Isn't it Romantic?

AS ORIGINALLY REPORTED BY RACHEL LEONARD & SALLY KILBRIDGE FOR THE NEW YORK OBSERVER

MANY BRIDES STRIVE TO LOOK CLASSICALLY ELEGANT, OTHERS STRUT UP THE AISLE IN SKY-HIGH SLITS AND SOME AIM FOR A BOHEMIAN BEACH STYLE—BUT ONE OF TODAY’S MOST EMBRACEABLE TRENDS IS PURE ROMANCE. FEATURING SOFTER LINES AND FRANKLY FEMININITY SILHOUETTES, IT MAY BE A REACTION TO OUR OVER-DIGITIZED AGE—OR, SIMPLY, A YEARNING FOR A MOMENT OF GRACE AND BEAUTY. HALLMARKS OF THE STYLE INCLUDE DETAILS DRAWN DIRECTLY FROM NATURE, NOSTALGIC ACCENTS LIKE HOODS AND PEPLUMS, DELICATE EMBELLISHMENTS SUCH AS VINTAGE LACE, EVEN ELEMENTS DRAWN FROM TODAY’S LINGERIE MOVEMENT. TO AVOID A SUGAR OVERLOAD, KEEP THE ATTITUDE PLAYFUL AND LIMIT YOURSELF TO JUST ONE OR TWO FLIRTATIOUS TOUCHES—A PINK SASH, A SWEETHEART NECKLINE, A SILK FLORAL ACCENT. ISN’T IT ROMANTIC?

The Boudoir Bride

Photo: Vera Wan

Photo: Vera Wan

THE LINGERIE TREND FINDS A NATURAL PLACE IN THE WORLD OF WEDDING DRESSES. CASE IN POINT: THIS  SPLENDID GOWN’S SHEER BODICE, STRATEGICALLY POSITIONED LACE PANELS, AND SENSUAL SATIN ACCENTS. THE PENDULOUS WAIST BOWS ADDS A MAD DASH OF ROMANCE, WHILE THE FULL SKIRT IS BALANCED BY A SNUG CHANTILLY LACE BODICE.

VERA WANG, $8,900

Full Frontal Floral

Photo: Dan Lecca

Photo: Dan Lecca

DRESSING FOR DRAMA, A MODERN HEROINE HEADS FOR THE ALTAR IN A GRAPHIC IVORY SILK GAZER GOWN, SOFTENED WITH ITS ILLUSION NECKLINE, ELEGANT PEPLUM AND LARGE FLORAL ROSETTES. THE PERFECT SETTING FOR SUCH A STYLE STATEMENT: A HISTORIC BALLROOM OR FORMAL GARDEN.

MONIQUE LHUILLIER, $7,200

 

Goodnight, Sweetheart

Photo: Oscar De La Renta

Photo: Oscar De La Renta

AS FLATTERING AS IT IS ROMANTIC, THE SWEETHEART NECKLINE IS A FAVORITE WITH BRIDES; PAIRED WITH A TAFFETA-RUCHED COLUMN AND HAND-DRAPED POINT D’ESPRIT OVERLAY GOWN, THE EFFECT IS SEXY-SWEET SOPHISTICATION.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA, $7,690

 

Languid and Lacy

Photo: Dan Lecca

Photo: Dan Lecca

SMOOTH POUR OF VINTAGE-STYLE CHANTILLY LACE CARESSES A SENSUAL COLUMN OF SATIN. THE LONG LACE SLEEVES, WARM TONES OF PEARL AND IVORY, AND ELABORATE ROSE-GOLD EMBROIDERY PAINT A NOSTALGIC PICTURE THAT WOULD BE STUNNING IN A GILDED ERA MANSION—OR ON THE DECK OF A CLASSIC YACHT. 

CLAIRE PETTIBONE, $6,500

 

Petal Perfect

Photo: Dan Lecca

Photo: Dan Lecca

WITH A BABY-PINK RIBBON PROVIDING A CHARMING ACCENT, THIS SHORT SILK GAZAR DRESS IS EMBELLISHED WITH HAND-CUT FLOWERS ON THE ILLUSION BODICE. THIS MIGHT BE THE SWEETEST ENSEMBLE TO EVER GRACE THE STEPS OF CITY HALL. IT’S A PERFECT REAFFIRMATION CHOICE, TOO.

ANGEL SANCHEZ, $3,080

 

Romantic Rebel

Photo: Jemal Countess

Photo: Jemal Countess

IF YOU’VE GOT THE LEGS—AND THE CHUTZPAH—THIS ILLUSION BODY SUIT COVERED IN LACE APPLIQUES AND SOFTENED WITH A VOLUMINOUS TULLE SKIRT TAKES ROMANCE IN A RIVETING NEW DIRECTION. VEGAS, ANYONE? 

INES DI SANTO BODY SUIT, $4,890; DETACHABLE TULLE SKIRT, $3,290

 

Girl in the Hood

Photo: Dan Lecca

Photo: Dan Lecca

THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN MEETS THE KARDASHIAN GALS IN THIS GOTHIC-INSPIRED DRESS AND CAPE MISING MULTIPLE TEXTURES: DELICATE FRENCH LACES, SILK TULLE, BEADING, VINYL THREADS, CLEAR CRYSTALS AND A BELT WITH A TOUCH OF METAL. JUST THE THING FOR THE CASTLE WEDDING.

GALIA LAHAV, DRESS, $9,840, CAPE, $3,100

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