Dresses

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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

  

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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.

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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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