Stacks of magazines litter the floor, binders chocked full of website image print outs are heaped on the bed, spreadsheets detailing prioritized lists of venues, bakers, florists and more clutter your computer’s desktop — wedding season approaches.
2018 is here, and it’s time for our annual Brides issue and, with it, our run down of the most stylish spring bridal fashions.
If you’ve been scouring magazines, websites and local boutiques for your perfect dress and haven’t yet found ‘the one,’ never fear because this year’s bridal fashion spread features seven of the most fashionably ooh- and ahh-worthy gowns (available locally) that won’t break the bank.
From oversized bows, ruffles and pearl embellishments, to modern classic silhouettes, updated (and very alluring) high-necks and daringly sheer corsets, the spring 2018 bridal trends include something for just about any bride. And they come in more colors than you can shake a stick at, including this season’s hottest hue: blue. Of course, the bold yet timeless black dress has solidified its spot in the annual wedding gown offerings, as has the short-length dress. Accessories like capes, capelets and gloves are back with a vengeance this year and add a dynamic touch to your wedding day ensemble.
This year, we’ve taken a new approach to jewelry and opted for a locally handcrafted line that is accessible, artistic and a true nod to each woman’s unique personality: Tisch Jewelry Werks. These statement pieces were handpicked by Trapp Tischner and her team to perfectly complement each of our seven dresses. We’ve also added a touch of ‘something old’ to a few of the looks with vintage costume pearls and the stylist’s own diamond ball jewelry (included as hair accessories), compliments of our talented hair and makeup artist MARAZ. Mix and match these captivating looks to ensure your wedding day is truly an expression of your individual style. Happy browsing!
Gone are the days when short bridal gowns were only for destination weddings. This Enchanting by Mon Cheri (style 215102) above-the-knee satin, tulle, and lace A-line dress is at once elegant and functional for just about any style of nuptials. Its three-quarter sleeves and lace illusion bateau neckline with semi-sweetheart bodice give it an almost royal feel from the waist up, while the short flared skirt with concealed pockets takes you from ceremony to reception comfortably and, at only $249, affordably. An added bonus to this smart modern look is that it ticks another spring trend box with its black lace overlay. Tisch Jewelry Werks paired this lovely style with a Hawk’s eye beaded bracelet featuring Swarovski beads ($36) and smoky blue sapphire earrings ($72). Now, there’s your something blue! Enchanting by Mon Cheri gowns are available at Bravura.
Dare-to-bare sheer corsets are all the rage for spring 2018, but not every bride wants to push the envelope quite that far on her wedding day. This Aria Los Angeles (style Anastasia) strapless full-length ball gown with a sweep train lets you experiment with the sheer style while staying in your comfort zone. The champagne duchess satin and off-white re-embroidered lace of the garment-boned corset provide a sheer illusion from afar while still offering full coverage. The dropped waist seamlessly flows into a whimsical silk ruffle ball gown skirt sure to make any bride feel like a princess on her big day. To match this bold look, Tisch Jewelry Werks paired this statement-making gown with a labradorite links and golden circle necklace ($92) and quartz drop earrings ($42). The dress retails for between $2,000 and $2,500. Aria Los Angeles gowns are available at Adore.
This Justin Alexander (style 8946) classic V-neck, structured A-line silhouette gown also packs a surprise contemporary punch for the modern bride who wants to be on trend but not trendy. Its sharp black cummerbund belt with grand oversized back loop give a nod to this season’s popular black hues and affinity for huge bow embellishments — all without overshadowing the bride. A Mikado satin gown with hidden pockets and a chapel train, this dress exemplifies the many ways designers are breathing new life into vintage lines this season. The pros at Tisch Jewelry Werks added a statement pyrite and baroque pearl double wrap necklace ($126) to balance out the clean style and deep plunge of the dress. This gown retails for between $1,500 and $1,999. Justin Alexander gowns are available at Adore and Bel Fiore.
Pearls signify loyalty, generosity and purity and are said to have a calming effect, so it’s no small wonder the spring runways were awash in these marine gems. This Aria Los Angeles boat neck, backless wedding gown (style Margaux) in off-white crepe will have your guests in awe of its simple lines and intricately embroidered pearl beaded lace embellishments and leave you feeling (and looking) your absolute best with its sheath silhouette, raglan style bodice and super sexy thigh slit. Tisch Jewelry Werks paired this dreamy dress with a standout labradorite cuff bracelet ($52), while our hair and makeup artist, MARAZ, used a vintage pearl necklace with tassel (stylist’s own) in the model’s hair to add an unexpected twist on traditional bridal jewelry. The gown retails for between $2,000 and $2,500. Aria Los Angeles gowns are available at Adore.
Another popular trend this season is the ruffle, and they are simply everywhere — from oversized ruffles in full skirts and on intricate embellishments to ruffle-like patterns in fabrics and even accessories. But a lot of the extreme ruffles seen on spring runways may not be wearable for the everyday bride. This look, by Enchanting by Mon Cheri (style 117192; $339) brings in a very fashion-forward cascading ruffle accent without overpowering the sleeveless chiffon A-line gown with inset chapel train. Our favorite aspect of this comfortable yet sexy dress is its beaded sweetheart blouson bodice with hand-beaded illusion jewel neckline and beaded illusion keyhole blouson back that shows just the right amount of skin. Because this dress features such a beautifully-beaded bodice, we chose to pair it with only a simple set of vintage pearl clip-on earrings (stylist’s own). Enchanting by Mon Cheri gowns are available at Bravura.
Boho chic meets bridal in this Lillian West (style 6522) printed Aztec chiffon gown that feels effervescent, artsy and oh so fashionable. The bloussant bodice and self-tie belt are what give this dress its effortless and almost organic appeal, but it’s the high jewel neckline that represents one of this season’s most readily wearable trends. In the past, high necklines on bridal gowns usually meant traditional cuts and modest silhouettes, but the newest crop of high neck dresses adds a much-needed dash of sex appeal, too. To jazz up the simple elegance of this super comfortable dress, our hair and makeup artist used our stylist’s own diamond ball earrings as dreamy hair accents and diamond ball necklace as a bracelet. This gown retails for between $1,500 and $1,999. Lillian West gowns are available at Adore and Bel Fiore.
A classic silhouette steps into spring 2018 in this spectacular allover lace fit and flare Justin Alexander gown (style 8920) and does double duty in this season’s most stunning trends lineup with the addition of a Chantilly lace capelet. The nude and ivory dress features hand-placed embroidered lace appliqué details and a chapel train. The combination of traditional lines, lace detailing and the intricate capelet is an utterly glamorous and feminine look that still manages to feel completely natural — it’s a real showstopper! The team at Tisch Jewelry Werks knew this stunner needed a bit of va voom and paired the gown with gold teardrop on square labradorite stud earrings ($52) and a labradorite linkage and baroque pearl bracelet. This gown retails for between $2,000 and $2,499 (cape sold separately). Justin Alexander gowns are available at Adore and Bel Fiore.
Thank you to ...
Hair and makeup: MARAZ Makeup & Hair
Fashion assistant: Hannah Rose D’Amico
Model: Heather White
Venue: The Brickyard
Jewelry: Tisch Jewelry Werks except where noted
Where to buy dresses, jewelry or makeup & hair services:
Adore: A Bridal Boutique | 2908 Moon Station Road | Kennesaw | 770-514-7271 | www.adorebridalga.com
Bel Fiore Bridal | 1205 Johnson Ferry Road | Suite 138, Marietta | 770-509-7185 | www.belfiorebridal.com
Bravura | The Avenue East Cobb | 4475 Roswell Road | Suite 1610, Marietta | 770-977-8916 | www.bravurabridal.com
Tisch Jewelry Werks | Find Tisch Jewelry Werks locally at Modify Atlanta, The Local Exchange, Red Birds Gifts, Marietta Square Artists Market and The Honeybee or online at tischjewelrywerks.com.
Photography by Erin Gray Cantrell