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07 Jan 2015

 

Every Mikaella bridal gown is deeply important to us, which is why we dedicate all our efforts and talent into design and quality. With more and more emphasis being put on buying locally and supporting local talent, here are just a few reasons why we are proud to offer a Canadian made product to the bridal community:

Service
Our knowledgeable team is always just a phone call or email away! When you contact Mikaella, you are speaking to the people who oversee the manufacturing of your dress; from the very moment we receive your order, to the moment it's ready to ship off to our Authorized Retailers. We have never missed a wedding day in our 75 + years of business, and our dedicated in-house team strives to keep it this way.

Quality
Our gowns are magnificently crafted from the highest quality fabrics and stunningly accented with beautiful hand detailing and embroidery. Our passion for dressmaking has lasted nearly a century, and by keeping our dresses made in-house, it's a passion that our team can grow together on a daily basis.

By creating and producing all of our bridal gowns in our manufacturing centre in Toronto, Canada, we are easily able to conduct the quality control checks necessary to ensure every dress is finished impeccably, tastefully and to perfection.

It's All About The Bride
Since everyone from our designer, to our pattern makers, to our seamstresses, all work out of our manufacturing centre, we have the ability to make certain custom changes to your order. Have you found your dream gown but need to add extra length to the skirt? Or would you like to add straps to an otherwise strapless design? We can accommodate those changes for you. We want you to walk down the aisle in a dress that makes you feel beautiful and special; made just for you!

Have you said "I Do" in a Mikaella bridal gown? Leave a comment letting us now what you loved about your dress.


02 Jan 2015

 

Owned by husband and wife team, Matthew and Amanda Schmalz, The White Dress is a premiere bridal boutique in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon. Their showroom features an extensive collection of designer dresses to fit every bride's personality, budget, and style, including dresses from Mikaella Bridal.

We spoke to Amanda to learn more about her boutique and what brides can look forward to when they stop by.

Mikaella Style 1959

What led you to opening up your own bridal boutique?
I have worked in bridal and styling for about 10 years now. Since the first time I helped a bride find her dream dress, I fell in love with the industry. I not only love the gowns themselves, but I love helping customers and making brides feel beautiful. For the 6 years prior to opening my own shop, I worked for a national bridal company in Beverly Hills. I opened and trained staff for 3 additional locations throughout the United States during my time there. In early 2014, my husband and I wanted to move back to our home town of Portland Oregon. When we discussed moving, we also decided that we wanted to open our own bridal shop. I left my job in Beverly Hills in August of 2014, and we made the move back to Oregon. We wanted to open a dress shop here because there has not been a new dress shop in Portland for awhile. We also feel that our store is different in that it will bring an upscale, one-of-a-kind experience that you can not get anywhere else in Portland, and we have dresses for every budget.”

Who are brides likely to meet when visiting your boutique?
“There are 3 full time bridal stylists in addition to myself working at the store. I chose genuine and passionate girls to join my team. Although we will be an upscale store, I want everyone to be welcomed with a warm smile when they enter our store!”

What inspired you to carry the Mikaella Bridal line?
“When I went to the Los Angeles bridal market I knew I wanted to look at the new Mikaella collection. I have known about this collection for awhile from The Knot and other publications. I think the collection is timeless and elegant with clean lines. The price point is perfect for the amazing quality of the dresses.”

What are the hopes and goals for the future of your new boutique?
“My hopes and goals are that brides who visit The White Dress tell their engaged friends to shop with us because of the wonderful experience they had. To me, this is when you know you have done a great job and referrals are the best way to grow your business. I want to establish a great reputation and become the best bridal shop in the Portland area. I have no dreams of expanding. I want to be around for years to come providing excellent customer service and a once in a lifetime experience to every customer.”

You can see these styles from our Spring 2015 Collection at The White Dress Bridal Boutique:

Mikaella Style 1952
1952

Mikaella Style 1953
1953

Mikaella Style 1954
Style 1954

Mikaella Style 1957
1957

Mikaella Style 1966
1966

Congratulations to The White Dress Bridal Boutique on your grand opening! We wish you all the best on your new venture.

The White Dress Bridal Boutique
918 SW Yamhill Street
Portland, OR  97205
USA
503-206-4852


01 Jan 2015

 

LuLu's Bridal Boutique will be holding an in-store event this weekend, so if you're in the Dallas, Texas, area, call them to book your appointment and see some of our dresses from the Spring 2015 collection.

LuLu's Bridal Boutique
Jan. 2nd – Jan 4th
1215 Dragon Street
Dallas, TX 75207
USA
214-871-9610

LuLu's Bridal Boutique has a great selection of Mikaella Bridal wedding dresses, including these styles from our Spring 2015 collection:

 

Mikaella Style 1952 (Front)

Mikaella Style 1952 (Back)
1952

Mikaella Style 1954 (Front)

Mikaella Style 1954 (Back)
1954

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

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31 Dec 2014

 

Over the past few weeks, we have been excitedly counting down the days until the New Year and our Dresses Of The Year. With less than twenty-four hours until we reach 2015, it's time for the big reveal!

Mikaella Style 1864

With its delicate v-neckline, cap sleeves, beaded empire bodice, and fit and flare skirt, Mikaella Style 1864 offers a look of soft romance with its all lace design.

Mikaella Style 1802

With its sleeveless bodice, illusion lace bateau neckline, low back, and ribbon belt with with flower embellishment, Mikaella Style 1802 offers the perfect blend of classic elegance and modern style.

Thank you to everyone who has made these styles, and all our dresses, part of their special day. 


30 Dec 2014

 

When Jacqueline and Matthew were planning their wedding day, they made sure every last detail was covered. On June 14th, 2014, after a beautiful ceremony, the bride and groom, along with their guests, danced the night away making for a memorable end to the perfect day.  Jacqueline graciously shared the details of her wedding day with us, and how she chose Mikealla Style 1802 as her dress.

Where did you first see your wedding dress?
“I saw the Mikaella 1802 dress in a bridal boutique located in Illinois right outside of Chicago (Gigi's Closette). My bridal consultant brought it to me and suggested that I try it on and when I did, it fit me like a glove. I had never seen a dress like it before which was even more exciting. It encompassed everything I was hoping to find and more.”

How did you and Matthew meet?
“We met at work! We worked on the same team and had desks right by one another. We developed a friendship early on but knew there was something special between us. Much like my Mikaella wedding dress, I had never met or dated a man like him before, but when I did and explored the opportunity, I knew he was the one.” 

Tell us a bit about your wedding day?
“We had a vision and it all came together even better than we were expecting. We had thought out every detail and what would make for the best day and it really couldn’t have gone better. We had perfect weather, everything went as planned and our guests had an amazing time. We were blown away by how much fun everyone was having, how amazing our vendors were and how beautiful everything looked. Also, our dance floor was packed all night. Dinner ended, the dance floor opened and EVERYONE got out of their seats and started to let loose.”

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?
“Oh so many! One that jumps out is when I was dancing with my brother as my brother gave me away and I looked over and saw my husband standing there with a huge smile on his face and a look of admiration. It just reinforced that I married the man I was meant to be with and how much I loved him and he loved me.”

Best advice for brides-to-be?
“Every bride says this after their wedding but ENJOY it because it will FLY by. Just roll with the punches and don’t stress about anything too much. Whether it’s exactly how you want it to be or it isn’t, it won’t matter because it will be over and done with before you know it and all you will have are the memories.” 

What’s one word you could use to describe your wedding day?
“Personal.”

Mikaella Bride Jacqueline in Style 1802

Mikaella Bride Jacqueline in Style 1802

Mikaella Bride Jacqueline in Style 1802

Mikaella Bride Jacqueline in Style 1802

Mikaella Bride Jacqueline in Style 1802

Mikaella Bride Jacqueline in Style 1802

Mikaella Bride Jacqueline in Style 1802

Mikaella Bride Jacqueline in Style 1802

Photos by Pamela Yasuko at Pamela Yasuko Photography.

Thank you, Jacqueline, 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 Jacqueline sent to us.

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