SERAPHINE Couture Silk Paillettes Gown by Gibson Bespoke
*UPDATED FOR 2021* Time for some styling inspiration! Choosing all the elements of your wedding design can be a challenge. What if you’re in love with ALL the things? The best place to start is with your wedding style. Picture your big day. Is it casual or formal? Glam or romantic? Maybe boho or colourful or full of handmade DIY touches? Maybe it’s in a far-flung location, whether that’s a tropical beach or under the Mediterranean sun. Perhaps it’s in your parents’ backyard or in a game lodge in the South African bush. Sometimes it takes just one element to unlock it, whether it’s your location, wedding venue, stationery – or, of course, your wedding dress! To get you inspired, I’ve narrowed down five popular bridal styles and created a styling scrapbook for each one, including some truly spectacular gowns. So the question is: which kind of bride are you?
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The Romantic Bride
Light-as-air puff sleeves are the perfect look for a romantic bride right now, and this gorgeous dress from Etsy also has a long, airy train that makes me want to run barefoot through a secret garden (as you do). Plus it’s a convertible dress with a fitted satin midi beneath the ballgown, so you have a built-in afterparty or reception dress. (It’s also a superb option if you’re having two weddings thanks to COVID and need a minimony dress as well as a gown for your sequel wedding.) I immediately picture this at a spring or summer wedding filled with soft blooms, watercolour prints, and fine art wedding detailing. I’ve combined Marissa, a lovely printable wedding invitation from Etsy, with a handpainted cake, silk bridesmaid gowns with flutter sleeves, a draped floral ceremony arch, and lots of beautiful flowers of course! Pretty much obsessed with this romantic look, don’t you agree? (If you do, then you’ve found your bridal style!)
Credits: Row 1- Satin Wedding Dress with Cape, Sleeves and Train by Chap Dresses | Row 2- Marissa Pink Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite by Pipkin Paper Company | Row 3- Savan Photography/HauteFetes/Pineapple Petals Studios via Wedding Sparrow | Row 4- Savan Photography/HauteFetes/Pineapple Petals Studios via Wedding Sparrow | Row 5- Weddings By Nicola And Glen/Pocketful Of Dreams/Cakes By Krishanthi via Style Me Pretty (left); Sposto Photography/Jenny Yoo via Wedding Sparrow (right) | Row 6- Audrey Norman/Natalie Ly/Vo Floral Design via Wedding Sparrow
The Destination Bride
I’m more than a little obsessed with this layered wedding dress found on Etsy. All those tulle ruffles! It really leaves an impression. I immediately thought of a destination wedding somewhere with that old European feel, like a chateau in Italy or France. Combined with gorgeous greenery invitations (like these printable ones from Etsy) and elegantly casual table decor in shades of dusty blue, grey, and taupe with a touch of gold, this really adds up to a dream wedding!
Credits: Row 1- Stunning Layered Wedding Dress by Wow Bridal Dress | Row 2- Greenery Wedding Invitation Template by Paper Dainty | Row 3- Katie Grant Photography/CheChic!Weddings/Janna Brown Design Co. via Style Me Pretty | Row 4- Cristiano Brizzi, Facibeni Fotografia/Hotel La Badia via Bridal Musings | Row 5- Katie Grant Photography/CheChic!Weddings/Janna Brown Design Co. via Style Me Pretty (left); Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography/Naomi Kenton Photography/The Rose Shed via Wedding Sparrow (right) | Row 6- Theodora Crown & English Silk Tulle Veil by Gibson Bespoke
The Glam Luxe Bride
Glamazon brides: your dress is here! This beauty, Seraphine by UK designer, Gibson Bespoke, is the perfect choice for a luxe bride – one who’s chic and sophisticated, and not afraid of a little bling! With shimmering paillettes and sheer sleeves, this one is a true showstopper. It matches perfectly with a wedding design that’s extra in all the right places – think modern Gatsby: crystal chandeliers, mountains of flowers, sparkly bridesmaids, designer shoes, and touches of marble and gold.
Credits: Row 1- SERAPHINE Couture Silk Paillettes Gown by Gibson Bespoke | Row 2- Art Deco Printable Wedding Invitation by 101 Pretty Designs | Row 3- Jasmine Star/Couture Events/Blush Botanicals via Belle the Magazine | Row 4- Justin DeMutiis Photography/NK Productions Wedding Planning/Flowers by Fudgie/Adrianna Papell via My Hotel Wedding | Row 5- Mikkel Paige Photography/Events by La Fete/Ashley Cakes NC via Glamour & Grace (left); /Forever and a Day Events/Badgley Mischka via Hey Wedding Lady (right) | Row 6- Salt and Pepper Diamond Ring by Oceania Jewels USA
The City Chic Bride
I do love a jumpsuit for a city chic bride! So stylish, flattering, and comfortable too. The Vasilisa bridal jumpsuit comes with a feminine lace top and a sweet chiffon bow at the back. I’ve paired it with a dark and moody urban palette in shades of pewter, marsala, red, black, gold, and deep emerald green. Be sure to balance industrial elements like Edison bulbs with more romantic ones, like soft blooms and candlelight, and choose elegantly modern minimalist stationery (love this black and white typography one from Etsy!) What to serve instead of traditional cake? How about glittery gold donuts. Now that’s a feature that will have your guests talking!
Credits: Row 1- VASILISA Wedding Jumpsuit by Piondress Bridal | Row 2- Black Modern Wedding Invitation Suite by Blush Paperie Shop | Row 3- DSB Creative/Dreamweavers via Love My Dress | Row 4- Emily Delamater/José Rolón Events via Junebug Weddings | Row 5- Figtree Pictures/Little Gray Station/Alstonville Florist via Ruffled (left); / / / via Elegant Wedding (right) | Row 6- Steve Cowell Photography via Wedding Chicks
The Bohemian Bride
Finally, meet gorgeous Barcelona from indie bridal brand, Wear Your Love. I’ve chosen to pair it with the desert bohemian wedding style which is super on-trend. The gorgeous lace is ideal for a free-spirited bride, whether she’s having a wedding that’s relaxed and outdoors, or has chosen the boho glam look. I love this style paired with a dried floral invitation suite, boho florals like proteas, pampas grass, and succulents, lace bridesmaid dresses, and a delicate boho bridal hairpiece.
Credits: Row 1- Barcelona Indie Wedding Dress by Wear Your Love XO | Row 2- SASHA Boho Floral Wedding Invitation Printable Template by Boheme Paperie | Row 3- Lillywhite Photography/Crowned Events/Scala Pictures/Nectar And Bloom via Green Wedding Shoes | Row 4- Carlie Statsky/Christine Cater via ModWedding | Row 5- Mallory Renee Photography/Poppy & Ivy Floral via Wedding Sparrow (left); Terralogical/Bali Wedding Florence/Global Weddings via Nouba (right) | Row 6- Bohemian Wedding Hair Accessory by Biano Accessories