Winter is not the most popular time of year for weddings, due to unpredictable weather, and the disruption of the holidays. If you dream of having a cozy, low key wedding, winter can be the perfect time. Vendors and locations won't be booked a year in advance. Indoor locations have a cap on the number of guests, so your list won't grow out of control. If you get lucky there will be a bit of magical snowfall! (just not too much). This styled shoot features two of our newest gowns- the Madeline and the Kaitlin, and some winter wonderful inspiration to draw from.
FlowersFleur de lis Floral & Event Design
Cakes & CateringSweet Crumbs
Coordinators & StylistsWeddings By Dani
Venues & OfficiantsThe Whaley
Rentals and TransportationLake Chelan Wedding Rentals
Health & BeautyHologram Hair
PhotographersBen + Molly Photography
Paper Goods & CalligraphyPink + Peach
Rentals and TransportationBBJ Linen
Favors & DetailsKarma Vineyards
Model Aimee Bouchard
First Annual National Bridal Sale Day
Saturday July 16, 2016
“One Day. Your Day. Your Dream Dress for Less”
We are excited to be among 700 stores nationwide participating in Bridal Sample Sale Day!
Pictured are some of the sample gowns that will be available from 40-70% off.
Over 200 sample gowns in the shop in all sizes.
Here are some select gowns that are marked down 50% or more!
Lace Giselle- $1650 size M
More great deals! Sample gowns 25-40% off
Melinda Rose is a WA artist who has a beautiful, natural style, perfect for outdoor weddings. We are so excited to have her designs in our shop July 8-17.
10% off all accessories orders during the trunk show.
About the collection:
'Enduring Love'SS2016 features adornments of gilded florals, leaves and sparkling jewels. Melinda's inspiration for this collection came from the fields of flowers and blooming trees that grace the Spanish countryside. Each piece embraces these timeless matrimonial flora to produce a beautiful work of art that will be cherished for a lifetime.
We are so excited to have Canadian designer Pure Magnolia in the shop next weekend for a trunk show! The line is perfect for a summer wedding- low backs, lightweight fabrics, pretty floral bustiers, and a sweet crop top!
Pure Magnolia was started in 2009 by Designer Patty Nayel who wanted to give local and international brides an eco option for their wedding dress. This was definitely something that brides were looking for because the collection quickly became popular in Vancouver and is now available at select boutiques across Canada. The collection is made up of customizable dresses made from European laces, Indian Silks and Organic cottons.
I met Patty at New York Bridal Fashion Week, and was very impressed with her designs and construction.
Book your appointment now- the gowns will be at Cicada for one weekend only!
10% off All trunk show orders
We make our DeAnna gown in a luminous silk duchesse satin, with a soft sheen that recalls old Hollywood glamour. It can be styled in so many ways; see what our brides have done with accessories to put their unique spin on our classic mermaid gown.
Dreaming of color? Us too! We have lots of lovely pics of this gown in shades from pale to vibrant.
I should also mention the DeAnna's hidden secret- a corset is built into the gown to keep it snug and secure on the inside so the outside can lay smoothly without digging into the skin. The back is high enough to accommodate a regular strapless bra, or cups may be sewn in- the gown has plenty of support built right into the design. No wonder this gown is popular with brides of all sizes; it's sexy, structured, and the fabric is sumptuous!
The Jessica gown is all about fit- a classic mermaid shape that works the curves in all the right ways. Made in high quality silk shantung with all the structure and support you need to wear a strapless gown with confidence. There are endless ways to style this gown, as well as custom changes that can be made. Here are some ideas to personalize the Jessica gown with photos from styled shoots- and our actual brides.
I don't usually feature real weddings on the blog- but this one appealed to me in a number of ways. Most of you know our shop is located in the heart of downtown Seattle. There has been a lot of change downtown over the years, and the remodel of the King Street Station is an impressive restoration of a historic building in a time when so much new construction is changing the look and feel of this city.
I had the pleasure of working with Mallory during her fittings, a very sweet and laid back bride. She chose our Nikita gown because of it's comfort and easy flow. Her shoe choice was the most unique I'd seen this season (love them!). I think the photographer GH Kim captured both the beauty of the surroundings, and the special moments between Mallory and Kyle equally well. A wonderful example of an elegant downtown wedding, with a relaxed attitude.
In October I took our 2016 line to NYBFW. Cicada has just begun offering our gowns at bridal shops around the country, and NYBFW is the opportunity to show to bridal shop buyers, as well as meet other bridal designers. I showed with Wed/Altered- a group of indie designers with unique, socially conscious, eco-friendly and non-traditional bridal designs. It was exciting to get to know other independent designers, and we have a few new shops carrying our line! Here are some pics from that week.
All photos by Victoria Stanbridge Photography
last two photos by J.Gay
It was a interesting experience. I loved meeting and talking to the shop owners and designers from all over- including Lithuania and Trinidad! The other designers were fun to hang out with- each with their own unique vision of a beautiful bridal gown, and each with tips and insight to share. Of course, I'm always overwhelmed with the amount of fun to be had in NYC, and I snuck in seeing a band at Arlene's Grocery, cocktails at the London Hotel, and a serene ferry ride to Staten Island and stroll in Battery Park before I left. Now, back in Seattle I'm packing up our line for our first ever trunk show in London at Heart Aflutter Bridal November 21-29.
Your wedding will be one of the most important days of your life, and your wedding photographer will
help ensure that you’ll remember what it looked like forever. Given the importance of the
photographer, though, it’s absolutely imperative that you choose the right one.
There are a number of factors that will go into choosing your wedding photographer, ranging from your
budget to their availability. But before you commit, it’s important to meet with them to discuss your
questions, concerns, and expectations. Here are some of the most important questions to ask when
you’re trying to choose a wedding photographer.
How Would You Describe Your Style?
First of all, determine what kind of work they do artistically. Do they stick with traditional wedding day
shots? Do they do artistic work? Are they more like photojournalists that document the ceremony?
There are important questions, because you want to make sure they’ll capture the day in a way you
want to remember. Ask if they shoot in color, black and white, or both, and whether they shoot digitally
or on film—although both will create beautiful photos, film takes a tad longer to process.
Also, ask what their working style is. Do they prefer to capture natural moments as they unfold, or to
arrange and choreograph specific shots? Do they mind if you give them a list of shots that you want
taken, or do they prefer that you don’t cramp their artistic style? Also, ask what they’ll be wearing so
that you know if they’ll clash with the rest of the wedding.
What Experience Do You Have?
Ask the photographer how many weddings they have shot. This will give you a more accurate idea of
their experience than asking how long they have been shooting; a part-time photographer might only
shoot a few weddings per year while a very busy new photographer might have photographed hundreds of weddings in just a year or two. Ask how familiar they are with the style of photography you want and whether they have had any new or continuing training the past few years to sharpen their skills. Also, ask if you can see samples of their previous work. You might want to ask for pictures that are both retouched and original so you can compare their work on both; you can also ask for a number of
pictures from a single wedding to see if their style remains consistent. Be sure to ask for references, too! They should be able to provide you with a list of brides who have previously hired them. Ask these brides if they would recommend the photographer, how professional the photographer was, if they had any complaints, and if they are happy with the photos that they have received.
What If Something Goes Wrong?
Ask your photographer if they will be bringing backup cameras and lenses just in case an accident
happens. Also determine if they have insurance; you might be held liable if somebody trips over the
camera and injures themselves. Plus, find out what happens if they get sick or otherwise can’t make the wedding. Many big photography studios will simply send someone in their place, but this substitute might not have the artistic style you’re looking for. Ask if the photographer can give you a reference to someone who can cover for them if they can’t make it. Finally, be sure to ask them what will happen if the wedding runs longer than anticipated. Will be they able to stay late? What will they charge for overtime?
What Pictures Will I Get?
Make sure that you are clear from the start about how many and what type of pictures you will receive. How many prints will he or she provide and in what sizes? What type of paper will they be printed on? Does the photographer offer albums? Also find out what their policy is on electronic images. Will you receive a disk with pictures on it? Will the photos be posted online for you to access, and if so for how long? Does he retain the copyright on your pictures? (This is an important question because it may affect your ability to post your photos online later.) If she does not offer online images, you may wish to have your pictures scanned so that you can keep permanent digital copies. And if the photographer does not offer an album, you can look at an online service to create one for you, provided there are no copyright restrictions.
Can We See a Sample Contract?
This is possibly the single most important question on the list. Know what you’re going to sign up for
before you actually do. Make sure that the contract spells out exactly what the responsibilities of both
parties are and that it explains what you’ll be receiving. Avoid working with a photographer who doesn’t use contracts or won’t let you read it beforehand.
Choosing a photographer can be difficult, but if you look carefully you should be able to find a good one. These questions can help you pick the right person to document your perfect day.
Bryan Passanisi is a wedding guest blogger from Shutterfly. He recently became the new head of the Shutterfly blog. He currently resides in Redwood City. In his spare time he enjoys movies, reading and exercising.
Why not get married in your favorite part of town?
Ginger Bee Events and Planning created this styled shoot with a gorgeous low-key day in mind.
Classy, colorful, and casual are the inspiration. Two short dresses from Cicada fit the mood- one chic, one playful, both right at home in the city.
Planning: Ginger Bee Events & Planning-http://www.gingerbeeevents.com/
Photography: Sahara Coleman-http://saharacoleman.com/
Venue: Sole Repair-http://www.solerepairshop.com/
Floral Design: Moon Bloom-http://moonbloomfloral.com/
Bridal Gowns: Cicada Bridal-http://www.cicadabridal.com/
Makeup: Emerald City Beauty-http://www.erinregister.com/
Hair: Emerald City Beauty-http://www.erinregister.com/
Jewelry: Everling Jewelry-http://www.everlingjewelry.com/
Models: Heffner Management-http://www.heffnermanagement.com/
Suits: Trillium- http://trilliumtailor.com/
Men's Accessories: Handsome Menswear-http://www.handsomemenswear.com/
Bridal Accessories: Seraphine Bridal-http://www.serephine.com/
Chair Rentals: Seattle Rustic Furniture- seattlerusticfurniture.com
Apps/drinks: Feed Co.-http://www.feedcocatering.com/
Linen rentals: Choice Linens- http://choicelinens.com/
Favors: Seattle Sundries-http://seattlesundries.com/
Married in White, you have chosen right,
Married in Blue, your love will always be true
Quite a few of our brides have requested their Something Blue to be an element of their wedding gown (or the whole thing!) I love to work with color and am excited to incorporate it with ivories, sheers and laces. Here are some blues and greys to get you inspired to add color to your gown.
You are invited to sip champagne at our Designer Trunk Shows featuring sparkling jewelry, evening wear and accessories handmade in WA. Meet the designers and see their bridal styles, and their non bridal styles too! All shows are on Saturdays from 1-6pm. No appointment necessary during event.
Guests receive 20% off purchases made during the show. (excludes gown orders)
Next event: Sat 1-6 pm, June 4
Bellingham Jewelry Designer Heidi Hull
Did you see our Giselle gown in Chantilly Lace in the latest issue of Seattle Bride Magazine?
It is always so thrilling to see our designs so artfully photographed in this innovative magazine- they truly are an indispensable local bridal resource! I thought it would be fun to show the photos of our gowns that have appeared in Seattle Bride over the last 5 years.
I'd love to know what your favorite pic is- and your favorite gown!
Cicada's Marie Gown has a duchess silk satin bodice with flattering pleats in the right places and a soft and flowy chiffon ballgown skirt worn with a petticoat for extra fullness. The Metropolist is a lovely modern urban space that can be transformed into anything you can dream up- even an indoor greenhouse! IJ Photo captured the light and airy setting and all it's thoughtful details.
This light and lovely theme feels like a breath of spring air. White and pale green are a fresh understated look that highlights the seasonal flowers. The Claire La Faye gown "Enchanted" has stunning textural flowers covering the bodice and a light as air silk chiffon skirt. Love this gown? We carry it at Cicada Bridal so you can come in and try it on!
This photo shoot was also featured in Ruffled Wedding Blog
Venue: The Rainier Chapter House (Peter)
IG: #rainierchapterhouse (no account) Photographer: Kelly // Kelly Lemon
Photography:Kelly Lemon Photography
Coordinator: Krisanna // Koordination by Krisanna
Florist: Chandin // Studio 3 Floral Design
Food Display: Hilary // Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Seattle)
IG: #ruthschrissteakhouse AND @hilarytaber
Cake: Elizabeth // Stone Layne Baked Specialties
Bridal Shop: Cicada Bridal
Dress Designer: Claire LaFaye Bridal
Amanda Valentine Photography and Bright Side Events styled an elegant shoot for our Jasmine gown with a cream, gold and mint green palette. The Jasmine gown is a beaded Chantilly lace long sleeve gown that is worn over a champagne strapless silk fitted underlay. It's really two dresses in one, so you can wear sleeves for your ceremony, and go strapless for your reception.
Amanda Valentine Photography
Bright Side Events
Found the woman of your dreams? Lucky you!
We've helped these happy couples look gorgeous on their wedding day-with a gown, a dress, a suit, or a custom piece that fits perfectly. We can help you both create a look that you love and feel confident in. Plus, if we create both of your wedding looks we'll give you a 10% discount!
Short wedding gowns are the perfect choice for many different locations- from a fun beach or backyard wedding, to a party weekend in Vegas. Got great legs (and shoes) to show off? Plan on dancing all night and need to twirl? These lovely brides did, and they chose to wear a short Cicada bridal gown.
Here are a few short gowns from our 2015 collection, even more styles are in the shop!
Who wouldn't feel like a woodland fairy in this lush setting? Luma Weddings beautifully captured our Olivia gown at Treehouse Point (named one of the Top 26 Coolest Wedding Venues by Green Wedding Shoes). Wild Spirit Events did the styling and Bond In Bloom created the charming bouquet. Natural and fresh looking hair and makeup by Yessie Libby.
Daniel and Carole are adventurers and their event reflects that. A mountain view at Raspberry Ridge Farm provided an expansive, picturesque backdrop that leaves guests feeling adventurous too.
Carole achieved a striking look by have Danette Carden of Perry Scott Salon design her hair and makeup and she wore a modern dress and headpiece from Cicada Bridal in Seattle. Her pull towards tradition and also her love for the daring came out in the gorgeous blue accents of the full skirt and her bold accessories. Statement florals, cascading greenery on tables, and a full dynamic bridal bouquet not only makes a statement; but introduces the colors found woven throughout their design. Even the colors were selected to demonstrate their dynamic love story. The stark contrasts and romantic finishing touches from the cake to the boutonnière, beautifully created by Delightful Details, exceeded the hopes for a simple and natural tone. -by Ask Alex Joy
Day-of Coordination: Ask Alex Joy
www.facebook.com/justaskalex Instagram - @askalexjoy
Photography: Tonie Christine Photographyhttps://www.facebook.com/TonieChristinePhotography
www.toniechristine.com Instagram: @ toniechristine
Venue: Raspberry Ridge Farmhttps://www.facebook.com/RaspberryRidgeFarm?ref=br_tf
Florals: Delightful Detailshttps://www.facebook.com/DelightfulDetails
www.delightfuldetails.netInstagram - @delightfuldetails
Wedding Gown: Cicada Bridalhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Cicada-Bridal/183690884985013http://www.cicadabridal.com/Instagram - @cicadabridal
Tux: American Rose Bridalhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Rose-Bridal/268175131256http://www.americanrosebridal.com/Instagram: american_rose_bridal
Hair and Make-Up: Danette at Perry Scott Salonhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Perry-Scott-Salon/138415562866737 Instagram for Danette - @danettercarden
Invitation Suite: Kylie Danskin Designshttps://www.facebook.com/kyliesketcheshttps://www.etsy.com/shop/KylieDanskinDesignsInstagram - @kyliedanskindesigns
Furniture: Red Plantation
Instagram - @redplantation
What I love about this Dairyland farm photo shoot is the way the modern details blend with the rustic setting. Rachel is wearing our Olivia gown (above) and Marie gown (below). Both gowns look very natural in the barn. The Olivia has more of a relaxed feel, it is made with slightly stretchy lace and silk charmeuse so it is a very light easy to wear gown. The Marie has a flowy chiffon skirt which helps give the classic ballgown shape just the right amount of movement to balance the structured bodice. And if you are a dog lover like me- the adorable corgi's name is Patty and belongs to Laurel of Laurel's Florals.
Dresses :: Cicada Bridal
Planning + Design :: Sprinkled in Seattle – Katie Slayton
Photography :: Vanasse Studios
Venue :: Dairyland
Flowers :: Laurel’s Floral Decor
Cake :: The Sweet Side
Tables :: Seattle Farm Tables
Rentals :: Pedersen’s
Models :: Rachel + Jimmy Brown
Hair + Makeup :: Yessie Libby
Paper Goods :: Swash Letterpress + Design
Chalkboard :: Wedding Chalk Art
Catering :: Eat Drink with Eric Baur
Sweet and simple, the Liberty gown is perfect for a warm summer wedding by the lake. Lightweight and easy, no train to get caught in the dock. The contrasting textures of the slinky silk charmeuse slip under the ivory lace adds depth to a clean silhouette.
A rooftop wedding has a chic modern feel to it. Ireland is wearing Cicada's Jessica gown, with the Sabrina lace topper and Abbey sash. We fell in love with Ireland's vibrant red hair when she came in to try on gowns for this shoot and asked her to model our 2015 collection!
Planning/Design- Ginger Bee Planning and Events
Photography- Vanasse Studios
Venue- Olympic Rooftop pavilion
Hair- Emerald City Beauty-Erin Register
Makeup- Angela Rodriguez Wedding & Special Event Makeup
Models- Ireland S and Greg K
Hotel Ballard-Travis Williams
Linens/Table items-Choice Linens
Desserts- Hayley Steplyk
Jennifer Gay and Elizabeth Klob Cicada Owners