Styled Shoot at Mountain Run Winery

The wonderful Emily of Emily Marie Photography contacted us a few months ago with the idea of an Irish themed styled shoot, just in time for St Patrick’s day. She chose to use a new design from Sorbello Couture, our in-house line of wedding gowns designed and crafted by our store owner, Susan, and the dress suited Lynzie, the model, perfectly. The shoot turned out more beautifully than we could have imagined, and we’re so happy to share some of our favorite photos from that shoot with you! All photos were taken by Emily Marie Photo.

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Vendors:

Dress: Sealed With A Kiss

Photography: Emily Marie Photo

Venue: Mountain Run Winery

Designers: Emily Marie and The Posey Detail

Florist: The Posey Detail

Cake Artist: Sorby Sweets

Make-up and Hair: Mane Street Hair Salon

Stationary: Pineapple Street Designs

Rentals: Bride and Joy

Linens: Main Street Linens

Ask Pat: I saw a dress online that I love, how can I track it down?

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!

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

Ask Pat: How long before the wedding should I get my dress altered?

Dear Pat: My dress just arrived (yay!) but I still have about six months before the wedding–when should I start my alterations? I’d like to get them out of the way, but what if I gain or lose weight between now and the wedding? When do most brides start the process?

Here at Sealed With A Kiss we usually tell our brides to start alterations 6-8 weeks before the wedding–typically this is close enough to the wedding date that you’re unlikely to lose enough weight to change how the dress fits. While this is a general rule, however, we often recommend starting alterations sooner under these circumstances:

If you are not doing your alterations locally. Many brides will have their alterations done in their hometown or the town the wedding will be located, rather than where they live, which can often mean arranging time off of work and booking flights. In this case it’s okay to start alterations early enough to give yourself plenty of time to make at least two trips to see your seamstress or tailor.

If you are planning on re-designing any portion of your dress. Making major changes to your dress–for example adding an illusion top to a strapless dress, or drastically altering the silhouette of your dress–will take more time than typical alterations, so you’ll want to give your seamstress plenty of extra time to re-design your gown.

If the dress is way to big or way too small (we’re talking more than two sizes). If you bought a too big or too small dress in a sample sale, or if you’ve drastically changed in weight since ordering the dress, adjusting a gown more than two sizes can mean a lot more work for your seamstress. Adjusting it to your size may mean adding fabric or completely taking it apart and readjusting for your proportions, which can be tricky. In this case the more time you can give your seamstress to work on your dress, the better!

In some cases, it might be best to wait until just a few weeks before the wedding date to begin your alterations. Usually your seamstress will recommend this if:

You tend to fluctuate weight.

You plan on actively losing weight up until the wedding day.

Depending on the dress, just a difference of five pounds can mean the dress fits a little too big or too small, so if either of the above applies to you it might be best to wait closer to the wedding date to have the dress altered.

In all cases, it’s best to call your seamstress or tailor, tell them what your dress needs done and when your wedding is, and ask them what they recommend. They have the expertise to know how long certain alterations will take to perform, and will be able to give you a good sense of when to get the process started.

Coming this April: Justin Alexander Trunk Show!

We are so excited to announce our Justin Alexander Trunk Show at Sealed With A Kiss Charlottesville this April!

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During the trunk show we will have a number of gowns by Justin Alexander not usually available in store for brides to try on, and special pricing will be available on trunk show gowns. It’s the perfect time to say yes to the dress!

Appointments are strongly preferred, so be sure to schedule yours soon!

Just call 434-979-5683 or request an appointment online at http://sealedwithakissbridal.com/appointment.

Learn More About Justin Alexander Bridal

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Designs in the Justin Alexander collection are timeless and elegant. The gowns are vintage-inspired, reminiscent of the classic gowns of the 1950s, but always with a modern edge.

The dresses are designed to create fabulous silhouettes, perfectly accentuating the figure of every bride. We also love the fabulous details incorporated into the designs, from the stunning bead work…

to the gorgeous back designs….

to the perfectly designed necklines.

It’s easy to see why brides love Justin Alexander dresses.

To see more of his designs, visit http://www.justinalexanderbridal.com.  And don’t forget to schedule your appointment for the Justin Alexander Trunk Show at Sealed With A Kiss!

10 Tips For Preparing Your Dress For Your Big Day:

 

1) Get some air the night before.

Make sure that you let the dress breathe by taking it out of the bag and allowing it to hang, supported by the hanger straps. Be sure the dress is in a room that is safe from the curious hands of children and pet paws.

 

2) Discuss with your hair and makeup artist the best way to get into your dress.

Be sure to come up with a plan to figure out how to get into your dress once your hair and makeup is finished.  Ask your hair and makeup artist for suggestions!

 

3) Put on  your shoes after you put on your dress.

Take a seat and allow someone to help you into your shoes after you are in your dress. Stepping into your dress with heels on runs the risk of snagging the material.

 

4) Determine how you will best use the ladies room.

Yes, we know this is weird,  but this is one of those things a lot of brides don’t think about and is important! Most dresses are going to either be fitted and difficult to maneuver in for this activity, or a dress with a full skirt can make bathroom access tricky. Discuss with a trusted friend, maid of honor, or perhaps a female relative how they might need to assist you.

 

5) Get familiar with your bustle.

Most dresses will have a custom designed bustle. Review how to do your bustle with the one who will be pinning or tying it for you.  It’s helpful to practice this at your final dress fitting.  You can also have your seamstress take a quick video of the process!

 

6) Look out for your train.

Be sure to bustle your dresses train as soon as possible after the ceremony, pictures, or first dance. This will help prevent damage to your dress.

 

7) Make a checklist

Does your dress have multiple parts? A ribbon for a corset, a slip or crinoline, or a jacket or overlay? Make sure all pieces are pressed or steamed, and in the garment bag with the dress. Be sure to include your veil and accessories, too!

 

8) Have a few safety pins on hand.

You never know when a safety pin may come in handy! Accidents happen, regardless of how well your dress fits. Safety pins are a must have for your big day!

 

9) Take one thing at a time.

Don’t rush getting dressed. Take your time! Enjoy every moment on your special day.

 

10) Take pictures.

Invite your photographer into your dressing room to capture special moments with the special people in your life.

Written by Nancy

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

Wedding Gown Style: Gowns with Pockets!

More and more designers are adding a little something extra to their designs–namely, pockets! Goodness knows on the wedding day there will be several small items such as bobby pins, tissues and lipstick that you’ll want to keep handy, and these dresses give you a convenient place to store them. Take a look through some of our favorite designs with pockets!

1. This first pick has pockets built right into the silk Dupioni skirt. The bodice is fully beaded, and there are silk and rhinestone buttons to the end of the train.

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2. We love this Thai silk ball gown! It has a v-neck bodice accented with scalloped lace, and a lace illusion back with buttons.

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3. This two-piece wedding gown is absolutely fabulous! The bodice features a drop waist, sweetheart neckline and beautiful lace appliques, while the mikado skirt is complemented with buttons and a cathedral lace train. lw6440collage

4. Brides adore the lacy off the shoulder neckline on this gown! The gathered waistband accentuates the waist, which flows into a very full gathered silk skirt.

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5. For the bride interested in a glamorous look, this gown is bound to be perfect! Beaded appliques over metallic lace adorn the bodice of this V-neck ball gown to the basque waistline. This royal look is completed with an illusion V-back, Silk Dupioni skirt, pockets, and a cathedral length train.