Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Chanda Jordan, A Love Story

LMJ102716ND1-12 crop copySome love stories start off with love at first sight while others express the importance of a solid foundation built on trust and friendship. Chanda and her fiancé Alejandro started their journey as friends who met through a mutual desire to help people by training to be first responders at Phillip Morris.

“Our friendship turned into a relationship years later,” she told us, while her eyes sparkled as much as the gown she was wearing.

Chanda shared her love story with us while having her dress expertly fitted. As someone who had already been taking steps to improve her health Chanda felt a new resolve to take things to the next level explaining that once she found “the dress,” she saw her and Alejandro’s love and the promise of a future together right before her eyes. The dress represented the realness and awesomeness of what they had and what they were creating. Just like she wanted to give her best and her all to Alejandro, she wanted that represented while wearing her special dress.

“I love my green smoothies and my supplements,” she explained, and even shared her secret with us about enjoying time in her personal sauna, which helped speed along the process when vigorous exercise wasn’t available to her. Whether it was her green smoothies, supplements, or her love for Alejandro, Chanda radiated a joyful and vibrant beauty as she shared her planning experiences with us.

“I had to change the venue,” she confessed, as we were adjusting her train. We then learned that Chanda felt that she had been sacrificing her dream for her perfect wedding environment in the hopes of being more accommodating to the guests. Over time though, the guest list grew so much that she had to make a change, and it turns out it was for the better.

Chanda has loved planning her wedding and growing closer to her bridal party, creating a “sisterhood” with her family and circle of girlfriends before this. Even the involvement of Alejandro has helped strengthen their relationship and has helped them get to know each other in a deeper and more meaningful way.

We asked Chanda how she felt now that she had found the perfect dress and she explained, “When you go to get married you’re thinking it’s forever and when you see it that way you want something that represents that. The joy it brings is overwhelming. I wanted to feel like a princess. I wanted it to represent how I feel about Alejandro and our future. The amount of work I see that goes into finding the perfect dress, and adjusting it to fit, just makes it that much more special.”

We are so honored to be working with Chanda and wish her a lifetime of blessings and marital bliss.

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When It’s Not What You Dreamed

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.

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 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.

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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.

 

 

Trendy or Timeless?

ajyasminShopping 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.

Sometimes, a bride will find a dress they love. They feel it represents them, who they are, their personality, and fashion sense, but they also found a dress that represents what they think they should get married in. The more classic “wedding gown”  that girls spend years dreaming about and envision 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.