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Category: Wedding Gowns

8 Unconventional Wedding Dresses

Would you opt for an unconventional dress on your big day?

Piper Perabo (remember Coyote Ugly?) married her long term boyfriend Stephen Kay wearing a metallic, animal-print dress by Michael Kors. Image by FLYNET.

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Cheryl Cole’s black Ralph & Russo couture gown had everyone talking. Image by Getty.

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Gwen Stefani’s dip-dyed dress was by Dior. Image by Getty.

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Mia Farrow’s simple yet chic knee-length dress and double-breasted jacket worked wonders with her pixie crop and dewy complexion. Image by Getty.

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Olivia Palermo’s Carolina Herrera wedding creation consisted of a cream cashmere jumper, white shorts and a full tulle skirt overlay. Oh, and not forgetting the blue shoes. Image by Johannes Huebl.

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Who would have thought that a textured mini dress, knee-high socks and trainers could work for a ceremony? Yoko Ono did. Image by Getty.

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Marilyn Monroe wore a black tailored dress with a fitted coat (complete with white fur collar) and, of course, white silk gloves. Image by REX.

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And finally, Keira Knightley’s short Chanel number was perfect for a chic ceremony in France. Image by REX.

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Brangelina!

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The 39-year-old beauty graces the covers of both People, and HELLO! magazine, in her wedding dress after tying the knot with Brad Pitt in an intimate ceremony which took place at the family’s magical French home, Château Miraval on 23 August 2014.

While only 20 friends and family members were invited to take part in the couple’s big day, Pitt and Jolie’s six children played the largest roles. Eldest sons Maddox (13) and Pax (11) walked their mother down the aisle, while Zahara (9) and Vivienne (6) threw flower petals, and Shiloh (8) and Knox (6) served as ring bearers.

Meanwhile the children also literally put their mark on their mother’s gown. Never one to conform to expectations, Jolie donned an ivory satin Atelier Versace gown adorned with dozens her children’s designs and drawing sewn into the back of the gown and veil.

Jolie’s decision to make her kids such a large part of her wedding is hardly surprising since she previously told People that her children would definitely be heavily involved in the planning process.

“We are discussing it with the children and how they imagine it might be, which is verging on hysterical, how kids envision a wedding,” she told the magazine back in May. “They will, in a way, be the wedding planners. It’s going to be Disney or paintball – one or the other!”

“It was important to us that the day was relaxed and full of laughter. It was such a special day to share with our children and a very happy time for our family,” Brad and Angelina told Hello!

Article courtesy of People and HELLO! magazine.

Vera Wang’s Pink Fall 2014 Bridal Collection

Look 1: Petal strapless silk mermaid gown with organic flower detail accented by tulle hand draping and cascading bias cut silk organza flanges.

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Look 2: Petal strapless silk organza ball gown with hand draped bodice accented by organic flower, grosgrain shoulder strap and peony faille blossom.

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Look 3: Petal strapless silk ball gown with hand draped tulle bodice and organic flower detail accented by silk organza ruffles.

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Look 4: Petal strapless silk gazaar ball gown with hand draped bodice accented by exposed corset neckline and peony organic pleated flower.

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Look 5: Rose strapless silk ball gown with hand applique Chantilly lace bodice, grosgrain bows and draped skirt accented by crystal pleated tulle detail.

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Look 6:  Rose strapless silk sweetheart mermaid gown with hand draped tulle detail accented by circle cluster lace and floral beaded embroidery.

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Look 7: Rose strapless silk ball gown with hand draped tulle bodice accented by vermicelli beading at neckline and skirt with floral beaded embroidery.

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Look 8: Coral strapless circle cluster and butterfly lace ball gown with tumbled tulle accented by organic flower detail and floral beaded embroidery.

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Look 9: Coral strapless silk mermaid gown with organza flange detail accented by faille blossom, pleated organza and floral beaded embroidery.

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Look 10: Coral strapless hand pleated silk faille and honeycomb tulle mermaid gown with horse hair ribbons, organic flower detail and floral beaded embroidery. Coral underlay with hand applique Chantilly lace and floral beaded embroidery.

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Look 11: Coral strapless silk ball gown with hand applique Chantilly lace, gauze draping and floral beaded embroidery.

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Look 12: Coral strapless chiffon mermaid gown with alternating pleat bodice, organic flower detail and pleated tier skirt.

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Look 13: Peony strapless faille ball gown with hand draped bodice, open back detail, faille blossom and floral beaded embroidery.

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Look 14: Peony strapless faille sweetheart mermaid gown with double bow back detail and floral beaded embroidery.

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Look 15: Peony strapless faille ball gown with hand draped bodice and coral floral beaded embroidery.

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“Look how flattering is it on all skin types,” Vera Wang said of the various shades of pink.

Inspired by classic films such as Funny Face, where an entire scene is dedicated to ‘thinking pink’ for summer dresses, and Marilyn Monroe’s Schiaparelli pink gown in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Vera Wang forwent any hint of white her wedding dresses. Her collection featured vibrant hues of petal, rose, coral and peony – with large flower details to match.

Instead she worked soft layers of rose-coloured floral appliqués and intricate vermicelli beading in both voluminous and slinky silhouettes – many of them strapless.

A petal strapless silk mermaid gown with organic flower detail accented by tulle and cascading silk organza flanges opened the show, while a peony strapless faille ball draped bodice and coral floral beaded embroidery closed the collection.

White Wedding

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Made wholly out of Lego, Japanese artist Rie Hosokai constructed this wedding dress to be part of the World Heritage Exhibit “Piece of Peace” in Tokyo this year.

Here’s how Hosokai explains the meaning behind the piece: There is fear in that we are all different from one another, but that is also the gateway to self-consciousness. Self-consciousness was once whole, but in the modern trend where all things whole get broken down, it too is about to get deconstructed. For that reason, people now seek to reconstruct their consciousness by extending it onto others. Through this process of extension, we have learned to unravel things down to their basic elements. We are succeeding at digging up new knowledge of what it is we all share. This knowledge that bonds different people together seems to appear suddenly, but in reality it is already coded into our planet, our universe. We construct things from the most basic building blocks. What are we to discover from this process?” – Text by Arata Sasaki

Genevieve Wedding Gown by Vera Wang

Genevieve is quite essential to what the Fall collection is about: a study in volume and asymmetry, from the unconventional sweetheart neckline, to the tension between the restrained, slender mermaid shape of the underskirt and the asymmetrical breadth of the peplum. Genevieve is a very romantic dress, it’s completely ethereal, and it also has a Modernist soul that will speak to the bride in search of a design that’s complex and artistic.

Genevieve starts with two foundational elements: a sophisticated, very fitted, angular bodice, with its asymmetrical wisp of tulle, and then a sexy, sleek mermaid gown at the base. These make up the base for the gown’s centre of attention, which is the horsehair peplum overskirt that gives Genevieve that classic, flouncy ball gown shape. There’s a great deal of complexity in the layering of this peplum: it’s quite dynamic.

With Genevieve, Vera Wang made sure there’s never a dull angle. From the back the gown looks like a classic ball gown, but then when you see the front, it has a lot of attitude. The drama you get from the extra dimension of the peplum is something absolutely essential to this season’s collection: the dress should feel charged with a joyous, unrestrained energy, whether it’s in living motion, or standing still during the ceremony, or captured forever in a wedding day portrait.

Yumi Katsura Fall 2012 Wedding Gown Collection

This beautiful featured wedding gown is by designer Yumi Katsura. The ultimate in ultra modern style, Yumi Katsura gowns play with volume and texture to create the most flattering proportions, with exaggerated, show stopping effect! This collection is best describe as a contemporary fairtytale come true… marrying traditional bridal elegance without losing the edge of its high fashion heritage. The only recognised bridal designer that is part of the Haute Couture Society, Yumi Katsura always provides impeccable couture construction and the finest silk fabrics and materials. Every gown is truly a masterpiece that will not be forgotten! Visit the Yumi Katsura website for more information.

The Vera Wang Boutique, Sydney, Australia

On June 1, 2012, Vera Wang announced the opening of her first store in Australia, a stand-alone bridal boutique at the InterContinental Sydney at 117 Macquarie Street. The Vera Wang boutique sits within the arched colonnade at the rear of the InterContinental’s famous cortile. Its décor reflects the new Vera Wang store concept; rendered in shades of grey with a sleek grey concrete floor, charcoal walls and blackened steel accents. The aesthetic is both minimalist and mysterious; the romance is left to the bridal dresses, which line the space on elegant racks and sit on mannequins within the arched windows.

Occupying 140 square metres in the heritage site, the store follows the tradition established when Vera Wang opened her first salon in New York’s Carlyle Hotel. The boutique will house Vera’s signature bridal gowns and accessories from footwear to corsages, as well as fragrance and highlights from the designer’s Wedgewood Home Collection.

The Vera Wang bridal service is by appointment only and is the first time that Australian brides have had the opportunity to experience the complete Vera Wang range. Another highlight for Australian brides will be the twice yearly Vera Wang Trunk Shows, to be held in the boutique each May and November.

Says Vera Wang of the Sydney opening: “I’m absolutely thrilled to now be able to reach the Australian market directly. We have many Australian brides as customers, and it is great to bring the brand to a market that adores fashion.”

Alice & Olivia Darcy Lace Layover Dress

A top layer of floral lace turns this simple cocktail frock into something sweet; which you can slip comfortably into after your wedding ceremony and dance the night away. Love its French-girl feel and chic peek-a-boo effect on skin. 22 Inches from waist to hem, features a sheer lace overlay, slip lining, keyhole opening at back, faux pearl button closure, elastic waistband, exposed zip closure, 50% cotton 50% nylon, dry clean only. Available from http://www.aliceandolivia.com

The Jacqueline Gown by Vera Wang

The “Jacqueline” gown from Vera’s LUXE Collection has just arrived at the Vera Wang Bridal Boutique at Browns, London! A strapless chantilly lace ballgown with a veiled tulle overlay.

The Josphine Gown by Vera Wang

The “Josephine” gown from Vera’s Fall 2012 Bridal Collection just arrived at the Vera Wang Chicago Bridal Boutique! This dress is for the Romanticist bride, who wants to embody allure and seduction.