Written In The Stars: Chic Fashion for Brides & Grooms

Easy elegance and cutting-edge style unite for cosmopolitan wedding fashion that’s pure poetry.

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Formal can still be fun: we love Isaia’s trim wool tuxedo ($3,595 at Nordstrom) in midnight navy with an unconventional colored bow tie and brown shoes—the perfect match for a new Mrs. in a swingy, blingy frock.

Eton tuxedo shirt ($265) and silk bow tie ($98), both Nordstrom. 14K white gold band ($1,235), J. Brooks Jewelers. Santoni cap-toe oxfords ($625), NordstromOn her: Blush by Hayley Paige pleated-net A-line gown with beaded appliqué (price upon request to order), Avenía Bridal. Katie Waltman smoky quartz and silver earrings ($62), katiewaltman.com. Mixed gold and diamond bracelets ($1,800–$2,275), J. Brooks Jewelers. Jimmy Choo mirror leather pumps ($675), jimmychoo.com

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The definition of city chic, Houghton’s gowns, short frocks, separates, and suits offer comfortable luxury inspired by style icons Katharine Hepburn and Bianca Jagger. Top this sleek boatneck and cutout-back French guipure lace column dress ($4,325 to order at houghtonnyc.com) with their fluttery ostrich-feather shrug ($2,225 to order at houghtonnyc.com), and you’ll feel downright legendary yourself.

14K rose gold and diamond hoops; find similar styles at O.C. Tanner Jewelers. Mixed-metal stacked diamond bands ($795–$1,150), J. Brooks Jewelers

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Don Elizabeth Dye’s showstopper double-strap gown (price upon request to order at Harlow Brides), and you’ll spend the entire evening floating on air. Tiers of chiffon end in a made-for-the-dance-floor train of silk and tulle “petals.”

Lisa Bridge Collection sterling silver and green quartz double chain pendant ($249), benbridge.com. Jimmy Choo mirror leather sandals ($895), jimmychoo.com

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With an elaborate hand-beaded neckline and full shortened train, Sarah Janks’s crêpe de chine sheath ($3,063 to order at Avenía Bridal) makes us think of the famed “Kate Moss slip dress” gone sublimely bridal.

MJW 18K white gold pavé diamond earrings ($5,220) and rose gold pavé diamond bangle ($1,800), both J. Brooks Jewelers. Jimmy Choo mirror leather pumps ($675) and metallic watersnake clutch with fabric feather embroidery ($2,095), both jimmychoo.com

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Boho sleeves and a bold gold belt combine for a modern-vintage look by local designer Janay Marie (price upon request to order, janaymariedesigns.blogspot.com) that’s perfect for fashion-loving brides. She debuted this handmade dress at this year’s Utah Fashion Week, and we’ve been swooning over it ever since.

Katie Waltman crystal and pearl ear jackets ($56), katiewaltman.com. 18K gold flower diamond ring ($3,805), J. Brooks Jewelers

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When she’s not working on her eponymous bridal collection, you can find local designer Chantel Lauren strumming a guitar or DJ-ing at local radio station 101.5 The Eagle. No wonder her dresses are inspired by songbirds like Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks. Channel your inner rock goddess in this sexy cowl-back silk crêpe gown with a boat neckline and delicate lace cap sleeves (price available upon request, chantellauren.com).

Simon G 18K yellow gold diamond band ($2,420) and 14K gold pavé diamond earrings ($8,650), both J. Brooks Jewelers. Katie Waltman cuff bracelet with stones ($165), katiewaltman.com

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Show off seriously sophisticated style in Monique Lhuillier’s white-hot fitted jumpsuit (price upon request to order at Alta Moda Bridal Boutique). The floral Chantilly and guipure lace, high illusion neckline, and sleeves keep the unexpected silhouette feeling beautifully bridal.

Austie Eckley birdcage blusher ($100), austieeckley.com. Signature Forevermark 18K white gold and diamond halo earrings, 14K rose gold and diamond cuff, and 14K rose gold and diamond flower cocktail ring; find similar styles at O.C. Tanner Jewelers. Simon G 18K white gold bezel-set diamond engagement ring $2,420 (excludes center stone) and diamond band ($2,420), both J. Brooks Jewelers. Jimmy Choo satin pumps ($595), jimmychoo.com

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Slip on this chic above-the-knee White by Vera Wang dress ($798 to order at David’s Bridal) for your vows, dance party, or as your going-away ensemble. Top it off with a cool-girl bridal trend: the leather jacket (stylist’s own; find similar styles at Nordstrom).

Katie Waltman crystal stud earrings, ($54), katiewaltman.com. Simon G 18K white gold bezel-set diamond engagement ring $2,420 (excludes center stone) and diamond band ($2,420), both J. Brooks Jewelers. Jimmy Choo mirror leather pumps ($675), jimmychoo.com

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With poet sleeves, a chapel train, and a dramatic illusion back, Sottero & Midgley’s lace and tulle sheath dress (price upon request; maggiesottero.com) is black-tie, art-gallery chic.

Katie Waltman pearl ear jackets ($56), katiewaltman.com

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The bridal crop top trend goes glam with long sleeves, a bateau neck, and way more glittering sequins than you can count. Theia crop top and satin-faced georgette skirt (both price upon request to order), Alta Moda Bridal Boutique.

Elizabeth Perry dipped rose quartz cocktail ring ($48), elizabethperrycollections.com. Simon G 18K yellow gold double halo diamond ring ($3,960) and 18K yellow gold diamond band ($2,420), J. Brooks Jewelers. On him: custom notch-lapel plaid wool suit, shirt, and silk tie; commission similar styles at Beckett & Robb. 14K rose and white gold band ($1,315), J. Brooks Jewelers. Cartier Santos watch ($6,650), cartier.com

Models: Tiffany Hirth and Christian Schilling / Option Model & Media
Hair & Makeup: Nancy Wright
Props: Vintage Meets Modern
Wardrobe Styling: Tessa Woolf, Anna Sachse, Karyn Fiebich
Digital Tech: Paul Erlich

4 Comments on “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: 6 Wedding Traditions to Follow or Forgo

  1. I love the tradition of something old, new, borrowed and blue! It’s a fun, relatively simple, way to get creative and involve people who might not already have such a big part in the wedding. I borrowed a crystal cuff bracelet from a good friend (Tessa, in fact!) for my wedding day, and it was the perfect way to recognize our friendship in a simple, special way on my big day.

  2. This article is awesome, I love the wedding traditions. Especially the something old, borrowed, new & blue one. Getting creative is what its all about for the bride, even if it’s a tiny blue bow sewn somewhere in the dress, or lingerie. Or one single blue button on the dress. I think the traditions make the wedding more memorable to the couple.

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