Gorgeous Wedding Gowns
Get swept off your feet by these lighthearted and swoon-worthy wedding dresses.
Turn heads at your ceremony with a 10-foot train of seraphic silk chiffon, then delight guests once more when you remove the dramatic overskirt to reveal a dance floor–grazing hem.
“Harb” gown and “Carrie” skirt; Stephen Russell earrings (212-570-6900).
Not only does this silk-faille beaut feature impeccable tailoring and a curve-hugging shape, but its softly verdant shade— the color of budding leaves—nods to the new life you’re starting.
Zac Posen gown (available at Neiman Marcus, 888-888-4757); Blue Nile
Bare shoulders and plunging necklines scream sexy. A fits-like-a-glove lace sheath with cap sleeves and an elegant mandarin collar whispers it alluringly.
Ian Stuart “Tiger Lily” gown (Available at Panache Beverly Hills, 310-657-7100); De Beers
earrings and “Aura” ring.
Crisp with a moonlike sheen, this eminently feminine strapless silk-faille style borrows its sharp, double-breasted bodice from the boys. A smart, wide-brim hat channels Audrey Hepburn’s gamine elegance.
In true ladylike fashion, the charms of this tea-length alencon-lace frock reveal themselves slowly and with poise. Start by loving the nipped-in waist, then notice the swingy circle-cut skirt and chaste sweetheart bodice.
ring; Alberta Ferretti shoes (310-652-9000).
A featherweight, pleated tulle underskirt gives this strapless silk-satin number a schoolgirlish charm. And for bonus points? A gossamer peplum provides a flirty wink.
Alberta Ferretti gown (310-652-9000). Cartier
bracelet and ring.
Two 21st-century details—convenient, hidden pockets and a skinny, waist-cinching belt—prevent the nebulous swirls of antiquey lace applique on this mermaid gown from seeming stiff or stodgy. A come-hither french net fascinator adds a shot of modern whimsy.
Junko Yoshioka “Zarya” gown (available at Mark Ingram Atelier, 212-319-6778); Suzanne Couture Millinery
You could call this silk-faille gown’s piece de resistance a bow, but that would be like referring to the Hope Diamond as a mere rock. A floor-skimming, softly draped skirt balances the knot’s cosmic proportions.
Rafael Cennamo gown (available at The White Dress, 949-723-0121); De Beers
This awe-inspiring gown has a profusion of embellishments-- tulle ruffles, floral applique on the bodice, and chic horsehair trim -- but nothing weighs it down. Instead, the flourishes spruce up a ball-gown shape that flatters body types from reed-thin to va-va-voom curvy.
Two words: stretch chiffon. Like your favorite pair of jeans, this mermaid-style number was made to play up your assets while masking any flaws. It creates the ideal hourglass silhouette, and if that’s not enough to warrant a double-take, the micro-pleated bodice and intricately shirred skirt most definitely are.
An unexpected metallic hue makes this ethereal dress feel as refreshing as a breeze on a hot summer day. The goddesslike tiers of Chantilly lace and a head-turning halter neckline boost its cool factor.
Douglas Hannant "Jill" gown (available at gabriellanewyork.com
earrings; Cathy Waterman bracelet (available at
); Jimmy Choo pumps (available at
The only thing more elegant than cap sleeves are the cap sleeves made from sheer, embroidered lace on this fit-and-flare attention-getter. Combined with a delicate boatneck and wide-open back, the look is divine.
Lela Rose "The Grove" gown (available at Mark Ingram Atelier, 212-319-6778); Cathy Waterman earrings and "Ribbon Swirl" bracelet (both available at ylang23.com
Beauty on High
With a sweetheart neckline, satin flowers, crystals, and layer upon layer of frothy organza, this gown is about as fairy princess as it gets. In it, you’ll feel as if you’re starring in your very own midsummer night's dream (whether or not you have an enchanting tree to perch on).
gown #2069; Cathy Waterman "Paisley Leaf" earrings (available at
bracelet; Rene Caovilla booties (available at Ermare, 954-568-2281).
From the front, this drop-waist design seems devoted to subtle details, like the tiny pleats on the bodice and artfully crinkled taffeta skirt. Then you catch a glimpse of its back draping, which sweeps dramatically down the aisle.
"Zig Zag" gown; Forevermark earrings (available at
In Fine Feather
An airy confection of wrapped tulle and downy ostrich plumes will have you flying into your groom's arms while guests' eyes are glued to its beautiful, billowing silhouette.
Kenneth Pool "Ariana" gown (available at Amsale Flagship Salon, 212-583-1700); Tacori
drop earrings; Cathy Waterman "Pave Ribbon" necklace (available at
There's something charmingly traditional and frankly feminine about this silk organza gown. Between the crisscrossed Chantilly lace embroidery and a delicate sweetheart neckline, it will have classic brides jumping for joy.
Judd Waddell "Fiona" gown (available bridalsbylori.com
earrings; McTeigue & McClelland "Flora" necklace (available at
Talk about a breath of fresh air! Not only does this delicate knee-length silk gazar dress count as your something blue, but you’ll be able to wear it again and again.
Christian Dior "Rue de Paris" dress (800-929-3467). Oscar Heyman
pumps; A. Jaffe ring (For setting, 913-345-0200).
In Full Swing
In search of a frock you can kick up your heels in? Look no further. This tea-length charmer, with a sparkly bodice and oversize blossom, makes you (and everyone who sees you) want to dance the night away.
"Sugarloaf" earrings and necklace; Manolo Blahnik "Hangisi" pumps (available at Neiman Marcus, 800-937-9146).
Fit to Be Tied
Sweetness and Light
Short, frilly, and as finely spun as cotton candy, a light pink organza mini can carry you from the ceremony to the reception to the afterparty. It's that versatile, and that special.
bracelet; Badgley Mischka sandals (available at