This season, designers have outdone themselves with a fresh crop of dresses inspired by flowers. In lieu of water and sunshine, these exquisitely detailed designs require only a beautiful bride to spring to life.
A bolero of silk flowers in water color shades enlivens a simple silhouette. Claire Pettibone "Dew Drop" bolero. Stephen Russell platinum earrings with topaz and diamonds (price upon request, 212-570-6900).
With hand-embroidered carnations, this strapless silk faille gown rounds out the requirements of "something old, something new" in a chic, watery hue. Oscar de la Renta silk faille gown #9-22E40 (also available in white; Ultimate Bride, 312-337-6300). Siman Tu freshwater pearl necklace.
Clusters of beaded flowers bring spring's prettiest shapes to a tulle number -- and the tiered, petal-like skirt of a strapless silk chiffon dress alludes ever so softly to the season. On model at left: Liancarlo gown, Rina Limor diamond earrings, De Beers "Arpeggia" diamond bracelet (price upon request, debeers.com). On model at right: Jenny Packham "Giralda" gown, Cartier platinum-and-diamond bracelet (price upon request, cartier.com).
Details as delicate as the organic touches that inspired them: the whisper of a leaf embroidered on strapless tulle. Angel Sanchez gown N9002 (Casa de Novia Bridal, 713-723-9090). McTeigue & McClelland "Flora Centrix" diamond necklace (price upon request, mc2jewels.com).
A strapless silk dress with a dramatically flared trumpet shape and a silk organza stunner with ruffles for days recall the beauty of a calla lily. On model at left: Douglas Hannant gown (212-872-1701); Ranjana Khan "White Rock Garden" necklace. On model at right: Pronovias "Anade" gown; Macklowe Gallery bracelets.
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