Sure, we ooh and aah over ethereal inspiration for wedding dress trends on models in styled photo shoots. But we’re just as blown away by real-deal brides and their stunning gowns. And even though there may not be such a thing as a perfect gown, getting to see a woman's individual style, taste, personality, and femininity in her wedding dress is pretty perfect in our books.
The women below have inspired us with their unique and stunning wedding gowns, and we hope they inspire you, too.
CHRISTIN, LA JOLLA, CA//
We adore Christin's dress with a soft illusion neckline and delicate embroidery. The light-pink ribbon around her waist is a sweet touch, and the lovely thin layers of ivory tulle over a muted nude underlay are oh-so-pretty.
ROSE ANNA, PHILADELPHIA, PA//
Rose Anna's gorgeous gown seems straight out of the 1920s with its lace cap sleeves, rich beading, and sequins throughout the fabric. Rather than being heavy, the beading looks exquisitely light and airy in monochromatic ivory and cream. We're in love!
KELLY, OJAI, CA//
Kelly's beautiful dress is another enchanting cap-sleeve look. We love the sweetheart neckline and full, frothy skirt—and that fantastic beaded headpiece!—for a modern bohemian flair.
SARAH, PITTSBURGH, PA//
Sarah is the third generation in her family to wear this amazing dress. Talk about authentic vintage! We love the off-the-shoulder neckline in sleek satin as well as the simple silhouette. Her cropped Juliet cap veil is just the perfect icing on the cake.
LAUREN, SUNDANCE, UT//
Bring on the lace sleeves! Lauren's gown was custom-made, and we love the traditional ball gown silhouette and layers of fabric. Her cathedral-length veil is just heavenly. Le sigh.
NICOLE, INDIANAPOLIS, IN//
Nicole's dress has a classic mermaid silhouette, and the floral embroidered-lace overlay is perfectly feminine. How fun to wear a cape for a fall or winter wedding! As for the satin buttons down the back? Simply divine.
JESSICA, NEW YORK, NY//
Jessica shines in her tiered tulle dress. The square neckline and simple top beautifully balance the statement skirt of her princess-style gown. Who wouldn't want to twirl in this number?