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Boho Chic Wedding Styled Shoot

Usually when we do a styled shoot, we have one bride and maybe couple of bridesmaids. When our friends at Spago and Soli Photography approached us about doing a Boho Chic Wedding styled shoot with 5 brides, we thought they might be crazy! But hey, we are a little crazy ourselves, so we jumped right in…

It was a hot summer day here in Chattanooga, and trekking through the Tennessee Riverpark was not our ideal way to spend the afternoon, but the light and colors were SO worth it. The results were just gorgeous. These models were so uniquely beautiful and fit right in with what we are calling Boho Chic. See some of our fave images from the day below- although it was hard to narrow it down!

Vivienne Willowby by Watters

Tait & Shae Together Forever Separates by Martina Liana

Headpiece by Malis Henderson Designs Tyler & Sanja Together Forever Separates by Martina Liana

Taye & Peyton Together Forever Separates by Martina Liana

Malta Willowby by Watters

Thank you so much to all of the models and vendors who worked incredibly hard to make this shoot happen! You are all rock stars at what you do. Thank you for including us in the fun. We loved playing dress up with you!

Hair: Lele Hayes and Kara Burchard at Spago
Makeup: Candace Hernandez and Grace Young at Spago
Florals: Kaitlin with Petaline Floral
Gowns: Styled by Monica’s Bridal – Designers include: WTOO, Willowby by Watters, Martina Liana Together Forever Separates Headpiece: Malis Henderson
Pictures: Soli Photography

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Martina Liana Tester Show June 10th!

We are SO EXCITED to announce that we will be having a Martina Liana Tester Show this June (June 10th to be exact)! Martina Liana was kind enough to choose us for this exclusive show two years ago and we are super honored to host one again.



So what’s a TESTER show??

A Tester show, my dear, is an exclusive look at a designers gowns that have never been seen by the public. In fact, these are the gowns they are working on for Spring of 2018! Designers use these shows to get feedback on things like fit, colors, fabrics, and consumer preferences. Do ladies want longer trains? Is lace still a thing? More sparkle??

Then they take these notes back and make changes to the gowns to be reflect what their customers want. Sometimes, they may even cut gowns from the line and do not produce them.



But what if I order a gown that gets cut from the line?

Then you, love, just hit the jackpot. If you order a gown at a Tester show, but it is changed or cut from the line, they will still make the gown for you! So you could end up with a ONE OF A KIND wedding gown! Def worth some bragging rights in our book.

So what you need to know about our Martina Liana Tester Show, coming up June 10th?

  • First, check out Martina Liana to see if that’s your style. We will be exclusively featuring these gowns that weekend, so it’s a good idea to make sure that they are generally the look you are going for.
  • Second, know that these gowns are priced from about $2000 and go up from there. Also, delivery on these gowns will not start until 2018, so your wedding must be scheduled for January 2018 or later.
  • Third, make an appointment! As always, that day we will be appointment only and you MUST have one in order to try on gowns.  Appointments last about 90 minutes, and although we welcome as many of your family and friends as you’d like to bring, please keep in mind that there are only three chairs per dressing room.


We can’t wait to see everyone- and we can’t wait to see these gowns! You’ll be seeing them for the first time- just like us!!


Gowns: Martina Liana Styled by Monica’s Bridal

Hair and Makeup: Spago

Photography: Soli Photography

Florals: Petaline Floral

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Whimsical Two Piece Wedding Dress Styled Shoot

We had the privilege of working with some amazing vendors on a styled shoot, and the results are nothing short of amazing! Just goes to show that when you put talented people together and ask them to do what comes naturally, great things happen!

We hiked down Cloudland Canyon in Rising Fawn, Georgia to find this gorgeous little water fall. The other hikers were not real sure about what a bunch of women carrying makeup, garment and camera bags were doing in their inner sanctum, but they were very gracious in letting us share their space.

Our model, Amber, simply killed it- I mean look at that stare y’all! And can we talk about these flowers? Succulents and the most decadent flower crown I’ve ever seen. That thing was heavy, but Amber didn’t seem to mind.

Amber’s whimsical two piece wedding dress is a fav of ours here at Monica’s Bridal. It is part of the Martina Liana Together Forever Separates line (specifically the Cody Corset and Shae Skirt).

This line allows brides to mix and match pieces to make the perfect gown for them. Often, brides are scared of two piece gowns- they think that they have to show some midriff! To that we say- nah girl! Of course, if that’s in your wheelhouse, we are happy to help you show a little skin, but typically a two piece gown will fit together to look like a full gown. Usually people can’t even tell. But if you prefer, you can have the two pieces sewn together to make one whole gown.

Another plus to having a two piece dress is the ability to wear your wedding dress again in lots of different ways. We’ve had brides change into a short shirt for their reception or wedding exit, and we’ve had brides wear their top and a skirt (or even pants! gasp!) to anniversary dinners or other events. One bride even cut her skirt short and did an anniversary wedding shoot with it! Let’s not forget the ever important (ahem) bridal lingerie. And of course, you need something to wear on your honeymoon, right?? It’s a shame to put the most beautiful gown that you’ll ever wear in a closet forever, why not wear part of it again? #smartinvesting 😉

(Editors Note: We do not recommend using this to get your sweet parents to up the budget- but we won’t stop you from asking!) 

Don’t ask about the hike back up- there may have been more than one Snapchat that showed us about to die (did I mention we aren’t hikers?). But we made it! And of course, there was chilled champagne waiting on us in the car- so all’s well that ends well, right??


Photography: Brittany Photographs

Gown: Martina Liana Separates by Monica’s Bridal

Hair & Makeup: Amanda Ryan Hair

Flowers: Blooming Collective TN