Violet Bells Bridal Blog

'I Do' Diligence September 17 2015

With the new bridal collection from Violet Bells' nearing its unveiling, this week we thought we'd focus on dress silhouettes. The Violet Bells collection is customizable, meaning our bride-to-be may choose the style and fit congruent to her figure.  Although many women are aware of their body shape (thank you online quizzes), many are still unsure of the most flattering dress and cut for their figure. We have highlighted the silhouette types and cuts, so that every bride can glow in her gown. That way when the lights are hitting your dress for the night, you're the one lighting up the room. 

Ball Gown: fitted at bodice, full skirt, great dramatic look on long & lean or pear shapes

A Line: Fitted at bodice, flowing to ground with unbroken line, resembles that of an uppercase A, very balancing, looks good on just about any frame

Modified A Line: Fitted through bodice to hips/upper thigh, then flows from that point, less dramatically and tighter to the body than the regular A line

Trumpet: Fits close to body the gradually flows at mid-thigh to floor, resembles a trumpet

Mermaid: Fitted through bodice, waist, hips, down to knee then flares

Sheath: Classic fit, close to body without waist, straight skirt, will contour against skin

A few other terms that may come up or should come up while you're searching for the dress:

Empire Waist: Tightest below bust line, elongates a petite frame

Drop Waist: Waist will be tightest just below natural waist, was made most prominent by the Coco Chanel

Remember that the Violet Bell's collection allows the bride to customize the top, whether be it sheer and tying at the back, a sweetheart neckline, or a cascading waist. Make sure your dress does your figure due diligence before you say 'I do.' Happy shopping!



Bespoke Event! July 08 2015

Come be inspired by Cinderella & Swarovski crystals! This weekend and the next Violet Bells is hosting a Bespoke event. Work with the designer Janessa Ann to create your one of a kind finishing touches! 


Mr. Selfridge April 10 2015

A daughters Wedding
What did you think of Mr. Selfridge first daughters wedding? Amazing, right!?! I didn’t expect it to be anything less from perfect, being that Mr. Selfridge always strived for the extravagant.
Lustrous clusters of white lilies & the light as a feather like of ferns are the most stunning collaboration I have ever laid my eyes on. They are timeless in any setting.
Rosalie’s veil is like soft clouds of silk tulle and lace cascading down into a pool of more lace. I have been waiting for this moment, for this veil style to be featured on a historical drama. I think to myself, "yes! we are beginning to open up to this timeless bridal veil style". I can NOT wait to put this inspiration to use, VERY soon.
I am simply delighted with the brides maids dresses. They are designed in the most beautiful shade of ‪‎violet, and the bridal gown is oh so sweet and elegant.

Heirloom Bridal Accessories March 13 2015

It is such an honor when a client comes to me and asks me to create a custom piece for them using a family heirloom. This type of project is one of my favorites - it holds sentimentality, spirit, and above all heart. 

This piece was constructed using a mothers bridal veil. This very special veil was to be re-constructed, using the lace part of the crown as the leaves for a sweet floral headpiece. The flower was made from delicate veiling, adding a light, whimsical touch. I adorned a cluster of sparkling Swarovski crystals and pearls to the center of the flower, tying in the style of the original veil, and bringing it all together.

I simply adored working with this bride via email. She had depth to her style and was as sweet as can be. It was an honor and pleasure knowing this bride entrusted me with her mothers precious bridal veil, and I hope she loved the end result as much as I did!

Photos courtesy of Aubrey Greene Photography

Interested in a custom heirloom piece for your wedding? Contact me!


Charming 1920's Elopement March 06 2015

For the Summer vintage bride, look no further.

The scene of this sweet elopement is like stepping into a Southern 1920s dream. It was the hottest day of the Summer in Chicago. As we were finalizing all the details of the style shoot, we felt more like we were having a soiree in the Louisiana bayou, rather than creating a styled party in Illinois. The heat and the intimate setting definitely set the mood for the day.
We took a fresh approach to the 1920s. By adding shades of white, a hint of rose pink, and soft peach, we brought a feeling of allure - a fresh twist to the 1920s. The Chantilly lace cap veil - “The Mia veil” - ties the whole scene together. We also adorned the precious flower girl in a floral lace encrusted headband and dressed the sweet maid of honor in a delicate china silk floral headpiece & baby sequin sash. The bridal gown was also custom made for this timeless collaboration. The Chantilly lace veil and bridal gown were a match made in heaven.

We found the perfect setting located in the Prairie District neighborhood of Chicago. This area brings you back to a time of iron lamp posts, cobblestone lined roads, and iron gates surrounding a quaint park. In a one block radius there are two Museums - The Clarke House Museum, that survived the Chicago Fire, and The Glessner House.  Just down the road, The Keith House  served as the perfect backdrop (and a great space to host  an intimate event!). The Keith House is an amazing space with a rich history. We even found a built in wooden bar that was the perfect back drop for our sweets table. 

We wanted to create an atmosphere full of light, and an intimate ceremony with delicate details. Pistil and Vine's floral arrangements created a soft and lovely surrounding. The exquisite cake made by Luscious Layers Bakery was inspired by an architectural photo. A lot of our inspiration came from details of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau time periods. We were also greatly inspired by the movie movie, "The Great Gatsby," with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. The film had a playful, light, and airy approach which we tried to capture also in our style shoot. 

We hope you'll enjoy the spirited fun, beautiful atmosphere, and stunning details from this charming 1920's elopement styled shoot!


Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography

Concept design / Set styling: Kristine Aletha Weddings

Concept design / Dresses and headpieces: Violet Bells

Props / Set styling: find Joy

Floral: Pistil and Vine

Cake and Sweets: Luscious Layers

Stationery: Sarah Drake Design

Bridesmaid Dress: Mignonette Bridal

Models: Dana Jacobsen (bride), Patrick Cunningham (groom) Jill Schwendeman (attendant)

Venues: The Keith House and The Clarke House, Chicago, IL


A Custom Bridal Veil Creation February 27 2015

I love to work with brides to create beautiful, custom pieces for their special day. This is a story of one such bride.

This particular bride was a referred to Violet Bells from the lovely Diana’s Bridal located in Skokie, IL. I started working with the bride over email, getting ideas of her personality and what she was envisioning for her wedding day. After exchanging several emails, and doing some research, it was time to meet in person!

During our meeting, we looked through samples of all the beautiful materials and began to piece everything together. This is the moment when you as a bride get to feel like a princess. This is what makes my job so much fun! It leaves me feeling like a fairy godmother. Now I get to wave my wand! (Just kidding. I wish, right?!?)

Now it is time to cut, sew, and create the custom piece. Working from all the inspiration I've gathered and piecing together each conversation I've had with the bride, I fashion a wearable work of art. I am really more like the birds flying around a dress form, making this beautiful ball gown for Cinderella...draping, and cutting, and tying everything together to perfection. Can you see how much I love the design process???

Um, okay. Now back to being serious. This bridal veil consist of Swarovski crystals and MORE Swarovski crystals with a hint of pearls, creating a flow of randomly placed teeny tiny crystals to cascade in a ribbon edged effect. The sparkle from the light hitting each and every crystal is simply mesmerizing. You can't take your eyes off it!


I fell in love with this piece so much that I had to make this a part of the collection! This is one of the reasons I love working with brides. It opens up new possibilities I might not have thought of on my own. A true collaboration and work of art...beautiful!

Photographs courtesy of Ryan Timm Photography



I would love to work with you on a custom veil, too! Contact me for more information.


Rose Collection February 14 2015

Welcome to the new Violet Bells Website!

Happy Valentine’s Day, ladies!

Welcome to the launch of the all-new Violet Bells website! What better timing than the most romantic day of the year, right!?

I am delighted to debut our newest collection as well! Enjoy this sneak peek of the Rose Collection: Spring/Summer 2015.

The Rose Collection

Spring/Summer 2015

Will you be Violet Bells Valentine???