Fashion: Opening Night

Statement-making styles for your moment in the spotlight

Photographs by April Brimer | Styled by Tessa Woolf

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Spin Cycle

Dance the night away in Blush by Hayley Paige’s lace and tulle ball gown with sweetheart neckline, horsehair belt, and must-be-twirled tiered tulle skirt ($1,825; Blush by Hayley Paige is sold at Avenía Bridal). Top it off with bridal designer Sunjin Lee’s voluminous modern-retro tulle veil with girly bow ($100 at sunjinlee.com).

Rockstella blue topaz ballast necklace; find similar styles at Masseys Jewelers.


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Heavy Metal

If your after-party playlist is more rock ’n roll than indie rock, forgo tulle and lace frocks and instead shine on in a leather (yes, leather) wedding dress a la Kelly Faetanini’s fit-you-like-a-glove genuine leather metallic baroque-print slim gown ($5,575; Kelly Faetanini is sold at Avenía Bridal).

JBJ Collection 18K white gold teardrop pavé diamond earrings ($8,420), 18K white gold teardrop pavé diamond pendant necklace ($8,000), and 18K white gold concave pavé diamond ring ($4,800), all J. Brooks Jewelers.


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Starry Night

Make an unforgettable entrance and exit in Sarah Janks’ shimmering beaded silk chiffon gown with deep V’s in front and back ($6,450; Sarah Janks is sold at Avenía Bridal). Moonstone wire-wrapped gold and quartz drop earrings ($64), elizabethperrycollections.com.

Rockstella titanium labradorite rope lariat necklace; find similar styles at Katie Waltman. On him: Hugo Boss cotton button down ($155) and trim-fit wool tuxedo ($1,095), both Nordstrom.


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Love Story

Illusion panels and sheer cutouts are among the top trends on New York’s bridal fashion runways; get the look in Casablanca’s silk gown with lace embroidered tulle overlay ($1,135 at Gateway Bridal).

Gregg Ruth 18K white and rose gold triple halo pavé diamond earrings ($9,000), J. Brooks Jewelers. Francesca Lacanigna 14K textured rose gold and pearl ring ($1,790), francescalacanigna.com


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Cut Above

For a fresh, fashion-forward twist on the traditional big-day ensemble, try bridal separates. We love fancy midriff-baring tops paired with full, frothy skirts like Theia’s silver jacquard crop top ($795) over silver lamé and tulle ball-gown skirt ($1,495; Theia is sold at Alta Moda Bridal).

Vintage 14K white gold Art Deco filigree diamond bracelet; find similar styles at Antoinette’s Antique Jewelry. JBJ Collection 18K white gold teardrop pavé diamond earrings ($8,420) and Simon G 18K rose gold and pavé diamond ring ($5,830), both J. Brooks Jewelers. Blue topaz ring with diamond-topped prongs; find similar styles at Masseys Jewelers.


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Shine Bright

Walk down the aisle wearing something new and blue dressed in this Jasmine beaded taffeta and silk gown with sweetheart neckline ($2,350 at Gateway Bridal). Accent a strapless look with shoulder-grazing earrings like these white gold, spinel, and banded agate earrings with scalloped diamonds; find similar styles at O.C. Tanner Jewelers.

Gregg Ruth 18K white gold diamond ring with alternating white gold and rose gold triple halo ($6,130) and vintage 18K white gold and diamond filigree ring ($4,950), both J. Brooks Jewelers.


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She & Him

Bold but edited accessories like a statement necklace of traditional wedding pearls or a ruffled pop of bright purple in his pocket lend sophisticated flash to formal wear.

On her: Lea-Ann Belter silk taffeta gown with draped bodice, open back, crystal straps, and voluminous circle skirt with pockets ($3,575; Lea-Ann Belter is sold at Alta Moda Bridal). Assael 18K white gold netted necklace with diamonds and South Sea pearls ($76,800), 18K white gold stacked Akoya pearl strands bracelet ($3,800), and 18K white gold pearl and diamond cross earrings ($10,000), all alchemyjeweler.com. On him: Paul Smith wool suit with contrast lapel ($1,815), Hugo Boss cotton button down ($155), Edward Armah wool pocket square ($75), and Calibrate tricolor silk woven tie ($49.50), all Nordstrom.


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Next Level

Play the parts of blushing bride in Maggie Sottero’s tulle and organza mermaid dress with Swarovski crystal bodice ($2,198; Maggie Sottero is sold at The Perfect Dress) and dashing groom in Black by Vera Wang’s Super 130’s wool two-button notch lapel tuxedo with grosgrain lapel coat and flat-front pants with grosgrain stripe (rental price upon request at Men’s Wearhouse).

On her: Gold filigree lace cuff ($94), elizabethperrycollections.com. 14K gold and red agate drop earrings with diamond accents; find similar styles at O.C. Tanner Jewelers. On him: Hugo Boss cotton button down ($155), Calibrate silk woven tie ($49.50), and Magnanni cap-toe oxfords ($495), all Nordstrom. Carlex 18K titanium-plated white gold band with lined diamonds ($7,835), J. Brooks Jewelers.


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In Bloom

Why walk down the aisle in white when you can wear a pretty floral print? You’ll be anything but a wallflower in this statement-making White by Vera Wang Collection metallic jacquard ball gown ($1,498 at David’s Bridal).

Danielle Welmond Jewelry caged coin pearl necklace with vermeil beads ($176), essenza-inc.com.


Hair and Makeup: Lindsey Watkins
Models: Autumn Johnson / Heffner Management; Gregory Kuykendall / Seattle Models Guild
Stylist’s assistants: Emma Ranniger, Olivia Tinsley

 

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