Alfred Angelo Real Women/Real Brides Campaign
DISCLAIMER: We were invited guests of Alfred Angelo, and received a promotional item in exchange for this post. All opinions are those of Kelly!
We are excited to have this guest post by Kelly Green about some absolutely beautiful Alfred Angelo dresses!
I think it’s safe to say I’ve tried on easily 50 or more wedding gowns in my life. No, I’m not a Zsa Zsa Gabor-wannabe (with nine husbands), but I did model them briefly when I was young, then of course to get married, and then most recently for the Alfred Angelo Real Women/Real Brides campaign with my friend and fellow blogger Lee Allport.
When I was a little girl I imagined I’d get married in Cinderella’s magical ball gown. It would have those cute little puffed sleeves, beautiful draping over the hips (that accentuated the perfectly tiny waist I just knew I’d have), and my hair would be tied up in a satin ribbon, all blinged up, so my hair copied hers exactly. I tried to work on variations using Fashion Plates (how many hours did I spend “designing” clothes with that thing?!). Alas, I always came back to that Cinderella perfection. Who knew that one day someone would make an entire line of wedding gowns inspired by the Disney princesses I adored?
For a moment I thought a ball gown might still work for me, but my shape, and the personality I have now dictated a different silhouette. The ruching and vintage vibe in this style struck me as timeless and (let’s face it) more forgiving. If a bride should feel anything on her big day, it’s confidence that she A) has found the right guy who complements her and, B) looks amazing and feels great! (Note: This gown is part of the “EasyRUSH Delivery Program,” and can be shipped from local warehouses in 10 or 12 weeks!)
At the Real Brides/Real Women blogger event (on guest assignment for Shelley with friends including Nicole, Tracey, Jennifer, Suzannah, Mina, Brittany) we worked with Lee from MySentimentExactLee.com to curate a collection that fit our personality and style. Since I’d just recently been to Disney on Ice: Frozen, the Elsa-inspired gown (Style 251) by Jason Gillen was on my list! I love how the silvery pattern seems to fall like snowflakes down the sheath silhouette. The Watteau train (see photo) reminded me of a veil, so with that gown a girl could easily skip the veil and go for a tiara. (I’m always open to wearing a tiara!)
Next, I thought about something from the modern vintage collection. I liked Style 8536. From the net cage overlay, to the halter strap, it made me feel as if I’d stepped out of a Renaissance fair wedding. It’s not costume-like, but has that romantic feel. I just needed a circlet of flowers or beads in my hair….
I tried the flared gown Style 2527, next. I adore the crystal beading and dramatic ruffled skirt. It’s definitely for the woman who can handle her drama!
We had planned only trying on three, but Style 2526 called my name. Actually, it called to Jocelyn who was helping us at the Altamonte Springs store. She felt that the lace-up corseted feature would accentuate the “positives” (if you know what I mean!) and was spot on. That’s one of the best things about trying on gowns at an Alfred Angelo salon. It’s not all about body type, but personality and venue, and so many other things mixed in. She asked me questions and got to know me a bit, not just what I “thought” I wanted.
I know in all the bridal shows it seems like brides come in and in 30-minutes or less have their dream gown. For me, I always had to try on a few, to find just the right one for the photo, for the fashion show, or for my big day. Having a consultant who will take the time to listen to your desires, but who isn’t afraid to cajole you out of your comfort zone is exactly what the bride-to-be should look for. If you don’t live near Orlando, find an Alfred Angelo store in your area. They’ll help you find the gown that’ll make you feel like a princess, or better yet… a queen!
Kelly Green is a theme park, restaurant, travel, education and charity support blogger in addition to being a freelance social media director. When not writing or hosting events, Kelly can be found either in a vintage store, or at a homeschool field trip with her soon-to-be-8-year-old son. This photo is from her wedding ten years ago at Fantasy of Flight air museum that was featured in Central Florida Bride magazine. Her dress was from the 1940s, revamped with Ginger Rogers sleeves. And yes. She crocheted her snood.Follow us for more updates: