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

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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.

Styled Shoot at Mount Ida Farm

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 could expect this shoot to turn out beautifully. And we weren’t wrong! Look through to check out some of the amazing shots taken during the shoot, and keep an eye out on our social media pages to find out what websites and blogs it gets featured on!

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Vendors:

Dress- Lillian West from Sealed With A Kis

Venue- The Lodge at Mount Ida Farm

Coordination- Courtney Hildebrand with Two Byrds Events and Design

Cocktail- The Local Restaurant and Catering

Rentals & Décor- Paisley & Jade and MS Events

Draping & Lighting- Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting

Dessert- SweetHaus Photographer- Audra Wrisley

Photography Florals- Hedge Fine Blooms 

 Ring- Trumpet & Horn Model- Meg Killroy

Model- Will Diefenderfer

Hair & Makeup- The Spot Beauty Shop

Snow – Atlanta Special FX

Sleigh & Horses- Mount Ida Farm

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

Bridal Market April 2017–Our NYC Adventures!

It’s been a couple weeks since our trip to New York City for bridal market, and now that we’ve finally caught our breath and recovered from walking all over the city we can finally sit down and tell you about our adventures!

Here we are first thing in the morning, about to hit the road for the long drive to the big city.

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It was a long ride, but we made it! Once we checked in at the hotel we were itching to get into the city, so we hopped onto a train and headed straight the The Knot Show, where we checked out the designs by Justin Alexander and Lillian West.

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We were so impressed by the new collections– they had great clean lines, new fabrics and gorgeous bead work. It was hard to choose which gowns we wanted most, but after some deliberation we selected a group of gowns we think our brides will love. After that we headed back to the hotel, but not before making a quick stop outside the one and only Kleinfeld Bridal.

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The next day we were up bright and early, and well before our first appointment, so we decided to check out the new collection from Randy Fenoli. We knew his dresses would be beautiful, but we were still blown away by his designs.

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We even had the chance to chat with Randy himself, and he indulged our request for a selfie!

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Our next stop was across town, to the garment district to check out the new collections from Paula Varsalona and Antonio Gual for Tulle New York.

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                The quality of Paula’s work was, as usual, excellent! We loved seeing the silhouettes and fabrics she’s using (especially the floral prints!) and we’re really excited about the designs we’ve ordered for our brides.

Out final stop of the day was to Antonio Gual. It was the first time we’d visited him in New York, and we were so excited to be there for the launch of his Sarah Black Collection.

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Antonio’s was the last stop of the day, so after a late dinner we made our way back to the hotel to get some rest and prepare for the journey home. Overall, it was a great weekend, and we feel we selected a really amazing set of gowns from the new collections to have in our stores. You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out when they’ll arrive!

Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Meghan and Matt

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Our Sealed With A Kiss bride Meghan was certainly one lovely bride! We’re pleased to share some photos from her special day, courtesy of Melissa Durham Photography.

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Vendors:

Venue: UVA Colonnade Club

Photography: Melissa Durham Photography

Photography/Second Shooter: Heather Chipps Photography

Dress and Veil: Lillian West Design from Sealed With A Kiss

Florist: The Faded Poppy

Videographer: Rachael Curry Wedding Films

Caterer: Kitchen Catering and Events

Cake: Maliha Creations

Menswear: The Marine Shop and Men’s Wearhouse

Jeweler: Fink’s Jewelers

Trunk Show Alert: The dresses are here!

The Justin Alexander dresses for this weekend’s trunk show have just arrived, and we thought we’d give you a quick peek at just a few of the designs you’ll see in store!

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Like what you see? Then be sure to give us a call at 434-9795683 to schedule your trunk show appointment before it’s too late!

10 Tips For Preparing Your Dress For Your Big Day:

 

1) Get some air the night before.

Make sure that you let the dress breathe by taking it out of the bag and allowing it to hang, supported by the hanger straps. Be sure the dress is in a room that is safe from the curious hands of children and pet paws.

 

2) Discuss with your hair and makeup artist the best way to get into your dress.

Be sure to come up with a plan to figure out how to get into your dress once your hair and makeup is finished.  Ask your hair and makeup artist for suggestions!

 

3) Put on  your shoes after you put on your dress.

Take a seat and allow someone to help you into your shoes after you are in your dress. Stepping into your dress with heels on runs the risk of snagging the material.

 

4) Determine how you will best use the ladies room.

Yes, we know this is weird,  but this is one of those things a lot of brides don’t think about and is important! Most dresses are going to either be fitted and difficult to maneuver in for this activity, or a dress with a full skirt can make bathroom access tricky. Discuss with a trusted friend, maid of honor, or perhaps a female relative how they might need to assist you.

 

5) Get familiar with your bustle.

Most dresses will have a custom designed bustle. Review how to do your bustle with the one who will be pinning or tying it for you.  It’s helpful to practice this at your final dress fitting.  You can also have your seamstress take a quick video of the process!

 

6) Look out for your train.

Be sure to bustle your dresses train as soon as possible after the ceremony, pictures, or first dance. This will help prevent damage to your dress.

 

7) Make a checklist

Does your dress have multiple parts? A ribbon for a corset, a slip or crinoline, or a jacket or overlay? Make sure all pieces are pressed or steamed, and in the garment bag with the dress. Be sure to include your veil and accessories, too!

 

8) Have a few safety pins on hand.

You never know when a safety pin may come in handy! Accidents happen, regardless of how well your dress fits. Safety pins are a must have for your big day!

 

9) Take one thing at a time.

Don’t rush getting dressed. Take your time! Enjoy every moment on your special day.

 

10) Take pictures.

Invite your photographer into your dressing room to capture special moments with the special people in your life.

Written by Nancy

Wedding Gown Style: Transformer Dresses

What is a transformer dress, you might ask? It’s a gown that comes with extra pieces–like an overskirt, detachable train or bolero–that, when worn with the gown, completely “transform” the original look. Here’s an example of a transformer gown with an overskirt:

Here’s the dress-

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And now here’s that same dress worn with an overskirt-

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The skirt completely changes the look of the dress, right? Brides will often wear the overskirt for the ceremony and remove it for the reception–guests often think it’s a completely different dress. For brides who really love both the ballgown and fitted looks, a transformer dress is a great way to get to wear both on your big day.

For brides who love the ballgown or a-line look but are afraid that it might keep them from dancing the night away at the reception, a transformer dress with an overskirt could be the perfect answer to your problem! Take a look at this gown from Lillian West

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The ruffled skirt on this dress is actually an overskirt! Once it’s removed, it reveals this short lace gown, which you surely can dance the night away in on your big day.

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Overskirts aren’t the only way to transform a dress–take a look at this design

This gown comes with a removable wrap that can be used to add straps to this strapless a-line silhouette. It attaches with lace covered buttons on the sides of the dress, so brides can easily remove and reattach the wrap as they please.

Here’s a gown with a removable lace bolero:

Some brides will even opt to have both an overskirt and a bolero! It gives them more freedom to change their look throughout the wedding day. Take a look–here’s the dress as is:

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Now here’s the dress with a detachable bolero (we love the split sleeves on this look):

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Now here’s the dress with both the bolero and the overskirt:

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Amazing how these extra accessories truly transform a dress, don’t they?

So, how can you turn your wedding gown into a transformer dress? It’s easy! Many designs nowadays come with the option to order  a matching bolero or overskirt, you just need to ask your consultant about this option. If not, speak to your seamstress! Here at Sealed With A Kiss we work with a lot of brides to create custom boleros and overskirts, and in this way we help brides create a truly custom look. If you’re local, just send an email to pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com to set up a time to meet with us and discuss your options!

Coming Soon: Anny Lin Bridal Trunk Show

 

Starting February 1st Sealed With A Kiss Charlottesville and Richmond will be hosting our first trunk show of the year, featuring designs from Anny Lin Bridal.

Brides who purchase an Anny Lin design during the trunk show are eligible for a trunk show discount, so this is not an event you want to miss!

To schedule your appointment online, visit:

http://sealedwithakissbridal.com/appointment

For questions, send an email to:

pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com

You can find out more about Anny Lin at annylinbridal.com.

Why We Love Anny Lin Bridal

Anny Lin comes from family of wedding gown designers, and she has blended designs and techniques that have inspired her to create truly unique, couture designs for the modern bride.

Every gown in her collection features an array of carefully designed, eye catching details such as beading, feathers, cut outs and draping.

Anny Lin’s designs feature a variety of silhouettes and fabrics. Brides love that she is not afraid to add color to her gowns, so many designs have blush, champagne and ombre options.

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We also love Anny Lin for their willingness to allow the individual bride to be a part of the design process–they will customize and combine designs to create a one-of-a-kind style to suit the needs and wants of the bride.

Be sure to schedule your appointment for the Anny Lin Trunk Show soon! You will not want to miss out on a chance to see these gorgeous dresses.