Looks We Love

Every bride is different, and every wedding is a unique celebration of love between two people.  There are so many details that go into a bride’s big day, but one of the most important is certainly her dress.  In EVENT’s Bridal Editorial, we will highlight dresses that fit several different themes, personalities and tastes.  Much thanks to Le Fleur Bridal and Alabella Studios, and White Dresses and Greentree Photography, and all of the contributing businesses who helped create the beautiful images you see here.

The Sophisticate Bride

Do you love Old Hollywood glamour, and long to dazzle like Grace Kelly?  A sophisticated lace gown with modern details may be for you.  A birdcage, or even a more art nouveau headpiece, pairs perfectly with this look.  Whatever era inspires you, a polished, dramatic look will serve you well.  Whether strapless or long-sleeved, you long to look chic and effortless in a timeless gown. 

You may also like:

  • Swarovski-encrusted shoes
  • Beaded clutches
  • A bouquet made of antique broaches
  • A fur or lace bolero for colder weather
The Destination Bride

Do you dream of being married on a beach, or a cliff in Ireland?  A simple gown that allows you to trek across the elements, or wade barefoot into the ocean, is the surest bet.  This bride has much room for interpretation, and can choose to wear a gown that ties in with the location, or find a gown she loves and alter it to fit the ceremony.  Though you may want to stick with a simpler bottom and no train, you can truly let your personality shine in the bodice of the gown. 

You may also like:

  • Destination-themed invitations
  • A bouquet of indigenous flowers
  • A gown that is tea-length or shorter
  • A more casually dressed bridal party
The Vintage Bride

Do you imagine yourself in your mother’s (or grandmother’s) gown, or wearing something one-of-a-kind from a high-end thrift store?  Lucky for you, the vintage look for stylish brides can now be found at most bridal shops.  A vintage look can be classic or more bohemian, and is a great match for a laid-back ceremony with friends and family.   It is as perfect for an outdoor ceremony as it is a church, and it’s a fresh look despite it’s vintage roots. 

You may also like:

  • A ceremony on a family farm or nature preserve
  • Retro makeup with a vivid red lip
  • A headband or birdcage
  • Heirloom jewelry
The Southern Belle Bride

Do you see yourself riding in to your wedding on horseback, or inviting 500 friends and family to dance the night away in a blinged-out barn?  The Southern Belle Bride does everything big, from her diamond-studded cowboy boots to her higher-than-heaven hairstyle.  And the dress is no exception: feathered chiffon, crystal-covered corsets, and hoop skirts are just a few way to express your style - whether you’re a cowgirl or a Southern debutante. 

You may also like:

  • A menu that includes Southern comfort food
  • Floral table arrangements that wow
  • High-end jewelry with lots of shine, or pearls
  • A pair of cowboy boots, either glamorous or worn-in
The Princess Bride

Do you imagine yourself spinning around the dance floor like Cinderella, or taking slow steps down the cathedral aisle with your maid-of-honor holding your train?  A princess dress is the culmination of many a little girl’s childhood dream.  Whether silk satin, chiffon or tulle, a flowing ball gown makes every woman feel special.  Though the most important part is your prince waiting at the end of the aisle, the gasps you hear from onlookers as you step through the church doors doesn’t hurt either.  

You may also like:

  • A classic bouquet of roses
  • A long veil with a blusher or a tiara
  • A pair of ladylike heels
  • Elbow-length gloves
The Versatile Bride

Is your fantasy to be married in a gorgeous ball gown, only to whip off the top layer and dance the night away in a simpler dress?  Then look for a dress with a detachable skirt: whether the gown beneath is short or long, you won’t have to worry about dragging a ton of tulle around your reception.  This is also a great idea for a bride planning a wedding in two different places (perhaps a private ceremony with family, followed by a big party later) or one who just wants options.  And when it comes to the biggest day of your life, who doesn’t want two beautiful dresses in one?

You may also like:

  • Headpieces with detachable veils
  • Sashes in your wedding colors that can be added or removed
  • Two-in-one bridesmaids dresses
  • Bridal shoes with removable shoe clips

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