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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

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?

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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01 Oct 2014

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Woolwich Wedding Wishes event! We are overjoyed to announce that the numbers are in, and the event raised $8 000 for the Grand River Cancer Center- that is incredible!
It’s truly remarkable to see what a community can put together and produce for such an amazing cause, and we are honoured that we could be a part of it. Thank you, Linda, for making Bonnie's dream come true!
Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner Lenny Zinger, who won a Paloma Blanca or Mikaella wedding gown of her choice. She will be visiting Taylor’s Bridal Boutique this week to say yes to a dress!

In light of this amazing news and that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are very excited to introduce our Paloma Blanca Hope Brooch to the public. Our Paloma Blanca Hope Brooches can be purchased at your nearest Authorized Retailer for $25, with all proceeds being donated to breast cancer research with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, check out our official Hope Brooch page, or contact an Authorized Retailer near you.

18 Sep 2014

Earlier this summer we were approached by our Authorized Retailer from Elmira, Ontario, Taylor’s Bridal Boutique. Linda from Taylor’s Bridal Boutique shared a beautiful and touching story with us about an event that they are holding this weekend, a wedding show with all proceeds going to the Grand River Cancer Center.

The idea for this event was sparked in May 2013 by a long time Taylor’s Bridal Boutique sales associate, Bonnie. Bonnie was a 10 year cancer survivor after battling breast cancer, and after she was given a clean bill of health, she went on to work at Taylor’s Bridal Boutique assisting countless brides and bridesmaids with finding their perfect dress. Despite learning that the cancer had returned in 2013, Bonnie stayed positive and continued to work with her clients and with Linda at Taylor’s Bridal Boutique, and shared her idea of putting together a wedding show where all proceeds would be donated to the Grand River Cancer Center.
Through work and treatment, Bonnie continued to make plans and lay the ground work for the event, but sadly she lost her battle to cancer in September 2013.

Linda has since picked up where Bonnie left off and has finished putting together the Woolwich Wedding Wishes Wedding Show in Elmira. The Wedding Show will be held at the Elmira Lions Hall this weekend on Sunday September 21st, 2014 from 12pm to 5pm.

Elmira Lions Hall
40 South St. W.
Elmira, On

Admission is $5 and there will be a Grand Prize draw during the event. Tickets for the Grand Prize are $5 each or 5 for $20. Paloma Blanca and Mikaella are honoured to donate the Grand Prize: a Paloma Blanca or Mikaella wedding dress of the winners’ choice.

The Wedding Show will also feature a fashion show and have a number of wedding vendors set up at the hall, as well as a BBQ and a silent auction.

If you are in the Southwestern Ontario area, please do not miss out on this spectacular event in honour of such an amazing woman and truly deserving cause. For more information, please contact the staff at Taylor’s Bridal Boutique:

Taylor’s Bridal Boutique
49 Arthur St. S.
Elmira, On N3B 2M6

Raising awareness for breast cancer is a cause that is very close to our hearts here at Paloma Blanca. We proudly take part in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run For The Cure, and have also started selling our Paloma Blanca Hope Brooch at select Authorized Retailers. All proceeds from our Paloma Blanca Hope Brooch will be donated to breast cancer research with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, please speak to an Authorized Retailer near you.

18 Jul 2014

Panache Bridal (Santa Barbara) will be featuring Paloma Blanca for their Featured Designer Event this weekend! If you're in the Santa Barbara, California area, now is a great time to look at their selection of Paloma Blanca gowns!

Panache Bridal (July 18th, 2014 - July 20th, 2014)
1315 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA, 193101

A few of the Paloma Blanca wedding dresses you will find at Panache Bridal are:

Paloma Blanca Style 4450
Style 4450

Paloma Blanca Style 4456
Style 4456

Paloma Blanca Style 4461
Style 4461

When we asked the team at Panache Bridal what they loved about our wedding dresses and why they wanted to feature us this weekend, they said that our dresses are perfect for summer weddings! Light weight Silk Dupioni and beautiful lace gowns are fantastic for the bride who wants to be able to dance the night away in comfort! Thank you, Panache Bridal, for featuring us this weekend!

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