Roaring Romance: From dropped waists and understated glamour to beading and pearls as far as the eye can see, this season’s ’20s-inspired gowns are perfect for making your wedding feel like exactly what it should: a party.
Even Daisy would be jealous of this one.
Eden by Jenny Packham, a beaded platinum gown with flutter sleeves, $4,625 at the Wedding Shoppe, Wayne. Portici Halo headpiece by Jennifer Behr, $825, and St. Eramus Water Garden drop Swarovski crystal earrings set in zari-thread crochet, $160, both at BHLDN.com. Victoria platinum eternity band with alternation marquise and brilliant diamonds, from $12,800 at Tiffany & Co., Philadelphia and King of Prussia. 18-karat yellow-gold diamond and green tourmaline ring, $2,222 and 18-karat yellow-gold sapphire and diamond ring, $1,485, both at Halloween, Philadelphia. Long pearl tassel necklace with oxidized diamonds set in sterling silver, $700, and 14-karat yellow-gold and oxidized silver rose-cut diamond bangle, $3,300, both at Barbara Ellick, Narberth.
What a flapper dress wants to be when it grows up.
Anna Sui Aiguille gown of nylon tulle with sequin and button embellishments, puffed sleeves and a split hem, $1,200 at BHLD.com. Maria Elena jeweled headpiece, $520 at Bridals by Danielle, Philadelphia. Ben-Amun retro period necklace with white crystal stones, $470 at Barbara Ellick, Narberth. 18-karat white- gold diamond and sapphire ring, $2,485, 14-karat white- gold diamond and sapphire ring, $1,985, and 14-karat gold diamond and emerald bracelet, $3,985, all at Halloween, Philadelphia.
A strapless silhouette brings the throwback look into this century.
Art deco bohemian-beaded strapless dress by Nicole Miller, $3,200 at Nicole Miller, Philadelphia and Manayunk. Ben-Amun retro period necklace with white crystal stones, $470, and 14-karat yellow-gold and oxidized silver with rose-cut diamond necklace, $3,600, both at Barbara Ellick, Narberth. Ben-Amun Swarovski crystal Garland of Light bracelet, $470, and Jennifer Behr Royal Lineage Swarovski crystal and antique gold-plated brass bracelet, $400, both at BHLDN.com. Circlet band ring of round brilliant diamonds in platinum, $7,800 at Tiffany & Co., Philadelphia and King of Prussia. Halo & Co. Gianna headband, $687 at the Wedding Shoppe, Wayne.
You just can’t have enough pearls.
St. Pucchi Alençon lace and chiffon fit-and-flare gown with beaded illusion back, $4,100 at Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe, Jenkintown. Tiffany pearl drop earrings, $450, pearl tassel necklace, $1,200, and long pearl necklace, $1,000, all from the Ziegfeld Collection, all from Tiffany & Co.
A striking, so-aisle- worthy twist on traditional white.
Karen by Vera Wang, a strapless open-back v-neck embroidered ball gown in Dahlia, with lifted tulle skirt, $7,990 at the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom, King of Prussia. Sterling silver earrings with cubic zirconium starburst drops, $660, Lee Angel large rhinestone and crystal bracelet, $200, and Miriam Salat black resin cuff with custom- cut cubic zirconium sunbursts, $495, all at Barbara Ellick, Narberth.
The romance of an illusion neckline combined with the glitz of beaded embroidery
Renoir by Monique Lhuillier, a white silk embroidered illusion-neck trumpet gown with detachable tulle train and Magnolia ruched tulle cummerbund, $10,475 for all three pieces at the Wedding Shoppe, Wayne. 18-karat white- gold diamond and sapphire ring, $2,485, and 14-karat white-gold diamond and sapphire ring, $1,985, both at Halloween, Philadelphia. Sterling silver earrings with cubic zirconium starburst drops, $660, gray spinel lariat with moonstone balls, $700, multi-strand smoky topaz beaded necklace with faux diamond cluster, $420, and sterling silver necklace with moonstone beads and a diamond ball, $615, all at Barbara Ellick.
Go glam with a plunging neckline and big, bold embellishments.
Baile Pronovias ruched chiffon halter gown with crystal center front, $1,750 at bridal Garden, Marlton. Boutique de Voile flower headpiece, $180 at Bridals by Danielle, Philadelphia. Circlet platinum and diamond ring, $7,800, daisy ring in sterling silver and black onyx, $550, and black onyx and pearl ring in sterling silver, $475, all from the Ziegfeld Collection, all at Tiffany & Co. Sterling marcasite and pearl bracelet, $888 at Halloween, Philadelphia. Alexis Bittar aqua Lucite bangle, $325, and clear Lucite cuff, $395, and 18-karat white-gold and diamond hanging earrings, $4,900, all at Barbara Ellick, Narberth.
A combination of details that’s elegant and ethereal all at once
Ball gown by Manual Mota for Pronovias with layers of embroidered tulle, mother- of-pearl embroidery, boat neckline and butterfly sleeves, $4,240 at Elizabeth Johns, Ardmore. 18-karat white-gold diamond and sapphire bracelet, $6,985, and 18-karat white-gold diamond and sapphire ring, $2,485, both at Halloween, Philadelphia. 14-karat white-gold diamond ring with 16-carat lemon citrine, $1,875 at Barbara Ellick, Narberth. Stephanie Browne Australia mother-of-pearl earrings, $115 at Unveiled, Philadelphia. PARIS Rue Plumet headband, $350 at the Wedding Shoppe, Wayne.
This story originally appeared in the fall/winter 2013 issue of Philadelphia Wedding. Photography by Trevor Dixon. Styling by Lauren Kozakiewicz. Hair and makeup by Dora Salgado/Agent Oliver
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