Themed Weddings

8 Long Sleeve Gowns for Fall/Winter Weddings

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Winter weddings aren't as unconventional as they used to be. There is something about a winter wedding that is very romantic and magical. While the fluffy white snow is flying outside, a winter wedding gown with sleeves is just the thing to bring the season and your fairy tale wedding to life! 

1. Long Sleeves with Chantilly Lace

This Elmira ballgown by Atelier Pronovias twinkles like a snowflake with its satin material and sparkling gemstones. Our creative winter princess' gain the advantage of two glamourous looks by attaching and detaching the beautiful voluminous skirt. With the sweetheart neckline and delicate thin sleeves, this gown brings enchantment to the altar. 

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2. Long Sleeves with Lace Inset

This Madeleine trumpet gown by Ines Di Santo gives a winter wedding a whole new level of excitement with it's lace inset sleeves and gorgeous V-neckline that extends front to back. The comfortable stretch crepe fabric brings attention to the curves of a woman's body for classic, seductive elegance.

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3. Long Sleeves with Embroidered Silk Tulle

This Gala 612 column gown by Gala- Galia Lahav brings an alluring, modern twist to the church. It features cut-out waist accents and a bejeweled belt that makes people forget it's cold outside! Even though the fabric is very lightweight for winter, you'll be thankful when the adrenaline is rushing through your body as you become that blushing bride!

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4. Long Sleeves with Pearls

This Lis high-low gown by Alyne- Rita Vineries makes any bride glisten against the snow covered background. It features a body suit that pairs beautifully with this layered silk tulle skirt and silk satin ribbon at the waist. The delicate hand-beaded pearls on the sleeves and bodice create a vibrant glow that will be sure to catch your groom's eye.  

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5. Long Sleeve Off-the-Shoulder Blouse

This L7174 strapless gown by Legends Romona Keveza pairs magnificiently with this three-quarter inch lace sleeve overblouse for a classic and romantic appearance. The illusion low back and trumpet train create an alluring shape for the bride to say "I Do" in.  

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6. Long sleeves with Vintage Elegance

This Elva mermaid gown by Atelier Pronovias is an effortless and stunning option to "wow" the crowd. With its V-neckline tailored in silk tulle and Chantilly lace, it seduces the eye with its intricate, nature inspired design. Pearls stream down the back for a delicate and irrisistible creation. 

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7. Long Sleeves with Class

This Killian gown by Tulle New York is classic, modest, and has an open back that shows enough skin while still keeping you warm. The simplicity and clean lines prepares this stretch crepe canvas to become a masterpiece by accessorizing it with a decorative veil, head piece, and earrings for a dazzling bridal look.

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8. Long Sleeves with French Alencon Lace

This 6833 mermaid gown by Liancarlo pairs perfectly with this detachable tulle overskirt for a soft and virtuous bridal look. Alencon lace graces the forearms as illusion tulle covers the rest of the arm and over the décolletage. The layers of fabric keeps the bride warm, while still being lightweight enough to wear all day.

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Having a winter wedding doesn't mean you have to leave style out in the cold! Long sleeve gowns include some of the prettiest,  most romantic elements ever. Let us her you bring your winter fairy tale to life in Tampa Bay at Isabel O'Neil! Come shop our newest collections of long-sleeved gowns. 

XOXO, IOBC

As featured in Borrowed & Blue Tampa Bay Weddings!

How could we forget to share that our beautiful Istria gown by Ines Di Santo was part of a shoot  featured on Borrowed & Blue Tampa Bay Weddings? We were so lucky to be asked to participate in this gorgeous shoot by Tampa wedding photographer, Kera Photography. Along with a wonderful team of great bridal vendors from the Tampa Bay area, this styled shoot that incorporates "rustic elegance and a dash of vintage flair" came out beautifully!

If you have not heard of Borrowed & Blue before, it is an online wedding concierge that helps brides imagine, plan and share their dream, locally-inspired weddings. It was originally dreamed up by Christin and Adam Healey, who were married in Charlottesville, Virginia and wished they had a resource like Borrowed & Blue when they were planning their wedding.  It is an additional resource for brides to use to find local vendors and see their work on display! 

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Happy Gasparilla! A Pirate's Wedding for Me!

To all my fellow Tampa natives, Happy Gasparilla! As anyone from this area knows, the annual Gasparilla festival is truly a holiday for us. South Tampa is completely taken over and mostly everyone takes part in celebrating.

A little history on Gasparilla...According to the Gasparilla Pirate Fest's official site , the name "Gasparilla" comes from legendary pirate Jose Gaspar, "last of the Buccaneers", who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and 19th century. Hence our pro football team's mascot!

We truly know few facts regarding Jose Gaspar's life and death, but there are accounts from a diary that he kept that noted his conquests and adventures in the early years of his pirate career. After reading the tales of his triumphs, including capturing and burning ships, I was happy to read that Gaspar had a heart. There is a story of his love for Ann Jeffrey, one of his captives, a beautiful English woman. He fell desperately in love with her and proposed to her but she declined his offer as she was in love with one of his pirates! Now, you would assume that a pirate like Gaspar would have made them both walk the plank, but instead he seized a merchant ship and agreed to set it free on the condition that Ann and her pirate be married on board and be brought back to England safely.

This love story got me thinking about Pirates of the Caribbean and, of course, pirate themed weddings! You would be surprised how many couples have decided to take the plunge in a pirate themed wedding. In a quick search you will find some things that look more suited for a 5-year-old's birthday party then a wedding. However, I was able to pull together some great ideas to put together a pirate, or let's say, vintage nautical wedding. I can envision a wedding gown with a corset bodice and a cap style veil and I love the idea of using vintage maps and trunks as decor.  Check out the Pinterest board I created and feel free to pin some of the ideas for your own wedding! 

Ahoy me hearties...

IOBC

P.S. Since Gaspar and his pirates will be invading Tampa Bay tomorrow, January 25th, Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection will be closed for the day as the shop's location will be affected by traffic.