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17 Feb 2015

 Katie & Peter

The sunny beach of Jamaica was the backdrop for Katie and Peter's tropical wedding. Wearing Mikaella Style 1850, the bride celebrated with friends and family who had traveled from all over to honour the happy couple. Katie shares more of her special day with us:

How did you and Peter meet?
Peter and I met at work. He worked for a different branch of the same company until they transferred him to my area to manage my branch.  We soon became close friends and spent the first year or so just having fun and getting to know each other. Even though I’m not one of those brides that get to use “love at first sight” in their stories, I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. Our romantic relationship stemmed from a solid friendship and a true understanding of each other as individuals, and today I’m lucky enough to call him both my best friend AND my husband!

How did you know your dress was "The One"?
At the risk of sounding cheesy, you really DO just know! The Mikaella 1850 was literally the first dress I tried on and it brought tears to my bridesmaid’s eyes when I walked out of the dressing room. But NO ONE buys the first wedding dress they try on, right? So, I (stupidly) ended up parading through 3-4 other bridal shops and trying countless other dresses, knowing that I’d already found the “one.” At the end of a LONG day, The White Magnolia Bridal Collection was kind enough to squeeze me in between back-to-back fitting appointments to let me put it on one more time. And that’s all she wrote! I loved every moment wearing it and, three months later, I’m STILL getting compliments about it. I wish I could wear it again!

Why did you choose Jamaica as the destination for your wedding day?
In addition to being beach and ocean lovers by nature, Peter and I knew from the start that we wouldn’t be happy spending 6-12 months meticulously planning a traditional wedding that would be over in the blink of an eye. We loved the idea that, as opposed to being pulled in a million different directions in a short period of time, destination weddings give you a whole weekend (or more!) with your closest friends and family. However, we knew traveling probably wouldn’t be convenient for most of our guests and went into it with the understanding that we’d be fortunate to have 30-35 friends and/or family members attend.

We were shocked when our RSVP count reached a mind-blowing 84 guests! It’s a really humbling experience when you get that kind of response and we’re SO lucky and blessed to have such AMAZING friends and family!  The experience as a whole was the most fun we’ve EVER had and we whole-heartedly attribute that to our guests.

What was one of your best wedding day moments?
It’s probably cliché, but my absolute favorite wedding day moment was watching Peter’s reaction as my mom walked me down the aisle. I don’t think I’d ever seen him smile so big before… and, (he’ll probably HATE that I’m publicizing this), but he even got a little emotional and teary-eyed! In all the years we’ve been together, it was the first time I’d seen that reaction out of him and it still gives me goose-bumps.

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

 Katie & Peter

Thank you, Katie, for submitting your wedding to us!

If you're a Mikaella Bride, we'd love to hear your story! You can also find more of our Real Bride stories in our Real Brides Gallery, including the one Katie sent to us.

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Credits // Photography: Phillip Loyd Photography / Venue: Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Resort / Flowers: TAI Flora


12 Feb 2015

 Hourglass

Last week we talked about Banana shaped brides, aka the rectangle or column, having a long and slender build.

This week we want to talk about the hourglass figure. In keeping with our fruit trend, think of the hourglass as two oranges stacked one on top of the other...the double stacked orange.

Characteristically, a women with an hourglass figure has a bust and hip that has the same or almost the same measurement, with a waist that is smaller.  So for example, 36, 26, 36.  This means that a size 6 or size 16 bride could be considered an hourglass.  The actual number doesn’t make you an hourglass, it is the proportional breakdown of the numbers. While this maybe be one of the easier shapes to dress, like everyone else, our hourglass friends may still run into some fit issues; having clothes fit properly at the waist probably being the most common.

The goal for this shape would be to choose a gown that flatters your curves. When gown shopping, there are a few things that an hourglass shaped bride might want to keep in mind:

If you are looking to show off the curves that you have, bust, waist, hips, then choose a Fit and Flare style. Trumpet, mermaid, or bias cut gown would also be great choices for you.  Ruching at the waist, or a fabulous beaded belt will emphasize your narrowest asset.

Mikaella Style 1955 Front View

Mikaella Style 1964 Back View

There may be some of you who are less willing to show off certain areas of your hourglass and would rather downplay those curves, for example, your hipline.  If this is the case then choose a Ballgown or a gown with an A-line skirt. Or it may be something with a more modest neckline, like a scoop rather then a deep sweetheart.

Mikaella Style 1959 Front View

Mikaella Style 1966 Back View

Which tips have you found to be the most helpful?

Stay tuned next week when we'll be sharing another body shape and how to shop for your perfect wedding gown! 


09 Feb 2015

Last night we tuned into The 57th Grammy Awards and chose our top beauty looks fit for a Mikaella bride. It seems that red was left just for the carpet this year as celebrities were puckering up in pink.

Flirty in Fuschia

Celebrities from Miranda Lambert to Jennifer Hudson were pouting their lips on the red carpet in the hottest lipstick trend of the year: Fuschia! Who knew this color would climb its way from the 80’s back into the Hollywood spotlight?! Here are some tips how you can rock this shade:

1. Remember to keep the rest of the makeup natural and hide away the bronzers for this look.

2. Use a flat concealer brush to outline your lips for a clean, crisp finish. This is a great trick if you happen to misplace your lip liner.

This is an excellent choice for any bride looking to effortlessly add color to her lips without worrying about her skin tone. 

 The 57th Grammy Awards

 

Our suggestions:

 The 57th Grammy Awards

From left to right: Mac girl about town // Nars, Schiap // L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm Pop in Wild Lil // Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain, Barcelona Nights // Stila Liquid Lipstick in Magenta Plum

Posh in Pastel Pink
Used in place of the traditional nude lipstick, we found celebrities reaching for a pastel pink this year. You may find that nude tones wash out your skin's natural glow, so this pastel pink trend is a perfect alternative. However, it is easy for this trend to come across powdery or dry in appearance, so keep a sheer finish lipstick in mind. Here are a few more tips for the perfect pink pout:

1. Dab a little concealer over your lips before applying your lipstick, this will ensure that the color pay off is the exact color you were expecting.

2. Try a monochrome look with this pastel lipstick, finish it off with a subtle peach or pink eye shadow.

 The 57th Grammy Awards

Our suggestions:

 The 57th Grammy Awards

From left to right: Urban Decay obsessed // Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout // NYX Matte Lipstick, Pale Pink // Shiseido, Serenity // Nars, Roman Holiday

Which colour would you choose for your wedding day look?


04 Feb 2015

 

Last week we talked about Apple brides; broader shoulders, fuller bust, more slender thighs and bottom, and a lesser defined waist.

Let’s add another fruit to our mix: the Banana, aka the rectangle or column. This shape can be defined as long and slender “boyish” figure or athletic build.

While proportionally the Banana has a balanced upper and lower body and quite a slender frame, at times may have a less defined waist. The goal for this shape is to create curves. To do this, you will want to split up the body to draw the eye upwards and downwards.

When you're gown shopping, there are a few things that a Banana shaped bride might want to keep in mind:

A gown that nips you in at the waistline will do the trick of splitting up your body by adding volume to your bust and your hips. Fit and Flare styles, with a flare out from the knee will also assist in doing this.

 Banana

Scoop necks and sweetheart necklines are great options for a smaller bust. Cowls and beading will add detail to a bustline that may need a little attention

 Banana

While many shapes may steer clear of the cling of a bias cut gown, the slender frame of Banana shape can embrace it.

Banana shape can also look fantastic in a full skirt gown like a Ballgown, A-line skirt or empire cut.

 Banana

Which tips have you found to be the most helpful?

Stay tuned next week when we'll be sharing another body shape and how to shop for your perfect wedding gown! 


03 Feb 2015

 

Love & Lace Bridal will be holding an in-store event this weekend, so if you're in the Irvine, CA, area, call them to book your appointment and see some of our dresses from our Spring 2015 collection.

Love & Lace Bridal
Feb. 6th & 7th, 2015
3800 Barranca Parkway
Suite F
Irvine, California, 92606
USA
949-861-8455
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Love & Lace Bridal has a great selection of Mikaella Bridal wedding dresses, including these styles from our Spring 2015 collection:

Mikaella Style 1953

Mikaella Style 1958

Mikaella Style 1959

This favourites from our previous collections will also be available:

Mikaella Style 1903

All of our upcoming In-Store Events can be found on our Events page.

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