Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2001

On your wedding day, every detail is momentous. The dress you choose might be inspired by tradition and sentiment, but it also says a great deal about who you are and what you want your wedding day to be: romantic and feminine, strong and modern. Above all, it's uniquely you, the you that you see in your happiest dreams.

A hint of pink softens this elegant ensemble. The blush-colored duchess-satin ball gown has a boned corset bodice; vintage elbow-length suede gloves and delicate white and pink glass-pearl earrings complete the romantic look. Below: Demure though they may be beneath flowing skirts, wedding-day shoes don't have to be plain. Show a glimpse of a shoe like this, with its floral motif and rhinestone buckle, to make a stylish statement.


Bundles of lilies of the valley and greenery are gathered in a wide blue satin ribbon for a stunning bridal bouquet.

Below, this silk organza panel can be folded over the shoulders or worn up to frame the face in lieu of a more traditional veil. A diamond-and-platinum ring and a crystal-and-pearl bracelet are classic accessories.


Don't be afraid to venture away from white. This voluminous gown, defined by a simple scoop-neck bodice and full, ruched satin skirt sprinkled with rhinestones, makes the bride unmistakable. It also offers a dramatic "something blue."

Rhinestones flatter everyone. This pale-green iridescent satin dress with rhinestone-studded bodice lets a bridesmaid sparkle.




Supremely feminine, this strapless organza gown has a band of pale-pink duchess satin woven through the bodice and tied in an asymmetrical bow. A tissue-organza overlay lends softness to the skirt.

Below, lightweight, pliable hoops give shape to an airy overlay of silk tulle on this sheath-style dress. Sheer white organza gloves and feathers tucked into the hair add playful touches.



The most glamorous bride knows that the back of her dress is just as important as the front; this white jersey gown features a modest bateau neckline in front and a dramatic twist and "illusion" panel of sheer floral embroidery in back.

A mantilla-style veil of handmade Belgian lace is a delicate and beautiful nod to tradition; the silk biascut dress worn beneath is modern and understated. A vintage pendant of platinum, diamonds, and natural pearls complements the classic veil.


A silk gabardine sheath has a bateau neckline and daring low-cut back, partially hidden by a train that buttons at the shoulders. A padded silk shantung headband and an armful of sweet peas are the only accessories needed.

The equestrian-inspired haute-couture skirt and riding jacket are cut from ivory silk shantung; an ascot, riding boots, and a hat complete the ensemble. For a veil, a wisp of tulle is attached to the hatband.


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