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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!


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