Wedding Dresses


The Liquid Satin Dress

by Bride Chic

Today I want to focus on a totally swoonworthy fabric, perfect for long and sleek bridal gowns. It's called liquid satin.  A client recently asked me to define liquid satin and I clued her in that it is a shiny, bright, clingy, body hugging crepe satin that looks absolutely luscious in evening gown silhouettes. Tune into almost any 1930’s movie and you'll find all kinds of inspiration if your wedding dress is going this direction.  Here's a roundup of some of the best and...

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Elegant and Dreamy Wedding Trains

by Lizzy S

As you are looking for your perfect wedding dress, there is another aspect to consider: the train. Whether you want the length of your train to be long or short, dramatic or simple, there are many sizes and designs to choose from. You can go with a sweep train for comfort and dancing the night away or a cathedral train for your fairytale wedding. Here are a few ideas to inspire you when you are searching for your ideal train. Don't forget to pin your faves!

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Winter Whites

by Bride Chic

Lucky you if you're a winter bride! There are so many tuned in designers out there using those heavier weight fabrics like taffeta, satin and dupion to jazz up looks for the chillier weather. But don't forget the snowflake effect of lace draped over summery lightweights like chiffon and organza to create a real snow princess look! Want to go sleeveless inspite of the chill? Warm yourself up via long gloves, a fur shrug or bolero in a heavier fabric. Whether your wedding is in the next...

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Trend Alert! The Shirtwaist Wedding Dress

by Bride Chic

  I haven't written about the shirtwaist dress in ages and it seems as the runways are showing many of these classic gems these days.  Did you know the shirtwaist is a variation of the ball gown silhouette?  It’s actually a more relaxed version of the hourglass, more of a tailored look focusing as much on the detailing of the bodice as the skirt. Generally a shirtwaist will have long shirt-like or billowing sleeves and full gathered skirt.  A shirtwaist dress for a bride...

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For All the Girls that Love the Bling! Check out These Stunning Dresses

by Bride Chic

This time of year is a perfect backdrop for the blinged, glitzed, glittering and sparkling bride to make her entrance.  Defined sparkle can be sequins or metallic’s, as well as crystals or jewels that can be sewn onto your wedding dress--sometimes incorporating intricate embroidery into the mix. Since your guests will be looking at you up close throughout your big day, there is no substitute for fine workmanship. Below are some contemporary versions of ‘bling’ in all its...

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The Timeless Beauty of Saja Wedding’s 2015 Bridal Collection

by HannahN

This lovely 2015 bridal collection by Saja Weddings embodies refined, timeless beauty. I absolutely love the inspiraiton behind the collection: the formation of pearls inside oysters. With this in mind, the designers used ethereal fabrics like silk chiffon and silk organza coupled with pearls and glass bead accents to create an incredibly beautiful end result. Lose yourself in these romantic creations, and be sure to pin your favorites!

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Something Borrowed: Her Mother’s Wedding Dress

by HannahN

I've always been intrigued with the idea of a bride wearing her mother's wedding dress.  Thinking back, women in my day were lucky if they chose to sport mom's white frock. Our mothers got married in the 1950s so the dresses were hands down gorgeous! As well as absolutely adoring the style your mother wore add the element of sentiment and you may just have the ideal wedding dress. These shots are of Katie who is wearing her mom's wedding dress for her wedding portraits (taken...

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Bride Chic’s Awesome Shooter Series: Grace Kathryn Photography

by Bride Chic

A few months back we had an amazing shoot out at the Kenwood Inn and Spa in gorgeous Sonoma County.  Add two of my favorite pros to work with, the incredible shooter, Grace Kathryn and makeup and hair artist extraordinaire, Julie Morgan.  I swoon every time these images come up and am reminded how lush and perfect this site is for weddings and honeymoons. The Italiante Villa offers a quiet retreat with restaurants and a wine bar exclusively for guests.  The gardens and landscaping...

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Bride Chic’s Trend Watch: Vintage Mashup

by Bride Chic

I've been wanting to post about this awesome subject for the longest time. Imagine wearing bits and pieces of bygone eras all in one look  I'm remembering a Prairie Revival dress from the 1970s that I wanted to pair up with a sparkly 1920s headband. I knew it was a look that would work despite the juxtapose . Totally trending and surprisingly chic is mash up vintage.  Take a look below at some incredible mash up formulas. You don't need to study costume to get how this style savvy...

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Stalking The Look Books: Marisol Aparicio

by Bride Chic

As far as indie designers go, the mother/daughter design duo creating  under the name Marisol Aparicio has to be hands down one of my top faves.  Specialing in artisian accessories and some of the most gorgeous dresses I've ever laid eyes on, each piece is hand-crafted and made by someone in the family. Here it is to enjoy, the 2015 pieces of the Marisol Aparicio collection! Be sure to add your favorites to your Ideabooks!  

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Dare To Be Distinctive, Bold, and Beautiful in Grace Loves Lace

by HannahN

Grace Loves Lace is all about creating incredible gowns for the unique bride who "throws it all to the wind, chooses and follows through with conviction and zeal, who is reckless in her passion...knows exactly what she wants, and always, always bets everything on love." Umm, yes please! We have had our eye on their bohemian beauties for a while now, and are excited to share some of the pieces from their new 2014-2015 collection. Also, LA brides - Grace Loves Lace will be making their...

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Urban Wedding Chic

by Bride Chic

via Style Me Pretty // Dress by Amsale // Bridesmaid Dresses by Monique Lhuillier It's been a couple years since I've posted about one of my absolute favorite topics, the city chic bride and her wedding. Now seems the appropriate time since fall is the time for city galas and big time events. Some weddings planned for the autumn/winter months go metro which means you'll need to amp up the chi-chi factor some. Whether it’s a big formal bash or small restaurant gathering, the city...

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This Pronovias 2015 Wedding Dress Collection is A Dream Come True!

by HannahN

If you long to glide down the aisle in a gown fit for a princess, you will absolutely love the Pronovias 2015 Dream Collection. This aptly named collection features 11 to die for wedding gowns that include feathers, layers of floaty tulle and organza, lace, and beautiful gemstone embroidery. All of these details work together to create magical gowns that are the definition of feminine glamour! Enjoy browsing through the enchanting collection below, and have your Ideabooks ready for...

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Two Brides: A Medley of Same Sex Celebrations

by Bride Chic

What and how to wear it?  Here's a look at some celebrations of  Pride Brides from real weddings as well as styled shoots that will definitely point you in the right direction and give a little inspiration.  The most important thing about putting together a look for your wedding is for you and your partner to feel comfortable in whatever you're wearing.  It's that simple.  If you both feel prettiest in a dress like the two Kellys or Aimee and Holly, by all means go for the...

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Bride Chic’s Trend Watch: La Boheme

by HannahN

Boho syles paired up with lightweight fabrics go hand in hand with laces, tulles and silk chiffon that make up this trio of ultra feminine gowns.  Recently I had the good fortune to to shoot with Santa Barbara based photographer, Grace Kathryn, who with a great deal of skill and sensitivity captured these Boho gems perfectly .  In this editorial styled by makeup artist and hairstylist, Julie Morgan, the rustic backdrops of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and Our Lady of Mount...

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Traveling With Your Wedding Dress

by Bride Chic

We're living in an era where destination weddings are extremely on trend, almost the rule rather than exception.  Your dress and you in it are the main event of your wedding day. Getting not only your dress and all your accessories from one point to another is something you need to ponder on whether you're navigating across town or half way around the world. Albeit, the process might be easier if you've invested in a dress made out of microfibers (yes silk can be microfiber); you'll...

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Can’t Get Enough of these Beautiful BHLDN Wedding Dresses!

by HannahN

BHLDN's 2014 collection is one that I absolutely adore. All of the dresses are perfectly beautiful- I still can't choose a favorite! The gowns are so romantic and the detailed embroidery exude femininity, and feature many figure flattering options for many body types. I love the use of nudes and blush tones and floral themed embroidery. BHLDN's use of beads gives an extra touch of glint and detail that make the dresses walking works of art. The collection also includes a few gorgeous...

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The Era of Novelty Laces

by Bride Chic

Not only are the traditional laces like Alencon and Chantilly now used in cutting edge ways, new inventions in knit and revivals in cotton and crocheted laces are also gaining prominence. Some of it is being used discreetly on no more than a sleeve or yoke while the high drama of donning all over lace from collar to hemline is chic as well.  Here are a few dresses all lacy in some way-- that combine aspects from the finest eras styled with the contemporary bride in mind.

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Get The Trend at Any Budget: Off The Shoulder Wedding Gowns

by HannahN

A big trend for Spring 2015 bridal gowns is graceful and feminine off the shoulder necklines. While the runway fashions are absolutely stunning, we know that the prices associated with the lovely designer creations are not necessarily attainable for the average bride, so we are happy to showcase how you can get the look no matter what your budget is! For the Beautiful and on a Budget Bride (Price range under $600) This beaded empire waist wedding dress from TD Bridal features a...

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Bride Chic’s Trend Watch: Beautiful Dots

by Bride Chic

There's something just so stunning about dots on tulle, cotton, chiffon or just about any lightweight fabric that ripples in the breeze.  Have you noticed dots have regained popularity recently?  As a heavier weave, dotted Swiss is typically cotton. On fine mesh or tulle it is commonly known as Point d'esprit. I have to say though it's not only wedding dresses that have my heart with this summery fabric, dots are also really lovely as veils and netting for hats. What is your...

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Romantic and Ethereal Wedding Gowns from Saja Wedding

by HannahN

Saja Wedding's current bridal collection is compiled of romantic gowns draped in silk organza, chiffon, and silk satin. The delicate details such as the flutter sleeves and hand beading are perfectly feminine and give the dresses a dreamy feel. If illusion necklines and straps are your style, this collection is perfect for you, as many of the gowns incorporate sheer sleeves that showcase the neckline and collarbones of the bride beautifully. We love how whimsical and ethereal this...

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Bride Chic’s Trend Watch: Shirr Beauties

by HannahN

You find shirring everywhere these days. Gathers, pleats, ruching and rows of stitching all make up different forms of shirring--an application process used a lot in evening and bridal wear.  Shirring can be out of the same fabric as the rest of the dress or something separate, usually lighter fabrics placed over lace that shirr nicely like tulle, chiffon and silk gauze.  This creates a kind of gossamer effect that's especially pretty when seen close up. Check out the shirring on...

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Fall in Love with the Bohemian ‘Romantique’ Collection by Claire Pettibone

by HannahN

Graceful and ethereal, Claire Pettibone's new Romantique collection is compiled of understated elegant gowns all under $3,000! Claire Pettibone just celebrated 20 years of being in business and marriage, and her experience and passion for the industry truly shines in this beautiful line of bohemian and poetic gowns. The collection features a mixture of flowy gowns, feminine off-shoulder sleeves, delicate embroidered lace designs, and her signature stunning backs. The sleeveless and...

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A Country Western Wedding

by Bride Chic

Howdy! Believe it or not you don't have to live in Wyoming to have a celebration the likes of any of these pics. Any country setting will do...all you need is a ranch, farm or meadow to kick up your heels and wing ding it country style. And check it out: Nearly any wedding dress properly accessorized can look cowgirly chic. A western bride with b-maids in cowboy boots and short dresses sure is hot right now. Add in some rustic elements like a weathered barn, pip berries and a few...

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