Fernando Barraza, the creative genius behind the styling of the fashion shows at The Bridal Bazaar is known for his unique eye for intricate detail. We went behind the scenes at The Bridal Bazaar to find out all his styling tips for this season’s bride and her bridesmaids.
Photography by XSiGHT Photography. Dress by George Elsissa
He reassures us that another massive hit this season is the Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad and Charbel Zoe inspired gowns. Which means more sheer dresses with lace appliques, crystallised appliques or the increasing popular, feathers. Think Beyonce and JLo extravagance. Another favourite is the totally opposite look of soft, floaty bohemian chic – “think daisy crowns, lace and fringing,” he says.
Photography by XSiGHT Photography. Dress by Judy Copley Couture.
As for accessories? He says that they should always finish off and compliment any look. But it does depend on the type of bride you want to be on your big day. “For a statement piece that will have your guests talking for days about how amazing and glitzy your pieces are look at the House of Emmanuele. If you’re after something a little more subtle and elegant Victoria Novak is your gal,” he says However, he encourages all brides to think about comfort on their wedding day, especially if they are not changing dresses for the reception. “Yes we all want to look like princesses for a day, but we also don’t want to be in such pain that we turn into bridezillas.” Now we all stress about hair and makeup, simply because we want perfection. But some of us might not have a budget for a full glam team … so Fernando advises to get onto those Youtube makeup tutorials and practice practice practice!
Photography by XSiGHT Photography. Dress by Leah Da Gloria
If you’re indecisive and don’t really know what will work best for you most hair and makeup artists will know what is trending. “Natalie Anne and Melissa Sassine are two of the best in the business, and both have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to fashion and bridal,” he says. As for the bridesmaids – don’t put them in dresses that they hate, was the message. Have a discussion with your bridesmaids and find out what they like and don’t like. Also take into account that people have different body shapes, and no one should be stuck wearing a dress they are not comfortable or confident in. “With stores like Dollhouse, Rodeo Drive Boutique and the recent collaboration of Leah Da Gloria and White Runway, there really is no excuse for your bridesmaids to look bad!”
This article was written by Wedded Wonderland contributor and fashion and lifestyle blogger, Leela Rose. For more on Leela Rose, click here.