Martha Brides Who Wore Oscar de la Renta Wedding Gowns
“When you find ‘the dress,’ you’ll know,” the legendary designer has said of picking out a gown for the big day. “If you don’t feel an instant chemistry when you look in the mirror, don’t buy it!” Here, brides we have featured who instantly fell in love with one of his beautiful creations.
The actress chose a custom Oscar de la Renta dress for her marriage to Michael Polish. A 16-foot-long train and cathedral-length veil billowed behind her for a dramatic look befitting of the couple’s scenic Montana mountaintop ceremony.
“I wanted to feel like I had wrapped myself in Oscar’s beautiful fabrics and stepped forward, the spool continuing to unravel as I moved,” she explains. “This design was Oscar’s magnificent interpretation of that sentiment. One of the greatest memories of my life is to have worked with Mr. de la Renta on my wedding gown. Simply, he is extraordinary.”
For the reception, Kate donned a second, slimmer Oscar de la Renta gown.
“It was embellished with fine crystals, pearls, and tulle,” she says. “It was almost invisible, so it looked like the entire thing was made of very fine [details]. It was just so gorgeous. I was deeply in love with both of the dresses.”
The femininity of the full skirt and wavelike ruffles are what this bride loved most about her Oscar de la Renta dress, which she accessorized with Gucci white patent-leather wedges, Tiffany & Co. diamond and amethyst earrings, and her grandmother’s two gold bracelets. The first dress she tried on, the choice surprised her. She had originally imagined herself in a bohemian-style sheath.
Lisa Tobias bypassed the bridal department and went straight to Oscar de la Renta’s evening collection for her light-as-air gown. “The seamstress reconstructed the dress to fit me,” she says. “It was unbelievable!” Lisa’s Oscar de la Renta featured a slinky Lurex column lining that allowed her shape to be seen under all the volume of tulle. “I particularly loved the way it was subtly longer in the back, creating an ethereal train,” she says. “It reminded me of The Princess Bride.”
This fit-and-flare Oscar de la Renta gown was the perfect choice for this bride’s intimate backyard ceremony. For her “something blue,” her wedding date was embroidered on the inside.
“My dress was the first one I tried on,” Cecily says of the Oscar de la Renta ruffled ballgown she wore to her destination wedding in Florida.
This bride paired a full-skirted Oscar de la Renta gown with Christian Louboutins for portraits before her Wyoming wedding, then changed into ivory Frye boots for the woodside celebrations.
Zooey paired her strapless Oscar de la Renta gown with a custom Tia Mazza veil and a bouquet of white peonies and green lady slipper orchids for her St. Louis nuptials.
This bride wore a high-collared Oscar de la Renta gown to her celebration in Toronto.
For her fall nuptials in North Carolina, the bride chose a floral lace Oscar de la Renta sheath.
For her New York City wedding, Corrine opted for a short Oscar de la Renta dress and borrowed her veil from a good friend, who was married the year before.
Michelle, in Oscar de la Renta, entered the ceremony from the Anderson House’s grand staircase in Washington D.C.