Fashion: Opening Night
Statement-making styles for your moment in the spotlight
Photographs by April Brimer | Styled by Tessa Woolf
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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