Behind the Scenes at Sealed With A Kiss: Fall Bridal Market!

From Left to Right: Pat, Susan, Callie and Jennie at the Modern Trousseau New York Show Room during Spring Bridal Market

It’s that time of year again! This weekend is Bridal Market in New York City, which means our owner and a few lucky staff members get to make the drive up to the Big Apple to check out the latest in bridal fashion. While attending market is always fun and exciting, we’re there to work. This is the time we carefully select which designers and dresses we want to carry in our boutique, and it’s one of the most important aspects of our job. The designers we choose to carry and the specific styles we decide to order for our shop are a direct reflection of who we are as a boutique, so the pressure is on to choose wisely.

Before bridal market even begins we have to research and speak to the designers we already carry and designers we’re considering carrying, in order to make an appointment to view their collection. There are hundreds of fashion shows and viewings going on at the same time, making it impossible to see them all, so a lot of thought goes into deciding whose collections we’ll see and whose we won’t. Two of the most important things we take into consideration are the designers reputation for quality craftsmanship and their willingness to make their designs “bespoke,” so that they are easily customized to suit the needs and styles of our brides.

Jennie, Susan, Paula and Pat at the Paula Varsalona NYC Studio

Our owner Susan is the designer of our in-house Sorbello Couture collection, so she has an eye for fabrics and construction, and she hand selects every piece we carry in our store. She’s developed close relationships with many designers during her time in the industry, and we find that our close partnerships with them ultimately benefit our brides.  It especially comes in handy during bridal market, since many of the designers we work with will invite us to their private work rooms to view the collections, and this means we can get up close and personal with the designs in a way we wouldn’t have an opportunity to do during just a runway show. Getting such an in depth look at the designs means we know what changes can be made to the dresses and fabrics, we know what styles are up and coming, and we can assure our brides that they’re getting great quality because we have seen how these gowns are designed and crafted.

We can’t wait to see what bridal market has in store for us, and we’ll be working hard all weekend to be sure we choose only the best gowns for our brides. We’ll be sharing pictures straight from the runway and workrooms so that you can see everything that we’re up to, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. NYC here we come!

Wedding Gown Style- V neck Gowns

Strapless and illusion necklines are often the most asked for wedding gown styles, but it’s about time that v-necks get some attention! If you’re the type of bride who wants the security of having straps but doesn’t want the modest look of a boat neck, the v-neck style is for you. Scroll through for some of our favorite v-neck designs from designers we carry!

  1.  We just love scalloped lace, and the scallops along the neckline of this gown make for a very romantic style ! The low back adds another beautiful element to this fitted gown.

    2. The v-neck design adds a touch of classic elegance to this tea-length gown. Perfect for the bride who wants a formal look but doesn’t like the heaviness of a full length gown.

    3. This French lace gown has a sheer v-neckline featuring hand-cut lace applique. The back features buttons that start at the end of the v-back and trail down to the end of the train.

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    4. This stunning charmeuse gown channels old Hollywood glam. Look out for the unique back!

    5.  This sultry yet elegant looks has an absolutely stunning beaded sequin chiffon top. The sheath skirt is light and flowy, and features a side split.


    6.  This flowy a-line gown has a v-neck top accented with scalloped lace, which you’ll also find adorning the hem of the skirt. Look out for the pretty gold beaded belt accenting the waist!


    7. This French chantilly lace gown features a scalloped lace v-neckline and backline. Brides also love the daring split on the front of the skirt and the delicate cap sleeves.


8.  This regal gown has a plunging v-neckline decorated with beaded appliques over metallic lace. The silk dupioni skirt features not only buttons running through the end of the train, but also pockets!

9. This v-neck gown is  a classic! It’s made from a soft and flowy milky challis fabric, and features a softly ruched bodice. The back has an ultra low u-shaped back.


Real Sealed With A Kiss bride: Jenny and Stephen


Our Sealed With A Kiss bride Jenny married her long time love Stephen on July 16, 2016. They were married right here in Charlottesville, at the Farmington Country Club.

Jenny looked absolutely fabulous in her Casablanca bridal gown. It featured a low lace covered back, and had gorgeous crystals over appliqued lace.


Friends and family came from all around to celebrate the union of these two love birds, and they all had an amazing time dancing the night away.



Congratulations Jenny and Stephen!

Featured Vendors:

Venue: Farmington Country Club

Transportation: Central Virginia Wine Tours and Camryn Limo

Photography: Bessie Black Photography

Videography: Chris Whiddon Productions

Flowers: Colonial Florist

Planner: Events by Edelina

Programs: Carlson Craft

Wedding Gown Style: Beautiful Backs

When we first ask a bride about what wedding gown styles she’s interested in, often the answer is “I want something with a beautiful back design!”. Since we love pretty details on the back too, we’ve put together this list of gowns by designers we carry that are all about that back. Whether you prefer lacy illusion or a beaded back, you’re sure to find a gown you love on this list!

  1. This 1920’s inspired design has a stunning deep illusion back covered with a gorgeous beaded lace. Brides love how glamorous they look when they try this style on!


2. This modern take on a classic fit and flare shape has one of the most stunning backs we’ve ever seen! The way the lace frames the deep illusion back makes for a different but flattering shape, and the buttons are the perfect finishing touch.


3. This design features a daringly low illusion back with lace applique details–it’s sure to wow your guests as you stand at the alter!ajkarinacollage

4. This mermaid gown features all-over pearls, crystals and sequins in a floral inspired design. The beaded back design makes this gown a stunner!


5.  Brides are sure to fall in love with the open illusion back on this gown! The embroidered design is sure to turn heads, and the jewel neckline adds a touch of elegance to the look.


6. This elegant fitted design features an ultra-low open back! We love the beaded detail on the v-neck front as well. ajravennacollage


7. Many strapless wedding gowns have gorgeous back design details as well, like this fit and flare design! It features a low scoop illusion with lace appliques.


8. This fitted gown has a back with sheer French tulle and intricate lace detail! We also love that this couture gown has all over French alencon lace.

Ask Pat: Why is saying yes to the dress so hard?

Photo Credit: Jenn Finazzo Photography

Pat: I’ve been shopping for a wedding gown for about two months now, and I just can’t seem to commit to one. At the very first shop I went to I found a dress I thought was “the one,” but didn’t want to say yes to a dress at the first store I visited–I felt like I needed to see what else was out there. Since then I have found two more dresses I really love, but I just haven’t had one of those bridal moments where I put on the dress and just know that this is the perfect one. Will I ever have one of those moments? I know I could probably be happy enough with one of the three dresses I’ve found, but how am I supposed to know which one to choose if I don’t feel more special in one than the other? What if the perfect dress is still out there and I just need to find it?

It sounds like you’re feeling overwhelmed! That tends to happen after you’ve visited a lot of bridal boutiques, and my best advice is to stop looking at new dresses. The more dresses you try on the more confused you will become, and the more you’ll begin to doubt yourself. This will just make deciding on a gown even more difficult.

I know many brides expect to have that moment where they slip into a dress and realize it’s “the one”–it’s a moment dramatized over and over again in movies and in shows like Say Yes to The Dress. The fact is, however, that not every bride is going to have this moment, and that’s okay! Every bride is different, so we shouldn’t expect every bride’s wedding gown shopping experience to be exactly the same.

That being said, if you’re not the type of bride who will have that moment of realization when you’ve found the perfect dress, it can be a little harder to determine which dress is “the one.” As in your case, you might end up visiting several bridal shops and finding several gowns you love.

When this happens, and when you begin to feel stressed by the shopping experience, it’s time to stop trying on new styles. Instead, think about the options you’ve already found. Try to remember how you felt in each dress. Does one stand out in your memory? Was there one you really could imagine yourself walking down the aisle in?

If you can’t remember the gowns well enough, try booking appointments to re-try on each of the dresses you have in mind (and just those dresses!). It’s best to do this alone or with just one family member or close friend who you know will be supportive. Trying on the favorites back to back should make it easier to discern which of the gowns you truly love best.

Often the feelings you had about each gown will return when you see yourself in it again–or you might find you don’t feel the same about the dress at all during this second look.Be sure to try on each gown with veils and accessories so that you can visualize the full look you’ll have on the big day.

In the end, go with your gut. You likely know which dress is “the one,” but aren’t trusting yourself to make the decision for one reason or another. Take a deep breath, get the insecurities out of your mind, and choose whatever makes you happy. No matter what you choose, you will look and feel beautiful on your wedding day.

Augusta Jones Bridal Trunk Show this September!


This September is the perfect time to fall in love with a design by Augusta Jones Bridal. Sealed With A Kiss will be hosting Augusta Jones Bridal Trunk Shows in both Charlottesville and Richmond.  During this time we will have designs by Augusta Jones not typically in our store, and brides who say yes to an Augusta Jones dress will receive a 10% trunk show discount.

Sealed With A Kiss Richmond Trunk Show Dates: September 9th-13th. Call 804-393-2041 for appointments.

Sealed With A Kiss Charlottesville Trunk Show Dates: September 14th-17th.                       Call 434-979-5683 for appointments.

Learn more about Augusta Jones Bridal

Classic gowns for the modern bride–that is what Augusta Jones Bridal stands for.


When you browse their collection you’ll find shapes and silhouettes you’re familiar with–form fitting mermaid gowns, figure flattering a-lines and shop-stopping ballgowns. But what sets Augusta Jones apart is there clever design work and attention to detail.


All Augusta Jones Bridal dresses are made ‘bespoke,’ which means that brides can easily customize the gown to better suit their personal styles–from changing necklines to switching out fabrics, the options for customizing their gowns are endless.


Besides the innovative designs, Augusta Jones focuses on selecting only the highest quality laces and fabrics for their gowns. Brides feel luxurious and beautiful every time they slip into an Augusta Jones gown. It’s no wonder so many brides choose to wear an Augusta Jones gown on their wedding day.

Ask Pat: What size should I order for my wedding dress if I’m planning on losing weight before the wedding?


Dear Pat: It’s about ten months before the wedding and I know that I have found the perfect dress, but I have held off on actually ordering it because I have been steadily losing weight and hope to lose more before the wedding day. Should I order the dress in the size I anticipate being at the time of the wedding? What do I do?

We strongly advise meeting with a stylist or an experienced tailor to discuss your situation, but usually the best plan of action in this case is to order the dress for the size you are now, or at most one size down. Yes, chances are that if you lose a lot of weight the dress will then need to be taken in drastically during alterations, but in most cases it is much easier for a gown to be taken in than to be let out. If you order a smaller size and the dress does not fit, there may not be a lot of extra material left in the side seams to make the dress bigger. Should this happen it could very difficult and in some cases impossible to make it fit. It is much safer to order the bigger size.

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