With the height of wedding season just around the corner, our thoughts are obsessed with flowers and décor now more than ever. It would take something truly extraordinary to divert our attention from work. The New York Bridal Spring 2020 collections were unveiled last week and for a brief moment, all we could think about were the gorgeous looks that hit the runway and showrooms. Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, and Reem Acra captivated the eyes and imaginations with designs ranging from statement ball gowns to silky, body-skimming frocks to flowy, angelic creations. We were inspired and thought it would be fun to share our favorite bridal fashion for the upcoming season.
Rachel Trimarco, Bride & Blossom Founder & CEO
I was struck by the way in which Vera Wang balanced complexity and structure with softness in this collection. I love the asymmetry of this gown – a trend we are also seeing in wedding florals. The juxtaposition of textures and materials is striking with traditional bridal lace showing through the contemporary chiffon overlay.
I always look forward to Viktor & Rolf’s modern take on the floral motif in wedding wear. The back of this gown resembles a delicate peony flower in bloom, unfolding in layer upon layer of intricate petals. Soft, sultry with luxurious sheen and high drama, it personifies bridal couture.
Jenny Packham’s collection had something for every type of bride. I immediately fell in love this glistening gown featuring a fitted silhouette and delicate cap sleeves. The design is understated, sophisticated and timeless, yet the sequin adornment has a vintage feel. This is the perfect look for an intimate evening wedding in New York City.
Jenny Packham really showcased a range of styles and I was drawn to the classic elegance of this dress. The combination of exquisite floral applique and simple skirt is breathtaking. For bridal blooms, I would suggest a spring garden bouquet of roses, ranunculus, and sweet pea with soft greenery.
Monique Lhuillier’s designs are what wedding fairytales are made of and I completely fell under the spell of this gorgeous gown. The silhouette is soft, appealing, and ultra-flattering. The hush of color paired with dreamy, whimsical fabric and crystal accents radiates enchanted romance.
Teá Mady, Creative Director
I am completely biased towards Monique Lhuillier because I chose to wear a gown by the designer for my own wedding. Wearing her dress was like a dream. Not only the perfect expression of my personal style, it was the most comfortable dress I tried on. The design featured gorgeous, delicate beading and lace overlay, which fitted into our botanical garden setting beautifully. The lightness of the tulle also made it easy to travel overseas for an international reception! Definitely something to consider if you’re planning a destination wedding.
If Coachella and weddings were a thing, this would be the dream dress for such an occasion! It just screams festival queen to me. I can imagine this gorgeous look in a scenic, woodland wedding as well. Simply stunning!
To me, Oscar de la Renta’s gowns are museum-worthy pieces. So uniquely feminine and simple with just the right amount of floral detailing, the style of this dress is like nothing else! The soft tulle adds romantic innocence to the entire look, making it perfect for any ceremony setting.
This gown is part boss lady and part Grecian goddess. What better time to unleash your inner goddess than on your wedding day? The silhouette is stunning and looks like it would be so incredibly comfortable to wear. All of the gowns I chose have a key characteristic – comfort! Weddings are not always stress free (speaking from experience), but having the right dress on will make all the difference.
This is the dress I picture Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton’s daughter, wearing one day. It looks fit for a true princess. I love the delicate embroidery over the shoulder and on the sleeves, and how the pin-dot pattern is beautifully balanced throughout the design. The spacing between the appliqué and material is perfection! This dress makes me want to go for a third wedding reception. Do you think my husband would be up for it?
Kate Murphy, Social Media & Blog Editor
For her latest collection, Vera Wang set out of make dresses that looked completely different from every angle. The process of creation demanded impeccable attention to detail and unique layering and structure. From the looks of this stunning gown, the seasoned designer far exceeded her own expectations. Wang works with an avant-garde sensibility, but these latest designs have a Pre-Raphaelite quality about them. The slight flare of the silhouette combined with lace, floral embellishment, and moody colors paint a picture of feminine romance that stands the test of time.
The breathtaking gowns that Reem Acra sent down the runway left me with one thought – Take Me to Church! I always look forward to the designer’s ethereal take on bridal fashion and was not disappointed. Statement veils were a highlight of the collection. With its exquisite crystal ornamentation, floral accents, and diaphanous fabric, this heavenly ensemble was my favorite.
To me, Carolina Herrera epitomizes understated luxury. The designs are unforgettably classic – the bride who wears Carolina Herrera down the aisle is talked about for years to come. This long sleeve, belted dress struck me as timeless, yet modern, bringing to mind Meghan Markle’s royal wedding look. I love how the clean simplicity of the front gives way to a back display of sumptuous ivory fabric that cascades in folding layers.
I generally don’t consider ball gowns my style. However, I am making an exception for this show-stopper from Oscar de la Renta. While the silhouette is classic, the exaggerated bell shape of the skirt makes the design feel fresh and of the moment. The way in which the floral applique falls down from the bodice until disappearing is absolutely captivating. This dress is perfect for an extravagant garden wedding.
Temperley London makes dresses for the woman who wants to feel beautiful, romantic, and a little sexy on her wedding day. As a lover of vintage fashion, I immediately fell for this number. It reminds me of a frock that Daisy Buchanan would have worn to a lavish, all-night gala in The Great Gatsby. Featuring an easy-going silhouette and dazzling beaded skirt, this dress was made for dancing. A bouquet of blooms in dramatic shades of wine and burgundy would complete the look.