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:

For questions, send an email to:

You can find out more about Anny Lin at

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.


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.

Ask Pat: Who should I bring to my bridal appointment?


Dear Pat: I scheduled my first bridal appointment, and I would like for my parents, grandmother, soon to be mother in law and my bridesmaids (4 of them!) to be there, but that seems like a lot of people! Who do brides usually bring to their bridal appointment? Should I try to narrow down the number of people I’m bringing?

I know it’s tempting to invite as many family members and friends to your appointment as possible, but more people means more opinions and that has the potential to make bridal shopping stressful–especially during the first bridal appointment! I usually advise brides to think about three or four people who are supportive and whose opinions will matter the most–those are the ones you want with you when you’re trying on wedding gowns for the first time. Most of our brides will come in with one or both parents and a friend. If you feel you need to include other family members or friends in the gown process, consider scheduling a second appointment to show them just your top choices, or have them accompany you to your fittings after your dress comes in.

Wedding Style Inspiration- Hair Accessories!

Not sure what hair accessory will complement your wedding day style? Then look no further, Sealed With A Kiss has got you covered! Look through some of our favorite headbands, combs and tiaras and you’re sure to find one that works well with your style.

  1. Want a hair piece that is truly going to make a statement? Then this headband may be perfect for you! It features delicate hand beading, sweeping crystals and hand made floral designs.
Photo Courtesy of Richard Designs

2. Perhaps you’re planning on having your hair styled into a pretty updo and want a small piece that will accent your chignon? Then this elegant hair vine barrette may be the perfect accessory for you! It has strands of crystal, freshwater pearls and rhinestones. This piece is made flexible to add versatility to how it’s placed in your hair.

Photos Courtesy of Laura Jayne Bridal

3. Perhaps your style is a little off-beat chic? Then you’ll love this dramatic hair ribbon with matte crystal and beautifully draped stones.

4. This side tiara with silver beaded applique is perfect for the bride who wants add a touch of vintage glam to her wedding day look. The headband is ideal for brides wearing their hair down on their wedding day.

5. If a boldly beaded headpiece isn’t for you, try this pearl and crystal halo! This delicate piece adds a touch of romance to your wedding day look.

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Photo Courtesy of Laura Jayne Bridal

6. For  brides looking to channel their inner queen, this tiara is ideal! It features extra sparkly silver crystals, and is a true statement piece!

7. Maybe gold pieces are more your style? If so, this five piece gilt foliage pin set is sure to complement your look beautifully! It features delicate tendrils of crystals and freshwater pearls.


Photo courtesy of Laura Jayne

Ask Pat: It’s only four months until my wedding day, is it too late to order a wedding dress?


Dear Pat: My fiance and I just moved up our wedding date and now it’s just four months away–but I just learned that dresses can take nine months to come in! Is it too late for me to order a wedding gown? How difficult will it be to find a dress in my time frame?

Don’t worry! Finding a dress is still a possibility. Some designers offer rush ordering options (keep in mind fees for this can range in price from $50-$500), but your ideal solution will be to find a dress “off the rack”- usually the sample dress brides use to try on. When you make your appointments be sure to ask the bridal salons what sample sizes they have available–some stores carry a range of sizes while others carry all size 8’s or 10’s, and you want to be sure that the sample you buy can be altered to fit you. If the dress you love is a few sizes to big or too small it can often still be altered to fit, but you may need to pay more in alterations. Most stores keep their samples in pristine condition, but if there happens to be a stain or broken zipper on the dress you love, don’t let that deter you–once you have the gown cleaned and meet with a seamstress, the gown often looks like new!

Have a question you’re dying to ask a bridal consultant? Email your questions to and one of our experienced consultants will be more than happy to help. Your question might even make it on the blog! 

Wedding Gown Style: Beaded Beauties

It’s hard not to fall in love with the beads and sequins on these gowns! Below you’ll find some of our favorite beaded gowns in a variety of styles and silhouettes. Enjoy!

  1. This hand-beaded gown from Justin Alexander is sure to impress! The fitted silhouette and deep V in the front and back make for a truly sleek and sultry look. ja9819collageedited
  2. This tulle ball gown from Casablanca Bridal is a favorite! We just love the gorgeous beading along the hem. cb2077collage
  3. Looking for something extravagantly elegant? Then this gown by couture designer Anny Lin might be for you! This light champagne gown has a heavily beaded bodice and gorgeous beading along the skirt and train.  jocelyncollage
  4. Hoping for a beaded look with sleeves? Then you’re going to love this gown from Casablanca Bridal. cb2162collage.jpg
  5. If you’re set on a fitted, then this beaded lace and tulle fit and flare gown by Justin Alexander could be the perfect look! The beaded illusion back as well as the beaded scalloped hem make for a very glamorous look. ja8814collage
  6. Want a gown with all-over beading? Then look no further than this look from Anny Lin. This silk chiffon dress is covered with delicate lace and pearl beading, and has a stunning illusion back design. annylincristycollage

Wedding Gown Style: 7 Dresses with Layered Skirts

If you love gowns with pretty details and movement, then a wedding gown with a layered skirt might be for you! Below, check out some of our favorite layered skirt styles by the designers we carry.

  1. The layers on the skirt of this pink ball gown from Sincerity Bridal are subtle but beautiful! A bride looking for a style that is both romantic and fun is sure to fall in love with this dress. sincerity3890
  2. Love the layered skirt but looking for a more fitted look? Then say hello to this fit and flare style from Augusta Jones! ajpiper
  3. Looking for a layered look that’s a little more airy? Then this Lillian West style may be for you! Perfect for a garden wedding. lw6413
  4. This elegant Justin Alexander ball gown proves that layered skirts can be sophisticated. ja8823
  5. Maybe you want a style that’s a little more fun and flirty? Then you might like this look from Sweetheart Gowns! sweetheart6119
  6. This blush colored couture design by Anny Lin Bridal has one of our favorite layered skirts! Each layer of Swiss Dot tulle has a gorgeous lace edge with sequins. annylinchristabel
  7. Looking for something with all-over lace? This gown by Augusta Jones features gorgeous lace layers. ajbell

Wedding Gown Style: 5 Dresses with Sleeves

Looking for the perfect wedding dress with long sleeves? Never fear, Sealed With A Kiss is here! Below find five dresses with sleeves by some of our favorite designers!

  1. This lacy off the shoulder look is one of our favorite gowns with sleeves from Casablanca Bridal. Many brides also think the sheath cut is really flattering!


2. For the bride who wants to look glamorous on her wedding day, this fitted gown from Justin Alexander Signature with sheer beaded long sleeves is sure to do the trick! This dress also comes in a light gold/nude color, for brides who want to add a touch of vintage to their glam.


3. Is a ball gown more your style? We love this one with lacy three-quarter sleeves from Lillian West!


4. For brides looking for something simple and elegant, this gown by Augusta Jones will be a winner.


5. Prefer an elegant beaded style? This a-line gown from Casablanca Bridal has an intricately beaded top and a simpler crepe organza skirt.


Ask Pat: When should I start shopping for a wedding gown?


Dear Pat: We just set a date for the wedding and it’s more than a year away–is it too soon to start shopping for a wedding gown?

Definitely not! Most bridal consultants will recommend starting your shopping at least 9-12 months before the wedding. Why? Most bridal gowns are made to order and can take months (four-six months typically) to come in, and then it takes 6-8 weeks to complete the alterations to your dress (and yes, you will likely need alterations). Plus, the sooner you order the sooner your dress will arrive, and you won’t need to spend the weeks before your wedding worrying about whether your dress will be ready in time for your big day. Giving yourself plenty of time to shop around and make a decision is one of the best ways to keep your wedding gown shopping experience fun and stress-free.

Have a question you’re dying to ask a bridal consultant? Email your questions to and one of our experienced consultants will be more than happy to help. Your question might even make it on the blog! 


Color Me Bridal- 10 Wedding Gowns with Color

Brides today want their wedding gown to encapsulate their personal flair and personality, and often think that a traditional white or ivory dress just isn’t their style–they want to wear some color on their big day! Here are ten gorgeous gowns by the wonderful designers we carry that are perfect for the bride who wants to be fun and unique by adding a splash of color to her wedding gown:

1. Casablanca 2177


While it might be difficult to tell from the picture, this beautiful tulle ballgown is actually in a color called sorbet! It’s a subtle light pink, perfect for the bride who doesn’t want to stray too far from the more traditional white and ivory.

2. Justin Alexander 8596


This is a gorgeous vintage trumpet gown with ivory lace over oyster colored lining. The color is flattering on most skin tones and the oyster lining really makes the design on the ivory lace pop.

3. Rembo Styling, “Angelique”


No need to find an accessory to be the ‘something blue’ on your big day if your gown has a touch of blue already! The baby blue slip beneath the ivory vintage lace on this design really makes this gown stand out.

4. Casablanca 2165


Don’t be fooled by the lightness of the picture! This Casablanca mermaid gown is actually in a light champagne color. It’s the perfect touch of color for a bride who wants something just a little different than the usual white or ivory gown.

5. Justin Alexander 8652


This mermaid gown by Justin Alexander is a show-stopping silver and gold. It’s perfect for the bride who wants a touch of old Hollywood glam in her look!

6. Casablanca 2127


This a-line Casablanca gown has a flattering princess sweetheart neckline and a scalloped lace hem. The fact that it’s in a lovely Capri Blue just makes it even more gorgeous!

7. Justin Alexander 8726

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This Justin Alexander ball gown has gorgeous beading on the bodice and on the illusion neck and back. The coffee color of the gown really makes the champagne beading pop!

8. Casablanca 2140


This mermaid gown is all about the details! It has colored beaded appliques and clusters of shells and crystal beads spread throughout the gown. It also comes in a champagne and ivory for those brides who would prefer a more subtle color of beading and detailing.

9. Rembo Styling, “Sandy”


This Rembo Styling gown is perfect for the bride who wants a flowy and romantic wedding day look. It has satin beige beneath the lace, making the gown a tad darker than the more traditional white or ivory.

10. Modern Trousseau, “Laurel”


For all you brides who love pink, this might be the perfect gown for you! This Modern Trousseau gown has an ombre pink full skirt and a pink flower at the waist. Light and flowy, this gown will definitely make any bride feel like a princess!


Why Hire a Wedding Coordinator? Arming the Bride and Groom with Knowledge and Professional Support


Now that you’ve said “I Will”, how do you prepare to say “I Do”?


Hire a Professional Wedding Coordinator

Why, Who, When, Where, What and How


A Professional Wedding Coordinator can save you Time, Stress and Money!

The fee is often offset by the savings generated, during the Planning process.

  • No matter what the Budget or Wedding size,
  • Will allow you to look forward to your Special Day, versus, wishing it would be over
  • You can determine how much help you need with the safety net of a Professional

Today’s couples work hard and long hours, which leaves little time to devote to the numerous details required to plan an event as significant and of the magnitude of a Wedding.


Any Bridal couple, who doesn’t have the time or experience, to plan one of life’s most important occasion


Hire a Professional Wedding Coordinator early in the Planning phase …when you have said “I Will” and before you spend a dime.

A Professional Wedding Coordinator

has experience, education, resources and often offers related services and products at a discount

knows money saving techniques

knows how to set and follow a budget

knows how to develop a theme, without going overboard

knows how to review contracts

knows how to manage other vendors

knows Wedding etiquette

A Professional Wedding Coordinator

will conduct a feasibility study to determine how to achieve your Dream Wedding

won’t take over, but will assist you to realize your Dreams

offers a variety of services plans to suit your unique needs

ensure that your wishes and best interest are fulfilled, throughout the Planning process through the ‘Day Of’ activities

Typical levels of service include, but are not limited to:


Coordinator for Day Of, Partial or Complete service

or, whatever services you need

Selecting a Professional Wedding Coordinator, a Bride should

ask questions and rate how a potential Coordinator responds

feel comfortable with the Coordinator

have a sense the Coordinator is genuinely interested in fulfilling the Bride’s requests

ask for, and check references

The more questions asked, the more questions that are raised:

Why are you planning a Wedding?

Your reasons for having a public Wedding, versus elopement or civil ceremony




Who are the key players?


Attendants – your wedding party


Financier / decisions makers

Assumes what duties

When do you want your Wedding to take place?

Time of year

Seasonal Concerns / affect

Time of day


Proms, Holidays, Graduations, Sporting Events

Weather will impact on


Ceremony and Reception sites

Indoors/outdoors – special needs

Home, Church, Rented Space, Hotel, Country Club

Geographic location- site availability and variety

What experience do you possess to organize an event of such magnitude?

Budget – financial resources available


Society, Destination, Family & Friends

Food and Beverage Planning

Bar type


Theme development

Floral needs

Photography style

Formality, Attire



To accomplish goals

To select Wedding Professionals for assistance

Hire or fire Wedding Professionals

To find venues

Locate Wedding Professionals

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Sealed With A Kiss – Richmond

201 Towne Center West Blvd. #713

Richmond, VA 23233


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505 E Main St

Charlottesville, VA 22902


Writer’s Background:

Linda Vaughan

Special Affairs

Wedding Specialists / Event Planners

Since 1989

(540) 785-7508

International MBA (IMBA), Stratford University

Professional Event Management Certification, George Washington University’s School of Business’ Event Management Program

BS in Fashion Merchandising / Marketing, Pennsylvania State University

30 years’ experience in Marketing, Retail Sales and Management, Wedding Coordination, Event Management and Cosmetics Sales

Special Affairs

Coordinates Weddings of all types, sizes and budget

Coordinates Destination Weddings


Consultation only services

Professional service with a Personal touch

In-home services

Complimentary consultation

Installment payments plan

Full services and products for your Wedding or Special Affair

Let Special Affairs customize a Wedding for you, to reflect your individual style and personality.

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