FEATURES – Spring/Summer 2012
Asymmetric and Astonishing
Darling dresses that double the glamour with a single shoulder.
The one-shoulder trend has had a huge influence on fashion in the last year, so it's only natural that bridal gowns are following this fabulous fad. Asymmetric dresses are often more comfortable than strapless gowns that tend to sag unless perfectly fitted, yet they're not as conservative as full-strapped styles. The captivating aspect of one bare shoulder combined with the sweetness of these stunning gowns creates a fabulous collection of styles that are beautifully unbalanced.
Still questioning whether you can pull off the one-shoulder look? This absolutely ravishing gown has the answer. A less traditional mermaid silhouette, the dress is made from a beautiful organza with rouched bodice and tiered, ruffled skirt and comes with an optional oneshoulder strap that's fabricated from the same ruffled material as the skirt. Stick to the sweetheart neckline or add the strap for a touch of glam, and don't forget the glimmering rhinestone belt and headband to brilliantly accent your ensemble. Gown: Pronovias La Sposa "Sala" with optional one-shoulder strap, $2,255. Belt: Pronovias belt with rhinestone center, $325. Headband: Edward E. Berger bendable headband with rhinestones and flowers, $190. All from Maya Couture, Norfolk.
You don't have to travel to Greece or even have the nickname Aphrodite to be a goddess of love and beauty. The flowing ethereal grace of this gown is accented with a one-shoulder chiffon sheath and features a ruched bodice sprinkled with light beading and a delicate sweep train. Gown: Pronovias diamond white one-shoulder with sweep train, $390 from Blush Bridal, Port Warwick, Newport News. Jewelry: Forever bangle bracelets by Annaleece, three for $57.50. Evening Shadows bracelet by Annaleece, $71.25. Personality double-hoop earrings by Annaleece, $45 from Green Gates Gifts and Furniture, Hampton.
Bursting with fun and flirty ruffles, this stylishly sophisticated gown demands full attention. Paired with a shimmering belt and sparkling crystal earrings, your beauty will be compared to a dazzling diamond in the ruffle. Gown: San Patrick Edimburgo one-shoulder dress with tiered ruffle skirt, $1,090. Belt: Marisa belt with rhinestones, $570. Earrings: Haute Bride silver earrings with pear-shaped crystal at center, $195. All from Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach.
Layers of Lovely
Who says flowers are just for picking and layers are only for cake? Make your own fashion fantasy in this A-line gown of layered and ruffled Paris Gauze with a one-shoulder neckline comprised of a large flower on the strap. You'll be as pretty as a rose petal in this floral-accented dress. Gown: San Patrick Eden with flower shoulder, $1,290. Jewelry: Haute Bride bracelet, $336. Paris earrings, $180. All from Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach.
Sass and Class
Can't decide between long and luxurious or short and sweet? Have both with this two-piece, one-shoulder ball gown with detachable train. Awe your guests as you stroll down the aisle in a seemingly elongated gown, then wow them at the reception when you arrive in a coquettish frock that's ideal for dancing. Dress: Jasmine two-piece, one-shoulder ball gown, $850. Veil: Bel Aire Bridal birdcage ivory veil, $166. All from Williamsburg Bridal. Credits Photography: Jim Pile Creative Director: David Uhrin Stylist: Pamela Hopkins Model: Courtney Thompson Hair and Make Up: Elizabeth Paschall and assistant Jason Fairbanks with Salon Vivace, www.salonvivace.com Words: Angela Blue Glowing
Glowing with the Flow
Your wedding day is your time to shine, and there's nothing better to wear in the spotlight than this classic oneshoulder matte taffeta ball gown complete with handy pockets and a square buckle beaded belt. This radiant dress is guaranteed to light up a room as well as your groom's heart. Gown: Jasmine Bridal one-shoulder matte taffeta ball gown, $750. Jewelry: Pearl and crystal earrings, $89 by Christina's Crystals. All from Maya Couture, Norfolk.
Photography: Jim Pile
Creative Director: David Uhrin
Styling: Pamela Hopkins
Hair and Makeup: Elizabeth Paschall and assistant Jason Fairbanks with Salon Vivace,
Models: Courtney Thompson
Words: Angela Blue