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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


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!


14 Jan 2015

 

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

Angela's Bridal
Jan. 15Th – Jan. 17Th 2015
126 State St.
Albany, New York, 12207
USA
1-518-869-1848
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Angela's Bridal has a great selection of Paloma Blanca wedding dresses, including these styles from our Spring 2015 collection:

Paloma Blanca Style 4555
4555

Paloma Blanca Style 4550
4550

Paloma Blanca Style 4552
4552

Paloma Blanca Style 4556
4556

Paloma Blanca Style 4563
4563

They also carry our Hope Brooch; a beautiful dove set in the finest European crystals, carrying a pink Breast Cancer support ribbon. All proceeds of our Hope Brooch will be donated to breast cancer research with the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Get yours today and wear it in memory of a loved one, for a fighter or a strong survivor. 

Paloma Blanca Hope Brooch

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

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13 Jan 2015

 

It was an evening filled with luxury and glamour as we attended the fourth annual WedLuxe Wedding show at the Arcadian Court in downtown Toronto, Ontario.

This year's theme was "It's Written In The Stars", and we knew the sparkling gold and silver constellations adorning the hallways were going to lead us to some stunning wedding inspiration.

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

Upon entering the main hall, we were greeted by a life-size cherry blossom tree and equally impressive and gorgeous fourteen-foot cake, that were part of a breathtaking Parisian Blossom Garden. And that was just the start. With every turn came more and more stunning displays by some of the top vendors in the city.

As we followed the constellations down the hall, the sweet smell of roses filled the air, letting us know we were getting close to the Floral Market where white and gold urn were brimming with roses in every shade of pink you could imagine. After picking up our take-home mini bouquet, we strolled over to Kleinfeld's Canada, where a shimmering gold runner lead us through rows of beautiful wedding dresses, spotting some of our top Paloma Blanca and Mikaella styles standing out along the way.

Our last stop of the evening was at the Pearl Moon Lounge, which looked like a scene right out of The Great Gatsby. There were art deco murals, lush bouquets of white roses and hydrangeas atop mirrored tables, soft purple lighting draping the room, and a jazz performer crooning for the crowd. It was the perfect end to an inspiring evening.

Here's just a glimpse of some of the wedding eye candy we saw:

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

 The 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show

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