FEATURES – Spring/Summer 2012
Make a Splash
Marvelous mermaid gowns are still turning heads with different styles for every aisle.
One of the finest aspects of living in Hampton Roads is that we're so close to water. There's something truly intriguing and inspiring about the ocean, which is why we chose to emphasize gowns that emulate cherished aspects of the sea. After choosing a grand selection of discernable and exceptional mermaid styles along with a bounty of oceaninspired accessories, we made our way to the aquatic atmosphere of the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel. Whether you're planning a beachside ceremony or have a genuine appreciation for the many bodies of water surrounding us, let these gowns be your inspiration for the ocean of beauty you'll impart on your very distinguished day.
By Land or By Sea
Unlike most mermaid- inspired dresses, this gown connects two worlds by combining extraordinary designs that are as complex as an intricately formed seashell with delicate feathers that will tickle your fancy to the fullest. Topped with an exquisite silver beaded veil, this dress dives to the deepest level of divinity and soars to the top of your things to love. Gown: Pronovias "Bali" dress fabricated with gorgeous beaded lace with tulle trim, feathered bodice and broach underneath the bust line, $2,775. Veil: Pronovias silver beaded edge, $385. Jewelry: Bronze and pearl earrings by Christina's Crystals, $119. All from Maya Couture, Norfolk.
Some of the most gorgeous scenes are supplied by the majestic movement of water in the ocean. Make your own movement in this champagne lace gown with beautifully beaded straps. The dazzling form and flow of the richly decorated train creates a pedestal of purity. Gown: Champagne lace with satin underlay by Casa Blanca, $1,198. Jewelry: Large freshwater pearl necklace, $445, and matching earrings, $105, by local artist A. Amsler Designs. All from Williamsburg Bridal.
Ocean of Extravagance
We learned from Titanic that a woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets. However, it's no secret why brides are swimming with delight over this majestic mermaid gown. The ivory Alencon fitted bodice, gorgeously adorned with an elaborate pattern of lace, erupts into a tulle mermaid skirt with Alencon overlay to create a mermaid effect that's incomparable. Gown: Anjolique ivory Alencon with tulle mermaid skirt and embellished belt at waist, $1,790. Jewelry: Haute Bride rhinestone drop earrings, $195. All from Pure English, Virginia Beach.
The gentle flow of an ocean's waves layering one another is mimicked in this gown's softly ruffled and tiered skirt, and the jeweled bust is more exquisite than the most bounteous treasure found at the bottom of the sea. You're sure to make positive waves of wonderment as you fancily float down the aisle. Gown: Allure sweetheart neckline with jeweled bust and criss-cross pleating at bodice and waist, $1,299.99. Jewelry: Gold drop bracelet and pearl and gold earrings by Enttra, $85. All from All the Rage, Hilltop, Virginia Beach.
Pearls of Perfection
If love is like an oyster, love is a pearl—a rare find that is formed naturally and holds the utmost value. Celebrate your love in this satin light gold hued gown that reminds us of the naturally polished refinement of a freshly formed pearl. Pair with a cluster of freshwater pearls necklace and earrings for a pure and classic quality. Gown: Satin light gold with ruched pickup skirt by Ella Rosa, $798. Jewelry: Small freshwater cluster necklace by local artist A. Amsler Designs, $445. Matching earrings, $175. All from Williamsburg Bridal.
Water, Water Everywhere
No matter if you decide to be married amid the crashing waves of the ocean, a glimmering lake or a tranquil pool bursting with blue, you'll look ravishing in this ivory silk satin V-neck dress with asymmetrical ruching. Embellished with floral and crystal adornments, this lavish gown is the epitome of posh. Gown: Monique Lhullier V-neck gown with asymmetrical ruching, $3,300. Veil: Toni Federici, $375. All from Pure English, Virginia Beach.
Queen of the Sea
This gown's exuberant rosettes that are gracefully placed along the skirt and train are reminiscent of the gentle frothiness of the ocean. Add the finishing touches of this rhinestone belt and shimmering headband veil for an undisputed royal resemblance. Gown: Lace, sheer overlay with rosettes by Allure, $1,899.99. Belt: Rhinestone belt by Allure, $249.99. Veil: Malis Henderson headband veil, $559.99. Jewelry: Silver small drop earrings by Malis Henderson, $279.99. All from All the Rage, Hilltop, Virginia Beach.
Nothing compares to the unmatched beauty of a perfectly poised bride. The striking elegance of this gown is distinguished by the flawless mermaid silhouette that flows into a pretty pool of lovely lace, bringing about a splash of sophistication. Gown: La Sposa "Denia" boasting a gorgeous beaded lace mermaid silhouette and light tulle illusion overlay with lace edging, $2,100. Veil: Pronovias singlelayer, floor-length veil made from extraordinarily soft and delicate tulle and embellished with lace and sequins, $571. Jewelry: Akoya pearl drop necklace embellished with Swarovski crystals, $496. Matching earrings, $175. All from Maya Couture, Norfolk.
Photography: Jim Pile
Creative Director: David Uhrin
Styling: Pamela Hopkins with assistant Courtney Thompson
Hair and Makeup: Elizabeth Paschall and assistant Jason Fairbanks with Salon Vivace,
Models: Jessica Duncan and kris Smith with Evie Mansfield Modeling and Talent Agency, Virginia Beach,
Words: Angela Blue
Thank you to the beautiful Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel for providing us with the perfect backdrop for our Marvelous Mermaids.