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!
Dear Pat: I did all my research and started dress shopping a year and half before my wedding date, to be sure I give myself plenty of time to look, and luckily I think I’ve found the perfect dress! It’s still more than a year until my wedding though, so it seemed a little too early to actually buy it–but my consultant said I really shouldn’t wait! What do you advise? Even though I’m sure that this dress is the “one,” I feel like I should wait a few months until I purchase it.
As stylists, we here at Sealed With A Kiss can understand that it’s difficult to say yes to a dress so long before the actual wedding day, but in most cases the earlier you buy the better! Depending on the designer, dresses really do take anywhere from nine to six months to come in, but anything can happen–shipments get delayed, or it could arrive in the wrong size or color, and you’ll feel a lot better knowing that you have plenty of time before the wedding to deal with any issues that might come up. Designers also discontinue making designs quite frequently, and often without much notice–so it could be that the dress you’re in love with now will no longer be available to order if you wait a couple months. If you’re sure you love the dress, it’s best to get it as soon as you can!
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We’re pleased to share these photos from our Sealed With A Kiss bride Ashley’s wedding! She tied the knot at King Family Vineyard on May 6, 2017. Doesn’t she look gorgeous in her Justin Alexander gown?
Venue: King Family Vineyard
Photography: Jillian Michael Photography, Mary Stafford Photography
Catering: BBQ Exhange, The Local Restaurant and Catering
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.
Our Sealed With A Kiss bride Lori and the love of her life Brian tied the knot!
These two love birds wanted to celebrate their new life together in a small, special ceremony surrounded by only their closest family members and friends. It took place at The Inn at Willow Grove, and was captured by Heather Chipps Photography.
Lori and Brian are one of the most deeply in love couples we have ever seen. Each picture captured a smile, and an expression of bliss. They obviously couldn’t wait to start their new lives together.
When Lori first came to us she was concerned about finding the right gown in such a short period of time–it was only a couple of months until her big day. Choosing a dress turned out to be easy–she tried on a light gold a-line style from Lillian West, and we all knew it was the perfect look for her big day. The gown suited her perfectly.
We are so happy that Lori and Brian found each other, and wish them many happy years to come.
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!
Congratulations to our Sealed With A Kiss bride Shasta and her new husband Andrew! They were married May 20, 2017, but their love story has been years in the making– 11 years to be exact!
According to Shasta’s mom, Debbie, Andrew told her way back then that one day he would marry Shasta–she thought nothing of it. Little did she know that the two of them were truly meant to be.
They were married at the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, in a lovely ceremony in font of their friends and loved ones.
Shasta came to us early on in the wedding planning process, not knowing how long it might take her to find the perfect wedding gown. She ended up saying yes to the dress that very day–a gorgeous beaded ball gown from Casablanca Bridal.
We are so blessed to be able to call Shasta a Sealed With A Kiss bride. Congratulations and best wishes to you and Andrew!
Dress: Casablanca Bridal from Sealed With A Kiss
Photography: Anna Kardos Photography
Videography: DeVries Productions
Planning & Coordination: Karissa Coffey Events LLC
Venue: Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia
Floral Design: fleurish & bloom
Make-Up: Shasta Hypes
Hair: Noble Salon
Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: Mad Skillz
Photo Booth & Music: Prime Time Sound & DJ Services, LLC
Rings: Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry
Bride’s Jewelry: kate spade new york & Tiffany & Co.
Congratulations to Sealed With A Kiss bride Meghan and her new husband Evan!
They tied the knot on April 29th, 2017.
When Meghan first walked into our store, she was immediately drawn to a soft blush ballgown on the rack. She tried it on and loved it, but it was the first dress she had ever tried on so she made an appointment to return another day to try on more styles.
When she came back for her appointment she tried on a variety of other styles, but nothing compared to that very first blush ballgown. We put her back in the dress, and this time she was sure that it was the “one.”
We’re wishing them many years of love and happiness!