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Real Bride Melissa

Where and when was your wedding? October 19, 2013- The Cummer Museum and Gardens, Jacksonville, FL 
What is the favorite part of your dress? I loved the fabric of the dress and how different it was from typical dresses that I had seen. 
What is your greatest memory of wedding planning? Oh man i don’t know! I just had a vision of what I wanted the wedding to look like and I just stuck to it. I loved finding and getting to know all of my vendors that was so much fun for me! I loved my wedding planner, photographer, hair stylist and florist. Those really stuck out to me! I met them and it just clicked, like these are people I’ve known for a long time and can really trust, they just got me!
What advice do you have for brides before they go dress shopping? hmm… i think the advice i give is more of when you ARE dress shopping, because unless you are the size of the models the dress are going to look different on you. So my advice is… Have an idea of what you want, but be open to try on things you wouldn’t normally try on, trust your consultant  she’s a pro. Bring a group of people who build you up and make you feel amazing, but will also tell you if something else looked better on you! If someone is body conscious  they will make you feel such, and you don’t need that, you need to feel beautiful! Also, stay true to yourself, it will be worth it in the end and you will know your dress, just like you knew your fiance was the one. Even if it’s the 50th dress you try on. 
What advice do you have for brides to feel more confident and beautiful on wedding day? Surround yourself with love. During the getting ready process make sure you have a great glam squad and that the people in your bridal party will be supportive of you. They are there to support you not the other way around! Keep it drama free and remember what’s important, you’re marring the man you love with the friends and family who love you all around. It’s all about love that day! 
What do you know to be true? True friends will always be there to support you and love you no matter what, weddings bring out the best and worst in people. As my now 91 year old grandmother in law said, We’re going to say things you don’t like and You’re going to say things we don’t like, but we will be family and we will love each other. 

The Vendors: 

Photos by: Pure Sugar Studios

See more photos here!

Reception and Ceremony: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Gown Marisa from Solutions Bridal Gainesville Ceremony & Reception Music The Cover Band Hair Mandi Adams of Once Upon A Stylist Makeup Makeup by Paulina Perez     Design Lighting by Mark Grandin Coordinator and Design Christina Kreations  Invites Christina Kreations Catering The Chef’s Garden Catering & Events Cake Classic CakesOfficiant Reverend John PalerineFloral Design Ann Evans of Cypress Floral Design




Question of the Day: When do the designers showcase their new dresses for the seasons? Is there a a typical, if you have a good time before you get married wait until these magical months when new items hit the floor? Or is it just all year round?

Answer: Bridal is very different from seasons in the mall. The dresses get discontinued because they can’t source the fabrics or because it is not a popular style, not because it is from last season. There is no such thing as “last season”. Most wedding dresses are timeless so its not a bad idea to look at current collections and collections that were produced a year ago. To see the collections that debuted last month, a bride will have to wait to see if the boutique in her area picked up that particular dress. If they did, the dress probably won’t be arriving until March or as late as May depending on the designer. If there is a particular dress she is in love with, it might be possible for the dress to be sent in if she covers the reservation and shipping fees. This will give her an opportunity to see a brand new dress and try on something other brides haven’t seen. I hope this answers your question. Also, for this bride I would recommend she comes in for a trunk show. All the trunk shows we are having this year will feature the collections that will be available in March - May. Its a great preview opportunity. I have a Marchesa Trunk Show this November 22nd - 24th and a Monique Lhuillier Bliss show December 8th - 10th.
Dress in photo by Rivini - Fall 2014 Collection.

Question of the Day: When do the designers showcase their new dresses for the seasons? Is there a a typical, if you have a good time before you get married wait until these magical months when new items hit the floor? Or is it just all year round?

Answer: Bridal is very different from seasons in the mall. The dresses get discontinued because they can’t source the fabrics or because it is not a popular style, not because it is from last season. There is no such thing as “last season”. Most wedding dresses are timeless so its not a bad idea to look at current collections and collections that were produced a year ago. To see the collections that debuted last month, a bride will have to wait to see if the boutique in her area picked up that particular dress. If they did, the dress probably won’t be arriving until March or as late as May depending on the designer. If there is a particular dress she is in love with, it might be possible for the dress to be sent in if she covers the reservation and shipping fees. This will give her an opportunity to see a brand new dress and try on something other brides haven’t seen.

I hope this answers your question. Also, for this bride I would recommend she comes in for a trunk show. All the trunk shows we are having this year will feature the collections that will be available in March - May. Its a great preview opportunity. I have a Marchesa Trunk Show this November 22nd - 24th and a Monique Lhuillier Bliss show December 8th - 10th.

Dress in photo by Rivini - Fall 2014 Collection.

Wedding Dress Shopping - Celebrate the Moment

When you go dress shopping, go in with a positive outlook. Its not as dramatic as they portray on the shows. In fact, most of our brides find their dress within the first hour of being in the salon. You have to remember you have been dressing yourself for years. What flatters you in ready to wear will be the same thing that flatters you in person. The memories you create at the salon will always be with you. 

Here are three quick tips on how to find your dress like these lovely brides:

1. Do your research. Go on pinterest for inpsiration, but also do your research on the cost of the dresses you like so you are not disappointed later.

2. Talk to the team you bring in with you. Let them know what their role is. Are they there to pick out the dress or to celebrate when you find it?

3. Trust your Gut. At the end of the day, your gut is what you have. Your gut is your brain processing before fear takes over. 

I believe in celebrating every moment you get. Cheers to our brides that found their dream gown this month. It will forever be an honor to be apart of our clients’ weddings.  

Ines Di Santo - Fall / Winter Collection

I can’t believe it has been over two weeks since we were at the Ines Di Santo fashion show! The show took place at one of my favorite spots in NYC, The Standard. Ines stuck to her roots with dramatic lace gowns and of course the occasional mini wedding dress. Here are my top picks from the new collection. Enjoy.

Photos courtesy of Brides.com

Rita Vineris - Rivini: Bridal Fashion Week 

Watch the behind the scenes video of Rivini’s Fall and Winter collection. The new collection is inspired by Venice, Italy. During Rita’s travels she was inspired by the reflections of water. See the skirts float by with sexy low backs.  Hear from Monte and and his thoughts on how she opened the show with a nod to marriage equality.  

For more info on rivini wedding dresses visit www.solutionsbridal.com

Ines Fashion Show at Solutions Bridal Orlando 


Last month we hosted a private fashion show for clients, wedding planners, and wedding venues. We really wanted to bring the New York Bridal Fashion Week experience to Orlando. With the help of some of our favorite Orlando vendors, we did just that! 

Prior to the wedding dresses going out, we did a quick preview of our new evening wear collection, Theia Couture. All the wedding dresses are by Ines Di Santo and styled with Maria Elena Headpieces and accessories.

Here are our team of vendors that made it all happen:

(tip: I suggest using them for your wedding too!)

Catering: Arthur’s Catering and Events

Drape:Quest Drape

Lighting and chandeliers: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting

Film: Imprint Cinema

Print: Pearl Beach Paperie

Chairs: A Chair Affair, Inc.

Entertainment: DJ Carl

Makeup and Hair: Makeover Station

Model Agency: AB FAB MANAGEMENT 

Photography: Damon Tucci 

Floral backdrop and other decor: Raining Roses

If you would like to attend our next fashion show, please comment below. 

Big thanks to our Senior Stylist, Marissa, for creating the concept and coordinating the event!