Ask Pat: What ball gown styles are good for a hot summer wedding?

 

Dear Pat: I’m getting married in August and am concerned about getting a gown that I won’t sweat through on my big day. I really want a ball gown, but all the ones I’ve tried on so far have tons of layers and feel really heavy and hot. What kind of styles would you recommend for me? Should I give up on finding a ball gown that will work and choose another silhouette? 

Since our Virginia summers can be so hot and humid, many of our brides pose this same question to us all the time. You absolutely can find a style you love and also be comfortable in on your big day. The key to finding a dress you won’t get too hot in, particularly a ball gown style, is choosing a gown with the right fabric and structure. Here are a couple of examples.

 

The gowns above may look heavy based on the layers and fullness of the skirts, but they are actually quite airy! Both have skirts that are made from layers of soft tulle and netting, which are lightweight. Looking out for these kinds of fabrics will you help you find a style that is comfortable, and won’t get too hot on your big day. But if you’re not a fan of tulle or netting, never fear! There are more options for you. Take the chiffon and silk styles below:

Chiffon is wonderfully lightweight and absorbent, and designers are able to drape it very easily, resulting in beautiful skirts like the one pictured on the left. The gown on the right is a well-designed gown made from a single layer of lightweight Thai silk, which holds its shape very nicely. Both would be great choices for a summer wedding.

If you prefer an all-over lace look, you can absolutely find a style that will be lightweight enough for summer. Just choose a look with minimal layers, and laces like chantilly, that have a light and airy feel.

 

Have a question you want to ask a real bridal consultant? Email your questions to pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com. Your question might even be featured on the blog!

Real Sealed With A Kiss bride: Alicia and Greg

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Photo Courtesy of Gary Wilkinson Photography

Alicia and Greg had a gorgeous wedding at Beech Spring Farm in Pennsylvania, just outside Gettysburg. They were surrounded by close friends and family.

 

Alicia wore a beautiful a-line gown by Augusta Jones Bridal. It featured a boat neck style illusion top and a lace hem. She knew the dress was the “one” as soon as she tried it on.

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Photo Courtesy of Gary Wilkinson Photography

 We loved working with Alicia to find the perfect dress, and we are so pleased that she is a part of the Sealed With A Kiss bride family. We know her new life with Greg will be filled with happiness!

Fall Market 2016 Recap

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It’s been a couple weeks since our trip to NYC for Fall Bridal Market, and we’ve finally recovered from the whirlwind of a trip it was. We saw and did so much during the trip, and we were impressed by what designers had out on the runway this season. Here are a few of the highlights!

Checking out the latest trends.

Sheer details have been showing up on the runways more and more, and this season was no exception. Many designers used sheer cut outs and sheer backs in their designs, while others opted to push the limit and showcase designs that were mostly sheer.

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Left Image: All over sheer design from Muse by Callie Tien; Right Image: Sheer side cut outs on an Anny Lin design.

Floral prints have also been on the rise over the last couple years, and we love it! Many brides are embracing colors and prints on their wedding gowns so it’s great to see that designers are answering the call.

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Left: New print design from Modern Trousseau; Right: Print design from Anny Lin

Seeing a brand new line.

One of our favorite designers, Callie Tien of Modern Trousseau, debuted her new collection–Muse. These gowns were haute couture at its best.

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We loved the high end fabrics she used in her designs, especially the lace. The silhouettes were dramatic, and brides who want to make a statement with their wedding gown are sure to fall in love with these gowns.

 

Catching up with the designers.

While the runway shows are fun to watch, often our favorite part of the market experience is talking to the designers–it gives us a chance  to find out how the new collection came about and what they’re working on next.

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From left to right: Our operations manger Jessica, Paula of Paula Varsalona Bridal, and our owner Susan at the Paula Varsalona Showroom

Paula of Paula Varsalona Bridal is always up to something–in addition to designing she teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and regularly blogs for bridalpulse.com. We had a great time hearing about her current endeavors, and we just can’t believe she found the time to create such a gorgeous collection amidst everything else she does. Her new line is a mix of “bohemian bliss” and “city chic,” and every bride is sure to find a gown she loves in the collection.

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We’re always excited to catch up with Anny Lin, and her new collection did not disappoint! We always expect her gowns to have dramatic silhouettes and gorgeous details, but we were still in awe at how beautiful many of these designs were. Her new line featured gowns with sheer details, prints, 3-D flowers and lots of beads!

 

Overall we had a great time at market, and we are really excited about all the new designs we’ve selected to stock in our boutique. The worst part is having to wait for all our gorgeous new samples to arrive in store, but they are always worth the wait!

Justin Alexander Signature Trunk Show

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Tomorrow’s a day we’ve been looking forward to for weeks–it’s the Justin Alexander Signature Trunk Show! During the trunk show we have a selection of gowns from the Justin Alexander Signature collection that we do not typically have samples of in the store, and brides who say yes to a Signature collection dress will receive a 10% discount on their wedding gown.

Sealed With A Kiss Richmond Trunk Show Dates: Friday, October 14th- Wednesday, October 19th. Call 804-393-2041 to schedule an appointment.

Sealed With A Kiss Charlottesville Trunk Show Dates: Thursday, October 20th- Saturday, October 22nd. Call 434-979-5683 for appointments.

About Justin Alexander Signature

Justin Alexander is world renown for their interpretation of timeless vintage fashion–and their Signature Collection is the epitome of elegance.

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Every one of their Signature designs has an unmatched attention to detail. Their gowns feature art deco inspired beaded patterns and dramatic cuts that are sure to make any bride feel glamorous.

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Every new collection is fashion forward and has designs and styles that are sure to flatter and fit the shape and style of any modern bride.

When we ask our brides why they love their Justin Alexander Signature dress, the most common response is the exquisite details and sleek designs. Their gowns are designed for the bride who really wants all eyes to be on her on the wedding day.

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If you’re ready to say yes to a Justin Alexander Signature dress, you won’t want to miss this trunk show. Give us a call or email pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com to schedule your appointment.

 

Behind the Scenes at Sealed With A Kiss: Fall Bridal Market!

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From Left to Right: Pat, Susan, Callie and Jennie at the Modern Trousseau New York Show Room during Spring Bridal Market

It’s that time of year again! This weekend is Bridal Market in New York City, which means our owner and a few lucky staff members get to make the drive up to the Big Apple to check out the latest in bridal fashion. While attending market is always fun and exciting, we’re there to work. This is the time we carefully select which designers and dresses we want to carry in our boutique, and it’s one of the most important aspects of our job. The designers we choose to carry and the specific styles we decide to order for our shop are a direct reflection of who we are as a boutique, so the pressure is on to choose wisely.

Before bridal market even begins we have to research and speak to the designers we already carry and designers we’re considering carrying, in order to make an appointment to view their collection. There are hundreds of fashion shows and viewings going on at the same time, making it impossible to see them all, so a lot of thought goes into deciding whose collections we’ll see and whose we won’t. Two of the most important things we take into consideration are the designers reputation for quality craftsmanship and their willingness to make their designs “bespoke,” so that they are easily customized to suit the needs and styles of our brides.

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Jennie, Susan, Paula and Pat at the Paula Varsalona NYC Studio

Our owner Susan is the designer of our in-house Sorbello Couture collection, so she has an eye for fabrics and construction, and she hand selects every piece we carry in our store. She’s developed close relationships with many designers during her time in the industry, and we find that our close partnerships with them ultimately benefit our brides.  It especially comes in handy during bridal market, since many of the designers we work with will invite us to their private work rooms to view the collections, and this means we can get up close and personal with the designs in a way we wouldn’t have an opportunity to do during just a runway show. Getting such an in depth look at the designs means we know what changes can be made to the dresses and fabrics, we know what styles are up and coming, and we can assure our brides that they’re getting great quality because we have seen how these gowns are designed and crafted.

We can’t wait to see what bridal market has in store for us, and we’ll be working hard all weekend to be sure we choose only the best gowns for our brides. We’ll be sharing pictures straight from the runway and workrooms so that you can see everything that we’re up to, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. NYC here we come!

Wedding Gown Style- V neck Gowns

Strapless and illusion necklines are often the most asked for wedding gown styles, but it’s about time that v-necks get some attention! If you’re the type of bride who wants the security of having straps but doesn’t want the modest look of a boat neck, the v-neck style is for you. Scroll through for some of our favorite v-neck designs from designers we carry!

  1.  We just love scalloped lace, and the scallops along the neckline of this gown make for a very romantic style ! The low back adds another beautiful element to this fitted gown.

    2. The v-neck design adds a touch of classic elegance to this tea-length gown. Perfect for the bride who wants a formal look but doesn’t like the heaviness of a full length gown.

    3. This French lace gown has a sheer v-neckline featuring hand-cut lace applique. The back features buttons that start at the end of the v-back and trail down to the end of the train.

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    4. This stunning charmeuse gown channels old Hollywood glam. Look out for the unique back!

    5.  This sultry yet elegant looks has an absolutely stunning beaded sequin chiffon top. The sheath skirt is light and flowy, and features a side split.

     

    6.  This flowy a-line gown has a v-neck top accented with scalloped lace, which you’ll also find adorning the hem of the skirt. Look out for the pretty gold beaded belt accenting the waist!

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    7. This French chantilly lace gown features a scalloped lace v-neckline and backline. Brides also love the daring split on the front of the skirt and the delicate cap sleeves.

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8.  This regal gown has a plunging v-neckline decorated with beaded appliques over metallic lace. The silk dupioni skirt features not only buttons running through the end of the train, but also pockets!

9. This v-neck gown is  a classic! It’s made from a soft and flowy milky challis fabric, and features a softly ruched bodice. The back has an ultra low u-shaped back.

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Wedding Gown Style: Beautiful Backs

When we first ask a bride about what wedding gown styles she’s interested in, often the answer is “I want something with a beautiful back design!”. Since we love pretty details on the back too, we’ve put together this list of gowns by designers we carry that are all about that back. Whether you prefer lacy illusion or a beaded back, you’re sure to find a gown you love on this list!

  1. This 1920’s inspired design has a stunning deep illusion back covered with a gorgeous beaded lace. Brides love how glamorous they look when they try this style on!

 

2. This modern take on a classic fit and flare shape has one of the most stunning backs we’ve ever seen! The way the lace frames the deep illusion back makes for a different but flattering shape, and the buttons are the perfect finishing touch.

 

3. This design features a daringly low illusion back with lace applique details–it’s sure to wow your guests as you stand at the alter!ajkarinacollage

4. This mermaid gown features all-over pearls, crystals and sequins in a floral inspired design. The beaded back design makes this gown a stunner!

 

5.  Brides are sure to fall in love with the open illusion back on this gown! The embroidered design is sure to turn heads, and the jewel neckline adds a touch of elegance to the look.

 

6. This elegant fitted design features an ultra-low open back! We love the beaded detail on the v-neck front as well. ajravennacollage

 

7. Many strapless wedding gowns have gorgeous back design details as well, like this fit and flare design! It features a low scoop illusion with lace appliques.

 

8. This fitted gown has a back with sheer French tulle and intricate lace detail! We also love that this couture gown has all over French alencon lace.