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We plan for our big day for years. Some of us have envisioned this day our entire lives. We keep scrapbooks, magazines, and Pinterest boards full of our favorite gowns and ideas. These ideas are very easy to hold onto and become attached to, after all, we birthed them all on our own. It becomes very personal when it’s finally our time to make our visions come to life, but something doesn’t go as planned.
As bridal stylists, we’ve found that often times, brides will become very attached to their vision, so much so, that it becomes difficult for them to branch out and try new gown styles. We see the frustration when a bride is finding that the style and shape they originally dreamed of isn’t working for them now that they’re seeing it in person. We see them try on every dress that fits the original idea, but they are still unable to fall in love. This is where we step in.
When we see the dissatisfaction overpowering the joy and excitement of what the appointment should be, this is when we pause, take a step back, and talk through what isn’t working for the bride. Most of the time, we find that the best thing to do is to try something completely new and start a clean slate. We pick out gowns the bride wouldn’t normally think to try on and encourage an open mind. This is when a lot of the magic happens.
A lot of the time a bride will come looking for a specific style or shape and leave the store completely in love with something they never would have imagined. We love it when this happens because we get to watch our bride not only fall in love, but also form a completely new dream. They can finally see themselves walking down the aisle to their fiance or having their first dance.
We absolutely encourage having that dream. We also encourage keeping an open heart when the process becomes difficult. Don’t become discouraged. This experience that you have with us is so important and we do our best to see that our brides leave happy and in love. We love our jobs and seeing all of our brides overjoyed by their gowns. Your dream dress is out there and we’re here to help you find it.
Shopping for ones wedding dress is one of the most fun and exciting experiences of a girl’s life. It can also get confusing. There are so many different types of styles, fabrics, colors (yes! even that too, in todays time!) to choose from. A scenario we see happen often is when a bride can’t decide between a more classic dress style and a more high fashion, trendy style.
Sometime a bride will find a dress they love, that they feel like represents them. Who they are, their personality, and fashion sense, but they also found a dress that they like that represents what they feel they should get married in. The more classic “wedding gown” dress that girls spend years dreaming about and envisioning themselves getting married in. So what does a bride-to-be do? Our recommendation is to think 20 years down the road, when you’re looking at your wedding pictures, what will you want to see? Will you want to see a timeless dress, or would you want to see a dress that reflected you and who you were as a person then? No answer is right or wrong. It’s completely up to each individual what they would want to see.
A wedding dress is something that not only represents the individual, but it also represents the love that will be celebrated on the wedding day. Life is never stagnant and we always learn more with each passing day who we are and how to represent that. Have fun with the process, and don’t get too hung up on what you feel like you “should” or “shouldn’t” do. You’re getting married to the love of your life! Don’t be afraid to show your friends and family what that looks like to you, when they see you in your wedding dress. It’s your day. Enjoy it. All of it.
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.
Don’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.
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!
Be sure to call us or request an appointment today! Show runs October 12th-14th with only a few appointment slots remaining.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
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!
She and Alex had a beautiful ceremony at Grace Estate Winery, surrounded by family and friends.
With such a stunning bride, beautiful back drop and personal details throughout the decor, their wedding was perfection!
Venue: Grace Estate Wintery
Photography: Mina Von Feilitzsch Photography
Dress: Paula Varsalona Bridal
Taylor and Aaron were married on May 13th at The Barn at Turkey Ridge.
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.”
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!
Congratulations Taylor and Aaron!
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
Caterer: The Local
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!
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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?
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
Lindsey and Travis were married on May 7, 2017 at Cape Charles.
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!
We loved working with Lindsey, and are so glad we had the opportunity to help her find her dream dress.
Congratulations Lindsey and Travis!