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30 Jan 2015

 

The fashion and bridal industry are ever changing. As we're in the studio shooting our next collection, our Spring 2015 Collection is rolling out into stores worldwide.

Although we can't give away too much from our current shoot until it's released, we're pleased to share our behind-the-scenes video from our Spring 2015 Collection in the meantime.

Have you tried any of these dresses on yet? Let us know what you love about them.

 

 


28 Jan 2015

 

Previously we talked about Pear shaped brides; smaller top, larger bottom.  The Apple shape is the complete opposite.  The physical characteristics of this shape could be broader shoulders, fuller bust, more slender thighs and bottom and a less defined waist. An Apple, may also be a split size; having their bust and waist a different size then their hips. So, unlike our Pear sisters, you may be buying that pair of jeans to fit your waist circumference rather then your hips and bottom.

When you're gown shopping, there are a few things that an Apple shaped bride may want to keep in mind.

Choose a gown that will give definition to your waist. A style that cinches in your waist will create a more balanced proportion. A wide ribbon at the waist, or a slightly dropped waist ed style are great options. Try a style with asymmetrical pleating or rushing, it does wonders for creating a defined waist.

 Apple

 Apple

Think about necklines that will draw attention upward while flattering your bustline. V neck, and plunging are great options. However if you already have broad shoulders you may want to steer away from necklines that will make you look wider, like off the shoulder designs.

 Apple

Avoid column type dresses or trumpet and mermaid styles with exaggerated flare outs from the knee. This will emphasize a less defined waist.  

The Apple shaped may prove to be a little more challenging when gown shopping, but definitely not impossible.  Choosing the right silouhette and proper gown fitting will ensure a flattering fit to your gorgeous Apple shape.

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!


27 Jan 2015

 

Becky, an English and Drama teacher, took her love of books, plays, and all things literary, and incorporated them into her whimsical storybook themed wedding day. Looking beautiful in Mikaella Style 1755, she said 'I Do' do her high school sweetheart, Aiden, as they wed in the English town of Fleetwood.

We caught up with Becky to hear more about her special day:

How did you know your dress was "the one"?
Becky: It's funny because people say you "just know!" I was beginning to think I'd never have that moment because nothing that I'd tried on so far had REALLY excited me. I did see one dress that I'd liked in a previous shop and I remember telling a friend about it. She asked me why I hadn't bought it there and then. I told her that I still wanted to keep looking. I remember her saying to me, "It isn't the one then. You wouldn't walk out of the shop and leave it if it was." And she was right. When I tried on my Mikaella 1755 dress, admittedly I did try on others in the same shop afterwards, but I just kept on going back to that. I tried it on a second time, added the veil and....burst into tears. It was the simple dramatic finish I had been looking for. I tried it on and voila! It was the one!  It was the first dress to move me in any way shape or form. My mum was also in tears, we hugged and without batting an eyelid, we paid the deposit there and then. There was NO way I was going away to think about it. I wanted it right at that moment. One piece of advice, if it doesn't make you cry and if you do contemplate "looking elsewhere" before going back for it- keep looking. Your dream dress is STILL out there and that isn't it.

How did he propose?
It was my birthday. Aiden had gone on and on about how big my present was off him and how he didn't know how to wrap it. I kept thinking what on earth it could be. Anyway, on the morning of my birthday, Aiden took me into the kitchen of my parent's home- where we lived at the time. Not long before we got engaged, my dad died very suddenly. The day he died, he was about to sign for a new kitchen in our house- he had designed the kitchen himself and all that was left to do was to sign for it. Unfortunately, he never lived to do so, and so obviously, the plans were put on hold. A few years later, me and my family decided to bring his plans back to life and to have the kitchen built in his memory, just as he'd planned. Knowing how special the kitchen was to me (and I know it probably seems a random place to anyone else- hence the explanation) he lit the kitchen in fairy lights and had my dad's ipod playing on the docking station with one of mine and Aiden's favourite songs on. Anyway, I saw the HUGE box in the corner, I took the lid of it and tons of balloons floated out of it up into air. I then looked in the box to realise nothing else was in there. With that, I turned around to look at Aiden confused, and there he was, down on one knee with the beautiful ring in it's box. THIS time (unlike when he asked me out), he DID ask me the question properly!!!

Tell us about your wedding day theme. What was the inspiration?
Our theme was a Whimsical Storybook theme. I am a Drama/English teacher and I love books, plays, quotes and all things literary. So it just seemed perfect. I spend evenings trailing the internet reading inspiring quotes and I wanted our wedding to be filled with quotes about love. I also have an obsession with old fashioned books, the big chunky ones with gold edging on the pages. My house is full of them, and so we transported these to the wedding venue and filled the room with them. The reception room was literally filled to the brim with flowers, bows, vintage tea cups, fairy lights, candles, quotes, hearts and old books. I walked in and it LITERALLY took my breath away. I also loved how the simplicity of my dress looked against the busy room that was filled to the brim with detail. Our invitations were little story books that had our love story inside. Our favours were handmade bookmarks with our favourite quote on from Emily Bronte, "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." And instead of table numbers, we had chapter numbers, and each chapter (table) had it's own literary quote on. And the day really was a whimsical fairytale.

What was your favourite moment?
It's so difficult to pick. I absolutely adored walking down the aisle and meeting my husband to be. But there was one moment during my day, where I was left utterly speechless.  Before my dad died, he had been renovating an old MG car. It had failed it's MOT and was, quite frankly, ruined. When he died, it stayed in the garage, rotting, getting older and even more ruined. We had thought about what to do with it many a time, but with wheels missing and the engine failing to start, it stayed there ever since. Unbeknown to me, my amazing mum, sister and neighbour had began renovating his MG for the wedding. It was to take Aiden to the church on the morning, and then be revealed to me later. I had literally NO idea about it. After the speeches, my mum asked everyone to gather outside and I was to walk out with my eyes closed. When I opened my eyes, my guests, parted down the middle, and behind them was my dad's car, all shiny and new! The moment I saw it was truly beautiful. It was not sad or depressing, it was the most special moment of my life. I don't go on about my dad's death in a depressing way, I very much keep my dad alive in everything I do now. The fact Aiden arrived to marry me in my dad's most precious possession, meant to me, that my dad took Aiden to marry me that morning. Obviously I'd have my dad here any day if that was possible, but in the circumstances, I could not wish for anything more than for his car to have taken Aiden, my husband, to the church on our wedding day!

 Becky & Aiden

 Becky & Aiden

 Becky & Aiden

 Becky & Aiden

 Becky & Aiden

 Becky & Aiden

 Becky & Aiden

 Becky & Aiden

 Becky & Aiden

 Becky & Aiden

 Becky & Aiden

 Becky & Aiden

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 Becky sent us.

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Credits // Photography: John Boswell Photography


23 Jan 2015

 

January is one of our favourite times in the wedding world – couples are getting engaged, excited brides are shopping for their wedding gown, and it’s when all of the colour and style predictions for the coming year begin to surface.

Pantone, the world-renowned authority on colour, recently announced their choice for colour of the year: Marsala. "Whether in a flat or textured material, or with a matte or gloss finish, this highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range."

How will you incorporate this shade into your wedding colour scheme?

 Marsala

 Marsala

 Marsala

 Marsala

 Marsala

 Marsala

Photos courtesy of Pinterest.


22 Jan 2015

 

Let’s talk about pears...Pear Shaped Brides, that is.

The term “pear shaped” does come from the shape of an actual pear.  If you go to the supermarket and pick up a pear, you will see that the top portion of the fruit is smaller than the bottom portion.  Relating this now to the human body, pear shaped women have larger hips, thighs and bottoms, but their upper body is usually quite petite.  A pear shape bride may be a split size, meaning that their bust, hips and possibly even waist, are all different sizes.  At times, this makes it difficult to find clothing that fits well in all the right spots.  Jeans are the best example; you have to purchase jeans that fit the largest area (your bottom half) but this leaves you with a gap at your waist. If this has happened to you, congratulations, you might be a pear!

When shopping for a gown, there are a couple things that a Pear Shaped Bride might want to keep in mind:

Choose a gown with detail around the neckline. This draws the attention to your upper body.

 Pear

If your bottom half is an area that you would rather deemphasize, choose a gown where the skirt skims over your hips and thighs.  An Aline gown is your best option. Ball gowns and empire cuts are also great choices.

 Pear

To balance your shape, consider a gown with wider straps, cap sleeves, bolero, or a fuller skirt. This will emphasize your small waist and create an hourglass silhouette.

 Pear

For those of you who are quite happy to flaunt your bottom assets, choose a gown that is more fitted around your hips. Just keep in mind that because you may be a different size at your hips then your bust you may need some alterations to be done. Ask your retailer about split sizing.

 Pear

With these options and tips, shopping for your pear shape should be a little easier and a lot more fun.  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!