On Monday October 21, 2013, Sun*Kissed Designs participated in the Red Carpet Bridal Tour Howard County! The Red Carpet Bridal Tour is a 4 venue experience where brides-to-be visit 4 different event locations where vendors are present to provide services, demonstrations, tastings and shows, to help them plan their wedding. The Gathering Place, an event venue located in Clarksville, MD, was the 3rd stop on the tour where Sun*Kissed Designs shared the runway with custom menswear designer Christopher Schafer Clothier! Brides-to-be were treated to a runway experience where all of the fashions displayed were couture designs. Below are images from the runway! For the remaining runway images, visit the Facebook Page for Sun*Kissed Designs. For more information about The Red Carpet Bridal Tour visit www.redcarpetbridaltours.com. Beautiful hair and make-up designs for each model were created by Bridal Beauty Associates, and all of the images from the bridal tour were provided by L.A. Birdie Photography!
Gowns and Accessories~ Sun*Kissed Designs
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This past Sunday August 26, 2012, Sun*Kissed Designs attended the T Rose International Bridal Show at the Double Tree By Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Va! It was an amazing experience with great highlights, giveaways, blushing brides and amazing vendors!
The show started with excitement as brides-to-be were invited to take a tour of the top level ballrooms where they could enjoy a great view of the Potomac. This was followed by vendor interactions and hourly giveaways, including a hand beaded veil by Sun*Kissed Designs and a $200.00 gift certificate from Sun*Kissed Designs! A fashion show by another amazing vendor showed great gown options!
Candy bar! Cupcakes! Wedding Cake samples!! What more can I say! Make-up by Traci Rosales and hair and make-up by Circe Aveda Salon and Spa provided beautiful tutorials as well as provided hair and make-up for the models for the fashion show.
Some of the vendors that Sun*Kissed Designs loves were also in attendance as well! Peggy Jay Jewelry makes stunning jewelry and jeweled shoes and accessories! Weddings By Sandy is a spectacular wedding officiant and Mimi's Mocha Treats makes delicious cupcakes!
New vendors that are quickly becoming favorites are Sweet Creations Cakes, Circe Salon, Brittani Gattis Photography and many more! Enjoy a few of the pictures below and for the entire photo album and the official T Rose International Bridal Show photo album of the event visit the Facebook Page for Sun*Kissed Designs!
On Sunday August 26th, 2012 from 12pm-4pm, Sun*Kissed Designs will be at the T Rose International Bridal Show at the Double Tree by Hilton Crystal City!! There will be amazing vendors and great giveaways! This is a great time to meet local vendors that will help you plan the wedding for your dreams! For tickets and more information visit http://trosebridalshow2012nova.eventbrite.com/ and enter Sun Kissed Designs for a free ticket! See you there!!
Directions from: North (Baltimore, Philadelphia, Wilmington, NY, NJ)
Follow I-95 South to 495 Beltway in the direction of Richmond, VA. I-85 splits at the Capital Beltway; continue to follow signs for I-95 South. Follow I-95 South across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Virginia. Take the first exit off the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Alexandria, VA. to Route 1 North. Stay on Route 1 North (which is also called Jefferson Davis Highway) for approximately 6 miles. Stay on Route 1 North until you get to 23rd Street in Crystal City. Make a left onto 23rd street; go one block and make a right onto Eads Street. Take Eads Street to Army Navy Drive (about 10 blocks). Make a right turn onto Army Navy Drive. The hotel is on the right side.
From South: (Richmond, VA Beach, North and South Carolina)
Take I-95 North to 395 North. From 395 North take the Pentagon City/Crystal City Exit. Then turn left onto Army Navy Drive. The hotel will be on the right hand side 3 blocks down.
From Washington D.C. (14th street bridge)
From Washington D.C. you need to exit to the 14th street bridge which will take you over the Potomac River from Washington D.C. to Crystal City, VA. On the 14th street Bridge you will need to be in the far left lane (14th street becomes Route 1 South) which will take you into Crystal City, VA. Your first exit once inside Crystal City will be the 15th Street. Take the 15th Street Exit, and go one block and make a right. This will be Eads Street. Make a right onto Eads Street. Go 3 blocks onto Eads Street and this will take you to Army Navy Drive. Make a right onto Army Navy Drive and the hotel is on your right.
From Maryland (Rockville, Gaithersburg..) I-270 North PA, OH
From I-270 North take I-495 South into Virginia. Exit on the George Washington Parkway in Virginia. Travel about 10 miles South and exit at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, VA. At the airport stay on your right side and follow the sign to Crystal City, VA and then exit Crystal Drive. Take Crystal Drive North for approximately 1 mile Crystal Drive will turn left into 12th street: go under the overpass and make a right onto Army Navy Drive. The hotel is located on the right hand side.
From Annapolis, MD (Route 50) and the Eastern Shore
Take Route 50 West towards the direction of Washington D.C. Follow Route 50 which becomes New York Avenue. Take New York Avenue to 14th Street and the 14th Street Bridge. on the 14th Street Bridge you need to be in the far left lane. (14th street becomes Route 1 South) which will bring you into Crystal City, VA. Your first exit once inside Crystal City will be 15th Street. Make a right onto 15th Street; go one block and make a right onto Eads Street. Take Eads to Army Navy Drive. When you get to Army Navy Drive make a right. The hotel is on the right side.
From Route 66 (Northern Virginia) Fairfax, McLean, Tyson's Corner
Take 66 East towards Washington D.C. Take the exit for 110 South. Stay in the center lane and 110 becomes Route 1 South, which will bring you into Crystal City, VA. On Route 1 make a right onto 20th street. Go one block and make a right onto Eads Street. Eads will take you to Army Navy Drive. When you reach Army Navy Drive make a right, and the hotel is on the right side.
Walking Directions from Pentagon City Metro:
When you exit the Pentagon City Metro --walk to Army Navy Drive (towards 395 & the Pentagon) -- make a right on Army Navy Drive and go 3 blocks. The DoubleTree will on the right side (once you cross over S. Eads Street).
This is about a 10-12 minute walk.
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This past Thursday, Sun*Kissed Designs partnered with Ellicott City Weddings and Events to create "Champagne and Cupcakes" as part of the Ellicott City Main Street Girl's Night Out 3rd Thursdays!! Local patrons enjoyed live music, giveaways and amazing merchants and venues! Ellicott City Weddings and Events was the partner location for the gowns and accessories of Sun*Kissed Designs! This venue is a great facility for weddings and receptions as well as corporate events and personal gatherings. The space is sophisticated and charming with modern decor accenting a vintage restored building. It is utterly lovely and the gowns and accessories felt right at home there!!
Below are a few pictures of the gowns on display! To view the entire album visit the company Facebook Page Sun*Kissed Designs!!
Join Sun*Kissed Designs Sunday April 15th 2012 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Historic Oakland Mansion Bridal Show! There will be great vendors in an amazing venue to help you plan your big day!
There will also be great giveaways including a hand beaded handmade veil from Sun*Kissed Designs!!
Directions: Directions to Historic OaklandFrom Baltimore:I-95 South to Route 175 (Columbia). Follow Route 175 West for 5.3 miles. Turn left at Vantage Point Road, follow for 3/10 mile. Turn right at the OAKLAND sign.
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I-695 South to I-70 West. South on Route 29 to Route 175 West (exit 20b). At 2nd stop light, turn left at Vantage Point Road, follow for 3/10 mile. Turn right at the OAKLAND sign.
From Washington:I-95 North to Route 175 (Columbia). Follow Route 175 West for 5.3 miles. Turn left at Vantage Point Road and follow 3/10 mile; Turn right at the OAKLAND sign.
Another great chance to see Sun*Kissed Designs!! January 29, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hunt Valley!!
In addition to the What's Up Annapolis Bridal Showcase on Sunday January 22, 2012 at the Double Tree Annapolis Hilton, join Sun*Kissed Designs at the Embassy Suites Hunt Valley for the Bridal Showcase on Sunday January 29, 2012 from 12:00pm until 3:00pm!!
Sun*Kissed Designs will be in attendance displaying new gowns and accessories!! Along with Sun*Kissed Designs, there will be plenty of amazing vendors, giveaways and treats to sample!! Sun*Kissed is giving away a hand beaded veil worth $100!! Bridal shows are a great way to meet amazing vendors all in one location! And it is the perfect opportunity to sign up for free consultations to get the gown of your dreams made by Sun*Kissed Designs!!
So click Embassy Suites Hunt Valley Bridal Show for more information and to purchase tickets! Admission is free to brides and guest tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door. The Embassy Suites Hunt Valley Hotel is located 213 International Circle Hunt Valley, MD 21030. The event is from 12:00pm until 3:00pm.
In honor of the Bridal Showcase, Sun*Kissed Designs is giving away 2 additional veils through the Facebook Page!! Enter to win by 'Liking' the Facebook Page Sun*Kissed Designs and leave a comment or send the message "I want to enter to win!!". The winning names will be drawn on Monday January 23rd, 2012 and the winners notified by email. So come out to the Embassy Suites Hunt Valley Bridal Show on Sunday January 29, 2012!!
From BWI Airport: I-295N to I-695N. Continue onto I-695N (Balto-Beltway). Take I-83N to Exit 20A-Shawan Rd. Merge onto Road and take next Left onto McCormick Road. Take First Left onto International Circle. Hotel on Left.
From 70 East: Take I-70E to I-76E to I-83S to Exit 20A-Shawan Rd. Merge onto Road East and take Left onto McCormick Road. Take First Left onto International Circle. Hotel on Left.
For GPS Purpose, use the following address: 213 International Circle, Cockeysville, MD 21030
On Sunday January 22, 2012, What'sUp Annapolis Weddings Magazine will be holding the What'sUp Weddings Bridal Expo at the DoubleTree at Hilton Annapolis from 1:00pm~4:00pm!
And Sun*Kissed Designs will be in attendance debuting new gowns and accessories!! There will be amazing giveaways, including a hand beaded veil from Sun*Kissed and a wonderful opportunity to meet with great area wedding vendors to help bring your special day to life!!
Bridal shows are a great way to meet the many vendors that you will need for your wedding, all in one place! It is also a great way to sample yummy treats from caterers and cake vendors!!
So click What'sUp Weddings to visit the website to get more information and to purchase tickets!! The DoubleTree Annapolis Hilton is located at 210 Holiday Court Annapolis, MD 21401. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The event is from 1:00pm~4:00pm.
In honor of the Bridal Showcase, Sun*Kissed Designs is giving away 2 additional veils through the Facebook Page!! Enter to win by 'Liking' the Facebook Page Sun*Kissed Designs and leave a comment or send the message "I want to enter to win!!". The winning names will be drawn on Monday January 23rd, 2012 and the winners notified by email.
So come out for an amazing bridal show at the What'sUp Annapolis Bridal Showcase on Sunday January 22nd, 2012!!
From South and Washington DC: Take Route 50 East to Exit 22, Riva Rd. Follow signs to Riva Rd. and make left at light onto Riva Rd. Second light , left onto Holiday Court.
From North: Take I-95 to I-895 South to I-895 Spur South . Exit onto I-97 South, continue on Route 50 East to Exit 22-Riva Rd. Follow signs to Riva Rd. and make left at light onto Riva Rd. Second light, left onto Holiday Court.
From East: Take Route 50 West across the Bay Bridge. Continue on Route 50 to Exit 22, Riva Rd. exit. Follow signs to Riva Rd. and make a left at light onto Riva Rd. Second light, left onto Holiday Court.
From West: Take I-70 East to I-695 South, Exit onto I-97 South, continue to Route 50 East to Exit 22 Riva Rd. Follow signs to Riva Rd. and make a left at light onto Riva Rd. Second left onto Holiday Court.
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A beautiful woman requested a custom made evening gown from Sun*Kissed Designs for an event she would be attending!! This gown was custom created (and named after her!!) for an event in which Steve Harvey and Michael Baisden were in attendance! Here is a picture of the lovely gown! And below a picture of my client in her lovely gown! (The photographer at the event loved her in the gown so much he requested to keep other posed photos of her for his studio!)
For more detail shots of the gown visit the Facebook Page at Sun*Kissed Designs.
During the month of October, Sun*Kissed Designs had the pleasure of attending the Bridal Event for Pottery Barn at the Westfield Annapolis Mall in Annapolis, MD! Pottery Barn is a great place to register for your wedding gifts!! With everything from bedding and dining pieces to home decor and furniture! Simply put, Chic, Elegant, and Pretty things abound!!
Chancie and Kameron. SKD.Tony J Photography.
On Sunday September 18th, Sun*Kissed Designs participated in the roaming fashion show during the What'sUp? Annapolis Weddings Crofton Bridal Showcase!! The Crofton Country Club is the beautiful venue that hosted the event. The room was beautifully decorated with vendor tables and booths all set to help excited brides-to-be find the perfect elements for their big day! With great giveaways and demonstrations, the bridal showcase was interactive from start to finish!! The table from Sun*Kissed Designs was beautiful and inviting (and my helpful staff was handsome and knowledgeable!)And the roaming fashion show added to all of the excitement!
Sun*Kissed Designs shared 7 gowns and 5 veils from the current line. Jewelry to accompany the gowns was provided by Little Treasury Jewelers and hair and make-up was provided by Robert Andrews The Salon and Spa. All of the selections displayed how easy it is to have a handmade, couture gown made for your wedding day...in any season!
Blissful Wedding Gown and Joy Wedding Gown took the stage first showing how beautiful a spring and winter wedding can be! The Blissful Wedding Gown is perfect for spring with its strong satin and high, full rosette collar that compliments the often unpredictable weather during the springtime. The Joy Wedding Gown with its removable silk ruffle collar and heavy matte satin gown with full hand beaded neckline showed how beautiful (and warm!) a winter wedding gown can be!
The Timeless Wedding Gown was displayed next and brings a romantic touch to any fall wedding with the removable, hand beaded point d'esprit lace ruffle collar and cream satin double v-neckline gown with hand beaded lace florets!
The late spring and summer inspired gowns were the Light As Air Wedding Gown and the Splendid Wedding Gown! The Light As Air Wedding Gown is perfect for a summer beach wedding with its thin lightest cream shantung fabric and off white, asymmetric hand beaded collar! And the Splendid Wedding Gown is perfect for late spring with the bouquet of handmade hand beaded flowers along the full collar and the intricate hand beading on the white crepe back satin bodice!
The final two gowns rounded out the breathtaking collection! The Serene Wedding Gown and the Lovely Wedding Gown, great for summer and winter, beautifully displayed the intricate and outstanding designs that are signature of all of the gowns! The Serene Wedding Gown has a full beaded front bodice with large ornate hand beaded rosettes in a soft white crepe back satin. And the Lovely Wedding Gown features a plunging v-neckline with large hand beaded bodice rosettes and a stunning removable silk velvet caplet in cream heavy matte satin!
Hand beaded Veils in blusher, full and waist lengths were worn with the gowns and a excited bride-to-be won the hand beaded fingertip length veil worth $100 with extensive hand beading!!
This was a bridal showcase to remember with amazing local vendors in a beautiful local setting! Be sure to catch Sun*Kissed Designs at future events!
My name is Chantél Francina and I design and create hand beaded wedding gowns, bridal accessories and special occasion gowns and accessories!! I started designing clothes 15 years ago and am completely self taught. I have designed and created just about everything, but have fallen in love with creating bridal and special occasionwear!
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