10 Things You Didn't Know About Enaura

In preparation for this weekend's highly anticipated Enaura trunk show, we dug deep in our archives for this fun Q&A with the designer himself. Get to know what his inspirations are, how he describes the perfect Enaura bride, and what his favorite dessert is! 




1. What was your/the inspiration in creating this season's collection? 

Ruthie: "In speaking with our designer, Sohil, we talked a lot about how this collection combines modern elements with very classic designs and fabrics. Sohil was inspired by tradition, but refined that sense of tradition for today’s modern bride. The Spring 2014 collection is generally very timeless, but still true to the esthetic of Enaura which is famously glamorous and intricately beaded. Comparing last season with this season, you are now seeing more dimension in the embroidery and the beadwork, whereas for Fall 2013 we saw more texture in the appliques and floral accents."

2. The beading is to die for on Enaura gowns, explain the craftsmanship that goes into each design. 

"All Enaura gowns are made in our New York production studio using fabric directly sourced in New York along with embroidery and beadwork which is imported from India. The quality craftsmanship and attention to detail is world renowned and is utilized in the collection with a great sense of pride. For Sohil this style of beadwork and embroidery is deeply rooted as a family trade. The Enaura “look” combines ancient techniques such as “the art of zardosi- a beautiful embroidery method once used to gild the robes of Kings and Queens in India.” The details on Enaura gowns are unique and so special because each gown is handcrafted."

3. How did you get your start in the Bridal Industry? 

Ruthie: "Sohil and I, were both practically born into the bridal industry, but in our own ways. Sohil’s family had been making bridal and formalwear in India for years. Sohil got started with Blossom Veils about 7 seasons ago and in building a brand and a company he made many connections with retailers and industry professionals across the globe. Eventually the positive response he received for Blossom is what inspired him to introduce Enaura about 3 seasons ago."

Ruthie: "I started off as a consultant at a local bridal retailer. As it turns out, my mother and grandmother both share talents in bridal and formalwear production and design. After working as a consultant for about 2 years, my mom eventually took ownership and purchased the shop where I worked. From there I built on my interests while going to school. In college I was a consultant at Kate’s Kouture in Berkeley and at Amy Kuschel’s flagship showroom in San Francisco. Before working with Enaura I worked as a marketing coordinator and an account manager at Enzoani. I’ve now been a part of the Enaura team since this past summer."

4. If you could describe an Enaura Bride in 3 words, what would they be? 

Ruthie: "Timeless, Elegant, Original."

Sohil: "Glamorous, Alluring, Romantic."

5. What is your favorite gown in your collection? 

Ruthie: ES406.

Sohil: ES421.

6. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and what would you order?

Ruthie: "It’s a toss-up between crème brulee & a glass of Prosecco with Audrey Hepburn or a burrito & a margarita with Gwen Stefani."

Sohil: "Andy Warhol and Tomato Soup."

7. Give a few tidbits of advice to nervous brides out there that will put them at ease when finding "the dress."

Ruthie: "Have fun and enjoy this exciting time. Most brides are surprised by the dress they end up with, so it’s okay to try something unexpected. Ultimately, choose the gown you love, do not compromise your own style for someone else’s opinion."

Sohil: "Be true to your personality, Pick something that makes you feel confident and beautiful." 

8. Have you all already started brainstorming for the next collection? If so, are there any wonderful surprises we can expect? 

Sohil: "Absolutely, I am always envisioning future designs. Of Course there are always surprises,  every collection needs its own flare that makes it unique."

Ruthie: "I’m seeing now the way an idea or design that might not have been included in one season, could easily be carried over to the next. It seems timing is everything, so I’m certain there will be more beautiful surprises in store for the next collection."

9. What is a typical day like working and designing at Enaura?

Sohil: "Everyday is a learning experience, I am inspired by acknowledging the details of everyday life."

Ruthie: "A typical day working with Enaura entails lots of communication. Enaura is based in NY, and I work independently in California so I’m constantly calling and emailing with Sohil and the rest of the office. I’m always reporting back with all the great conversations, and feedback I get to share with our retailers."

10. Okay, we have to know, favorite dessert. Spill. 

Ruthie: "Cinnamon Rolls!"

Sohil: "Chocolate chip cookie sundae with hot fudge, whipped cream and cherries."

Are you an Enaura bride? Call us at 713-622-2022 or book your appointment online today!

-Cathleen,  Former Customer Experience Consultant

Mia Bridal Couture Wedding Playlist


Wedding planning can be stressful, we know. One thing that we remind all of our brides is that at the end of all of the planning, decision-making, and dollars spent, they are married and it is time to CELEBRATE! So on today's blog, I've composed a short list of tunes we think you should consider for your special day. This lyric-driven playlist includes some true classics that are too good to ignore (this also includes the understood father-daughter song Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle) and others may catch you off guard. All in all, I hope it inspires you and your guests to get on the dance floor and celebrate!

First Dance:

"All of Me" - John Legend

Favorite Line:
"Love your curves and all your edges...All your perfect imperfections." 




"1000 Years" - Christina Perri

Favorite Line:
"And all along I believed I would find you...Time has brought your heart to me."




"I Choose You" - Sara Bareilles 

Favorite Line:
"Tell the world that we finally got it right...I choose you. I will become yours and you will become mine...I choose you."



Father-Daughter Dance:

"Constellations" - Jack Johnson

Favorite Line:
"Listen to papa's translations...Of the stories across the sky...We drew our own constellations."



"Daddy Dance With Me" - Krystal Keith

Favorite Line: 
"I want you to know I'll always need your love. Today I became his wife...But I'll be your baby girl...for life."




"Daughters" - John Mayer

Favorite Line: 
"I know a girl...She puts the color inside of my world."




Songs to Get the Party Started:

"Safe and Sound" - Capital Cities

Favorite Line: 
"You can be my luck....Even if the sky is falling down...I know that we'll be safe and sound."




"XO" - Beyonce 

Favorite Line:
"In the darkest night hour...I'll search through the crowd...Your face is all that I see...I'll give you everything."




"Mirrors" - Justin Timberlake

Favorite Line:
"I couldn't get any bigger with anyone else beside me...And now it's clear as this promise...That we're making two reflections into one."




-Tina Le, Social Media Manager

Rivini Trunk Show, August 21-23, 2014





















"In this era of smartphones and selfies, I have become obsessed with how we saved our precious memories without the use of a camera. This is how I came across photograms. A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto a surface and then exposing them to light. The result is a negative shadow image that shows variations in tone. This collection combines that with today's 3-D printing technology. I think the result is both modern and timeless."
- Rita Vinieris

This obsession with photograms have resulted in one of the most beautiful collections by Rita Vinieris. Rivini Spring 2015 plays off this idea by incorporating transparencies, understructuring and shadowing in unique ways yet keeping the gowns feeling angelic and delicate. Sequin and beading are used but on many silhouettes, gives an illusion of the negative of beading. This exhibits beautiful, soft patterns of sparkle. Horsehair is strategically placed under layers of tulle to show a playful concept of understructuring. Textures play a big part in the collection as well. The layering of different laces underneath or over other laces, gives the collection a delicate feel,  while rows of ribbon made of leather, tulle and organza provide a modernity to the collection. Although it comes as no surprise, the thoughtful detail that went into Rivini Spring 2015 is nothing short of stunning. 


To schedule an appointment for the Rivini Trunk Show, please call (713) 622-2022 or click:

-Tina Le, Social Media Manager

Introducing Sareh Nouri


Mia Bridal Couture prides itself on hand-picking the best designers to show to our brides. The phrase "Comfortable Couture" derives from the idea of introducing brides to best quality at comfortable prices and in a comfortable environment. So when looking into adding a new designer to our collection, Sareh Nouri was an obvious choice. From the finest French laces and Italian silks to the elegant, yet modern silhouettes, Sareh Nouri really offers something for every bride. Mia Bridal Couture is happy to welcome Sareh Nouri to our boutique.

Meet Sareh Nouri

Photo Credit: sarehnouri.com

At an early age, Sareh Nouri had an obsession with wedding gowns. So much so that her own father joked about it during his speech at her own 2009 nuptials. It turns out it was her own wedding that sparked the interest in creating her own line. In her search of finding the perfect gown, she wasn't seeing anything in the market that was exactly what she wanted - something sophisticated and traditional, ethereal and elegant. 

After working with a high-end bridal salon, modeling bridal gowns, and collaborating with couture dressmakers, the Sareh Nouri line really began to form. Her experience along with her success as a graphic designer (which made her a  natural at working with patterns and layouts), Sareh was able to create dresses of her dreams. Sareh Nouri's designs are known to be not only romantic and feminine but timeless and sophisticated as well. Each design is a handmade production fusing the idea of traditional silhouettes with ethereal whimsical details so light and elegant that they are ideal for today's modern bride. 



Meet The Gowns


We couldn't be happier with this new addition to our store. If you're loving these gowns as much as we are, schedule an appointment to meet Sareh Nouri herself and try on these beauties at next weekend's trunk show, August 15-16, 2014.



-Tina Le, Social Media Manager

Watters Trunk Show, August 1-2, 2014



Inspired by Enchanted Venice, Watters Brides Fall 2014 collection incorporates antiquated touches of color, classic laces, and luxurious beading with modern low plunging backs and body accentuating lace and beading placement. No matter if you're getting married on a beach on a deserted island or in the grandest ballroom in Houston, Watters will have your dream gown. Make choosing a Watters gown your second most thrilling yes at this weekend's trunk show! 

 


Along with an amazing collection of bridal gowns, Watters offers the most charming little white dresses (or in this case, rompers) in their Encore collection. These pieces are perfect for a fun rehearsal dinner or as a playful exit dress. 



To schedule an appointment for this highly anticipated trunk show, 
please call (713) 622-2022 or click here:





Confessions of a Bridal Consultant: Do's and Dont's of Wedding Gown Searching



Maybe I am a little bias but when it comes down to wedding planning, finding the dress is definitely one of the most important factors. For most of us, we’ve never had a wedding and more than likely never put on a wedding gown. Mermaid, trumpet, ball gown, fit-to flare…how do we really know what looks good on us? As bridal consultants, we understand how overwhelming the gown-finding process can be, and we know what possible questions are running through your mind when you step into a store with hundreds of white dresses. As much as we see brides who quickly find the "one" and are completely certain of their decision, we also see brides who exhaust themselves in the process. To us, we think finding the gown you will be wearing when you say "yes" to the man of your dreams should be easy and most of all...FUN! So here are some key questions brides ask when starting their search and some do's and don'ts to make the process just a little bit easier.

How do I know where to start?
Do: Do little bit of research. Online has done amazing things for the wedding industry. Browse around on Pinterest, in magazines, or online for inspiration on your spare time. Many times, you end up with something completely different, but it good to have somewhere to start even if it is choosing a particular fabric, silhouette or just a feeling that goes along with a gown. 
Don’t: Be afraid to try something different from your initial vision. Go into appointments with an open mind. You may miss out on your dream gown by limiting yourself to only a specific style. This is particularly true if you haven't tried on before, and you spend your entire process replicating an image you pinned or ripped from a magazine.  Also, have a little faith in your consultant. They have seen their gowns on many different body types and will be able to make suggestions that will accentuate your best assets. A wedding gown not only looks, but also is constructed, like no other garment. And you will be surprised on what you end up liking!

When should I start looking for my gown?
Do:  Allow yourself enough time. Gowns typically take 4-6 months to arrive. Then add 1-3 months of alterations. Bridal portraits happen at least a month before the wedding. Then plan for any changes that may happen (i.e. shoe change, extra cleaning, extra alterations). We always recommend brides purchase 10 to 12 months before the wedding. 
Don’t: Start before you are prepared to choose but also do not start too late. Getting started on knocking things off that long wedding to-do list is a great thing and we highly suggest it, but if you aren't prepared to purchase a gown, wait until you are ready. Starting early so you can see "everything" out there can really turn out to be a disservice and all those white gowns will start to run together. Wedding gowns are so beautiful and falling in love with a gown will be natural, so when you do...say yes! On the other side of things, starting too late can accumulate stress such as rush fees, limit on gowns dependent production and/or choosing a sample that may not be your size. 

Who should I invite to my appointment?
Do: Be selective of who you choose to bring with you to appointments. Bring a small party of supporters who you value their opinion and more importantly, they value yours. Your closest family and friends will be on the same page with you when it comes to your feelings and your taste. My favorite thing to hear is when a party says, "that's so you!" The last thing you want to do during this amazing time is convince your party why the dress you have chosen is for you. If there are people you want involved in the process, invite them to your first dress fitting or your pick-up appointment. Pick-up appointments are a whole celebration on their own.
Don’t: Ignore your instincts. You know yourself better than any one. On such a special day, you want to walk down the aisle in the gown you love and feel good in. This will definitely show on the day and when looking back, you want to know your final decision was all yours. Along with the man, you're the one marrying the gown and no one else. 

What if the sample gowns don’t fit me?
Do: Keep an open mind when looking at the gowns that don’t fit properly. I always tell brides right off the bat that they have to be a little creative when looking at the samples. More often than not, the gowns are too big, too small, too stretch, etc. Bridal consultants have tons of tricks to show you what your gown will look like when it comes in but there will be some things you’ll have to use your imagination for, so try not to stress over those few wrinkles or loose crystals.
Don’t: Hesitate to ask any questions that concern you. Consultants know what gowns look like in their newer form so they tend to see the gown that will come in rather than the gown you have clipped to you. We’re always happy to address any questions you have. Unless you’re taking a gown off the rack, keep in mind your gown will be much brighter, newer and more fitted to you.

Should my gown match my venue?
Do: Focus on how you feel in the gown. If you’ve fallen in love with a gown, close your eyes and imagine yourself on your wedding day. You will find that many gowns will fit in most venues. Who is to say you cannot pull off a ball gown on the beach?
Don’t: Rule out a gown because you think it won't fit into your wedding. If you love the way you look in a lace sheath but you think it won't match your grand ballroom reception, consider throwing on a sparkly Swarovski belt, earrings and a cathedral length veil. Accessories will top off your final look. At the end of it all, you will be the main focus of the entire extravaganza not the venue or even the gown.

What if there are more out there I haven't seen?
Do: Open yourself up to other options, but stop when you’ve found the one. I love to tell the story of a bride I’ve worked with for her very first appointment. We pulled about 15 gowns but as soon as she slipped on Watters “Kerry,” she declared it the one. One appointment, one gown…it can really be that simple. I hate to be cliché, but when you know, you know. And why not keep that momentum going and knock this very big TO-DO off your list? Making the jump may seem hard, but it will make the rest of the planning much easier. You won't think of other gowns that are out there. You will be too busy with your other 100+ decisions you'll have to make. You can then focus on the bridesmaid dresses, decor, etc. 
Don’t: Be afraid to purchase when you've found it. You've made a bridal appointment to narrow down your options and ultimately make a purchase decision. We always say, "there is such thing as trying on too many gowns." If you need to try on more, 3 bridal salons is a good number. Just think: 3 salons and 10-12 gowns at each salon is 30-36 gowns! Do you keep dating after you’ve found the one? If you’ve found your dream gown, enjoy that weight that was taken off your shoulders. Not to mention, waiting can result in disappointments such as discontinued styles, samples being sold and price increases.

What do I bring to my bridal appointment?
Do: Come prepared. When making your appointment, ask if the salon has shoes, strapless bras, or anything else you think you will need to help you see the full look. If they don't, bring a few things along. If you want to wear super high heels, bring a pair with a similar height to the ones you plan to wear. If you're wearing your mother's veil as your something old, pack it neatly with you. Wear the proper undergarments as you will need help slipping in and out of these gowns. Also, consider coming with hair and makeup done. Looking good and feeling good come hand-in-hand. When you have all the same essentials as you will on your wedding day, choosing a gown will be just a little bit easier. Plus, you'll want to take a ton of pictures of you in your gown when you say "yes!"

        How do I know when it is the right time to say “yes”?
Do: Say “yes” when the gown feels right. Close your eyes in the gown and imagine your fiancé at the other end of the aisle. Do you see his face lighting up when he sees you in the gown? Do you feel beautiful and comfortable? If the answer is yes and you're in a sample gown, can you imagine how you will feel on the day of your wedding? Also, tears are a definite indication it is your gown but....
Don’t: Wait for tears. This goes for both the bride and the party. We've all heard someone in the party say, "You'll know it's the one once you have it on." While this is true for some brides, it just isn't the case for all brides. If you aren't a cryer in your everyday life, the tears that will tell you a gown is "it" may never come. The same in true for the company you've brought with you. Waiting for your mother to cry can make you lose focus on how much you like a gown. High expectations of the clouds parting when you have a gown on can often lead to disappointments. Sometimes, the best indications are simply when a gown makes you happy, you feel beautiful in it, you want your fiancé to see you in it and you do not want to take it off.

Tina Le, Bridal Consultant & Social Media Manager

Antonio Gual for Tulle New York Trunk Show


      Inspired by the gracefulness of the koi fish, Antonio Gual's latest collection for Tulle New York displays exquisite femininity and quiet sophistication through its wispy fabrications, fluid trains, and plunging backs. Gowns with tiers of silk chiffon, flowing tulle a-line skirts, and cascading, lace-ruffled backs mimic the fluency from which it was inspired while still keeping silhouettes body-conscious, feminine and contemporary. 

       During next week's trunk show, you can expect everything from mermaid skirts to ball gowns.  So whether you're planning your nuptials in a beautiful, botanical garden or a grand ballroom with a black tie only requirement, we think Tulle has something to offer your special day. 

...And just for you Mia Musers, here is a first look at some of the gowns from the "Koi" collection:

Dora
Lisa
Sophie
Brielle

To see the rest of the collection, please call (713) 622-2022 to schedule an appointment with one of our expert consultants. 

-Tina Le, Social Media Manager

 
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