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!
Here at Sealed With A Kiss we specialize in customizing a bride’s wedding day look to suit her individual style. Sometimes that means working closely with our designers to combine or create pattern changes on a design, but most of the time our owner-designer Susan and our expert tailoring team do the customizations right here in our store. Here’s a closer look at some of the easy ways you can use alterations to customize your wedding gown.
Our bride Rachel found a beautiful lace style she loved, but after she bought the dress she thought the illusion neckline was a bit too much–so we redesigned it! Rachel was much happier with the regular sweetheart neckline and beaded straps.
Our bride Sarah loved an all over silk gown from Justin Alexander, but said she would love it more if it had a lace top–so we made her dreams come true! Our owner Susan worked with Sarah to design an off the shoulder lace jacket that she can take on and off on her wedding day as she pleases. The jacket gives the gown a totally different look, and it was exactly what Sarah was looking for.
Bride Judy fell in love with the fitted gown on the left, but had originally wanted a shorter dress so that it would be easy to dance all night at her reception–so we converted the skirt into a high-low design!
Bride Kelli absolutely adored this gown from Justin Alexander, but didn’t want a gown with a high neckline–so our tailoring team created this gorgeous v-neckline for her! Kelli loved how her gown turned out.
Alterations open up an array of possibilities for customizing your gown, so feel free to ask your stylist or seamstress about altering areas you want changed. We guarantee you’ll be ecstatic with the end result!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
This September is the perfect time to fall in love with a design by Augusta Jones Bridal. Sealed With A Kiss will be hosting Augusta Jones Bridal Trunk Shows in both Charlottesville and Richmond. During this time we will have designs by Augusta Jones not typically in our store, and brides who say yes to an Augusta Jones dress will receive a 10% trunk show discount.
Sealed With A Kiss Richmond Trunk Show Dates: September 9th-13th. Call 804-393-2041 for appointments.
Sealed With A Kiss Charlottesville Trunk Show Dates: September 14th-17th. Call 434-979-5683 for appointments.
Learn more about Augusta Jones Bridal
Classic gowns for the modern bride–that is what Augusta Jones Bridal stands for.
When you browse their collection you’ll find shapes and silhouettes you’re familiar with–form fitting mermaid gowns, figure flattering a-lines and shop-stopping ballgowns. But what sets Augusta Jones apart is there clever design work and attention to detail.
All Augusta Jones Bridal dresses are made ‘bespoke,’ which means that brides can easily customize the gown to better suit their personal styles–from changing necklines to switching out fabrics, the options for customizing their gowns are endless.
Besides the innovative designs, Augusta Jones focuses on selecting only the highest quality laces and fabrics for their gowns. Brides feel luxurious and beautiful every time they slip into an Augusta Jones gown. It’s no wonder so many brides choose to wear an Augusta Jones gown on their wedding day.
Dear Pat: It’s about ten months before the wedding and I know that I have found the perfect dress, but I have held off on actually ordering it because I have been steadily losing weight and hope to lose more before the wedding day. Should I order the dress in the size I anticipate being at the time of the wedding? What do I do?
We strongly advise meeting with a stylist or an experienced tailor to discuss your situation, but usually the best plan of action in this case is to order the dress for the size you are now, or at most one size down. Yes, chances are that if you lose a lot of weight the dress will then need to be taken in drastically during alterations, but in most cases it is much easier for a gown to be taken in than to be let out. If you order a smaller size and the dress does not fit, there may not be a lot of extra material left in the side seams to make the dress bigger. Should this happen it could very difficult and in some cases impossible to make it fit. It is much safer to order the bigger size.
Have a question you’re dying to ask a bridal consultant? Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our experienced consultants will be more than happy to help. Your question might even make it on the blog!
Our Sealed With A Kiss bride Maitland married the love her life Austin on November 14, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church here in Charlottesville.
Before Maitland came to see us during her search for a wedding gown, she had come across this silk ball gown with a beaded neckline online, and it was love at first sight. When she came in for her appointment she showed us a picture of this gown and said she was looking for something similar–turns out, we had that very Justin Alexander Signature dress here in our store. She said yes to the dress that afternoon.
Photo by Wendell Powell Photography
Photo by Wendell Powell Photography
Photo by Wendell Powell Photography
Photo by Wendell Powell Photography
Maitland and Austin’s ceremony was followed by a reception at Farmington Country Club, where friends and family couldn’t wait to start celebrating.
We know these two have many happy years to look forward to. Congratulations again Maitland and Austin!
Dress: Sealed With A Kiss, Photographer: Wendell Powell Studio, Hair and Makeup: Salon Cielo, Flowers: Marion’s Flowers, Band: Sam Hill Entertainment’s Attraction, Bus: Blue Ridge Tours.
Brides are often surprised by how many different necklines they encounter while wedding gown shopping, so we’ve put together this list of popular neckline styles to help you find the cut you like best!
Left Photo: Courtesy of Augusta Jones Bridal, Center and Right Photos: Courtesy of Justin Alexander
Sweetheart necklines are one of the most popular necklines, and for good reason! Named for their resemblance to the curves at the top of a traditional heart shape, this neckline is universally flattering. While most brides associate sweetheart necklines with strapless gowns, you can certainly find sweetheart necklines on gowns with sleeves and straps.
V-necklines are also popular on wedding gowns! Brides love the cut, and many choose to customize their gown by lowering or raising the neckline.
3. Queen Anne Neckline
There are many variations of the Queen Anne neckline, but they all have one thing in common: a raised back. The style has always been a classic, but has been recently popularized by the wedding gown worn by the Duchess Katherine of Cambridge. Brides who prefer having a little more coverage up top will love the look.
4. Boatneck/Sabrina Neckline
Boatneck (also known as bateau) and Sabrina necklines are very similar–they both follow the line of the collarbone. While boatnecks follow the collarbone very closely, Sabrina necklines will be cut a bit lower. The cut creates a very elegant look
5. Jewel Neckline
Jewel necklines are round and closely follow the neck. Jewel necklines tend to give wedding gowns a modern and sleek look that brides love!
6. Portrait Neckline
Portrait necklines are so named because they are styles that frame the collarbone, much like a portrait. These necklines have sleeves that rest on the tip of the shoulder blade, providing a variation of the off-the shoulder look.
7. Scoop Neckline
The scoop necklines are another popular neckline on wedding gowns! Their wide rounded shape shows off the collarbone and is another universally flattering shape.