Fabulous Fashion Show Recap: Winchester Bridal Expo 2015

We love participating in local events and meeting newly engaged fashionistas! Last week, we were the featured bridal boutique at the Winchester Bridal Expo.

This event was held at Shenandoah Country Club. Our fashion shows were a smashing success, and allowed the audience to view a beautiful collection of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Here are some of our favorite looks. All photos courtesy of All About Emotions Photography. Hair and makeup by L.L. McKee Hair Studio. Flowers by Buttercups and Snellings Floral.

Special congratulations to Elizabeth Boone of Winchester! She was the winner of the wedding gown from Blush Bridal Boutique at the Winchester Bridal Expo! We can’t wait to help her to select her dream dress!

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Fabulous Fashion Show Recap: Downtown Culpeper Bride and Groom Expo

We love participating in local events and meeting newly engaged fashionistas! Last month, we were the featured bridal boutique at the first Downtown Culpeper Bride and Groom Expo. This event was held at Culpeper Center. Our fashion show was a smashing success, and allowed the audience to view a beautiful collection of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Here are some of our favorite looks. All photos courtesy of Ciao Bella Photography. Hair and makeup by Main Street Hair Studio. Flowers by Good Earth Flowers.

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Trunk Show Alert: Israeli Designer Julie Vino’s Latest Collection

If you’ve spent any time on social media in the last month, I’m sure you’ve swooned over the wedding gowns from Israeli designers like Berta Bridal and Galia Lahav. In our search for the most amazing wedding gowns, we found our favorite Israeli designer: Julie Vino.

Julie Vino’s dresses are a combination of classic laces and fabrics with a touch of sexiness to make a fabulous modern style wedding gown. If you are on the hunt for sheer lace sleeves, a low back or a plunging neckline, Julie Vino has the dress for you!  We are thrilled to announce that we will have Julie Vino’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection at Blush Bridal Boutique for a trunk show June 19-21, 2014.

Julie Vino studied fashion design and held internships with leading fashion houses in Canada and Israel. Six year ago she created her own brand in Israel and has just expanded to the U.S. market within the last year. Blush Bridal Boutique is the first bridal salon on the East Coast to carry the collection. If you are not familiar with the collection, allow me to introduce the stunning FallWinter collection from Julie Vino…

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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!

Eve of Milady Trunk Show Alert!

Blush Bridal Boutique is pleased to announce that it will unveil the latest collection of Eve of Milady wedding gowns at a special in-store event this week. This exclusive trunk show will be held from April 25-27 in our Haymarket, VA  bridal boutique.

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The event will feature gowns from the world famous designer and will also celebrate Blush Bridal Boutique’s  affiliation with the world renowned Eve of Milady brand. During the event, the store will have exclusive access to the latest wedding gown designs from this designer.

As always, Blush style consultants will be on hand for the weekend to help brides select dresses and answer any wedding style questions. They are also delighted to help brides accessorize, while helping them to select the perfect, most flattering gown.

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The Eve of Milady collection features an upscale, but fresh selection of gowns for the sophisticated, chic bride. Princess-worthy ball gowns and flattering, hip-hugging mermaid styles, featuring textured ruffles and touches of lace and beading, are just some of the styles showcased on the runway at Eve of Milady’s latest bridal fashion show.

April 25-27 will be brides’  exclusive opportunity to view the latest styles from one of Blush’s newest designers, Eve of Milady! This is a chance to see and try on gowns before they arrive in stores. All Eve of Milady gowns will be offered at promotional prices during this trunk show event.

To view this exclusive collection of Eve of Milady wedding gowns before it is released worldwide, be sure to book an appointment to this fall-preview trunk show at Blush Bridal Boutique.  For an exclusive appointment to the trunk show, call 703-753-8303.

Celebrity Style: Michi Marshall Rocks Alyce Paris Dress

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Everyone loves a celebrity dress sighting, right?

We were so excited to see one of our fabulous cocktail dresses on a red carpet last week!

Michi Marshall looked fierce in a sexy long sleeve Alyce Paris mini dress as she walked down the red carpet with her Chicago Bears player hubby, Brandon Marshall, before the NFL Honors awards ceremony last Saturday, February 1, 2014.

Blush Bridal Boutique has this dress in stock and available for special order now!

Wedding Gown Shopping For Fabulously Real Brides That Are Fabulously Real Sizes

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One may be led to wonder whether there are gowns for curvier, real-sized brides.

At Blush Bridal Boutique, we are actually asked this question often. Our answer is simple. Blush Bridal Boutique specializes in brides. Period.

We realize that beautiful brides come in all shapes and sizes. We have always had a full selection of fabulous gown in stock for sizes 6 through 28. And our style experts are trained to assist all brides in finding their dream dresses!

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With the upcoming closure of CurvyGirls Bridal, a store that specialized in brides of all sizes, Blush Bridal Boutique is ready to emphasize that we are here to make all brides feel amazingly confident and perfectly gorgeous on their wedding days. We want every woman to be the bride she’s always dreamed she would be.