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Since we only publish one issue a year, it’s hard for us to share every wedding fashion trend that comes across our desks. And truly, that’s okay, because we want to stay focused on encouraging you to find a wedding dress that’s perfect for YOU, not just one that’s currently buzzy! But, we do love fashion, and we know you do, too, so for the last two years, we’ve had fun putting our own twist on the traditional magazine fashion spread.

Last year, we chose seven gowns that represented virtues of a Southern belle. This year, we dressed eight real Southern belles in gowns inspired by iconic Southern cities. Shopping for your own gown? Don’t be afraid to look outside of your venue’s zip code — we promise each of these beauties would look right at home anywhere in the South!

We’re so grateful to Blue Ribbon Vendor Katelyn James for these gorgeous photos! She made all of our models feel oh-so-comfortable and beautiful on the day of the shoot :)

Unique and cool, the Austin bride embraces a look that’s all her own. Her biggest priority for her dress is that it makes her feel the best version of herself, and this one’s scalloped lace and flowy layer will do just that…and keep her cool in the Texas heat. Sandra is wearing “Iver” by Daughters of Simone with a bouquet by Stephanie Gibbs Events.

The higher the hair, the closer to heaven…and the bigger the bow, the happier the Montgomery bride! Drawing inspiration from sources like Steel Magnolias, she and her groom begin their marriage with a hearty helping of Southern hospitality and style. Jordan is wearing “Chloelis” by Mira Zwillinger with a bouquet by Stephanie Gibbs Events.

Their accents may be peachy sweet, but Atlanta brides have spirits as bold and sparkling as their city’s skyline. This silk faille fluted gown makes a statement from any angle, and would be right at home in any of the city’s dazzling ballrooms. Martine is wearing “Artemis” by Sareh Nouri with a bouquet by Gathering Events.

The Nashville bride can often be found twirling to her favorite country song, and she plans to spend her wedding the exact same way! The slit in this fun lace sheath dress is just right for showing off her beloved boots–she can’t imagine walking down the aisle without them. LaBruce is wearing “Bedford” by Sarah Seven with a bouquet by Stephanie Gibbs Events.

A classic look never fails in one of the South’s most historic destinations. The Williamsburg bride stuns in a satin ball gown, and much like the nooks and corners of this Colonial town, this dress is even lovelier up close–the fabric is embossed with a subtle floral motif. Arch is wearing “Gala” by Modern Trousseau with a bouquet by Branch Design Studio.

Even in a city where unique architecture, jazzy music, and festive traditions can be found around every corner, an ornate, long-sleeved gown will still be the most memorable part of a New Orleans wedding. Layered tulle and re-embroidered lace keep guests’ eyes on the NOLA bride long after the sun sets over the French Quarter. Megan is wearing “Prairie Rose” by Claire Pettibone with a bouquet by Branch Design Studio.

One might call Charleston the quintessential Southern city, so a few Southern belle staples–pearls, scalloped edges, and tulle–are musts for the Charleston bride! Timeless but never dull, she isn’t afraid to put her own spin on traditional elements. Emily is wearing “Lacey Williams” by Heidi Elnora with a bouquet by Gathering Events.

The Florida sun is only outshone by the Palm Beach bride’s wedding day joy! Posing next to bridesmaid outfitted in bright shift dresses, she’s still sure to stand out in a layered gown accented with unexpected and delightful pops of color. Jordan is wearing “Paige” by Hayley Paige with a bouquet by Gathering Events.

I’d love to hear which look is your favorite, and whether we did a good job capturing your favorite Southern city! :)

Venue: The Gadsden House | Hair: Ash & Co. Bridal Hair | Makeup: Bellelina | Jewelry: Croghan’s Jewel Box

Katelyn James and Bellelina are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory. Sarah Seven and Heidi Elnora are wonderful Southern Weddings sponsors.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar India Hill reply

    I literally teared up when I saw that last dress! It’s the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen!

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By day three of Bridal Market, we were feeling a little bit exhausted, but thanks to the gorgeous fall weather, we woke up energized and ready for another exciting day! We saw a huge range of styles on Sunday, from sweet and classic to edgy and ethereal–further confirmation that there is a dress perfectly suited for every single bride!

Our wonderful photographer for the weekend, Briana of Divine Light Photography, snapped a few shots of our outfits in between capturing all of the bridal fashion–I wore a Lilly Pulitzer tunic that I bought during their summer sale, a J. Crew skirt, and Badgley Mischka heels. Emily borrowed Morgan’s adorable French Connection shirt, which she paired with Gap cropped pants and Express ankle boots.

Along with runway shows and private presentations, the main attractions of Bridal Market are the two convention center-type venues that house tons of amazing dress, accessory, and even shoe brands. We started our Sunday at one of them, The Piers, to check out the Nouvelle Amsale collection. If you love all things Amsale (like we do!), but have a lower budget set for your gown, we can’t recommend this line enough!

A few other favorite stops at The Piers were Elizabeth Dye (who designed the gorgeous gown Marissa rocked during our V7 team shoot) and Olia Zavozina. The buttons on the back of the last Olia Zavozina gown are actually pearls–Olia’s right hand gal, Somer (who the dress is named after), wore a similar design at her own wedding, and is having a necklace made out of the pearls. Such a great idea!

One of our favorite Bridal Market discoveries was Jane Summers–an adorable line of cocktail and little white dresses! Each gown is inspired by the trifecta of classic style icons, Grace, Audrey, and Jackie, and is complete with a few sweet surprises, like their signature “Carolina melon” lining. We wanted to pack up the entire booth and bring it back to our closets!

The Judd Waddell collection was such a delight to see. Classic brides, this is a designer you won’t want to miss–the silhouettes were timeless and the detailing was incredibly lovely and subtle. We couldn’t get enough of the sweet point d’esprit and scalloped lace he used!

The Ivy & Aster collection was inspired by travel and adventure. The Game of Thrones-esque hair and makeup were certainly adventurous on their own, but the gowns were also beautiful and artistic. Some of the simpler designs were our favorites, and the flower girls who kicked off the show were cute as can be!

Our last show of the day was at the incredibly gorgeous London Hotel, where Sareh Nouri was showing her new collection in the penthouse. The view was almost as gorgeous as the dresses! Sareh worked with famed lace maker, Sophie Hallette, to source the most luxurious lace and tulle, and the quality and craftsmanship of both the materials and the design were evident in each gown.

We ended the day at the Tassels and Tastemakers party, hosted by our sweet friends at Be Inspired PR and Lover.ly, which was so much fun! We loved seeing old friends, making new ones, and of course, posing in the photo booth!

We have one more day of Bridal Market to recap for y’all, but first, which gown is your favorite from day three? I love the pearl buttoned fit and flare at Olia Zavozina and the scalloped lace dress at Judd Waddell, and Emily’s top picks are the low back gown with floral appliques and the 3/4 lace sleeve gown, both from Sareh Nouri!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar ROSA NOVIAS reply

    Love these wedding dresses!Amazing

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