Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Ashley and Colin

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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?

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Vendors:

Venue: King Family Vineyard
Photography: Jillian Michael Photography, Mary Stafford Photography
Catering: BBQ Exhange, The Local Restaurant and Catering
Dress: Justin Alexander from Sealed With A Kiss
Veil: Laura Jayne Bridal from Sealed With A Kiss
Planner: It’s Your Day Weddings & Events
Floral Design: Over the Top Flower Shop
Calligraphy: Yellow Door Calligraphy
Cake: Buttercream Dreams, LLC
Rentals: MS Events
Band/Music: The Blue Tips, Sam Hill Entertainment
Hair and Makeup: The Spot Beauty Shop

 

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Wedding Gown Style: Sabrina Necklines

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Kelley and Colin

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Kelley and Colin were married on May 13, 2017, at The Thursday Club in San Diego, California.

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Kelley first visited us last fall, not quite sure what style she wanted for her wedding day. We made sure she tried on a little bit of everything, and while we had narrowed down the type of styles she was liking, we hadn’t quite found the “one.” Then her mom pulled something totally different off the rack–Kelley didn’t think it looked that great on the hanger, but was willing to try it.

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Turns out, it was everything she didn’t know she was looking for–and the sample fit perfectly! She walked out of store with her dream dress.

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We’re so happy that Kelley’s special day has come, and it looks like it was just perfect.

Congratulations again Kelley and Colin!

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Dress: Casablanca Bridal

Photographer: Peterson Design and Photography

Venue: The Thursday Club Wedding and Event Venue, San Deigo

Styled Shoot at Mount Ida Farm

We were so pleased when we were approached to participate in this styled shoot at The Lodge at Mount Ida Farm–we knew and had worked with many of these vendors previously, and knew that we could expect this shoot to turn out beautifully. And we weren’t wrong! Look through to check out some of the amazing shots taken during the shoot, and keep an eye out on our social media pages to find out what websites and blogs it gets featured on!

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Vendors:

Dress- Lillian West from Sealed With A Kis

Venue- The Lodge at Mount Ida Farm

Coordination- Courtney Hildebrand with Two Byrds Events and Design

Cocktail- The Local Restaurant and Catering

Rentals & Décor- Paisley & Jade and MS Events

Draping & Lighting- Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting

Dessert- SweetHaus Photographer- Audra Wrisley

Photography Florals- Hedge Fine Blooms 

 Ring- Trumpet & Horn Model- Meg Killroy

Model- Will Diefenderfer

Hair & Makeup- The Spot Beauty Shop

Snow – Atlanta Special FX

Sleigh & Horses- Mount Ida Farm

Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Lori and Brian

Our Sealed With A Kiss bride Lori and the love of her life Brian tied the knot!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We are so happy that Lori and Brian found each other, and wish them many happy years to come.

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Dress: Lillian West

Photographer: Heather Chipps Photography

Venue: The Inn at Willow Grove

Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Shasta and Andrew

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!

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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.

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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.

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We are so blessed to be able to call Shasta a Sealed With A Kiss bride. Congratulations and best wishes to you and Andrew!

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Vendors:

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
Invitations: Minted
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.

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…

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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!