Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ten Absolutely Stunning Colored Wedding Gowns

There is an old poem about how the color of your wedding dress will influence your future: “Married in white, you will have chosen all right. Married in gray, you will go far away. Married in black, you will wish yourself back. Married in red, you’ll wish yourself dead. Married in blue, you will always be true. Married in pearl, you’ll live in a whirl. Married in green, ashamed to be seen, Married in yellow, ashamed of the fellow. Married in brown, you’ll live out of town. Married in pink, your spirits will sink.”

...I seriously doubt it.

While the great majority of gowns are still white, some brides yearn for something a little more special...a little more unusual... and a little less white!  Face it, for some of us fair-complected women, white is not exactly the most flattering.  And many encore brides have already been there and done that, but still want to wear a wedding gown--only, not a white one!  Wearing a colored wedding gown makes a personal statement that you dare to be just a bit different-- that you are not afraid to define your own personal style and have the confidence to stand out in a crowd. 

Tale a look at 10 of the most  absolutely stunning colored wedding gowns!

Claire Pettibone, one of my favorite designers, incorporates a romantic, vintage feel in her bridal creations.  Her pale pink ombre floor-length sheath gown features a sweetheart neckline and bubble skirt with embellishments of lace and applique.  A dewdrop-covered rose bolero covers spaghetti straps,

Charcoal strapless sweetheart ballerina ballgown with swirling organza train, watteau back and dropped  French tulle bodice with grosgrain multibow sash by Vera Wang at

Inspired by the world of Japanese geisha, the Bellantuono collection of spring 2010 incorporates an eastern-style element-- an exquisitely embroidered obi-type sash--in this light blue tiered gown.  http://www.bellantuono/.

Scarlet gown with spider lace over fitted bustier.  Skirt features taffeta pick-up skirt over pleated tulle underskirt (Thank you, Google Translator!) from Cymbeline Paris, (description from 

Oscar de la Renta blue ombre from Spring 2011 collection.  Photo from via

Designer Eugenia Vasiliadis gets her inspiration from Hollywood starlets of the 30's and 40's.  This romantic ballroom gown of gold satin and silk has a strapless sweetheart neckline with ruching and beading gracing the bustline above a very fitted dropped waist bodice and gracefully swirled skirt.

Monique Lhuiller's "Candy" design was a favorite at Bridal Fashion Week for Spring 2012.  Blush embroidered illusion tulle strapless corset bodice has a modified A-line skirt. Perfectly simple.  Simply perfect.  How much more beautiful can a gown be?

Strapless sweetheart A-line gown has pleated waist with petal applique over French tulle. Designer Reem Acra calls this gown "Sexy Hollywood" and the color "green tea."

With an intricately draped bustier top and slim rows of crystals on the straps and belt, this peony-hued (i.e. lavender)  gown is a ballerina-inspired confection by Reem Acra.

Ooh-la-la, it's Cymbeline's "Evilou"!  According to Journal des Femmes ( and again with the help of Google Translator, "This is a dress that bares your shoulders nicely. Pretty draped asymmetrical panels, this outfit is both modern and original, with its black mesh that supports the whole."  And is all wrapped up in a pretty black ribbon!


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