitting usually takes about one hour, and we discuss what modifications need to be made to the gown in order to make it fit you perfectly. At the end of the fitting, our seamstress provides a quote for the work as discussed. Six to eight weeks later, you will come back in to try on your gown after the work has been completed. If any tweaks need to be made, you may have a third fitting, but usually two fittings is sufficient.

What bridal trends are you seeing for 2018?
Ball gowns are coming back and lace is still very important to our hill country brides. Long sleeves are trending and sparkly belts or sashes are still a great way to add a little bling to a more understated look.

What is the most valuable bit of advice you would give a bride-to-be?
Don't make yourself crazy by asking too many people for their opinion OR by assuming you have to see EVERY dress in the world before making a decision. Find something that makes you feel great and go for it! And...have fun! After all, a wedding is really just a big party in disguise :)

What's been your most rewarding experience with a bride-to-be during a one-on-one consultation?
It's always special to help a bride design a way for her dress to commemorate a lost loved one. Our brides and their families get SO creative when it comes to sewing inscriptions or pinning mementos from family members inside their gowns. Personally, I feel most proud when I am
able to help a bride who doesn't like to be the center of attention, or a bride who might have struggled with body image issues in the past. When she looks in the mirror and says, "I love it." my heart just soars!


How far in advance should I start looking for a dress prior to my wedding date?
Most gowns take 3-4 months to arrive once the order is placed. Of course, delays can happen, so we recommend ordering your gown at least 6 months before your wedding. That being said, many of our designers carry stock and offer accelerated shipping for a small upcharge. We also sell off-the-rack, so don't let a quick wear date deter you from coming to New Braunfels for a visit! We would love to help!

Working in Beauty

Every once in a while I will do something just for me. It's so freeing to be able to just enjoy the beauty around you. Surrounded by Mother Nature and all of God's creation. Pure Joy. As I was waiting for Dora Vera to do her makeup magic, I just couldn't help myself. Here is a a fun little video to share what I saw during my wait.

Hair & Makeup: Dora Vera, https://www.facebook.com/thelookbydoravera/

Wedding Dress: Celebrations Bridal & Prom, www.celebrationsbridalandprom.com

Location: Roszell Gardens Wedding and Events Center, http://www.roszellgardens.com/

Bulverde/Spring Branch Angels presents The Belle of the Ball Project

Looking for a prom dress? Look no further! The Belle of the Ball project will be selling dresses for only $15 on March 4th&5th! More info on their site: https://www.sbblions.com/botb

FROM THE FOUNDER...
The belief that “no girl should be denied the opportunity to attend her High School dance because of financial difficulties” has been the mission of the Belle of the Ball Project. Project founder, Cindy Hurst, has supported her mission hoping for no dress to go unworn, including those in the back of someone’s closet or that people never plan to wear again. They always can be donated!

Leading up to the big event, the Belle of the Ball Project will provide low-cost dresses and accessories to high school girls. Volunteers will be present to assist with a fun shopping experience.

The dresses come from boutiques or bridal shops, or were donated by individuals throughout Bulverde Spring Branch area. The dresses come in all sizes, and range from new to lightly used.  All of the dresses have been dry cleaned.

The Bulverde Spring Branch Angels nonprofit group also accepts financial donations and accessories, such as shoes, purses, and jewelry to complete the outfits.  All gifts are donated via the Lions Foundation of West Comal County, a 501(c)3 tax deductible organization and you can donate anytime through out the year.  Your tax deductible gift serves the need of the area's children and the Belle of the Ball Project.  To donate click HERE.

The Belle of the Ball Project started small in 2015, but with more awareness and more need, it has expanded its services.  The Belle of the Ball Project has provided nearly 60 low-cost dresses since its inception and now has more than 200 dresses ready for new life and another spin around the dance floor!

For information about the group, contact Cindy Hurst at mscindy88@aol.com.

Elegant Stylized Wedding, La Fontana Springs Event Venue, San Antonio, Texas / Wedding Photographer

Bloom Photography & Design teamed up with La Fontana Springs Event Center to create the dream wedding. Along with several other wedding businesses in the local San Antonio, Texas area, we we're able to collaborate with each other to bring our vision to life. We had the distinct pleasure of working with professionals who take their work seriously. We wanted to be able to come together to provide future brides and grooms an easy resource to plan their dream wedding. Look no further, we've got you covered!

http://www.lafontanasprings.com

La Fontana Springs Event Center offers a very versatile venue. Turn your dream wedding into a reality. This venue offers a variety of looks and feels, from elegant to rustic. Coming together with Touch of Elegance Decor, you are sure to design everything your heart desires. 

Check out all of the amazing decor possibilities with Touch of Elegance Decor!

http://touchofelegancedecor.com

As a family-owned company, Touch of Elegance, offers unprecedented attention to you, the customer. For Mario and Sandra Garza, their commitment to quality ensures that your décor will be unsurpassed in elegance and sophistication.

For more than 15 years, Touch of Elegance has been delivering beautiful décor to thousands of events, from weddings, corporate galas, family events and more.

http://touchofelegancedecor.com

Add of touch of elegance to your table settings with specially designed menus and name cards. This will for sure make your guests feel even more welcomed.

Want to wow your guests even more? Take your invitations to the next level with hand written calligraphy invitations, envelopes and more! Lazywood Lane is a bespoke organic calligraphy and heirloom stationery design house offering handcrafted details and fine printing.

This gorgeous cake was provided by Shanna's Creative Cakes in San Antonio, Texas. Her cake was a perfect addition to this session. Shanna is an amazing cake artist that can help you to design the cake of your dreams! Visit her page HERE.

Flowers complete a wedding. They are the statement pieces that accent weddings perfectly. All of the flowers in this session we're provided by the wonderfully talented Botanika. They design the most gorgeous floral arrangements that will sure to be perfect for your wedding day!

http://www.botanika.com

Having your makeup professionally done makes a world of difference. The professional grade products that is used will last throughout your wedding day and look flawless for pictures. We absolutely LOVE Dora with Dora Vera MUA. We've had the pleasure of working with her before and she impresses us every time. She has specialized training and experience in airbrush foundation, as well as color theory.

For more information, visit her page HERE.

Our beautiful bride getting ready to walk down to her groom.

All of the dresses were provided by Sposa Bella Bridal Boutique and carefully selected for this session. The ladies we're amazing to work with. They have a wonderful selection of dresses to choose from at their boutique. Any bride is sure to find their perfect dress here. We love how attention to detail oriented they we're and ensured everything was perfect the day of. Whether you're looking for a ball gown, mermaid style or A-line, they will have it!

http://sposabellaboutique.com/

This is just one of the many styles of bridesmaid dresses they have at Sposa Bella Bridal Boutique. They have several styles in coordinating colors. Whether you need straps or no straps, they will help your bridesmaids find a dress that looks best.

Gorgeous earrings provided by Kerith Stanton with Stella & Dot and hair piece provided by Heirloom Veils of San Antonio.

Stylish Tuxedos provided by Rex Formal Wear in San Antonio.

http://www.rexformalwear.com

From estate jewelry to wedding and engagement rings, C. Aaron Penaloza features an exquisite collection of diamonds and gemstones. You are sure to find the perfect piece of jewelry for any occasion.

http://www.penaloza.com/

Stylish Tuxedos provided by Rex Formal Wear in San Antonio.

http://www.rexformalwear.com

Dresses provided by Sposa Bella Bridal Boutique

http://sposabellaboutique.com/

The Peñalozas have been San Antonio’s first family of fine jewelry for three generations. C. Aaron Peñaloza carries on the family tradition with a jewelry store filled with exquisite designs and a commitment to helping clients choose beautiful jewelry that will be worn and cherished now and by generations to come.

http://www.penaloza.com/

Both beautiful veils we're provided by Heirloom Veils of San Antonio. They create one-of-a-kind veils to go with any type of dress. In the veil below, she used crystals and pearls belonging to her daughter's grandmother and great-grandmother. The result was a beautiful cathedral length veil with a family connection that is sure to be passed down to future generations.

http://www.heirloomveilsofsanantonio.com

In addition to custom veils, she can create custom, heirloom quality ring bearer pillows, handkerchiefs and more!

What lady doesn't love jewelry? Give the women in your bridal party the best gift! We absolutely enjoyed working with Kerith with Stella & Dot. She created customized looks to go with each bridesmaid. Plus it is so much fun picking out jewelry!

Kerith Stanton with Stella & Dot

Now this is the perfect gift! A beautiful necklace in a special gift box, ready to give!

by Kerith Stanton with Stella & Dot

Personalized jewelry is available! The possibilities are endless!

Unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that you will not find anywhere! Well, you will find these at C. Aaron Penaloza Jewelers!

http://www.penaloza.com/

The Importance of Making Our Girls Feel Beautiful, San Antonio Children Photographer Texas

It's a scary world out there....especially for our young girls who are growing up. I feel like I see so many things on social media, on TV and movies that are just really discouraging our girls. Their confidence levels are going down, their self-image is out of whack and they're picking out things that they don't like about themselves that really shouldn't matter. They just don't feel beautiful. 

I get it. I was a young girl and I grew up feeling not beautiful, not loved, not important, etc. I am just so grateful that I had the foundation of believing in a God that loves me no matter what. I was able to call on him during those times. There were many times when I would force myself to look in the mirror and tell myself, "You are beautiful, You are Strong, You are loved, You are important, You are going to get through this. But that was me and I know that there are so many other young girls out there that don't have that strength or have those people to remind them of the good things about them. And that the trials they are going through now are going to pass.

It's hard being a young girl.

I'll be honest with ya'll. When I first started doing Let Your Soul Shimmer sessions, I just wanted to do a session for girls that would be a really pretty and fun session. I didn't have pretty dresses or girly stuff growing up. So I'm living vicariously through these girls now.

What I have come to realize, is that these pictures are life changing. These pictures make a difference. These pictures can save a life. WOW, that brought me a whole new sense of purpose. I don't just take pretty pictures. I transform lives.

When these girls come in, I want them to have a super special experience. I want them to feel beautiful, not just on the outside, but on the inside.

My purpose now is to help them create at least one piece of artwork to put on their wall as a daily reminder that they are Beautiful, they are smart, they are loved, they are important and they are worth it. On the hard days, I want them to look at their picture and have hope.

I want to help design this life changing reminder for every girl. For now, I will do for one what I wish I can do for all.