Get inspired by these gorgeous gowns that are perfect for the romantic bride.
True romance is rarely a tame affair. It might be raucous and passionate, or quietly wondrous—and the gowns on these pages were chosen with that mercurial spirit in mind. Flowing, fluid, intricately detailed, each is as surprising as the love it celebrates.
(Above) A walk in a misty wood, a chance encounter—this is the stuff of romantic daydreams. The Caroline Hayden stretch-velvet drop-waist gown, with its figure-hugging bodice and voluminous skirt, will spark your imagination.
A Separate Peace
There's something both sweet and seductive about the Charlie Brear top and skirt. Both densely embellished with floral appliqués, they require no further accessory.
The Details: Charlie Brear "Calla" chiffon top, $945, and "Canya" skirt in Cream, $1,930, both at schonebride.com.
Maid of the Mist
Let refinement have its day. The J. Mendel gown with a hand-pleated skirt has a chevron-paneled bodice, long sleeves, and a high neck—for an effect that embodies understated elegance.
Garden of Eden
Vines of beaded blooms wind their way from the illusion bodice down to the last tier of Sabrina Dahan's long-sleeve, floral-embroidered silk-tulle tiered multicolor gown.
The Details: Sabrina Dahan "Amélie" gown, $9,240, sabrinadahan.com.
Reminiscent of underthings that are lovely enough to wear on their own, the Anne Barge gown is a study in restraint. A strapless corset, in nude Chantilly lace with Alençon appliqués, tops a white silk-chiffon skirt, for an effect that is simple yet dazzling.
Sometimes it's what you don't show that makes the biggest impact. Slip an impossibly soft sweater over a floor-length lace skirt for a winter-wedding look that's oh-so chic—and even comfortable—with this Bride by Sarah Seven cashmere sweater and Sampson skirt.
The Details: Bride by Sarah Seven "Olivia" sweater in Ivory, $638, and "Sampson" skirt in Ivory, $2,070, both at sarahseven.com. Lele Sadoughi feather-pompom earrings, $150, lelesadoughi.com. Mimi So 18-karat yellow-gold white-diamond ring, $12,800, mimiso.com. Bowen NYC "Moroccan Star Band" in 18-karat yellow gold and gray diamonds, $3,185, bowennyc.com.