Tuesday, May 7, 2019

WEDDINGS

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Local brides this spring are saying yes to the dress — and “I do” to Brianna Belton Design, LLC.

Brianna Belton, owner and creator of Brianna Belton Design, LLC, is a designer extraordinaire who offers full-service wedding planning. “We provide everything from start to finish, from the event design to the boutique-style fresh florals,” Belton said. Outside of weddings, her company also offers interior styling for residential and business locations.

“My favorite part of my job is my client’s wedding day,” Belton said. “After months of planning and getting to know my client, it’s so exciting to see our vision and all the details come to life. To be able to experience and celebrate their most special day with them is so rewarding. It never feels like a job, because we are crazy about what we do!” Belton, an Arkansas gal who married a Louisiana boy almost 16 years ago, has always loved love — and planning! She gets her business-savvy honestly. “My dad has always been an entrepreneur, and my mother was creative, so it all began when I was young,” Belton said.

“I’ve always loved anything creative. It started out as a hobby before becoming a fulltime business.”

Belton is always on the look out for current trends for her clients. “Wedding trends right now include smaller, intimate weddings that are packed with personal details, timeless styling and beautiful simplicity,” Belton said. This carries over into the design.

“Weddings lately are all about embracing more color, unique color palettes, and incorporating pattern and texture,” Belton advised. “Also, larger floral installations are popular.”

Some of those color trends include the pairing of classic styles with neutrals. “Dusty and muted tones for seasonal florals and for the bridesmaids’ dresses are big right now,” Belton said.

Other current wedding fads include the use of velvet, custom illustrations and detailed paper goods, food boards and more. “It’s all about bringing the indoors out,” Belton said. “Also, non-traditional florals, non-traditional bridesmaids’ dresses, and setting plants and herbs on tables are all new design trends we’ve been seeing.”

And that’s not all! “Rustic themes, fake flowers, baby’s breath centerpieces, nakedstyle wedding cakes and flower crowns are also trending. I could keep going and going!” Belton laughed.

But the details aren’t worth much if there’s no location. Gone are the traditional days of marrying inside a local church. Now, brides are searching for a space intimate enough to provide the environment they want, but large enough to accommodate their loved ones.

“With venues becoming so increasingly popular, more brides are choosing venues over a church,” Belton said. “White or solid tone venues are always a go-to, as it provides a clean slate and is transitional in accommodating different styles. Barns are a big trend here in Louisiana, too.”

When it comes to music, trends might come and go, but the personal style of the bride and groom still rules. “I’ve always said the music will make or break the feel of the event, especially at the reception,” Belton said. “I’ll always love strings for a ceremony and a band for a reception! But it really all depends on the couple’s personal style and preference, and the general feel of the reception.”

Brides and grooms should feel zero pressure these days to impress and should stick with what they personally enjoy. After all, it’s their day. “There are really no rules to weddings anymore,” Belton said.

Brianna Belton Design, LLC has been in business approximately five years and will soon be celebrating their first year of being in their new downtown studio in Shreveport. She hopes to see her business thrive for years to come as she continues to serve local brides.

“My husband and I pray for continued growth and success for our business, and to travel and experience weddings in other areas,” Belton said. “We are both dreamers and creatives, so we have so many new ideas we hope to execute!” Her business venture has brought a few fun surprises along the way, as well. “We recently had the opportunity to plan and execute a beautiful wedding for a couple that was there for me during one of my biggest life moments – the doctor and delivery nurse for my son,” Belton said.

Their son is now almost 6 years old. “He was born 10 days before our 10th wedding anniversary,” Belton. “We also have a dog, Scout, who is the friendliest Goldendoodle you’ll ever meet. I love spending time with my family, working in the yard, traveling and just being inspired!” For more information, visit www.briannabeltondesign.com. You may also find her on Facebook at Brianna Belton Design and on Instagram at @briannabeltondesign.



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