Real Sealed With A Kiss bride- Kate and Jeremy

Sealed With A Kiss bride Kate married love of her life Jeremy at Keswick Vineyard last September. We’re happy to share a few photos from her special day!

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Kate chose an elegant a-line look from Justin Alexander for her big day. The illusion back on her gown is one of our favorites!

Congratulations and best wishes to you Kate and Jeremy!

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Photo Courtesy of Celestial Sights Photography

Vendors:

Dress: Justin Alexander from Sealed With A Kiss

Veil: Laura Jayne from Sealed With A Kiss

Photographer: Celestial Sights Photography

Catering: Harvest Moon

Florists: Hedge Fine Blooms

Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Lorena and Matt

Our bride Lorena and her new husband Matt were married on December 10, 2016 at Old Metropolitan Hall.

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The dress Lorena chose for her big day was a design by Casablanca Bridal. When the dress first arrived to our store she happened to see a picture we posted of it on our Facebook page, and she thought it could be the “one.” She contacted us and set up an appointment to try it on, and not long after that she said yes to the dress.

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Lorena was a blast to work with, and we’re so glad that her big day was as wonderful as she’d hoped. Congrats again Lorena and Matt!

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Photos Courtesy of Jen Fariello Photography

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.

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.

Anny Lin Bridal

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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!

Real Sealed With A Kiss bride: Jenny and Stephen

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Our Sealed With A Kiss bride Jenny married her long time love Stephen on July 16, 2016. They were married right here in Charlottesville, at the Farmington Country Club.

Jenny looked absolutely fabulous in her Casablanca bridal gown. It featured a low lace covered back, and had gorgeous crystals over appliqued lace.

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Friends and family came from all around to celebrate the union of these two love birds, and they all had an amazing time dancing the night away.

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Congratulations Jenny and Stephen!

Featured Vendors:

Venue: Farmington Country Club

Transportation: Central Virginia Wine Tours and Camryn Limo

Photography: Bessie Black Photography

Videography: Chris Whiddon Productions

Flowers: Colonial Florist

Planner: Events by Edelina

Programs: Carlson Craft

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.

Ask Pat: Why is saying yes to the dress so hard?

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Photo Credit: Jenn Finazzo Photography

Pat: I’ve been shopping for a wedding gown for about two months now, and I just can’t seem to commit to one. At the very first shop I went to I found a dress I thought was “the one,” but didn’t want to say yes to a dress at the first store I visited–I felt like I needed to see what else was out there. Since then I have found two more dresses I really love, but I just haven’t had one of those bridal moments where I put on the dress and just know that this is the perfect one. Will I ever have one of those moments? I know I could probably be happy enough with one of the three dresses I’ve found, but how am I supposed to know which one to choose if I don’t feel more special in one than the other? What if the perfect dress is still out there and I just need to find it?

It sounds like you’re feeling overwhelmed! That tends to happen after you’ve visited a lot of bridal boutiques, and my best advice is to stop looking at new dresses. The more dresses you try on the more confused you will become, and the more you’ll begin to doubt yourself. This will just make deciding on a gown even more difficult.

I know many brides expect to have that moment where they slip into a dress and realize it’s “the one”–it’s a moment dramatized over and over again in movies and in shows like Say Yes to The Dress. The fact is, however, that not every bride is going to have this moment, and that’s okay! Every bride is different, so we shouldn’t expect every bride’s wedding gown shopping experience to be exactly the same.

That being said, if you’re not the type of bride who will have that moment of realization when you’ve found the perfect dress, it can be a little harder to determine which dress is “the one.” As in your case, you might end up visiting several bridal shops and finding several gowns you love.

When this happens, and when you begin to feel stressed by the shopping experience, it’s time to stop trying on new styles. Instead, think about the options you’ve already found. Try to remember how you felt in each dress. Does one stand out in your memory? Was there one you really could imagine yourself walking down the aisle in?

If you can’t remember the gowns well enough, try booking appointments to re-try on each of the dresses you have in mind (and just those dresses!). It’s best to do this alone or with just one family member or close friend who you know will be supportive. Trying on the favorites back to back should make it easier to discern which of the gowns you truly love best.

Often the feelings you had about each gown will return when you see yourself in it again–or you might find you don’t feel the same about the dress at all during this second look.Be sure to try on each gown with veils and accessories so that you can visualize the full look you’ll have on the big day.

In the end, go with your gut. You likely know which dress is “the one,” but aren’t trusting yourself to make the decision for one reason or another. Take a deep breath, get the insecurities out of your mind, and choose whatever makes you happy. No matter what you choose, you will look and feel beautiful on your wedding day.