Ask Pat: When should I order my veil and accessories?

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 pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com, and one our stylists will be happy to help. Your question might even make it to the blog!

One gown, endless possibilities!

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!

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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!

Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Shasta and Andrew

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!

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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.

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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.

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We are so blessed to be able to call Shasta a Sealed With A Kiss bride. Congratulations and best wishes to you and Andrew!

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Vendors:

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
Invitations: Minted
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.

Why Materials Matter

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

Wedding Gown Style- Off-the-shoulder Dresses

Here at Sealed With A Kiss, we love off-the-shoulder necklines! It is a classic style that adds a touch of soft femininity to the rest of the look. Scroll through to check out some of our favorite off-the-shoulder picks!

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Our first pick is this fit and flare gown with all-over beaded lace appliques. The off-the-shoulder neckline perfectly complements the three quarter sleeves. It’s a soft, graceful look ideal for any bride.

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This silk ballgown is simply classic. The scalloped lace along the off the shoulder neckline is a gorgeous detail, and we love that this gown has pockets!

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For the laid-back bride, this long sleeved wedding gown would be perfect. The chiffon fabric is light and airy, and the subtle lace details are the perfect touch on this effortless look.

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Prefer sparkle to lace on your wedding gown? Then give this beaded charmeuse fit and flare gown a chance! We love the intricate beading along the hem and on the illusion back.

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This soft ballgown has a scalloped lace off the shoulder neckline and a light tulle skirt. Brides love how the button-up illusion back is adorned with lace appliques.

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 This dress is all about the subtle details! Look up close and you’ll find a floral motif embossed into the Italian Satin fabric. The fit and flare shape coupled with the off the shoulder neckline create a flattering shape perfect for any bride!

Ask Pat: Did I say yes to the dress too soon?

Dear Pat: I went wedding gown shopping last month, and fell in love with a dress at the very first store I visited–I had wanted a V-neck ballgown, and I found what I thought was the perfect one. I thought about it overnight and went back to the salon to purchase it the very next day. Then this week I went to a different bridal salon intending to shop for bridesmaids dresses, but I got so distracted by the beauty of their wedding gowns that I found myself asking to try a few on, and really loved a few other styles. Did I say yes to my dress so soon? Now I feel like I might be missing out on better styles out there. 

It’s not uncommon to second guess your wedding gown decision–it’s a tough choice to make, especially when there really are so many truly beautiful dresses out there! As you said, it was exactly what you were looking for, you thought about it overnight and you were positive it was “the one,” so no, I don’t think you said yes to a dress so soon.

We strongly recommend NOT trying on more gowns after you’ve found the perfect one as it can lead to second-guessing, but as you already have done that, I would suggest returning to the first bridal salon to re-try the dress you said yes to. Once you’re in it again, it’s likely that all the happy feelings you had about the dress will return, and you’ll remember why you thought it was perfect. Hopefully that will make you confident that you did make the right decision.

Have a question you’re dying to ask a bridal consultant? Email pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com with your question, and our consultants will be more than happy to help–you might even see your question on the blog!

 

Styled Shoot at Mountain Run Winery

The wonderful Emily of Emily Marie Photography contacted us a few months ago with the idea of an Irish themed styled shoot, just in time for St Patrick’s day. She chose to use a new design from Sorbello Couture, our in-house line of wedding gowns designed and crafted by our store owner, Susan, and the dress suited Lynzie, the model, perfectly. The shoot turned out more beautifully than we could have imagined, and we’re so happy to share some of our favorite photos from that shoot with you! All photos were taken by Emily Marie Photo.

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Vendors:

Dress: Sealed With A Kiss

Photography: Emily Marie Photo

Venue: Mountain Run Winery

Designers: Emily Marie and The Posey Detail

Florist: The Posey Detail

Cake Artist: Sorby Sweets

Make-up and Hair: Mane Street Hair Salon

Stationary: Pineapple Street Designs

Rentals: Bride and Joy

Linens: Main Street Linens