What Silhouette Looks Best?

When helping a bride find her wedding gown, we often encounter a bride who says she doesn’t know what looks best on her body. If you google “what looks best on my body type”, you will be inundated with how to decide your body type and what  you should wear based on that. We don’t play by those rules because there is always an exception.

We encourage a bride to bring pictures of dresses she loves to give us an idea of her style then, using them as a guide, we pull gowns that will look great on her. The wedding and reception location sometimes also play a role, but, ultimately, the style of dress should be based on what looks best and makes you feel like a beautiful bride.

If there was a universal silhouette, it would be the A-line. An A-line dress is flattering to every body style because it is fitted through the bust and waist then graduates out at an angle to the hem of the gown. Style 8627 from Justin Alexander is a perfect example.

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Ball gowns seem to have a bad reputation. Brides sometimes think you have to be very tall to make it work. Choosing the perfect dress is all about proportions. If you are vertically challenged (as I am at barely 5′), a ball gown is certainly an option if the bodice is short and ends at the natural waist. On the other hand, a tall bride can not only wear a ball gown, but a drop waist can be especially thinning on her. Style 8502 is a silk chiffon ball gown from Justin Alexander that has a natural waist.

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The same basic concept is applied to a mermaid, trumpet or fit and flair. Proportion-wise, a simpler style may help to elongate a bride’s silhouette if she is small. Sometimes we will have a bride say she would like to wear a fitted style, but she is concerned about her curves. Asymmetric draping, or ruching, goes a long way to cover those places on our bodies we like to mask.blushbridal.ja8683

The last style is a simple sheath. Fitted in the bust and waist, a sheath falls straight to the floor. A sheath style can be flattering on most body styles as well. They are typically a simpler silhouette and can appeal to more mature brides or those planning a destination wedding.

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The best advice we can give when shopping for your wedding gown is to keep an open mind. Sales associates will use your pictures as a guide, but more often than not, a bride will ultimately choose a gown that is completely different than her original thought. Most of all, enjoy the shopping experience!

Frosty Photo Shoot

I love it when I am invited to be a part of a styled photo shoot. As a bridal salon owner, my job is done the week prior to the wedding when the bride picks up her gown. The alterations have been finished, we steamed her gown and it’s ready to go. I never get to be a part of the big production and rarely even get to see pictures in the end.

During a styled shoot, I get to see first hand what the other wedding professionals do and I am in awe. You really have to have a great eye to be a wedding planner, florist, or, especially, a photographer. I have a great camera, but I point, click, and hope something pretty happens. Lelia Bartruff with Lelia Marie Photography showed us a little of what she can do with a camera… and magic happened.

The day came together with a great group of wedding professionals. Even Mother Nature added her little touch in the way of snow. It meant chilly weather for the model and team, but added a fantastic glimmer to the final product.

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Thank you to a great team of wedding professionals and the lovely model, Laurie. (If you have been to Blush Bridal, you know that we name dresses. This lovely Sincerity Bridal gown was named “Laurie” after the first bride who ordered her. It was so fitting that it looked amazing on our model who was also aptly named Laurie.)

Venue:  Oak Hill Estate and Barrel Oak Winery

Event Planner: Simplicity Events by Johanna

Dress: Blush Bridal Boutique

Hair & Makeup:  Enlightened Styles

Hair Pieces:  Ann Leslie Designs

Florist: Buttercups Floral Design

Cake:  Gateau

Stationery:  Staccato

Linens:  Everything Linen