Headed for a trip down the aisle? Never before have bridal looks been so varied and open to interpretation.
There are more hues, more customization options and more separates from which to choose. Here is some inspiration for spring and summer brides, so you can narrow down the look that’s most you on the big day.
Just because it’s a classic white dress doesn’t mean it has to be a poufy cliché. Case in point: the Jesús Peiró Bow Detail Satin Halter Dress, with a beautifully shaped satin, A-line skirt and elegant high-halter neckline. An open back with rouleau-button closures and an oversized bow at the waist soften the crisp look.
Stunning graphic floral lace adds texture and elegance to the Catherine Deane Jolie Gown, designed with a dreamy illusion neckline. The bodice fits every curve before plunging into a puddle train.
Small details are pushing gowns a bit further from tradition. The Luly Yang Claire de Lune Illusion Back Cowl Neck Gown, in silk charmeuse, features a cowl neck and ultra-slim fit. But it’s the embroidered floral illusion back detailing that really makes it modern and fresh.
Dainty straps crisscrossing above a low back add romantic allure and a cool-girl vibe to the Willow by Watters Rosalind Gown. Its lace bodice flares into a full tulle skirt with festive movement.
Customize your look with the Christos Penny Dress, a ballgown with a full tulle skirt, and the Christos Tinsley Dress in flowy silk chiffon. Simple and romantic, both of these “sister” dresses feature the same sheer lace-panel bodice; you choose the lower-body silhouette that suits you.
You don’t have to wear white, or a gown or even a dress on your special day. The whimsical Caroline DeVillo Aubrey Pleat Wide Leg Silk Jumpsuit is chic and ready for dancing.
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Immaculately detailed with pearls, beads and lace, the Dream Dresses by PMN Blush Pink Tiered Trumpet Wedding Dress adds a bit of modern color to a classic dress shape. Designed by Bellevue-based designer Phuong Minh Nguyen, who won the Independent Designer Runway Show at 2015’s Bellevue Fashion Week, the dress skims the figure before flaring out into a chapel-length mermaid skirt with layers and layers of organza.
A two-piece gown is an easy, modern choice. The mermaid-shaped, corded-lace Theia Ines Skirt pairs beautifully with the Ada Top, a lace crop top with sheerness that balances its long sleeves.
Beach-bound brides will fall for the silk Wai-Ching Bridal Bliss Dress by local designer Wai-Ching. The halter top, fly-away silk at the waist and rolled hem make this stunner ideal for a barefoot affair. Chiffon adjustable back ties make for a flattering and easy fit.
Clockwise from top left: Sophia Webster Evangeline Angel Wing Sandal, $560; Paris by Debra Moreland Painted Flora Veil, $400; Wedding Belles New York Luella Czech Crystal & Pearl Clip, $170
Fly into the sunset with the Sophia Webster Evangeline Angel Wing Sandal. Finished with wing details at the heel, this once-in-a-lifetime pair of heels lends instant intrigue to any gown.
Almost bare veils are all the rage, and the Paris by Debra Moreland Painted Flora Veil takes the look to another level with hand-painted flowers at the hem. It fastens with a comb and falls 90 inches for a dramatic, but not overpowering, look.
Or forgo the veil and dress up your ’do with the Wedding Belles New York Luella Czech Crystal & Freshwater Pearl Clip, featuring a floral motif made from crystals and pearls.
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