Until you find ‘the one,’ shopping for a wedding dress can feel like you’re treading through a bottomless sea of white satin, lace, and tulle. “I probably tried on about 75 different dresses,” BB Featured Bride Elana admits. “I knew I wanted something I had never seen before, I wanted it to feel timeless, unique, and memorable.” Her eye for fashion-forward aesthetics led Elana to avant-garde designers Viktor & Rolf, whose Mariage collection offers an artistic interpretation of bridalwear. Here, she shares all the details about her ‘say yes to the dress’ moment and wedding day accessories.
Part 2: Wedding Dress & Personals
With a clear vision of what she was going to wear down the aisle (and after), Elana explains, “I knew I wanted an A-line or ballgown silhouette from the start. But I also wanted the dress to be comfortable, comfortable enough to dance in.” After appointments at five different bridal salons, she narrowed her sights on designers Lazaro, Reem Acra, and Viktor & Rolf. Still, everything she tried on left her feeling underwhelmed when looking in the dressing room mirror. “I kept going back to Viktor & Rolf’s website to scroll through their collections. Then Saks offered to bring in samples from V&R’s collections that I hadn’t tried on yet. One of those samples became my wedding dress,” she remembers. “It was love at first sight.”
A highlight form Viktor & Rolf’s spring 2020 bridal collection, Elana’s choice featured a modern ballgown silhouette with a column bodice paired with an asymmetrical skirt decorated with a large satin rose. The elegant floor-length skirt opened to reveal a pleated organza underlay. “It was like wearable sculpture, which felt appropriate in Angel Orensanz Foundation,” Elana says. “The venue also functions as an art gallery space.” She finishes, “Despite postponing our wedding from 2020 to 2021 due to Covid-19, I never wavered on my love for the dress. I didn’t even want a second outfit for the reception, because I knew I wanted to wear that beautiful gown all night!”
Elana opted for classic bridal diamonds full of meaning, which started with her engagement ring. “My sister-in-law is co-owner of Diamonds Doing Good, a fine jewelry brand that donates a portion of proceeds to hand-picked charities. She sourced the diamond, which is an Ashoka cut, and helped Greg in designing the ring.” Also from her sister-in-law, Elana’s ‘something borrowed’ was a specially curated tennis bracelet, necklace and earrings set. “It was pretty fun to be dripping in diamonds for the day,” she says with a laugh. The bride completed her look with Valentino sandals accented with a floral detail and a cathedral length chiffon veil by Tia Mazza.
Elana’s artistic style influenced her flowers as well. Clean and architectural in form, her one-of-a-kind bouquet featured white calla lilies, ranunculuses, and Phalaenopolis orchids with a slight cascading effect.
Greg looked dapper in a black with satin trim tuxedo by Hugo Boss and large silk Tom Ford bowtie. The couple’s wedding party dressed for the black-tie affair – the bridesmaids wore chic black dresses by Halston complemented by white calla lily bouquets and the groomsmen sported formal menswear.
Stay tuned for next week when Elana reminisces about her unforgettable ceremony.
Couple’s Vendor List
Venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation
Photographer: Dave Robbins Photography
Videographer: NST Pictures
Bride’s Dress: Viktor & Rolf
Bride’s Shoes: Valentino (Ceremony) Loeffler Randall (Reception)
Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss
Rings: Diamonds Doing Good
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Halston
Planner: Cindy Altunis Events
Hair: Andria Tobey
Makeup: Deborah Altizio & Atelier Bridal Makeup
Caterer: Heavenly Events
Cake: By The Way Bakery
Invitations: By Invitation Only
Favors: Magnetic Memories & Rescue Flats
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