Our Editors’ Picks: 10 Gorgeous Gowns for Every Summer Bride
Bonus: They're all available at Philly bridal salons.
You, Me & the Sea It’s summertime, and the dresses are easy. Flowy, light fabrics; looser, less-structured silhouettes; and delicate details in lace, sparkles and florals that are simply meant to be worn when the air is warm, the breeze is salty and the sun is shining.
No better time than the warm-weather season to go with a pastel-hued frock. Dori by Hayley Paige, an alabaster tulle halter gown with a crystal and moonstone bodice, full horsehair flounced skirt and chapel train, $4,590 at Bridal Garden, Marlton. Maria Beaulieu 18-karat yellow-gold large snowy moonstone earrings, $2,800 at Egan Day, Rittenhouse.
A little whisper of a slip captures a cool, casual vibe. Jamie by Nicole Miller, a lace slip dress with an underlining of reverse charmeuse and crisscross straps over a deep V-back, finished with eyelash lace trim, $1,400 at Nicole Miller, Center City and Manayunk. Annette Ferdinandsen green opal egg ring, $1,515 at Egan Day, Rittenhouse. LesAccessoires crystal headband, $125 at Unveiled, Washington Square West.
Because beading and crystals aren’t just for ornate, grand ball gowns. Lucinda by Anna Campbell, a scalloped-lace gown with hand- beaded embellishments, $3,110 at Lovely Bride, Old City. White topaz Prism drop earrings, $495, and Diamond Lux beaded bracelet, $2,850, both at Lagos, Rittenhouse.
Something sweet: peachy-pink sequins scattered all over your train. Gemma by Vera Wang, a strapless mermaid gown with a full sequin-embellished organza train, $6,500 at the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom, King of Prussia. Bangle with birdcages, $1,150, and two bangles with caviar bars, $990 each, all at Lagos, Rittenhouse.
A blushing bride, in more ways than one. Sylvie by Monique Lhuillier, a blush tulle slip gown with cowl neck and lace appliqués, $8,000 at the Wedding Shoppe, Wayne. Maria Beaulieu large Chinese turquoise earrings, $3,080, Annette Ferdinandsen blue chalcedony egg ring, $1,515, and green opal egg ring, $1,515, all at Egan Day, Rittenhouse. Motif heels by Klub Nico, $250 at BHLDN.com.
Opt for a gown that’s sweet, simple and cheery, just like your Big Day. Embroidered organza sleeveless gown with chapel train by Jesús Peiró, $3,410 at Philly Bride, Old City. Annette Ferdinandsen green opal egg ring, $1,515, and Gabriella Kiss pink tourmaline ring, $1,775, both at Egan Day, Rittenhouse. Bouquet of antique green hydrangea, blue delphinium and hydrangea, raspberry dahlias, orange Mokara orchids and seeded eucalyptus by TableArt, Wayne.
Just a slight, subtle shimmer, and you’ll glow. Snowflake by Amanda Garrett, an Italian cobweb lace gown
with a silk satin slip and vintage sleeves, $4,400 at Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe, Jenkintown. Ted Muehling pearl and moonstone necklace (worn as bracelet), $3,000, and Gabriella Kiss Chinese freshwater pearl earrings, $1,760, both at Egan Day, Rittenhouse. Sara Gabriel Amber flower hair wrap, $205 at the Wedding Pavilion at Van Cleve, Paoli.
Delicate floral touches are right at home whether you celebrate in the garden or on the beach. Willa by Elizabeth Fillmore, a French lace V-neck sheath gown with a jasmine-flower motif over satin chiffon, $4,500 at the Wedding Shoppe, Wayne. Prism green amethyst stud earrings, $295, and ring, $995, both at Lagos. Flower hairpins, similar styles at Philly Bride, Old City.
Your wedding day is the perfect time to be a little bit sweet—and sexy. Allura by Reem Acra, a silk chiffon siren gown with an open cowl back and lace appliqués, $4,995 at Elizabeth Johns, Ardmore. Maria Beaulieu 18-karat yellow-gold link earrings with rose quartz, $2,600 at Egan Day, Rittenhouse. Sara Gabriel Vanessa organza and feather hair clip, $107 at the Wedding Pavilion at Van Cleve, Paoli.
Hard to go wrong with sweet and simple. La Sposa tulle off-the-shoulder gown with three-quarter-length sleeves, $2,000 (including detachable belt, not shown) at Unveiled, Washington Square West. Paris by Debra Moreland dogwood flower hairpins, $240 for a set of three at BHLDN. com. Gabriella Kiss rutilated quartz earrings, $2,420 at Egan Day, Rittenhouse.
Photography by Trevor Dixon. Styling by Lauren Kozakiewicz. Hair and makeup by Alayna Rakes for Face Atelier and Amika. Model: Megan Dalke/Wilhelmina Models, NYC. Assistant styling by Avery Osborne. Assistant hair and makeup: Marissa Tice.
This article originally appeared in the spring/summer 2015 issue of Philadelphia Wedding.
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