4 Tips for taking Maternity Photos

Maternity photos are a wonderful way to document your life during pregnancy. Hopefully, you’re enjoying the glow of pregnancy and want to capture it. However, even if you aren’t feeling your best, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be photographed.

Here are some tips for taking maternity photos.

1. Location

First, decide on a location that you would like to take pictures. I have always preferred natural light and taking my pictures outside. However, some prefer the comfort and privacy of their own home and others prefer a studio for a more formal vibe. All three are great locations and your pictures will look beautiful.

2. Timing

The best time to schedule a maternity photoshoot is when the belly is large, but not too big. This is typically in Months 7 and 8. At this point your belly will be big and beautiful but not too big where it is hard to move around or pose for a picture.

3. Feeling Beautiful

I think the most important thing is that you feel beautiful, when we feel beautiful inside and out it will shine through in your photos. So buy the dress you love, get your hair done, and put on some makeup.

4. Attire

I suggest wearing a solid color, a pattern would be too busy and take the focus away from your bump. Avoid wearing anything too trendy you don’t want to look back at your photos and think why did I wear that? I prefer simple flowy dresses or a tighter floor length dress that showcases your bump. Some of my favorite dresses are from Rachel Pally http://www.rachelpally.com, Sew Trendy http://www.sewtrendy.com, and of course Nuova Vita http://www.nuovavita.com.

Pictures last a lifetime so take this moment to cradle your baby bump and take the moment to connect to your baby bump. The twinkle in your heart and eyes will shine through in your photos.

XO – Francesca


How to Find the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress: Part Two

As I previously discussed, finding the right bridesmaid gown can be daunting. Everyone has a different style, theme and location for their wedding, so how does a bride choose the perfect look?

Patterns – I am seeing more patterns being introduced into bridesmaid dresses.  I can picture these dresses in a garden wedding, country wedding, or a beach wedding.


Mix ‘n’ Match – Whether you want to mix and match with the same gown and styled differently for each bridesmaid, or styled the same but in different colors, Nuova Vita’s convertible style gowns are ideal for bridesmaids who want to wear a bridesmaid gown that they can wear again. View our convertible gowns here.

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Sparkle – Those who want a bit of sparkle for their wedding should choose a standout gown. The ladies will look glamorous with understated accessories and flowers. The gowns are the showcase.


Lace – Lace will always be classy and glamorous. Seen as romantic, lace would be the perfect option for a traditional or beach wedding.


Two piece – For a chic, fashion forward ,non-traditional bridesmaid dress, a two piece is another eye-catching option.


Happy Hunting!

XO – Francesca

How to Find the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress: Part One


Hunting for bridesmaid dresses can be one of the most difficult parts of the wedding planning process. Before you decide what style of bridesmaid dresses you want, here are three important points to consider:

  1. The location of your wedding,
  2. The theme of your wedding,
  3. And finally, but most importantly, your personal style.

The location of your wedding

Location. Location. Location. Once you pick out the perfect backdrop for your perfect day, the rest of the pieces should fall into place. The location helps guide you on the style and color of the bridesmaid gown.

For example, a scenic, lush, mountain view wedding would pair perfectly with bold colored bridesmaid gowns to capture the background.

A beach wedding might have bridesmaids wear something a bit softer, maybe soft, pastel colors, so the crystal blue water will pop in the photos.

Whereas a white winter wedding could suggest something a bit more glamorous, yet completely warm, for the bridesmaids, such as a fur coats or sequin gowns.

The theme of your wedding

The theme of the wedding can help guide you towards choosing the right bridesmaid gown for your girls.

For a beach wedding, the dresses could be flowy and airy. A traditional Church wedding could have the opposite effect: maybe choose something simple yet glamorous to match with the decor of the Church or reception room.

Your personal style

Your personal style needs to be at the front of your mind when selecting bridesmaid gowns.
Here are three questions to ask yourself:

What do you like to wear?
Would you enjoy seeing these colors, patterns, and styles at your wedding?
Would you wear it?

Tomorrow, I will be talking about the how to coordinate your style with your bridesmaids style thus creating a beautiful and cohesive wedding party.

xoxo Francesca


Three Ways to Style Your Bridesmaids So They Stand Out!

Have you ever been to a wedding where the bridesmaids wore different dresses?
Have you ever been on Pinterest and saw a photograph of a stunning bridal party wearing the same color dress with different accessories?

The options are endless when it comes to styling your bridesmaids, and each look can be achieved in a fairly simple fashion.

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Same dress, different lengths

Remember, each of your bridesmaids are different; different bodies, personalities, and tastes. Your bridal party doesn’t have to have the “one style fits all” bridesmaid gown. They can feel comfortable and beautiful too! The photos will look even more spectacular with bridesmaids who look and feel fantastic.

Check out three different ways you can make your bridesmaids stand out:

1. Mix and Match: The color of the dress is not the only thing you can play with. Pick your favorite designer, color, and fabric and have your bridesmaids choose the style they would like to wear. Or, if you are feeling extra brave, you can play with different dress materials, or mix and match all three.

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 Nuovavita Signature Convertible Gown – same color, different styles
2. Choose a color/theme: If there is a color theme for your big day, be sure to base the colors of the mismatched dress in various tones of that central color. You can search the internet for different color tones and themes that will coordinate with your wedding.
Play with different materials

3. Tie it all together: Select a uniform element that each girl can wear. It could be a piece of jewelry such as necklace, bracelet, or earrings. Or you can have the bridesmaids wear the same shoes or hairstyle. It’s ultimately up to you, but any way you go, these suggestions will tie your look together.


Of course, there are many options when it comes to mismatched bridesmaid gowns.

Same designer, different dress

Same dress in different colors
Same dress in different lengths
Same dress, different accessories or beauty looks

Same color, different dress
Same color, different textures, and/or patterns
Same color, length, fabric, different dress 

Same Dress Same Color - but convertible dress is an option

If you are looking for beautiful bridesmaid dresses, contact me for a much-loved result.

XO – Francesca


Why Shop at Nuova Vita?

When shopping online, it can become hard to determine which company stands above the rest. When it comes to buying bridesmaid gowns for your very own special and amazing wedding day, having faith and confidence that the gowns you choose are made to your expectations, is very important.
View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/frezzaweddingNuova Vita’s happy customers!
Here is the truth, I know my gowns are beautiful to wear, glamorous to see and hand-made to a high quality standard. I only promise on what I can deliver and what I can give is high quality, excellent customer service and a dress you will adore.
For me, designing a gown for a group of bridesmaids to wear at a wedding, makes me smile. I picture them smiling as they walk down the isle, laughing during the photos and dancing at the reception. Creating memories in dresses I created for such a special event, touches my heart. When I create maternity gown’s, I know that the person who wears it, will smile softly and proudly as they witness life’s miracle grow within. Memories that will be forever etched in their minds, remembering not only the joys of their child’s first kick but also remembering the glow they felt from feeling beautiful wearing one of my maternity dresses. For those women who are seeking more than a dress, but one that can be styled multiple ways to wear to special events, then wearing one of my signature convertible gown’s is a great choice.
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Nuova Vita is different because I am the owner, designer and creator of Nuova Vita, everything that I sell is a design or style that I absolutely love. I only use quality fabric that is soft to touch and a delight to wear. I do have the help of a Seamstress and together we ensure attention to detail and provide quality garments that are made in the USA and sold around the world. I deliver high customer service by working directly with you to provide the end result you seek. I will go out of my way to find the color you are looking for and can even make a custom dress for you.
As Nuova Vita is a small business, I am able to offer you a variety of options when you purchase, such as choosing the color you want and the length of the dress. So if you love a particular style gown, you can ensure the color fits the theme of your event, whether its for a wedding, wearing during maternity or wearing for a special occasion.
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Another picture of Nuova Vita’s happy customers!
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Francesca XO