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4 Bridal Clutches from Sarah Kay Love’s Amalfi Coast Wedding Week 

It's a story made for an early 2000s Rom-Com. Leading wedding industry expert Sarah Kay Love established herself in New York City, working for InStyle magazine, photographer Nigel Barker of "America's Next Top Model" fame, and most recently, the premiere wedding publication The Knot. After over seven years in the wedding world, Love finally found — love. 

With top connections in the bridal space, she turned to Gabrielle Hurwitz, coveted bridal stylist, to curate the wedding outfits of her dreams. With the destination wedding in Italy, Hurwitz worked with Creative Director of The Bella Rosa Collection Maria Caruso Martin to develop unique, Italian handmade clutches for each event leading up to the big day. Keep reading to learn more about the inspiration behind each handbag.  

1. The Rosa Hummingbird Clutch with Custom Embroidery

Location: Palazzo Avino
Wedding event: The Hummingbird-Inspired Dinner 

 

 


2. The Raffia Clutch

Location: Da Paulino Restuarant
Wedding event: Capri Lemon Luncheon 

Sarah Kay Love holding Rafina Bella Rosa Handbag

Taking inspiration from the location, Love wanted to pay homage to the citrus fruit synonymous with the Amalfi Coast — the bright and happy lemon. The wedding party boarded a speed boat to Capri to enjoy a private lunch at Da Paulino, famous for its lemon grove. 

Love wore the custom clutch complemented by the lemon-motif Dolce and Gabbana gown and matching earrings Hurwitz picked out for this event. "We knew we had to incorporate lemons into a theme during the wedding week," Love said. "The Raffia Clutch kept the look feeling fresh and casual." 

3. The True Love Bella Pearl Clutch

Location: The Belmond Caruso
Wedding event: The Rehearsal Dinner 

 

 

With over 1,100 pearls hand-sewn, the white pearl bridal clutch had over 40 hours of craft to complete Love's look for the rehearsal dinner. Hurwitz paired the clutch with Jennnifer Behr earrings to reference Love's first date "under a pink moon" and a pair of pearl Jimmy Choo heels. 

"Gabrielle [Hurwitz] and I were both speechless when the clutch arrived," Love said. "The detail and expertise were exquisite! Maria is truly an expert in her craft, and I am so grateful to her!"

"The detail and expertise were exquisite! Maria is truly an expert in her craft, and I am so grateful to her!"

The Bella Rosa x Gabrielle Hurwitz collaboration now offers a Bella Rosa exclusive, the 'True Love' clutch. It takes ten weeks of dedicated production for this unique clutch to be meticulously handcrafted in Italy. 

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4. Limoncello Yellow Satin Bella Clutch

Inspired by Italy's Amalfi Coast, a coastline featuring terraced vineyards and cliffside lemon groves, the bold yellow bridal handbag features a refreshing pop of color. Crafted with duchess satin by Italian artisans, the celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger wore the design first during her Miami wedding weekend.  

Love carried this gorgeous yellow satin clutch on her honeymoon week. Need help planning your bridal looks? Download our complimentary Bridal Planning Tool to effortless plan all your bridal looks from engagement party to honeymoon.

 

Bespoke x The Bella Rosa Collection 

The Bella Rosa Collection knows the importance of honoring heritage and believes every bride deserves to own a personalized clutch to remember the people there to love and support you on your wedding day — in person or in spirit. Creative Director Maria Caruso Martin works with each bride to design each couture bridal clutch and evening bag. 

Select from four stunning materials — Italian Duchess Satin to hand-sewn pearls — and choose a gold or silver frame to complement the mother-of-pearl clasp. All of Bella Rosa's Bespoke bags offer a custom sentiment plaque laser engraved with a wedding sentiment, and Love's message didn't disappoint: 

 Under a Pink Moon custom engraving for bridal clutch

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Sophia Bush Got Married and We're in Love with Her Wedding Clutch

Sophia Bush brings flower power a whole new meaning. On June 11, Sophia and her now-husband Grant Hughes married in Tulsa, Oklahoma in a floral-themed ceremony that brought together their family heritage, commitment to activism, and deep love for each other. 

The ceremony took place at the Philbrook Museum of Art — and Sophia’s accessories fit right in. She incorporated multiple bridal looks throughout the wedding weekend, and The Bella Rosa Collection had the honor of being part of her special day with three bridal clutch bags. 

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The whole weekend was filled with bespoke touches that made time special for everyone involved. Friday night, the couple hosted guests for an evening of dinner and music for some good ol’ bonding so that everyone could really celebrate together on Saturday. Styled in a “bling” outfit, Sophia went with Bella Rosa’s silver clutch to bring even more sparkle to the evening.

Sophia Bush Bridal Shimmer Silver Bella Clutch

 

Sophia told Vogue, “When thinking about the purpose of our wedding, we wanted our community that pours into us to pour into a community at large that we love and that deserves all our attention.”

From a large Italian family, Sophia wanted her heritage to be included to honor “where we come from and how we are all coming together to map where we are going.” Monique Lilliuer personally designed a floral embroidered veil with peach “Oklahoma tea roses, deep orange California poppies, warm green Italian olives, and butterfly ranunculus” — each signature flower represented a family member so they could be with her as she walked down the aisle. 

 

 

Sophia turned to The Bella Rosa Collection’s Creative Director Maria Caruso Martin to design a matching accessory for the special day. Maria used a sketch of the heritage flower pattern to reference for the custom embroidery for Sophia’s bespoke wedding day clutch

“I selected a specific section of the pattern to properly align with the Bella Clutch, and when I sent it to our atelier to embroider the flowers they included a tiny honey bee,” Maria said. “Sophia and Grant have a honey bee farm, so this detail was so important to include in the embroidery.” 

Sophia Bush wedding bridal clutch sketching with custom wedding floral pattern embroidery.

 

Sophia asked for a “punch of color,” so together, Maria and Sophia selected the Bella Rosa “Pink Sky” satin as the base fabric. Her gown was a soft shade of pink with a signature Monique Lilliuer flower print of roses native to Italy. 

“We decided to add flowers on top of flowers with a deeper shade of pink for the base fabric,” Maria said. “The result was simply magic.” 

Shades of tangerine and pink were mixed into the florals and the combination of colors set against the pink satin created a “warm, romantic and tender” look.  

“I worked closely with Sophia to find the perfect color like I do with all of my clients to make it special and unique to them,” Maria said. “We also offer custom designs for your bridesmaid clutch bags where you can match the color of their dresses exactly.”

 

Sophia Bush bridal handbag with custom engraving for wedding day.

 

Sophia selected “A Sunday kind of love” with their wedding date — a reference to their first dance to friend Jack Garratt playing a rendition of “Sunday Kind of Love” by Etta James. 

Sophia Bush honeymoon bridal clutch in African Zebra Wood.

 

Sophia carried Bella Rosa’s first-edition Zebra Wood Bella Clutch throughout her honeymoon with an African inscription that read ‘Alkebulan S 2022 G’, to pay tribute to the original ancient name of Africa which translates to “mother of mankind” or “the garden of Eden.”

 

The Bella Clutch will feature this limited wood series exclusively through Fashion Kind where Sophia is co-founder. Read more details about Sophia Bush and Grant Hughes’ Tulsa wedding in Vogue

The Bella Rosa Collection is a premium line of bespoke, custom bridal and evening clutches and handbags that preserves Italian luxury in a small-batch, sustainable fashion.

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Creating Custom, Bespoke Bridal Accessories for Celebrity Stylist, Micaela Erlanger – As Seen In Vogue Weddings

Celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger and fiancé William “Mac” Osborne tied the knot in April 2022 in Miami, Florida. Vows were exchanged, love was shared, and the style was…superb. Consider Micaela’s wedding the Met Gala of the wedding industry. A three-day wedding weekend as seen in VOGUE featured a luxurious itinerary including poolside synchronized swimmer performance, guests arriving to the rehearsal dinner by floating tiki boats, a welcome party under the stars, a performance by Grammy award-winning artist Common, and more. 

Tom Ford once said, “Dressing well is a form of good manners.” If you believe this to be true, Micaela Erlanger is at the top of the list with her mannerisms and client list including the likes of Meryl Streep to Diane Kruger.

With all eyes on her wedding weekend wardrobe, it was a privilege to partner with Micaela to create multiple bespoke bridal clutches for her breathtaking looks and her dearest friends and family.

Read on for a complete guide to each look, as well as style details that have left us swooning

01 – A dinner with the wedding party at Nikki Beach.

One of the very first activities of Micaela and Mac’s wedding weekend included a private dinner with the wedding party at Nikki Beach. 

When Micaela and I began the custom design process for her clutch, we knew she would need something sleek, something that could easily be paired with a bold patterned dress, and something show stopping. This would be Micaela’s “opening look.” 

Micaela wore a vintage dress from the  SS2000 Gianni Versace runway show, worn by Amber Valetta and most famously known as the iconic Versace J. Lo dress. 

With the finest Italian craftsmen, we were able to create what Micaela and I have referred to as the Gold Brick. This custom clutch felt sophisticated  and modern, and paired perfectly with the tropical  look. 

Micaela Erlanger with gold brick clutch from The Bella Rosa Collection

02 – A poolside party at The Goodtime Hotel. 

After a day relaxing by the pool, guests returned to The Goodtime Hotel for an evening poolside party featuring food, drinks, and the world’s most glamorous water entertainment – synchronized swimmers

Styling only the best of the best, Micaela paired the vintage FW1995 Versace dress – most famously worn by Kate Moss when she closed the show with a custom blue Bella Rosa oval clutch. With Versace kindly offering the bodice of the dress to assist with color matching, Micaela traveled to our team in Italy and worked closely together to create an elegant extension of the dress, designing the clutch to be the exact color of the Versace dress. 

The final color selection was found in Florence, and Micaela was able to personally approve the satin. 

 Micaela Erlanger with Italian handmade blue satin clutch from The Bella Rosa Collection

03 – A Wedding Welcome Party Under the Stars.

Following the rehearsal dinner, wedding guests arrived at The Standard for a welcome party under the stars. Micaela and Mac planned a romantic evening filled with dancing; on the dock of the Biscayne Bay.

Arriving in a vintage Dior Haute Couture dress adorned with three-dimensional silk yellow flowers, Micaela introduced our signature Bella Clutch in Limoncello effortlessly. This custom satin clutch suited the dreamy Dior daisy dress perfectly, and the pop of color completed the look. The Bella Clutch silhouette was crafted with a gold frame and our signature clasp - which is available for purchase now. 

 Micaela Erlanger with Italian satin Yellow clutch from The Bella Rosa Collection

04 – Micaela Erlanger’s Wedding Day

Micaela Erlanger and William “Mac” Osborne tied the knot with a beautiful celebration of unity, filled with show-stopping, fashion moments at the historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. 

Micaela wore three breathtaking looks on her wedding day, all custom designed with Prada. As for the bridesmaids, our Bella Clutch was selected as a gift for the bridal party. Our duchess satin was color matched by Micaela to perfectly match the custom bridesmaids’ Markarian dresses. While working with Micaela on these bridesmaid clutches, the idea of a tonal accessory led us to selecting the perfect sage shade for the clutch. 

Micaela Erlanger and bridesmaids from wedding holding Italian satin bridal clutches in green and blue

Micaela’s mom was given a special silhouette for her Bella Clutch, one that would complete the mother of the bride look. During a design meeting with Micaela in Milan, our team presented several silhouette options. Selecting one that felt perfectly fitting, we were able to custom color match the MOB dress with an elegant, bespoke clutch. 

Micaela Erlanger and mother of the bride with satin bridal clutches from The Bella Rosa Collection 

More to Come… 

Micaela Erlanger’s private client division of her styling business focuses on fashion styling for brides and weddings. She truly understands the importance of quality craftsmanship, something that the Bella Rosa team prioritizes. Partnering with Micaela to create multiple bespoke bridal clutches, as well as custom gifts for her family and bridesmaids to wear throughout her wedding weekend was a true honor and privilege. 

This partnership springboarded a very special friendship and forthcoming project. Allow us to tease the introduction of Micaela Erlanger x Bella Rosa.

 

Coming Soon. 

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