The Winter Bride's Style Guide
The effortlessly chic ladies at The Lane, a cutting edge bridal and lifestyle fashion site, spotlight their favorite winter style finds for fashion-forward brides-to-be.
Set against surreal dreamscapes of snowy landscapes or the city limits of a sparkling, frosted streetscape, winter wedding style lends itself to an otherworldly approach. Think chic styling and unexpected layering. Adopting a palette of pure whites and creams, softened with palest grays and silver, lush layering, and wedding dresses encrusted with breathtaking embellishment and decadent beading. Then, complete your cold-weather bridal look with a cascading veil secured with crystal pins and a lace-up heel for a decidedly "non-traditional" and daringly elegant approach to winter wedding style. Here, a few of our favorite finds.
Bo & Luca Jacket
Layer this elegant jacket with a simple slip dress, or wear it back-to-front over a pooling skirt, for a dramatic, backless bridal statement. It's bohemian winter elegance at its best.
The "Sisloe" Jacket, Bo & Luca
Chana Marelus Dress
This emerging evening wear and bridal designer crafts softly sculpted wedding dresses with beautiful embellishment and unbelievable embroidery. Sequined flowers, feathers, crystals, and silver pleated silk all star in the magnificent Fall/Winter collection as seen in this gorgeous gown.
Dress, Chana Merelus
Lee Petra Grebenau Gown
Resplendent with shimmering beading and translucent embellishment, the entire "Mother of Pearl" collection by Lee Petra Grebenau feels winter-wedding perfect. Amidst majestic silhouettes of sequined gowns and illusion necklines, ethereal veils and swirling embroidery, the "Harper" gown offers dramatic blend of encrusted lace with a dreamy lightness of touch.
"Harper" Gown, Lee Petra Grebenau
Odylyne The Ceremony Gown & Cape
From the Empress Collection (launching early this year) this luminous, quicksilver gown by Odylyne The Ceremony is what celestial dreams are spun from. Pair this floor length feathered cape for serious drama.
Silver Gown & Feathered Cape, Odylyne The Ceremony
Jenny Packham Wrap
The perfect accompaniment to a strapless wedding dress, this delicate creation of ostrich feathers and silk offers a glamorous lightness of touch. The barely-there tint of platinum layers beautifully against white for an understated approach to bridal whites.
"Santorini" Feather Wrap, Jenny Packham
Vera Wang Dress
A moody and ethereal drama underpinned the entire Fall collection from Vera Wang—an unexpected direction we applaud! Amongst other semi-sheer sylph like silhouettes, the "Patrizia" is one of our favorite gowns. A sensually form fitting, featherweight creation that transitions to a hem of cascading plumage, it's made for the daring bride looking to channel a gothic-chic ice queen.
"Patrizia" Gown, Vera Wang
George Wu Dress
Delicately adorned all over with three-dimensional fluttering motifs of embroidery and botanical embellishment, the whimsy of this gown sits in perfect contrast to its sensual, slimming silhouette. The play between bare shoulders and long sleeves feel sophisticated, and unexpected, while the pooling hemline offers a dramatic entrance—and exit.
"Saffira" Dress, George Wu
In an elegant milky tint, this luxurious, light-as-air shrug lends a Narnia like mood of regality to any winter wedding. Throw over leather pants and your favorite white tee for many winters to come, long after your wedding day.
"Cygnet" Feather Shrug, Jenny Packham