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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

 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!


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.

 Pear

 Pear

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!


20 Jan 2015

 

The North Carolina Museum of Art was the fun and modern setting for Amanda and Derek's wedding day celebrations. The bride wore Paloma Blanca Style 4455 that she found at Traditions By Anna, and finished off her bridal party look with rich, navy bridesmaids dresses and bright pops of hot pink.

We asked Amanda to share more of her wedding day experience with us:

How did you know your dress was “the one”?
Amanda: When I put it on, it literally brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't stop smiling and could perfectly picture myself walking down the aisle in that dress!

How did he propose?
On one knee, in Bryant Park in Manhattan. We had gone to NYC every year since we started dating, so getting engaged in the city was really special. 

Tell us about your theme, what inspired it?
We chose the North Carolina Museum of Art for our venue, so we knew that we wanted a very modern wedding. The museum's design is dominated by stark, clean lines and a neutral, white color palette, which makes small bursts of bright color really pop. The restrained use of hot pink was the thread that tied everything together; we used it on everything from the chevron pattern on the cake to the flowers on the dinner tables to the bridesmaids' shoes and bouquets. Almost everything else was bright white, including the invitations, the table linens, the dinnerware and, of course, my dress!

Best advice for brides-to-be?
Do your best to have your wedding style match your and your soon-to-be husband's vision. The day is about the two of you and should be a reflection of you guys as a couple. Try not to let others make all the important decisions for YOUR day (unless, obviously, their input is something you truly seek)!

What’s one word you could use to describe your wedding day?
Perfect!

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Paloma Blanca Bride Amanda in Style 4455

Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your wedding day with us!

If you're a Paloma Blanca bride, we'd love to hear your story. You can also read more of our Real Bride stories in our Real Bride Gallery, including the one that Amanda submitted to us.

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Credits // Photography: Carolyn Scott Photography