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15 Dec 2014

 

It was an amazing night for the Canadian wedding and event industry as professionals from across the country were honored at the 1st annual Canadian Industry Wedding Awards. Judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts that included Randy Fenoli, Marcy Blum and Rebecca Grinnals, the awards were created "to provide a national, impartial platform to distinguish and honor the exceptional talent found within Canada's vibrant wedding and events industry".

From the moment you stepped inside the Ritz Carlton in downtown Toronto, you could feel the buzz of excitement in the air. Upon arrival, guests were whisked away to the second floor Grand Foyer where they were treated to a gorgeous sweet table, a charming cotton candy stand, and a chance to capture some fun moments on the red carpet before the awards ceremony. The main Ballroom was nothing short of glamorous as sparkling chandeliers illuminated the dance floor and stunning floral arrangements added splashes of color throughout.

Paloma Blanca attended as a national nominee for "Canadian Gown Designer Of The Year", and we're proud to announce that we won! It was an honor to be a part of such a prestigious event and to be recognized amongst our peers. Congratulations to all of the evening's winners and thank you to everyone who supported us! 

 


12 Dec 2014

Over the passed few months, there has been quite a buzz surrounding our Spring 2015 Collection. A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes in preparation for our launch, and we're excited to finally share that our new collection is now available to view online!

 

You may also notice a new look over at www.palomablanca.com. To accompany the launch of our Spring 2015 Collection, we've revamped our site to better showcase our gowns and to make it a more enjoyable place for you to visit.

 

Here's a glimpse at what our new collection has to offer. We hope you love what you see! 


23 Oct 2014

Mockingbird Lane Bridal is holding an In Store Event this weekend! If you are in the Dallas, TX area, make sure to make an appointment so you can stop by and check out some of our Fall 2014 Wedding Dresses.

Mockingbird Lane Bridal (October 24th 2014 - October 26th, 2014)
5602 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206
USA
214-823-6873

Paloma Blanca Style 4505
Style 4505

Paloma Blanca Style 4510
Style 4510

Paloma Blanca Style 4511
Style 4511

They also have a beautiful selection of our Classic Collection Weddings Gowns, including:

Paloma Blanca Style 4451
Style 4451

Paloma Blanca Style 4455
Style 4455

For all of our upcoming In Store Events, take a look at our Bridal Salon Events page. To stay up to date with all of our Paloma Blanca news, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!


23 Oct 2014

Panache Bridal in Pasadena is holding an extended In Store Event this weekend! Their event started last week on October 17th, and they have extended the dates to end on the 26th. Now is the perfect time to check out our Fall 2014 Collection if you are in the Pasadena, CA area!

Panache Bridal
82 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
USA
1-626-585-8200

Book your appointment now and you could try on one of these Fall 2014 dresses:

Paloma Blanca Style 4502
Style 4502

Paloma Blanca Style 4510
Style 4510

And who can forget these Classic Collection Gowns that will also be available?

Paloma Blanca Style 4461
Style 4461

Paloma Blanca Style 4465
Style 4465

Paloma Blanca Style 4363
Style 4363

Take a look at our Bridal Salon Events page for all upcoming In Store Events, or get our updates by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!


14 Oct 2014

It’s a very special Tie The Knot Tuesday today at Paloma Blanca! This week's bride, Julia, was our contest winner back in February- her friend Lucia nominated her with this beautiful story and Julia won her dream dress, our Paloma Blanca Style 4403, and our V434F veil as well! Julia picked her prizes up at our Authorized Retailer Mira Couture, and then travelled to Zanzibar Island in July with her now-husband Keith for their dream wedding.

Julia's Dream Dress, Paloma Blanca Style 4403.

Paloma Blanca Bride Julia and her husband Keith.

Our Dream Dress Contest Winner Julia in Paloma Blanca Style 4403!

Julia and Keith tying the knot.

How did you know your dress was "the one"?
Julia: "When I first started looking at wedding dresses on the internet, I got a ton of inspiration and I found lots of styles that I really liked, so when I went to meet Julie at Mira, I went there with an open mind and selected dresses of all styles and fabrics. I think I tried on 7 or 8 dresses and most of them looked so beautiful on me. I think Julie knew right away that dress 3 (the one I wound up selecting) was going to be the winner as she put it to the side. I tried it on twice, just to get a second look at it and I really fell in love with it. I particularly liked the pleating and the gorgeous shape. I’m quite average in height and weight and the dress really accentuated the waist. The neckline was exactly what I wanted too, so there was little question that this would be my final choice."

Paloma Blanca Bride Julia and Keith walking along the beach on Zanzibar Island.

Julia in her Dream Dress on her wedding day.

Julia and Keith on Zanzibar Island.

Paloma Blanca Bride Julia and her husband Keith on their wedding day.

How did you and Keith first meet?
"Keith and I met on my 30th birthday at a restaurant in Chicago where I celebrated with a bunch of friends. One of my pals brought along Keith who he works with at times. Keith is from London, but spends every other month in Chicago as part of a work assignment. Since this was my birthday party, all of my friends were surrounding me and there wasn’t much of an opportunity to even talk to Keith until a bit later. I thought he was cute, but it wasn’t really the kind of setting to get to know each other and have meaningful conversations. At some point during the evening, we did have a chance to chat a bit and we got along so well. The conversation was so effortless and interesting that we continued talking for what seemed like hours. I would like to say though that Lucia exaggerated a bit when she said that I was like “This is the one” – although I can’t remember what I actually said but I’d like to think I’m a little more collected and cool than that."

Congratulations Julia and Keith!

Paloma Blanca Bride Julia and her husband Keith on their wedding day.

Julia and Keith on Zanzibar Island.

How did he propose?
"Traveling is a big part of Keith’s job and not only does he come to Chicago regularly, but he also gets to go to places like Hong Kong and the Middle East. I have never been to most of those places but I was super excited when he suggested that I come along sometime to explore places when it starts to get cold in Chicago. So in November 2013 we took a trip to Dubai and spent about 10 days there and one evening he surprised me with a private dinner at the beach at one of those glitzy hotels. At first I thought that it was thoughtful because it coincided with Thanksgiving, but the romantic decoration and me being greeted by the hotel staff with flowers did indeed make me wonder. We enjoyed a great meal and afterwards moved a few feet over where they set up a cute bench and cocktails. I was so nervous that I can’t even remember what we talked about, but at some point Keith became a bit serious and started talking about our relationship. Only moments later he went down on one knee and pulled out the most beautiful ring and asked me to marry him. Of course I screeched Yes!"

The setting for Julia and Keith's dream wedding.

Julia and Keith's friends and family on Zanzibar Island.

What was your favourite aspect of your wedding?
"It was altogether the best day ever. We agreed that we wanted a small wedding and it had to be on a beach with white sand and palm trees and as we started researching it became quite clear that we wanted a more unusual location. Zanzibar was exactly that – a small, sleepy island off Africa that’s so colorful and exotic. It was really our idea of a barefoot wedding (although we both wore flip flops). The restaurant where we had our wedding dinner doesn’t even have electricity, although for us the owner “borrowed” some electricity from the neighbor. It was all so basic and that was what we loved the most. I don’t think that there are many brides that can say that they were totally chilled out on their wedding day without any meltdowns or bridezilla moments."

Julia and Keith's beach wedding ceremony.

Julia in Paloma Blanca Style 4403.

Paloma Blanca Bride Julia and her husband Keith exchanging rings.

Tell us a bit about your wedding day?
"We got up early and had breakfast with our guests. We had 4 people staying with us at the villa we rented for the week and all other guests were in surrounding hotels. After breakfast, Keith and I took some time to practice our vows and putting on the rings which turned out a bit more difficult than expected. The hot weather and humidity made our fingers swell a bit and only with the help of a few drops of olive oil, we were able to get them on. We also made a few small changes to the ceremony plan by incorporating some words spoken by selected guests. Our wedding planners arrived shortly thereafter to set up at the beach and to brief our guests of the program while I retreated to the bedroom with my stylist to get my hair and make up done. I could hear that guests were slowly trickling in and I started to get very excited! I couldn’t wait until I’d finally make my way to the beach. When it was time, I was accompanied “down the aisle” (more like between palm trees) by a local African jazz duo. The ceremony itself was brief and lighthearted, very cheerful and happy. We did manage to get the rings on and we did a decent job with our vows. After a short photo session with the photographer, we opened a few bottles of champagne and started the celebrations. Dinner was a 15 minute walk through the village at a cute beach restaurant and we took lots of beautiful pictures along the way. We wound up eating, drinking and dancing for the rest of the night …"

Julia and Keith's rings.

Paloma Blanca Bride Julia's African Jazz Duo.

What song did you dance to for your first dance?
"Into My Arms by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds"

Julia and Keith's wedding day.

What’s one word you could use to describe your wedding day?
"Colorful"

Congratulations to Julia and Keith on their dream wedding!

Photography by Andrew Morgen.

Julia, we are thrilled that we could be a part of your wedding day! Thank you so much for sharing, and all the best for you and Keith in the future!
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