Hello Bride from Istanbul
Feathered in Kelly Faetanini
“I tried on over 100 dresses before finding this ostrich feather Kelly Faetanini skirt,” says Susan. When she couldn’t find the right top, Susan decided to create it herself, covering it with ostrich feathers as well. To mimic the gown’s soft finish, she carried a vibrant orange bouquet of celosia, and wore a simple pair of ivory Gucci loafers.
Seema wore a gray lengha by Tarun Tahiliani, made with a sheer material and featuring a cape alongside intricate, star-shaped beading.
For the reception, Janie changed into a second dress, by Milin, that paired a plunging neckline with a corset-style waist. The bride added a celestial-inspired star headpiece as a final touch to her reception look.
Feeling Boho in Elie Saab
Christina spotted her crochet lace Elie Saab gown online and immediately fell in love. “I had the exact same feeling the first time I tried it on!” she says. And it’s easy to see why: The dress features a floral-patterned design, along with a sheer back and bell sleeves.
Channeling Meghan Markle in Emilia Wickstead
“When I was looking for wedding dresses, Emilia Wickstead had just launched her first bridal collection in London, and I was blown away by the simplicity of the designs,” Justine says. In fact, the gown she chose was inspired by Lady Charlotte Wellesley’s dress, which Emilia had designed a few years prior. “I wanted to look back in 10, 20, or 30 years and still admire the dress I’d chosen,” explains the bride. And you can imagine Justine’s surprise when, just a month later, Meghan Markle walked down the aisle in a similarly simple gown with a boat neckline and sleeves.
The bride traded her wedding gown for a more dance floor–friendly ensemble: a sequined jumpsuit and white high-tops. The music-enthusiasts also sprung for a DJ, carefully curating the best party playlist (although the rogue picks still went over wonderfully).
Floral in Frida Jonsven
The bride worked with designer Frida Jonsven to create a custom gown. “When we met, I just saw the fabric with all those flowers and fell in love. It was like my name was on it,” Lisa recalls. From there, they worked off of the “more is more” theme to design a floral dress that featured hand-embroidered flowers on the arm, chest, and train. Adds the bride, “The back is stunning but my favorite part is the sleeves…yes I’m in love with my dress!
A Carolina Herrera Dream
After having a moment when she saw both Marco and their wedding venue for the first time, Brie admits that she did not have such a feeling while dress shopping. “I was torn between two dresses, but there was something special about my dress and it came down to a feeling,” she says of the winning dress, a Carolina Herrera ball gown. “In hindsight, I’m sure I knew it the second I tried it on, but I was so afraid of choosing the wrong one that I got easily overwhelmed. I don’t know how I even considered anything else. I felt like a queen in it!”
Timeless in Reem Acra
Brianna envisioned something elegant and timeless for her wedding-day look, donning a stunning satin Reem Acra ball gown with a wrapped bodice and peplum skirt. “It was classic, but still fashion-forward and unique,” she explains.
Breaking the Rules in Alexander McQueen
“We wanted a venue that was a bit different, so I proposed the zoo! Thankfully, Nick loved it,” the bride said. The zoo is set on 30 acres of gardens, which inspired the day’s floral elements as well as the bride’s Alexander McQueen dress. She also loved how its high collar reminded her of a Chinese cheongsam.
Loads of Lace and Color
Both of these brides wore dresses embellished with lace, and Tatjana worked with designer Louise Selby to create hers. “I drew my dress on a napkin in a cafe one day and was introduced to the wonderful Louise Selby to bring the dress to life,” she explains. She accessorized with family heirlooms—her grandmother’s ruby and her mother-in-law’s pearl necklace—plus espadrilles by Castaner.
Gayle also wore a custom gown from Mirror Mirror London. “I designed the dress and loved the simplicity of the skirt and the shape of the bodice,” she says. The bride added a twist to her look, thanks to the help of her friend and hairstylist Emily Crowther. “We decided to tie my hair into a ponytail with a black velvet bow that hung down my back,” she says.12of 35
Always Fashionable in Wednesday Atelier
Ever the fashion bride, Anne Laure worked with Wednesday Atelier to create a custom silk-and-lace wedding dress featuring sheer sleeves and a detailed bodice. “I trusted her immediately,” she says. “It was hard to stick to our first ideas, but she was so professional and helpful in keeping me on track.”
Modern in Sarah Seven
“I went dress shopping by myself, and actually really enjoyed being alone at the boutique to figure out what I did and didn’t like,” says Maria. She used that time to narrow her decision down to two Sarah Seven dresses, then returned with her family to make the final choice. The winning design had a crew neckline, an open back, and a front slit to show off her shoes.
Lacey in Costarellos
The bride headed to Moda Operandi’s bridal salon in search of her gown, and fell in love with a guipure lace gown by Costarellos. “Shopping for a wedding dress is the way shopping used to be, with someone truly helping you from the moment you arrive and bringing you items you might not have tried otherwise,” the bride describes of the experience.15of 35
Funky in Beaded Alexandra Grecco
The bride wanted a classic, timeless dress with a “bit of funk” and found just that in an Alexandra Grecco dress-and-gown pairing. The silk crepe dress had a body-skimming silhouette, while the hand-embroidered tulle cape was an amazing upgrade to the traditional veil. She added white satin block heel pumps, a perfect choice for the venue’s rocky paths.
The Bride Wore, Herself
Chelsea came away from dress shopping feeling like everything she tried was either “too romantic” or “too sexy”—neither of which fit her vision for her big day. “My mom kept saying I should make my dress myself,” Chelsea says. So she did! She spent four months working with her team to create a one-of-a-kind dress and cape featuring sequined fabric and a striking design.
Stunning in Hayley Paige
Carly tapped her close friend and bridal dress designer Hayley Paige to make her dress—and lucky for Carly, because they started designing just three weeks before the wedding. “I wanted the fit to be tight around my ever-growing belly,” she says. With the bride’s vision in mind—”I wanted my dress to show my shape since I was pregnant, but also be classic and chic,” she explains—Hayley designed a crepe column gown with a plunging neckline and intricate button detailing. 18of 35
Edgy in Liz Martinez
For her big moment, though, the bride selected an off-the-shoulder gown by Liz Martinez Bridal. “I went shopping alone, which helped me focus on what I really wanted,” she explains. Looking back, Amanda says she ultimately fell for the designer’s” iconic romantic, edgy style.”19of 35
Classic and Fashionable in Alberta Ferretti
When Adeline started dress shopping, she thought she wanted a vintage tulle design. Instead, she surprised herself with a “timeless” silk gown by Alberta Ferretti. “Everyone is so used to seeing me wear loud and daring stuff. I liked the idea of of wowing people with a classic piece,”she says.