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

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Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Jess and Patrick

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Jessica and Patrick were married on December 18th, 2016. They had a gorgeous ceremony and reception at the Mill on Fine Creek.

Jess came to us back in March to help her find the perfect dress. She had done a little shopping before coming in for her appointment with us, but had yet to find a dress she loved. The third dress she tried on with us turned out to be the “one.”

Congratulations Jess and Patrick!

Vendors:

Dress: Justin Alexander Bridal

Photographer: Mike Topham Photography

Venue: The Mill at Fine Creek

Wedding Gown Style: 2017 Trends

The new year is almost here, and with it we’re expecting a new set of designs from our designers. We saw many of the new designs at fall bridal market, and have seen “sneak peeks” of the designs expected to be showcased at the upcoming spring market, so we wanted to share what wedding gown trends you can expect to see during 2017.

  1. Ruffles

Gowns with ruffles have been scarce for a few years, but designers are bringing them back! For brides who think that an all-over lace gown or all-over beaded gown are too much, but don’t want a plain skirt, a ruffled skirt is a beautiful way to complement a more fitted bodice. We are so glad designers are sending us gowns with ruffles again!

2. Off the shoulder necklines

Off the shoulder necklines are so flattering, and we feel like we don’t see enough of them on wedding gowns, so we’re glad some of the designs from upcoming collections we’ve seen have featured them a lot more!

3. Plunging Necklines

Plunging necklines are another trend we’re expecting to see a lot more of in 2017, with designers taking a chance on more sultry looks. We can’t wait for our brides to fall in love with some of these styles!

4. Detachable Skirts, Trains and Capes

Detachable pieces have often been popular, but they were usually considered accessories that had to be specially ordered or custom made to go with the dress–but we’re noticing that 2017 is bringing us designs that already come with detachable skirts and capes, allowing brides to change up their look between the ceremony and reception without added time or costs. This is one trend we’re really happy about!

5. High necklines

Designers are also showcasing designs with higher necklines in a variety of styles! Whether you’re looking for a glam style or you’re more boho chic, there’s a high neckline gown you’ll love coming out in 2017.

Ask Pat: What to Expect when Wedding Gown Shopping

Question: I just got engaged (yay!) and am planning on visiting my first bridal shop this weekend, but I’m not sure what to expect. How does shopping for a wedding gown work?

Good question! There are several parts to the shopping process: the consultation, trying on the dresses, ordering, and finally the alterations. I’ll go over each portion of the process in more detail, but first here are some main points you should know before you go:

  • Depending on the day and time, bridal shops might not be able to take walk-ins, so it’s always best to call a few days ahead of time to make an appointment.
  • Start shopping early! We usually recommend ordering the dress 6-9 months before the wedding. If you’re shopping closer to the wedding date (less than 5 months) it may not be possible to order a new gown for you and you might need to purchase a sample gown off the rack and have it altered to your size.
  • One of the first questions you will get asked is what price point you want to stay around, so before you go you should have an idea about how much you want to spend on the dress. Wedding gowns can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, so your consultant won’t know which dresses to show you unless you’re honest with her about what you can afford. Nothing’s worst than finding the most amazing dress and then realizing you could never actually buy it.
  • Your consultant will usually come into the dressing room with you, so expect to get undressed in front of them. We understand that having a stranger see you in your underwear might be uncomfortable at first, but getting into the dress alone or with someone who doesn’t know how to fit it can be difficult. You’ll be happy to have a consultant who knows what they’re doing in the dressing room to help you.

Now I’ll go over what happens during each portion of the appointment. Things will vary from store to store, but this should give you a good idea of what to expect during your shopping experience.

The Consultation

Typically when you walk in you will be greeted by a consultant or stylist who will sit down with you and want to know all about your wedding and what you have in mind for a gown. They’ll ask what kind of look you’re going for (i.e. vintage, casual, modern), what styles you like (mermaid, ball gown, strapless, etc) and what your price point is. As I mentioned, it’s best to have a good idea of your price point before you go to your appointment but if you don’t have styles in mind yet that’s okay, especially if it’s your first time looking for wedding gowns! It’s often hard to know what you like and what you don’t until you’ve tried a few styles on, so just let your consultant know that you’re open to styles and she’ll choose a few different kinds for you to try on.

Trying on Dresses

Now comes the fun part–trying on dresses! Some stores have all their dresses in an area you can peruse through so that you can pick out styles you like, others will have their dresses in a different room or storage area and your consultant will choose which dresses to bring out and show you based on the styles you discussed. Keep an open mind when deciding what dresses to try on, as things often look different on your body than on the hanger. Ask your consultant to suggest styles and cuts that will suit you, even if it’s not necessarily what you had in mind. Brides will often choose a dress that is totally different from what they initially thought they wanted, so it’s good to see all your options!

As I mentioned in the things to know before you go section, you shouldn’t be surprised if the consultant joins you in the dressing room to help you get in and out of the dresses. As you try on each dress your consultant will tell you a little bit about its design, color and customization options. You should be honest about what you think and feel about each dress so that your consultant will know what style to have you try on next. Keep in mind that many dresses can be changed or altered to better suit the look you’re going for, so if you wish the dress had different sleeves or you wish the design was a little bit different, ask if it’s something that can be done.

Ordering

You might find the dress at the first shop you visit or you might need to visit two or three more shops before finding “the one”–the process for each bride is different! Whenever you do decide on the dress, the consultant will go over sizing and ordering with you. To determine the size you need to order they’ll take your measurements and compare them to the size chart for the designer of your dress–bridal sizing runs one to two sizes smaller than normal clothing sizes, so don’t fret if you come up a size bigger than you thought! Most brides will come up between sizes on the size chart and most places recommend ordering the bigger size. This is because dresses that are big can always be taken in, but if the dress is too small it can only be let out so much. Some designers offer custom sizing and/or custom hem length for an additional charge, and though it adds to the price tag you’re paying up front it will likely cut down on the cost of any alterations needed later.

Once this is done your consultant will go over the store’s ordering policy. Since bridal gowns are made to order, most stores have an all sales final policy on all bridal designs. Some stores require partial payment of your dress to order it, others will require that you pay in full before you order. Remember that a dress can take months to come in, so if you need to pay in full before ordering it’s best to do so as early as possible to be sure your dress arrives with plenty of time for alterations.

Alterations

Though the gown is being ordered in your size it might not be the perfect fit when it arrives–the hem might need adjusting, it might fit in some places but be a little tight in others, or you may have changed weight since you ordered. This is why your wedding gown will need alterations. Your bridal shop will either have an in-house seamstress or will recommend a seamstress who has experience altering wedding gowns to you, and will set up a time for you to begin alterations. Here at Sealed With A Kiss we tell our brides to begin alterations six to eight weeks before the wedding, but recommend starting earlier if your gown needs major work (like adding or removing an illusion neckline or taking it in more than two sizes). Keep in mind that alterations are typically not included in the original price of the dress and the cost will vary depending on the gown’s construction and the difficulty of the alteration.

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! 

Real Sealed With A Kiss bride: Jessica and Evan

Sealed With A Kiss Richmond bride Jessica and her new husband Evan married in downtown Richmond this past summer.

They had a gorgeous ceremony at St Joseph’s vineyard, followed by a fun, modern reception at the Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing.

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Jessica chose a wedding gown by Casablanca Bridal for her big day. It featured lace and delicate beading.

From the color palette to the venue, we loved absolutely every detail from this wedding.

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Congratulations Jessica and Evan!

Photo Credit: Shannon Moffit Photography

Ceremony Venue: St Joseph’s Villa

Reception Venue: The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing

 

 

 

November is a great time to visit Sealed With A Kiss!

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but we have a lot of great things going on at Sealed With A Kiss this November! Between our 3rd year anniversary special, Black Friday sale and our trunk show,  you couldn’t find a better time to visit Sealed With A Kiss to find the perfect dress. Read on for the details!

3rd Year Anniversary Special

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We cannot believe that our Short Pump location has been helping Richmond brides find the perfect gown for three years!! The time has seriously just flown by, and we are so happy to have welcomed so many amazing women into the Sealed With A Kiss Family. To celebrate, brides who purchase their gown from either location during the month of November will be eligible to receive a free plain veil or a free pair of designer earrings. Give us a call for details!

Black Friday Sale

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Our Black Friday Sale is back, and is going on now! Schedule an appointment to come in and find the wedding gown of your dreams at a price you will love. You won’t want to miss this!

Paula Varsalona Trunk Show 

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Our Paula Varsalona Trunk show is going on now and continues until Saturday, November 26th! Designer Paula has sent us many designs from the new collection and some past favorites, so if you’re looking for a stunning, one of a kind design give us a call and schedule a time to come in! If you say “yes” to a Paula Varsalona dress during the trunk show you can receive a 10% trunk show discount- just ask your stylist for details!

Small Business Saturday

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Saturday, November 26th is Small Business Saturday! It’s a day to “Shop Small” and support your local shops and boutiques. To celebrate, we’ll be offering specials and complimentary champagne for brides who schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to help you find your dream dress!

Paula Varsalona Bridal Trunk Show

Sealed With A Kiss is pleased to announce our fall Paula Varsalona Bridal Trunk Show!

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About Paula Varsalona Bridal

Here at Sealed With A Kiss we love Paula Varsalona Bridal. We’ve visited designer Paula’s studio in NYC multiple times to not only see the latest designs, but to see and feel the fabrics she uses and watch how her gowns are made. We are always impressed with the work she does.

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Operations manager Jessica and our owner Susan with Paula Varsalona

Paula’s collection varies in style, but the newest collections have two focuses- city chic and boho bliss. From full ballgowns to fitted mermaid styles, every one of Paula’s designs is an excellent display of fabrics and craftsmanship.

 

We also really love that Paula is more than willing to customize her designs for our brides. Whether you want to add sleeves or change a neckline, Paula can work with you to create the gown of your dreams.

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Brides, you really don’t want to miss this chance to see and try on Paula Varsalona’s latest designs- so book your trunk show appointment today!

Fall Market 2016 Recap

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It’s been a couple weeks since our trip to NYC for Fall Bridal Market, and we’ve finally recovered from the whirlwind of a trip it was. We saw and did so much during the trip, and we were impressed by what designers had out on the runway this season. Here are a few of the highlights!

Checking out the latest trends.

Sheer details have been showing up on the runways more and more, and this season was no exception. Many designers used sheer cut outs and sheer backs in their designs, while others opted to push the limit and showcase designs that were mostly sheer.

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Left Image: All over sheer design from Muse by Callie Tien; Right Image: Sheer side cut outs on an Anny Lin design.

Floral prints have also been on the rise over the last couple years, and we love it! Many brides are embracing colors and prints on their wedding gowns so it’s great to see that designers are answering the call.

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Left: New print design from Modern Trousseau; Right: Print design from Anny Lin

Seeing a brand new line.

One of our favorite designers, Callie Tien of Modern Trousseau, debuted her new collection–Muse. These gowns were haute couture at its best.

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We loved the high end fabrics she used in her designs, especially the lace. The silhouettes were dramatic, and brides who want to make a statement with their wedding gown are sure to fall in love with these gowns.

 

Catching up with the designers.

While the runway shows are fun to watch, often our favorite part of the market experience is talking to the designers–it gives us a chance  to find out how the new collection came about and what they’re working on next.

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From left to right: Our operations manger Jessica, Paula of Paula Varsalona Bridal, and our owner Susan at the Paula Varsalona Showroom

Paula of Paula Varsalona Bridal is always up to something–in addition to designing she teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and regularly blogs for bridalpulse.com. We had a great time hearing about her current endeavors, and we just can’t believe she found the time to create such a gorgeous collection amidst everything else she does. Her new line is a mix of “bohemian bliss” and “city chic,” and every bride is sure to find a gown she loves in the collection.

Anny Lin Bridal

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We’re always excited to catch up with Anny Lin, and her new collection did not disappoint! We always expect her gowns to have dramatic silhouettes and gorgeous details, but we were still in awe at how beautiful many of these designs were. Her new line featured gowns with sheer details, prints, 3-D flowers and lots of beads!

 

Overall we had a great time at market, and we are really excited about all the new designs we’ve selected to stock in our boutique. The worst part is having to wait for all our gorgeous new samples to arrive in store, but they are always worth the wait!

Customizing Your Wedding Gown Through Alterations

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Justin Alexander Signature Trunk Show

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Tomorrow’s a day we’ve been looking forward to for weeks–it’s the Justin Alexander Signature Trunk Show! During the trunk show we have a selection of gowns from the Justin Alexander Signature collection that we do not typically have samples of in the store, and brides who say yes to a Signature collection dress will receive a 10% discount on their wedding gown.

Sealed With A Kiss Richmond Trunk Show Dates: Friday, October 14th- Wednesday, October 19th. Call 804-393-2041 to schedule an appointment.

Sealed With A Kiss Charlottesville Trunk Show Dates: Thursday, October 20th- Saturday, October 22nd. Call 434-979-5683 for appointments.

About Justin Alexander Signature

Justin Alexander is world renown for their interpretation of timeless vintage fashion–and their Signature Collection is the epitome of elegance.

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Every one of their Signature designs has an unmatched attention to detail. Their gowns feature art deco inspired beaded patterns and dramatic cuts that are sure to make any bride feel glamorous.

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Every new collection is fashion forward and has designs and styles that are sure to flatter and fit the shape and style of any modern bride.

When we ask our brides why they love their Justin Alexander Signature dress, the most common response is the exquisite details and sleek designs. Their gowns are designed for the bride who really wants all eyes to be on her on the wedding day.

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If you’re ready to say yes to a Justin Alexander Signature dress, you won’t want to miss this trunk show. Give us a call or email pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com to schedule your appointment.