Cleobella Founder Angela O’Brien Shares Her Favorite Bridal Pieces for Every Pre-Wedding Event

By Lauren Armstrong | Photography by

Andie Kratzer

Cleobella—a clothing and accessories brand that draws inspiration from around the globe—released its 2021 Bridal Collection less than a month ago and is now available to shop on Over The Moon! The assortment features PJs and lounge sets (perfect for your getting-ready suite), dresses, separates, scarves, a handbag, a scrunchie, and much more. To celebrate the launch, we asked co-founder Angela O’Brien to pick her favorite pieces for wedding-related events.


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The husband-and-wife team, Angela and Jim O’Brien, founded Cleobella in 2006 as a way to preserve heritage techniques in textile creation and share the talents of artists and makers across the world. 15 years later, the company has transformed in many ways since its origin but remains true to its roots: celebrating femininity through apparel and accessories that look as good as they make you feel. Designed with sustainable fabrics that are biodegradable and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified, Cleobella’s pieces are good for the environment and for your wedding wardrobe. Below, Angela sounds off on what to wear to every pre- and post-wedding event on your agenda.

Engagement Party

For your engagement party, O’Brien suggests the Lucca Mini Dress. Handmade in India with organic cotton, the smocked top and textured eyelet finish make this a perfect transitional piece that’s oh-so-easy to style. Pair with comfortable heels to dance the night away or fancy flats for an effortless “I-just-returned-from-Monte-Carlo” vibe.

Engagement Photos

O’Brien loves everything about the Magdalena Wrap. The paisley pattern, removable quilted sash belt, and playful flared hem all make for darling details on this dress. Wear with lace-up sandals, soft waves, and translucent makeup for a natural aesthetic that captures you (and your fiancé) in your element during your engagement photoshoot.

Bridal Shower

Keep it sweet with the Arabella Mini Dress, suggests O’Brien. This flirty little number can be dressed up or down. Pair with statement earrings and strappy heels for a festive look at your bridal shower that you can later rewear with white sneakers and a denim jacket tossed over your shoulders for a casual take on the LWD (that’d be Little White Dress).

Bachelorette Weekend

We all know your bachelorette weekend is the time to truly have some fun with your pre-wedding looks. Enter: the Lila Top and Kali Pant. Made in a crisp white hemp, O’Brien notes that this set can be worn together or separately, giving you plenty of options—and more space—in your luggage. Slip on some sandals and your go-to sunglasses for a beach getaway with your bridal party. Once the sun sets, layer with delicate gold jewelry for a night out on the town.

Getting Ready

Start the morning off on a stylish note by gifting your bridal party the Capella Set in a variety of pretty hues—ivory for the bride, but of course, and Killarney beige and blue for your BFFs. Featuring a hand-woodblock print with unabashedly romantic ruffles, this set is perfect to wear while getting ready for the big day.


Packing for your honeymoon last-minute? Fret not: Simply stash the Petal Mini Dress in your suitcase and you are good to go. With the right accessories, this frock can move seamlessly from day to night, Style with sandals while shopping in St. Barths—then lace-up heels and an embellished clutch for dinner by the water with your new hubby.

Shop Angela O’Brien’s picks below and see more of Cleobella’s Bridal Collection in our shop!