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14 Jan 2015

 

Most of us will never have the opportunity to wear a gown to a red carpet event like our favourite celebrities at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards.  The closest we may come is our high school prom.  That is, until the day you say 'yes' to sharing your life with your sweetheart. 

It is an exciting time, and gown shopping can be a very enjoyable experience if you know what to look for. Last week we gave you 5 Tips When Shopping For Your Wedding Gown to get you started in the right direction. One of the points we made was to buy what fits your body shape. But what exactly does that mean? Body shape? It's no secret that we are all built differently. Ever gone shopping with your best friend and tried on the same pair of jeans? Even if they are different sizes, one just fits and looks better than the other, because proportionally you are different. This is why jeans now come in a variety of cuts, whether curvy, or boycut or petite. Knowing what shape you are will make it easier to find something that fits well.

It is no different when choosing a gown. There are so many options out there; empire cut, to ball gown, to trumpet, to modified A-line. Confused? Don’t worry! Over the next few months we are going to help you figure what to choose, and the first step is to figure out what your body shape is. For example, you could be an “Apple” or “Pear” shape. And no, we aren't making fruit salad here, nor are we talking about what dress size you are.  A size 16 and a size 6 bride can have the same body shape. It all has to do with our bone structure and muscle distribution.

Next week we will talk about our first shape, The Pear, and provide you with some fantastic gown options from our current collection that will look fabulous on this body shape. Stay tuned!


13 Jan 2015

 

With the breathtaking view of the Hudson Valley setting the scene for their wedding, Abby and Anthony celebrated saying "I do" with an intimate and elegant soiree.

Abby has kindly shared the details of her special day with us, including how she found her perfect dress:

Where did you find your dress?
Abby: Angela's Bridal in Albany, NY. It's a beautiful store with amazing dresses. There are many different styles to choose from, but you don't feel overwhelmed because everything is spaced out and very easy to look through the racks. The store has a very elegant and grand feel to it! 

What drew you to Mikaella Style 1802?
I knew I wanted something simple but yet unique, and the timeless 1802 was it! I tried on several dresses before 1802 and actually thought I found my dress the night before, but I already had an appointment lined up at Angela's and am so glad I did because I found "the one" there!

How did you and Anthony first meet?
Anthony and I met through a mutual friends 6 years ago. We are both musicians so had a common interest and hit it off right away! We dated for a few years, lived together for a few years and then finally tied the knot!

How did he propose?
I love to run. I went for a run on my 30th birthday and Anthony came with me. He stopped at one point, around the Reservoir in Central Park, because he said he needed some fuel (for running) and when I turned around, he was down on one knee with a ring (no fuel!) and asked me to marry him!

Tell us about your theme. What was the inspiration?
We didn't have a real theme for our wedding, but like my dress, I wanted it to be simple and elegant. When Anthony and I first got engaged, I knew I didn't want a big wedding and thought that maybe we should have a destination wedding or elope. Once we decided to have a "proper" wedding, I knew I wanted it to be very nice, but also very simple. I am not a frilly, over the top person, so the simple "theme" matched me (and Anthony) well.

Was there any aspect of your wedding planning experience that took you by surprise?
I was surprised by how little drama there was during planning! I was also really surprised at how amazing and fun it was to have (almost) all of our favorite family members and friends together in one place! It really was one of the best days of our lives. And I keep asking Anthony if we can do it again.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Mikaella Bride Abby got married in Style 1802.

Thank you, Abby, for sharing your wedding day!

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 Abby sent to us.

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Credits // Photography: Brandon Rodkewitz Photography


12 Jan 2015

 

For some, the Golden Globe Awards are a chance to see your favorite celebrity grace the stage in triumph, or to find some comedic entertainment on a Sunday night. For us, it was all about the glamorous line of celebrity looks parading down the red carpet. Here are our picks for looks that we think brides will be swooning over this wedding season.

Gina Rodriguez
Gina Rodriguez

Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick

Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger


09 Jan 2015

 

As the weekend approaches and brides everywhere are heading out to find their perfect gown, we thought we'd share some of our top shopping tips to help make your experience fun and as stress-free as possible.

Know what looks good on you
Before you head out to buy your wedding gown, take a look in your closet. What is it filled with? Are all your shirts short sleeved versus long? Do you prefer pieces with lots of embellishment? Is the overall look of your closet vintage, or perhaps it's new and modern? Your everyday style is a great indicator of what looks good on you. Keep these style choices in mind when searching for your gown.

Bring undergarments and shoes
By bringing the undergarments and shoes that are the same height as the ones you'll be wearing on your wedding day, your seamstress will be able to alter the size and height of your gown more accurately, ensuring that you leave with a better fit.

Start early
Many manufacturers require 4+ months to complete your dress, and this doesn't include the alteration appointments you will need once your gown has arrived to your authorized retailer. By giving yourself plenty of time to find your dream gown, you'll avoid the stress and worry that your dress won't be ready on time for the big day.

Buy what fits your body shape
Whether you want to tone-up, or have other pre-wedding fitness goals in mind, choosing a gown that fits your current body shape will ensure that it looks fabulous on you no matter what.

Trust your instincts
Not every bride has a tear-filled moment when she tries on her perfect dress. Some brides just know that their gown is "the one". Does your gown make you feel beautiful, special, and excited for your big day? Then we say trust your instincts and go for it!

Have you already purchased your gown? We'd love to hear some of your shopping tips!


08 Jan 2015

 

Last night saw the premiere of Say Yes To The Dress Canada; a local spin on the hit show that originated at Kleinfeld's in New York City. To celebrate the premiere, we tuned in and held a live Twitter chat with other viewers as they weighed in on the their favourite moments of the show.

Early on in the premiere, it was clear that chic elegance was the theme of the evening as we watched brides Natalie P and Ainsley T both say 'yes' to some beautiful dresses. There was sleek satin, flowing ruffles, and hints of sparkle as these brides walked out of the change room smiling. Their choices had us thinking of some Mikaella styles that also offer any bride the perfect combination of style and grace:

Mikaella Style 1965

Mikaella Style 1965

Mikaella Style 1908

What is your favourite part of these styles? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

To see our tweets from last night's live chat, visit us on Twitter (@MikaellaBridal) or search the hashtag #SYTTDC.