We were so pleased when we were approached to participate in this styled shoot at The Lodge at Mount Ida Farm–we knew and had worked with many of these vendors previously, and knew that we… More
We are pleased to share these photos of our Sealed With A Kiss Richmond bride Katherine and her new husband Tyler!
Katherine chose a stunning lace and beaded trumpet style gown from Justin Alexander Signature for her big day. She paired it with a soft cathedral length veil.
We loved working with Katherine, and we’ll miss seeing her around the boutique. We wish the two of them the very best in their new life together!
Dear Pat: I have chosen my wedding gown and have made an appointment this weekend to return to the boutique to purchase it, but was wondering if I needed to also purchase my veil and accessories then? I’m not sure how long accessories take to come in. Any info you could provide would be helpful!
Great question! Most accessories take at least 4 months after being ordered to arrive, so you do not necessarily need order them at the same time as the dress (most brides typically order the dress nine months before the wedding). Just keep in mind that choosing the perfect veil and jewelry without having the dress on to see how it all looks together can be difficult, especially if you want to be sure the color of the veil matches the shade of white or ivory you ordered your dress in. After you purchase the dress the next time you’ll have the chance to put it on again is likely during your first alterations appointment a few weeks before your wedding–by that time it might be too late to order anything without paying extra to “rush” the order.
Have a question you’re dying to ask a bridal stylist? Just email email@example.com, and one our stylists will be happy to help. Your question might even make it to the blog!
Every once in awhile we stylists get asked if we have a favorite gown–while it’s hard to choose just one, this silk ball gown from Justin Alexander is definitely one of our favorites, because it’s so easily customizable!
It’s a flattering silhouette on all body types, and we’ve had brides add different types of straps, sleeves, jackets and belts to it, creating gorgeous custom looks. Here are a few examples!
In the photos above, our bride Elizabeth paired her gown with scalloped lace cap sleeves. They added a soft touch to her gown, and the look worked perfectly with her fall wedding!
When she first arrived to shop for a wedding gown, our bride Sara was torn between the simple silk ball gown and another gown that had an illusion front and off the shoulder sleeves–we were able to combine both looks by creating a custom lace jacket with the neckline she wanted, easily paired with the silk ballgown. She also added a custom beaded sash to add a touch of sparkle to her look. It turned out great, and she had the option of taking the jacket off after the ceremony so that she could bust a move out on the dance floor.
Cameron wanted something elegant but wasn’t comfortable going strapless on her big day, so we added straps to her dress! We used matching fabric to create ruched, silk, slightly off the shoulder straps to create a look she loved.
Our bride Amanda fell in love with the simple silk ballgown, but after thinking it over decided she wanted to find a way to add the lace illusion neckline style she loved to the gown–we obliged! She worked one on one with our in-house designer to choose the lace and shape of the illusion top she wanted added to the dress.
Don’t you agree that every time a bride has customized this gown it’s been gorgeous? And easy! Our designer and team of seamstresses would love to help you customize your gown too! Just visit http://sealedwithakissbridal.com/appointment to request an appointment!
Congratulations to our Sealed With A Kiss bride Shasta and her new husband Andrew! They were married May 20, 2017, but their love story has been years in the making– 11 years to be exact!
According to Shasta’s mom, Debbie, Andrew told her way back then that one day he would marry Shasta–she thought nothing of it. Little did she know that the two of them were truly meant to be.
They were married at the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, in a lovely ceremony in font of their friends and loved ones.
Shasta came to us early on in the wedding planning process, not knowing how long it might take her to find the perfect wedding gown. She ended up saying yes to the dress that very day–a gorgeous beaded ball gown from Casablanca Bridal.
We are so blessed to be able to call Shasta a Sealed With A Kiss bride. Congratulations and best wishes to you and Andrew!
Dress: Casablanca Bridal from Sealed With A Kiss
Photography: Anna Kardos Photography
Videography: DeVries Productions
Planning & Coordination: Karissa Coffey Events LLC
Venue: Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia
Floral Design: fleurish & bloom
Make-Up: Shasta Hypes
Hair: Noble Salon
Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: Mad Skillz
Photo Booth & Music: Prime Time Sound & DJ Services, LLC
Rings: Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry
Bride’s Jewelry: kate spade new york & Tiffany & Co.
Congratulations to Sealed With A Kiss bride Lisa and her new husband Aaron! These two tied the knot at Trump Winery on June 10, 2017.
This wedding was particularly special to us because both the bride and groom are friends and fellow Charlottesville wedding vendors. We were so happy that Lisa came to us for help finding her dream dress.
Lisa chose a light gold ballgown with ivory lace from Lillian West for her big day. She looked gorgeous in it.
We know the future holds a lot of love and wonderful adventures for the Lisa and Aaron. We’re wishing them the very best!
All Photos Courtesy of Jen Fariello Photography
We had quite a few brides tie the knot last month, and we’re so excited to share some pictures from their weddings!
Lindsay and Alec
Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Photography: Massei Photography
Katie and Seth
Dress: Augusta Jones Bridal
Venue: On Sunny Slope Farm
Photographer: Nicki Metcalf Photography
Mary and KV
Dress: Sincerity Bridal
Venue: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Lisa and Aaron
Dress: Lillian West
Venue: Trump Winery
Photography: Jen Fariello
Carolyn and Benny
Dress: Justin Alexander Bridal
Photographer: Patrick Perkins Photography
Deidre and Kevin
Dress: Augusta Jones Bridal
Photographer: Sparklelight Studios
Ashley and Chris
Dress: Lillian West
Photographer: Robinson Imagery
Venue: King Family Vineyards
Congratulations to our Sealed With A Kiss bride Sheena and her new husband Patrick! These two lovebirds tied the knot in down in Florida about a month ago.
Sheena chose a gorgeous design from Augusta Jones Bridal for her wedding day. It was not a design we usually have in store–she happened to schedule her appointment during a trunk show weekend, and she just fell in love with the dress the moment she put it on.
Congratulations again Sheena and Patrick!
We’re wishing you both many happy years together.
All photos courtesy of Jonathan Hare Photography
One detail on wedding gowns we’re getting asked for more and more is sheer details! Whether it’s a sheer illusion back or sheer sleeves, brides are really loving the look. Scroll through to check out some of our favorite sheer designs from designers we carry!
This gown from Lillian West has sheer details in all the right places! The sheer sides give the illusion of a tiny waist, and the sheer back with lace detail will have your guests ooing and ahhing as you stand at the altar.
- The sheer back on this gown is certainly going to make gowns drop! It exudes effortless elegance, and hugs the figure in the most flattering way.
This statement ball gown has a sheer plunging neckline and a beautifully beaded waistband. The open back and clean lines make for a very glamorous look.
- This gown is definitely a boho bride’s dream! Soft, sheer netting flows from the fitted bodice to create a light and dreamy look.
This gown has plenty of sheer details throughout the design–it has a sheer illusion neckline and back, plus a sheer corseted bodice. Brides truly feel like a queen in this dress!
- This wedding gown is all about the sheer sleeves! They’re adorned with beaded lace appliques. The sheer deep sweetheart is the perfect touch to this glamorous look.
It’s been a couple years now since this shoot, but it’s one of our favorites so we just had to re-post! The dress was a two piece design from Willowby by Watters, and it worked perfectly in this outdoor bridal shoot.
Photographer: Lindsey Zovko Photography
Venue: Private Residence
Make Up: Elizabeth Wilson
Floral Designer: Phlour Designs
Hair Stylist: Top Knot Studio
When the day comes when the man who you love above all else gets down on one knee and asks you to marry him, so many things will start going through your mind. The excitement, the promise of a new and exciting future, a family, the wedding, the wedding budget, and… the dress. The dress that every girl dreams about, the one that will make you feel like a princess on your big day.
Chances are, though, that when you were dreaming of your dress, you didn’t ask yourself, “what will my dress be made of?” Yes, we conceptualize the fabric—flowy or stiff, shiny or lace– but we rarely think about the actual material. Today we will.
Fabrics and materials make an extraordinary difference when it comes to bringing the conceptualization of a dream dress to life. As a bridal stylist as Sealed With A Kiss, I have had the pleasure and honor of watching our owner and designer, Susan Sorbello do just that. She shows up with her collection of materials. Lace, beads, silk…. true treasure chests of the finest riches for a dream being turned into reality.
Listening to Susan describe the materials–the Sophie Hallette lace, the silk, satin, Swarovski crystals—is one of my favorite parts of the process. Each component signifies a wish here, and a hope there, and as they blend together they become a perfect embodiment of the love, marriage, and future that sparked the dream that brought the dress to life. It is a bride’s way of translating all of her hopes and dreams into something visible and tangible that will represent her in front of her friends and family.
Once I started learning, watching, listening, and studying I started understanding why Susan only works with the best of fabrics and materials, and why she uses certain materials for certain design elements. The use of natural fibers is specifically for fine garment making, and because of this they behave very differently than a synthetic fiber, though some synthetic fibers can be more appropriate in certain situations and uses.
Not only is this knowledge used for creating custom works, it is used in hand picking each dress and designer that we carry. Materials matter. They are the building blocks to dress and dreams. Contact us to discuss your dream dress and let us help you develop your vision, or click here to request an appointment.
Written by Bridal Stylist, Nancy