That “Magic Moment”

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We hear it so much. “I’ve been shopping for my dress and I’ve found a lot that I like, but I haven’t had that ‘moment.’”

What is this “magic moment” you’re supposed to have while shopping for a wedding dress? It’s that moment where one feels that the stars have aligned, the heavens open, the goosebumps break out, and the tears start flowing. The thing is, not everyone has this “moment.” We live in a culture where we are always told that the next big thing is around the corner. We are taught to always keep looking; Looking for the next big thing, the best deal, the best offer.

When we do this, we are robbing ourselves of these magic moments. We sell ourselves short of the experience because we are so focused on the end result.  It’s important to be present and let yourself enjoy the journey.  The process is truly a unique experience, after all.

While choosing your wedding dress is clearly a very emotional experience, it’s also one of practicality.  Each bride experiences the “moment” differently.  There is no right or wrong way to choose your dress.  It’s our goal as bridal stylists to listen, guide and encourage our brides along the way.  We’re here to help you find a dress that fits your dreams and requests, and give you the best, and most memorable experience possible.

If you’re finding that you’re struggling “having the moment” try taking a step back. Have fun with the process, be open to trying different things, and detach yourself from the outcome. It might surprise you how quickly the moment comes.

We look forward to working with you to help you feel that moment.

Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Mary and KV

Congratulations to our Sealed With A Kiss bride Mary and her new husband KV!

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These two got married June 2, 2017 at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia.

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Mary chose a customized gown from Sincerity Bridal for her big day. She looked stunning in it!

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Congratulations Mary and KV!

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Tick Tock! Time is running out!

randyatmarketDon’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. We will have the full collection of Randy Fenoli’s Bridal Collection here in central Virginia for a limited time for our Trunk Show.

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Not only will you get to see, touch, and try on these exquisite gowns, you will also have access to a special Truck Show only discount!

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Be sure to call us or request an appointment  today! Show runs October 12th-14th with only a few appointment slots remaining.

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We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride- Nina and Alex

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Congratulations to Nina and Alex! These were married on May 13, 2017.

Nina first came to us back in 2016, while we were having a Paula Varsalona Bridal Trunk Show. Nina happened to see a spectacular ball gown in a floral print that was part of the trunk show, and was curious to see what it looked like, and gave it try. She unexpectedly fell in love with it!

While she loved the look of the floral print, she preferred the classic white for her big day. The dress was absolutely perfect on her!

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She and Alex had a beautiful ceremony at Grace Estate Winery, surrounded by family and friends.

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With such a stunning bride, beautiful back drop and personal details throughout the decor, their wedding was perfection!

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Vendors:

Venue: Grace Estate Wintery

Photography: Mina Von Feilitzsch Photography

Dress: Paula Varsalona Bridal

Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Taylor and Aaron

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Taylor and Aaron were married on May 13th at The Barn at Turkey Ridge.

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When Taylor came in for her appointment, she said she wanted a romantic, light weight gown with lace. She tried on a few dresses that didn’t quite hit the mark, but the moment she slipped into this Modern Trousseau gown she knew it was the “one.”

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We are so glad that her wedding day has come, and that she and Aaron can begin their lives together. We know the future holds great things for these two!

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Congratulations Taylor and Aaron!

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Vendors

Dress: Modern Trousseau

Veil: Sorbello Couture

Photography: Michelle Renee Photography

Venue: The Barn at Turkey Ridge

Invitations: A Paper Wedding

Floral Arrangements: Foxtail Cottage Floral

Rentals: MS Events

Cake: Sweethaus

Caterer: The Local

Ask Pat: When should I buy my wedding gown?

Dear Pat: I did all my research and started dress shopping a year and half before my wedding date, to be sure I give myself plenty of time to look, and luckily I think I’ve found the perfect dress! It’s still more than a year until my wedding though, so it seemed a little too early to actually buy it–but my consultant said I really shouldn’t wait! What do you advise? Even though I’m sure that this dress is the “one,” I feel like I should wait a few months until I purchase it.

As stylists, we here at Sealed With A Kiss can understand that it’s difficult to say yes to a dress so long before the actual wedding day, but in most cases the earlier you buy the better! Depending on the designer, dresses really do take anywhere from nine to six months to come in, but anything can happen–shipments get delayed, or it could arrive in the wrong size or color, and you’ll feel a lot better knowing that you have plenty of time before the wedding to deal with any issues that might come up. Designers also discontinue making designs quite frequently, and often without much notice–so it could be that the dress you’re in love with now will no longer be available to order if you wait a couple months. If you’re sure you love the dress, it’s best to get it as soon as you can!

Have a question you want to ask a bridal stylist? Email your question to pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com, and we’ll be happy to help! Your question might even make it to the blog. 

 

Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Ashley and Colin

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We’re pleased to share these photos from our Sealed With A Kiss bride Ashley’s wedding! She tied the knot at King Family Vineyard on May 6, 2017. Doesn’t she look gorgeous in her Justin Alexander gown?

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Vendors:

Venue: King Family Vineyard
Photography: Jillian Michael Photography, Mary Stafford Photography
Catering: BBQ Exhange, The Local Restaurant and Catering
Dress: Justin Alexander from Sealed With A Kiss
Veil: Laura Jayne Bridal from Sealed With A Kiss
Planner: It’s Your Day Weddings & Events
Floral Design: Over the Top Flower Shop
Calligraphy: Yellow Door Calligraphy
Cake: Buttercream Dreams, LLC
Rentals: MS Events
Band/Music: The Blue Tips, Sam Hill Entertainment
Hair and Makeup: The Spot Beauty Shop

 

Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Lindsey and Travis

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Lindsey and Travis were married on May 7, 2017 at Cape Charles.

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Lindsey happened to come in for her appointment with us during our Paula Varsalona Bridal Trunk Show, and it was then that she fell in love with their sparkly soutache ball gown. The sample she tried had a deep v-neck, but she preferred the look of a strapless sweetheart neckline–we requested the change, and her gown was perfect!

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We loved working with Lindsey, and are so glad we had the opportunity to help her find her dream dress.

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Congratulations Lindsey and Travis!

Styled Shoot at Green Springs Plantation

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Some time ago local photographer Terri Isenhour approached us about participating in a styled shoot at Green Spring Plantation, and of course we jumped at the chance! Of course every vendor brought their a-game, and it was perfect. The shoot was even featured in Chic Vintage Brides!

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Vendors:
Photographer: Terri Isenhour Photography
http://www.terriisenhourphotography.com/
Venue: Green Spring Plantation
http://www.historicgreenspring.org/
Planner: Real Southern Accents
http://www.realsouthernaccents.com/
Linen: Festive Fare- Classic Party Rentals
https://cerental.com/locations/charlottesville
Floral Design: Whimsical Floral
Hair and Makeup: The Spot Beauty Shop
http://www.thespotbeautyshop.com/e3
Cake: Cakes by Rachel
http://www.mycakebyrachel.com/
Desserts: Paradox Pastry
http://www.paradoxpastrycafe.com/

Wedding Gown Style: Sabrina Necklines

A Sabrina neckline–also known as bateau or boat neck–is a cut that runs across the collarbone. This style looks elegant, and can provide the perfect amount of coverage for a bride who prefers a higher neckline to the deep-v or sweetheart styles usually found on wedding gowns. Read on to check out some of our favorite styles with Sabrina necklines!

This luxe gown from Randy Fenoli Bridal features a demure modified Sabrina neckline. The beaded floral appliques perfectly accent the pleated skirt, and we just love that this gown has pockets!

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The sheer Sabrina neckline on this gown from Justin Alexander is ideal for the bride who wants a little more coverage without looking too conservative. The low v-back is the perfect touch to this look.

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This elegant look from Augusta Jones Bridal features a scalloped lace edge Sabrina neckline and a stunning tattoo lace back. We love that the long sleeves feature touches of lace as well!

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This gown from Modern Trousseau has a Sabrina neckline trimmed in delicate French lace. We love the relaxed fit and the dramatic Alencon lace train. It also has a lovely lace v-back.

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This gown features a heavily beaded Sabrina neckline and a beaded illusion back. This gown has buttons that start at the top of the back line and go all the way down to the end of the chapel length train. A perfect look for the bride who loves to be glamorous!

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This gown with a Sabrina neckline is a boho bride’s dream! The skirt is a light, flowy chiffon with beautiful movement, and when you turn the keyhole back is sure to take everyone’s breath away.