HIGH DRAMA: With luxe fabrics, eye-catching details and striking silhouettes, this season’s gowns are guaranteed to help you make one stunning, blow-him-out-of-the-water entrance. Photography by Trevor Dixon. Styling by Lauren Kozakiewicz. Hair and makeup by Marnee Simon. Assistant styling by Avery Osborne. Model: Mega Gouveia/Ford Models. Photographed on location at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
Ruffles can be sweet and whimsical—or they can be showstoppers. Elizabetta by Rivini strapless ruffled silk organza ball gown with double peplum edged in mohair, pleated tulle, and an elderberry grosgrain ribbon with black crystal appliqué, $6,16 at the Wedding Shoppe, Wayne. Maria Elena two-sided crystal and pearl headpiece, $720 at Bridals by Danielle, Philadelphia.
The belle of the ball—in a hue that’s perfectly you. Romona Keveza pink silk taffeta sweetheart ball gown with cascade skirt, $6,200 at Bijou Bridal, Ardmore. White Canadian fox shrug, $495 at Jacques Ferber, multiple locations. Gray faux pearl necklace, $24 at Smak Parlour, Philadelphia. Sterling granulated dome ring, $125 at Halloween, Philadelphia.
Pretty and playful, with just a wink of sexiness. Bouquet from the Monique Lhuillier Platinum Collection, a silk chiffon and embroidered silk organza strapless gown with a draped bodice and textured floral skirt with front slit, $10,790 at the Wedding Shoppe. Fourteen-karat white-gold citrine diamond ring, $1,985 at Halloween. Alexis Bittar amber ring, $218 at Open House, Philadelphia. Liz Palccios gold and crystal flower bracelet, $138, and gold crystal earrings, $58, both at Verde, Philadelphia. Grace Jasmine satin peep-toe slingbacks with flower, $130 at the Wedding Shoppe.
Few things can make a girl feel like a princess faster than a fitted, flattering corset bursting with layer upon layer of lighter-than-air organza. Hannah by Vera Wang, a strapless ballerina ball gown with veiled layers of floral laser-cut organza and detachable bustier, $5,900 at the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom, King of Prussia. Sterling silver rutilated quartz ring, $455, and two sterling white topaz bracelets, $333 each, all at Halloween. Swarovski headpiece, $690 at Bridal Garden, Marlton.
Intricate crystal beading makes the perfect accompaniment to that new bling on your left hand. Lazaro ivory silk-faced satin trumpet gown with sweetheart neckline, jewel-encrusted bodice and jeweled silk ribbon belt, $4,730 at Bridal Garden. La Vie Parisienne filigree earrings with stones, $138 at Verde.
A fitted drop waist shows off that shape you’ve worked so hard for, while a crystal-crusted cover-up adds an elegant, ladylike finish. Atelier Aimee gown with beaded drop waist and silk, satin and organza layered asymmetrical bottom, $5,700, and matching bolero, $1,900, both at Bridals by Danielle. Sterling silver rose quartz ring, $388, and nouveau long earrings, $111, both at Halloween.
We love just a touch of ’40s glam for amping up the chic in your wedding-day look. Tracy Reese Cassini’s Muse vintage-style column gown in tonal floral jacquard with crystal buttons on the cuffs and back, $1,600 at BHLDN.com. Faux pearl cocktail rings, $18 each at Smak Parlour.