Brandi and Chris were married at the beautiful Diamond V Farm surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains on November 4th, 2018. Brandi was visiting Charlottesville with her friends when they stumbled upon our boutique on the Downtown Mall. They popped in to have a look around, but little did she know she would be finding her dream dress that day. As soon as she put it on she was all smiles. She later brought back her mother to verify it was the one, and fell in love all over again.
Fast forward to just shy of a year later and she’s married to the love of her life. When I saw the photos I was amazed by what photographer, Amber Chesnut Photography, captured. I could see the pure love these two have for each other. And the way they look at each other will have you grinning from ear to ear. They have the kind of love that lasts a lifetime!
Congratulations to McKenzie and Javier who were married this October at Rustic Pearl Barn in Stilwell, OK. The wedding donned all of our Fall favorites – plaid, pumpkins, rich hues, you name it! McKenzie looked stunning in her Justin Alexander gown and incredible flower crown. Wishing them both a lifetime of love and happiness!
Lindsey and Travis were married on May 7, 2017 at Cape Charles.
Lindsey happened to come in for her appointment with us during our Paula Varsalona Bridal Trunk Show, and it was then that she fell in love with their sparkly soutache ball gown. The sample she tried had a deep v-neck, but she preferred the look of a strapless sweetheart neckline–we requested the change, and her gown was perfect!
We loved working with Lindsey, and are so glad we had the opportunity to help her find her dream dress.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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!
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!
Photo Credit: Jason Keefer Photography
Photo Credit: Jason Keefer Photography
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!
Photo Credit: Kristen Lynne Photography
Photo Credit: Kristen Lynne Photography
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.
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!
It’s been a couple years now since this shoot, but it’s one of our favorites so we just had to re-post! The dress was a two piece design from Willowby by Watters, and it worked perfectly in this outdoor bridal shoot.
Dear Pat: I’ve been to a few bridal shops now and have a couple styles I really like, but a couple months ago I saw a picture of a dress online that I really loved and I just can’t get it out of my head. I know the designer and style and have called a few local places looking for it, but they don’t carry that designer. What’s the best way to go about tracking it down?
The best place to start is the designer’s website! Most designers have a page where they list their retailers, or stores that carry their designs. Look for the retailers closest to you and give them a call. If they don’t have the particular style you’re looking for, it couldn’t hurt to ask if they could get it. Often times designers have a loaner gown program, where they can send a requested dress to one of their retailers for a limited time–just keep in mind that there’s sometimes a charge for this service. Also ask if they’ll be hosting any trunk shows by this designer, since they will often be sent a variety of designs by that designer that they do not typically have in store. They might not be able to guarantee that the dress will be part of the trunk show, but often there’s a good chance!
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