Dress of the Week: Reem Acra “Orchid” Wedding Gown

Last week I stopped by Gateway Bridal in downtown Salt Lake City to catch up with boutique owner Nicole Thomas. While walking through her frock-filled shop, I noticed a beautiful gown on a hanger outside a dressing room. A bride-to-be had just tried it on, and from behind the drawn curtain she was gushing about the gown to her mom.

I asked Nicole about this particular wedding dress, and she smiled–as though she’d been asked about it a hundred times before–and said, “Oh yes, that’s Orchid. She’s extremely popular with brides.”

Nicole wasn’t lying–InStyle.com recently named Orchid one of the most popular wedding dresses of 2011. And I can see why.

The silk organza gown–designed by Reem Acra–is softly elegant and subtly beautiful. No loud embellishments or flashy bling on this frock. Just a great silhouette accented with a sweet champagne-hued belt at the waist. This gown is suited for brides of all seasons, but I particularly like it for fall brides (especially when paired with a little lace shrug).

And here’s your fun fact for the day: singer Taylor Swift wore “Orchid” for the wedding scene in her music video “Mine.”

–Reem Acra wedding gowns are available locally at Gateway Bridal in Salt Lake City (178 S Rio Grande Street, Suite 150, SLC, 801-363-2574, gatewaybridal.com)