Blush Bride Emily

We are always excited to receive pictures of our lovely brides. Candice with Candice Adelle Photography was so sweet to share her images of Emily and Cody.

Emily was one of the nicest brides we’ve had at Blush. She is very soft spoken and had a short timeframe from shopping for her gown to walking down the aisle. After only a few dresses, she knew Lydia was “The One”. Fortunately, the designer had one in production and it shipped in plenty of time for alterations.

When Emily would visit Blush, she typically would have her adorable baby girl with her.

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You can just see the love shared between Emily and Cody.

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We love all the little details Candice captures as she shoots throughout the day.

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When a bride is having her gown altered, we always take the time to check out her shoes! One of the most unique touches a bride adds to her wedding ensemble is her shoes. We love that Emily chose a lacy pair of Toms!

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Congratulations to Emily and Cody. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Photographer:  Candice Adelle Photography

Venue: St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church

Dress: Blush Bridal Boutique

Shoes: Toms

Blush Bridal Boutique to Host Justin Alexander Trunk Show

Blush Bridal Boutique is pleased to announce that it will unveil the Spring 2015 line of Justin Alexander wedding gowns at a special in-store event this month. This exclusive trunk show will be held from July 25-27 in our Haymarket bridal boutique.


The event will feature new gowns from the world famous designer and will also celebrate our affiliation with the fashion-forward Justin Alexander brand. During the event, the store will have exclusive access to the latest wedding gown designs from this designer.

Jose Dias, acclaimed designer for Justin Alexander, will be at Blush for the weekend to help brides select dresses and answer any wedding style questions.
As always, trained bridal consultants will also be on hand to help brides accessorize, while helping them to select the perfect, most flattering gown.


The Justin Alexander Spring 2015 collection features an elegant, but dramatic selection of gowns for the sophisticated, chic bride. Sweeping ball gowns and sexy, hip-hugging mermaid styles, featuring textured ruffles and splashes of lace and beading, are just some of the styles showcased on the runway at Justin Alexander’s spring bridal fashion show.

Promotional pricing will be offered during this special event, and all brides who purchase during the event will receive an extra special gift valued at $150!

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

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.


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.



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.


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!

Oscar Night Inspiration For Stylish Brides

We all watch the Oscars for different reasons, right? Some love the fashion, others love the craft of film making, others love the fanfare of those gold statues being awarded to honor the best of the best.

Brides to be have a unique perspective, and can gather SOO many ideas from this one simple event! Let’s take a look at some inspirational styles that could work for wedding gowns!

Photo credt: eonline
Photo credt: eonline
Photo credit: Justin Alexander
Photo credit: Justin Alexander

Our first bridal look is based on the gown worn by Giuliana Rancic, who kicked off the E! Countdown to the Red Carpet pre-show. Rancic arrived at the Kodak Theatre looking flawless in her dazzling lace and tulle v-neck gown, sparkling heels and fabulous jewelry.

What can brides take from this look? Straps are becoming more popular, as is a lace bodice and tulle skirt. The fitted bodice and full skirt create a perfectly princess-y look! The wedding gown shown is by Justin Alexander.

Photo credit: eonline
Photo credit: eonline
Photo credit: Justin Alexander
Photo credit: Justin Alexander

Sandra Bullock looked amazing at the Oscars in her navy gown that exuded glamour. The satin gown featured a sweetheart neckline, dramatic draping and a subdued elegance that would make any actress envious. With her hair styled into sideswept curls, Bullock completed her classic look with total sophistication.

So what can brides take from this flawless look? Look for a strapless satin gown with a sweetheart neckline to achieve this beautiful Old-Hollywood look. Pleating in the bodice will help to create an hourglass shape. Of course, dramatic sideswept curls are also a great option for brides who want to exude glamour and style. The wedding gown shown is by Justin Alexander.