Wedding Dresses Inspired by the Most Romantic Poems of All Time
When everyday speech isn't strong enough to express our emotions, we turn to poetry. We called on some of our favorite verses to do justice to these awe-inspiring gowns. Each one deserves an ode all its own.
Classic Strapless Wedding Dress
"She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry eyes." – Lord Byron
You'll walk in beauty (or recline, as the case may be) in this strapless Oscar de la Renta radzimir gown embroidered with floral threadwork ($13,990, 323-653-0200).
The Details: Azlee "Single Burst" collar necklace, $2,645, azleejewelry.com.
Unconventional Gray Gown
"How many have loved your moments of glad grace, and loved your beauty with love false or true, but one man loved the pilgrim soul in you..." —William Butler Yeats
Your fiancé fell for your adventurous spirit, and you've got a one-of-a-kind style. It follows, then, that you'd choose an unconventional, unforgettable dress, like this Marco & Maria organza and tulle gown with its daring lace appliqués, grosgrain embroidery, and dreamy dove-gray color (price upon request, jaeheebridal.com).
Ruffled, High-Low Wedding Dress
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach." – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Rise higher than ever, stylistically speaking, in Houghton's feminine, fashion-forward strapless "Cassidee" gown with a ruffled, high-low hemline. Made of organza, it's easy to move in and hard to resist. How do we love it? A whole lot ($3,500, houghtonnyc.com).
Open-Back Bridal Gown
"It's in the arch of my back, the sun of my smile." – Maya Angelou
These are just a couple of the attributes that get a shout-out in Maya Angelou's Phenomenal Woman. They also happen to be shown off to great advantage by the plunging blouson drape of Soft by Rosa Clará's "Ian" gown, which celebrates the fact that you're a woman—and quite phenomenally ($3,000, rosaclarabridal.com).
Dreamy Floral Dress
"You will come one day in a waver of love, tender as dew, impetuous as rain, the tan of the sun will be on your skin, the purr of the breeze in your murmuring speech, you will pose with a hill-flower grace." – Carl Sandburg
Go ahead, outshine the blooms in your bouquet by wearing Paolo Sebastian's illusion tulle cocktail-length dress covered in embroidered blossoms. You'll live up to the title of Sandburg's poem: Dream Girl (price upon request, paolosebastian.com).
Romantic Pink Ball Gown
"Love is a tree, and the lovers are its shade." - Rumi
What billows in the breeze, is covered in leaves and buds, and takes our breath away with its beauty? A stately tree, of course, and this ultraromantic Romona Keveza Luxe Bridal Collection ball gown in cherry-blossom-printed pale pink silk organza (price upon request, romonakeveza.com).
Lace A-Line Wedding Dress
"(now the ears of my ears awake and now the eyes of my eyes are opened)." – e.e. cummings
So wrote e. e. cummings in his poem about "most this amazing day." On yours, draw attention to your radiant face with the lace overlay of Maggie Sottero's boatneck A-line "Sundance" dress ($1,098, maggiesottero.com).
"There are countries, there are rivers, in your eyes, my country is your eyes, I walk through them, they light the world through which I walk, lovely one." – Pablo Neruda
Every bride is somebody's muse. But you'll look even more like a work of art when your face, neck, and collarbone are framed by the fluttering sleeves of Amsale's silk-chiffon "Georgia" gown ($5,200, amsale.com).
Beaded V-Neck Gown
"Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other." – Elliott Arnold
Sunshine on your wedding day is nice. But you'll have a luminous glow whatever the weather in Anne Barge's bead-embroidered tulle V-neck "Versailles" gown ($6,800, Mark Ingram Atelier, 212-319-6778).
"I cannot dance upon my toes, no man instructed me, but oftentimes, among my mind, a glee possesseth me." – Emily Dickinson
Glide down the aisle and twirl through your first dance. Cortana's "Tutu" ball skirt and "Caracola" off-the-shoulder top are so easy, elegant—and magical—that you could turn cartwheels in them if you felt like it. And you might (top, $780, and skirt, $4,220, cortana.es).
Short Wedding Dress With Long Sleeves
"You've come and you oh, I was longing for you, have cooled my heart which was burning with desire" – Sappho
Your heart will be racing with excitement, but you'll look calm and collected as you float through your celebration in this refreshingly light and airy short tulle dress with long pleated sleeves by Galina Collection, exclusively at David's Bridal ($499, davidsbridal.com).
The Details: Azlee "Burst" necklaces, from $2,475 each, azleejewelry.com.