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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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How to Plan Multiple Bridal Looks in 5 Easy Steps 

More brides are choosing to incorporate multiple outfit changes during the wedding day, from ceremony to reception to dance party. For others, it's a whole week of celebrations to consider, from welcome dinners to rehearsals and more. 

Anne Lee, the principal planner at Daughter of Design and founder of Plannie.com, told Brides Magazine that multiple bridal looks could help "bridge the overarching aesthetic of the events.” The decision comes with extra planning so keep reading for the first five steps to start planning out your outfits for the wedding day, week, or longer!

 

1. Figure Out Your Bridal Style

We love any excuse to get on Pinterest, and now is one of them. The same way you approached the design of your wedding week, you want to create a mood board to gather inspiration. Ask yourself, what kind of bride do you want to be? Whether bohemian like Kate Moss or luxe like Chrissy Teigen, this will give you an idea of the style you gravitate towards and determine the style you want to accomplish. Explore bridal mood boards, styling ideas, and dreamy inspiration on our Pinterest.

Bella Rosa Collection Pinterest

2. Ground the Bridal Looks with a Core Element  

Even maximalists know that to look "together," there needs to be a common thread. While each event deserves to be treated as unique, planning out the element that ties your bridal looks together will be a godsend when combing through the photographs later. Similar to how you'd select a color palette or theme for your wedding — like barnyard chic or roaring 20s — you want to align with the wedding party. 

3. Find Make-up and HairStyles to Elevate Your Looks

From natural to bold, make-up and hair are significant elements of your bridal looks. The best make-up artist won't let you leave their chair without passing you a lipstick or spray to reapply later. Even the most potent products wear off after a day of eating, drinking, and sweating on the dance floor. When prepping your outfit, the realities of having practical pockets are slim-to-none, so consider accessories that are both beautiful and functional to hold these excess items. 

The Bella Rosa clutch is a way to carry the essentials without clashing with your perfectly curated appearance. Work directly with Creative Director Maria Caruso Martin to design and match a bespoke bag to your dress before it's sent to Italy to be hand-stitched by talented artisans. 

Bella Clutch bridal handbag open to show what can fit inside.

4. Consider Hiring a Bridal Stylist 

When hiring a bridal stylist, you want to ensure your style aligns with theirs, so don't be afraid to ask for examples of their work. Also, chemistry is everything with your bridal stylist because they're going to be the fashion-forward bestie that will tell you, "Absolutely not that dress" when needed. There's a level of comfort that will allow for collaboration so you can make your wedding dreams come true. 

The Bella Rosa Collection offers brides the absolute best in our bridal styling in bridal collection and limited edition releases of specialty bridal handbags.  Explore our exclusive designer collaborations with top bridal stylists Joy Proctor, and Gabrielle Hurwitz.

Get exclusive pre-release invites to designer collaborations, 'Insider only' invitations, and complimentary fabric samples as a Bella Rosa Insider.

 

5. Download the Bridal Look Planner

It's okay not to know everything right now. Planning a wedding takes a team, so planning multiple bridal looks can feel daunting. You're not just saying "Yes to the dress" but also yes to the rehearsal dinner jumpsuit and the cocktail dress for the bridal shower. The free Bridal Look Planner is filled with expert tips to help you plan your wedding event outfits, so you have one less headache to worry about with planning. 

Woman holding Bella Rosa Collection Multiple Look Bridal Planner

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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. 

Download our Multiple Look Bridal Planner, a free styling guide for your wedding. 

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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The Making of a Bespoke Clutch

The Bella Rosa Collection offers more than just in-stock luxury bridal clutches. In fact, Bespoke by Bella Rosa is an experience, a tailored experience, if you will. With each custom clutch handcrafted with precision by artisans  in Italy, no two are ever alike. Our Bespoke services offer brides, stylists and fashion-forward women the opportunity to work alongside our team to create a one-of-a-kind handbag, for your wedding day, honeymoon, a red-carpet event, or social celebration.

Perhaps you’re a bride-to-be, seeking a unique, bridal clutch for your various events? Or, you’re simply questioning what ‘bespoke’ really means? Allow us to solve your curiosity. Read on for everything you’ll need to know about our custom handbag  process.

White bridal bag embroidered with floral pattern by the Bella Rosa Collection

Bespoke Bella Rosa Clutch, made for Sarah Kay Love
Photography By – Rebecca Yale

 

01. Bespoke Custom Design Consultation Request

Where to begin? Let’s start here. 

Customization and personalization of our signature Bella Clutch is always an option to create something unique to you. If you’re seeking further customizations for a truly one of a kind luxury clutch or accessory, allow The Bella Rosa Collection to welcome you to a design consultation with owner and founder and creative director, Maria Caruso-Martin. Maria will collect details, from your personal style to your event details. Perhaps you have a personalized motif or monogram for your wedding? Will florals play a role in your event, and if so, would you like to bring them to life in your clutch? Simply fill out this form and together, we’ll bring your vision to life.

 

02. One of a Kind Details

The Bella Rosa Collection Bespoke service is completely tailored to you. We’re simply here to make your dream come true by offering endless possibilities to personalize every detail of your couture bridal handbag, including the customization of  material, shape, hardware, embroidery, and engraving.

 

03. Sourcing Your Materials

You are welcome to select your custom handbag color from our array of duchess satin options. If you are seeking a unique , one of a kind color, our exclusive network of Italian craftsmen and artisans can handpick materials until we’ve found the perfect match. From satin to wood, velvet and more – we’ll make your vision come to fruition.

Custom Italian satin color for a Bespoke Bridal Clutch.

Bespoke Bella Rosa Clutch, made for Micaela Erlanger

Photography By – Christian Oth Studio

Similar to when we designed multiple handbags for the wedding weekend of Celebrity Stylist Micaela Erlanger, Micaela traveled to Milan for a special fitting with Versace where our team met with her to ensure the color match of her Vintage FW1995 Versace dress styled for one of her wedding events. Our talented team in Italy sourced the final color selection for Micaela’s bespoke clutch  in Florence, and Micaela was able to personally approve the satin. 

If this is the personalized approach you’re searching for, please get in touch with our team.

 

04. Handcrafted in Italy

Each clutch from The Bella Rosa Collection is handcrafted in Florence, Italy by the top craftsmen and artists. 

Maria Caruso-Martin shares, “After the design consultation, I present an approved hand sketch of the clutch to the craftsmen in Italy – featuring notes and dimensions, accompanied by inspiration photographs and mood boards. If custom fabric is needed, the Bella Rosa team will source the fabric and send a sample swatch board for the client to make the final material selection. Once finalized, CAD drawings and 3D color renders are provided for approval – which leads us to the production phase.” 

Each Bespoke bridal clutch is one of a kind, which in turn slows the fashion cycle and helps to minimize waste and reduce overproduction.

 

 

 

05. Fulfillment 

Each couture handbag is delivered within 6-8 weeks, depending on the complexity of the design. Full transparency and communication is provided throughout the process. We love sending sneak peeks throughout the design process, as we know how important a custom, luxury handbag truly is.

 

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A Dive Into The Joy Proctor x Bella Rosa Collection

The making of the Original Hat Box and working alongside top designer Joy Proctor.

The Original Hat Box the first product in The Joy Proctor x Bella Rosa Collection — was specially made for women on the go, sounding all too familiar to Bella Rosa Founder, Maria Caruso-Martin. The Joy Proctor x Bella Rosa Collection was not complete without a 14 hour travel day, a missed flight due to extreme weather, a 3 hour phone call with the airline staff, and many, many more long days of hard work. It’s expected, though — this is just the reality of creating something handcrafted in Italy.

 

 

Named a top designer by Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Paris, Martha Steward, and BRIDES Magazine, Joy Proctor is a world renowned Creative Director, Wedding Designer, Editorial Stylist, Product Designer, and most importantly, a kind soul and dear friend. Prior to launching Joy Proctor Design, Joy had a booming hatbox business, Trousseau & Company. 

It had since been her dream to revisit the idea again – this time working alongside another female entrepreneur wanting to cater toward the modern woman. “As two champions of female advocacy, it has been a great journey to collaborate with Maria, Founder of the Bella Rosa Collection, to create something for women, by women,” Joy shared. 

 

Maria Caruso Martin and Joy Proctor pose for photo together.

 

As the two worked side-by-side offering their hands-on experience, The Original Hat Box was born. Crafted with white genuine leather with an embossed tag, the hatbox features silk detailing and metal hardware and is made in small batches by the finest Italian artisans, as part of Bella Rosa’s commitment to slowing the fashion cycle through purposeful, sustainable manufacturing. Each purchase will give back to VOW for Girls and boMake Rural Projects, two charities close to the hearts of the designers.

 

Sketches and drawings of the Joy Proctor x The Bella Rosa Collection Hatbox

 

This handbag was designed for individuals  with a deep appreciation for travel, whether by plane, train or car. Wherever your jet-setting takes you, usher in new adventures with this sophisticated, modern Hat Box - the first product in The Joy Proctor x Bella Rosa Collection. Available for pre-order on the Bella Rosa Collection and on Over the Moon.

 

Joy Proctor x The Bella Rosa Collection Original Hatbox in white leather.

Photography by Laura Gordon

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