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23 Feb 2015

When looking to the red carpet for elegant fashion inspiration, the red carpet at The Oscars is hands down THE event to watch. Last night, we tuned into catch all the glitz and glamour and boy, were we ever pleased! From bright reds, to soft creams, chignons to beach waves, The Oscars red carpet was a beautiful sight for any viewer. Here are some of our favorite details from last night, and more on how you can get these looks!

When we think of high necklines, we may think of turtle necks that protect us from the bitter cold of winter. But last night we saw several celebrities wearing this high neck styles with grace and elegance.

Cate Blanchett wore her high neckline dress with a stunning turquoise beaded statement necklace. Scarlett Johanson took accessorizing to a new level, sporting an emerald beaded choker along with a matching deep v-neckline gown. Felicity Jones wore this trend in the form of a heavily beaded halter gown. If this high neckline look is something you love, take a look at several of our Paloma Blanca styles.

Which styles were your favourite?


19 Feb 2015

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

J Andrews Bridal
Feb. 20th - Feb. 21st, 2015
Wisdom Pointe Shopping Center
277 Hwy. 74 North
Suite 211
Peachtree City, Georgia, 30269
USA
770-487-5680
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J Andrews Bridal has a great selection of Paloma Blanca wedding dresses, including these styles from our Spring 2015 collection:

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Paloma Blanca Style 4559 Front View

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Paloma Blanca Style 4557 Front View

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Paloma Blanca Style 4551 Front View

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12 Feb 2015

 Hourglass

Last week we talked about Banana shaped brides, aka the rectangle or column, having a long and slender build.

This week we want to talk about the hourglass figure. In keeping with our fruit trend, think of the hourglass as two oranges stacked one on top of the other...the double stacked orange.

Characteristically, a women with an hourglass figure has a bust and hip that has the same or almost the same measurement, with a waist that is smaller.  So for example, 36, 26, 36.  This means that a size 6 or size 16 bride could be considered an hourglass. The actual number doesn’t make you an hourglass, it is the proportional breakdown of the numbers. While this maybe be one of the easier shapes to dress, like everyone else, our hourglass friends may still run into some fit issues; having clothes fit properly at the waist probably being the most common.

The goal for this shape would be to choose a gown that flatters your curves. When gown shopping, there are a few things that an hourglass shaped bride might want to keep in mind:

If you are looking to show off the curves that you have, bust, waist, hips, then choose a Fit and Flare style. Trumpet, mermaid, or bias cut gown would also be great choices for you.  Ruching at the waist, or a fabulous beaded belt will emphasize your narrowest asset.

Paloma Blanca Style 4550 Front View

Paloma Blanca Style 4563 Back View

There may be some of you who are less willing to show off certain areas of your hourglass and would rather downplay those curves, for example, your hipline. If this is the case then choose a Ballgown or a gown with an A-line skirt. Or it may be something with a more modest neckline, like a scoop rather then a deep sweetheart.

Paloma Blanca Style 4560

Paloma Blanca Style 4561 Back View

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! 


10 Feb 2015

 Heather & John

When Heather was planning her wedding to her now husband John, she wanted a day full of warmth and love. Surrounded by friends and family, she said "I do" in Paloma Blanca Style 4364.

We asked Heather to share more of her cozy winter wedding with us:

Where did you find your wedding dress?
I found my dress on my third shopping trip, and in a rather unconventional way. My first time trying on dresses was in Ottawa, where my grandparents live. I wanted my grandma to be part of the experience, and we almost settled on another dress, also by Paloma Blanca (4104) but I wanted something that hugged my figure a little more. My second trip was with a group of girlfriends on a weekend getaway. Nothing hit me as “the one.” Finally, I made an appointment at Bridal Beginnings, and struck out on my own. Yes, I shopped by myself – no mom, friends, or family. I did have the amazing assistance of Sam, my consultant. We blazed through about 10 dresses with no luck. Finally, I stepped out into the lobby for a break, turned around, and saw this amazing dress on a mannequin. I had to try it on. And after Sam zipped me into the dress, I told her “ok, I think we’re done shopping!” It was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made (second to saying “yes” to my husband, of course.)

How did John propose?
John and I love the outdoors. We take every opportunity to get out and explore, which is why on an unseasonably warm November Saturday, he asked if I wanted to go for a walk in Schenley Park, one of our favorite places to go. I had absolutely no clue what was about to happen – he acted so natural and didn’t let on what he had planned!

After about 30 minutes, we had made our way down to a creek that runs through the park. Spotting a little “island” in the middle, John pulled me onto it. There, surrounded by nothing but fallen leaves and slowly trickling water, he began saying so many wonderful things. And then, he was down on one knee, asking me to marry him.

My favorite part of the story is that, in order to prevent me from peeking had I found the box, John left the wrapping paper from Orr’s on. He pulled the box out of his pocket still wrapped, and my hands were shaking so badly that I couldn’t get the paper off! Of course, it eventually did, and he slid the most beautiful, custom, just-for-me ring on my finger. We spent the rest of the afternoon together, quietly celebrating (and staring at my left hand) before we called our family and friends. It was wonderful to have that time to ourselves before the whirl of wedding planning kicked in.

Tell us about your theme, what inspired it?
John and I were incredibly lucky to have met the absolute perfect wedding planner, Kate Lemos Brown. Honestly, we would not have been able to pull off anything without her. We wanted a winter wedding – cozy, intimate, and rich with texture and warm candlelight. We settled on creamy ivories, subtle gold and silver, and lush, deep red. We picked the Lincklaen House, a historic inn, and basically took over the whole place for the weekend! We really wanted great food, good wine, and only our closest friends and family. Everything had balance – natural materials like pine cones and branches to even out the metallics, and textures that complimented each other. The idea was to make guests feel like they were comfortable, surrounded by friends, and enjoying a cold winter night. Whistlestop Florist nailed the décor – overflowing mantles, flickering candles, and tall centerpieces that made you feel like you were looking up into the woods.

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

 Heather & John

Thank you, Heather, 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.

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Credits // Photographer: Leo Timoshuk Photography / Floral: Whistlestop Florists / Venue: Lincklaen House / Bridal Accessories: Abigail Grace Bridal / Wedding Planning and Design: Lovewell Celebration Design


09 Feb 2015

Last night we tuned into the 57th Grammy Awards and chose our top beauty and fashion looks fit for a Paloma Blanca wedding. Here are some of our favourite red carpet looks:

Makeup Minimalist
This look has been worn heavily on the red carpet this passed year. Enhancing your skin's natural glow with some bronzer, and applying nude lipsticks are a sure way to highlight your beauty on your special day. Don’t be afraid to add in some shimmering eye shadow to really wake up those eyes. Here's how you can achieve this look:

1. Choose a powder bronzer that has buildable coverage which will allow you to start off with less and add more if needed.

2. If you find that matte nude lipsticks are not flattering on their own, use a high shine lip gloss on top to really make those lips pop.

3. Grooming your eyebrows for this look is highly recommended. If you want a fuller eyebrow, try going with a natural fill with a nice blend.

 The 57th Grammy Awards

Something Blue 
The Grammys are notorious for tradition-breaking fashion, and this year was no exception. “Black tie attire” was worn with a twist as we saw a handful of gentlemen looking dapper in Navy. We love this idea for a groom looking to also make a statement on his wedding day.

 The 57th Grammy Awards

What was your favourite look of the evening?