New York Bridal Fashion Week Report


With Bridal Fashion Week wrapping in New York, the trends for Fall 2016 bridal have officially been decreed.

On the catwalks we’re seeing a lot of sheer, barely­there, and lingerie­esque motifs. The aforementioned transparency often helps prominent embellishments ­such as beading, lace, and floral appliques ­pop against the gowns. Even on more stiff opaque fabrics, we’re seeing romantic floral patterns and textures.

When shopping for a wedding dress, one naturally considers basic factors first: budget range, body type, as well as favorite shapes and materials. The trends determined by Fashion Week will impact what types of styles are available in the bridal salons over the coming months.

Luckily, transparency, floral patterns, and embellishments are timeless and universally flattering when applied in moderation. They are also simultaneously feminine and sensual.

To give you a better sense, we’ve selected 30 of our favorite dresses from Bridal Fashion Week that range from modern to boho, and current to classic. You’ll find designs by BHLDN, Hayley Paige, Inbal Dror, Jenny Packham, Reem Acra, Sarah Seven, Vera Wang, Watters and many more.

We hope you find this inspiring as you search for your perfect wedding dress!

Article by Once Wed contributor Caroline Boneham Roche


10.23.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Soft and Ethereal Bollywood Wedding Inspiration

We love to see beautiful traditions transposed into a modern aesthetic, and this soft and ethereal Bollywood bridal inspiration is nothing short of lovely. Bridal sarees are always detailed in the most stunning of ways and typically bolder hued, and we simply cannot take our eyes off this delicate champagne hue (which is actually a bridal gown from Lazaro, but it sure does the trick!). With traditional jewellery accents and a romantic bouquet, this look couldn’t be more perfect.

More from the event designer, Birds & Honey:
“We hoped to create a minimalist shoot that embodied a modern, effortless South Asian bride. A little bit of wind and a breathtaking bride were all the elements we needed as inspiration for this Bollywood inspired editorial. Most South Asian brides are accustomed to bold and brighter tones of deep red and pink tones when planning their weddings, but we wanted to showcase a softer,  more muted touch for the modern bride. I find so much beauty in simplicity and showcasing softer, neutral palettes. There is still an element of the bolder homage to the beautiful culture of the bride with her stunning jeweled Lazaro gown while the florals balance everything out. The beauty is truly in the movement of the bride as she is walking towards a new adventure in her life and how the wind delicately blows her saree, her hair and the stunning Silk & Willow ribbon in her bouquet.”



Photography: Justine Milton | Styling + Design: Birds & Honey | Hair & Makeup: Connie Quiza | Florals: Amy Sanderson | Bridal Gown: Lazaro | Bridal Salon: Delica Bridal | Model: Harveena Dhillon | Ribbon: Silk & Willow 


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10.22.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Intimate At-Home Engagement Photo Session

For many people, the idea of being photographed can be daunting, especially in the intimate way that goes hand in hand with the sentiment of weddings and engagements. That’s exactly how Leeor and Taylor felt, and given that their engagement photo session would take place in their own home, it felt increasingly intimate. We can’t emphasize enough that it’s so important to find a photographer who, not only do you love their work, but also connects with you and respects your needs. Share with them if you are nervous to be photographed, and a truly gracious artist will be able to find ways to around your nerves.

Read on for more from this bride and her thoughts on this topic:
“It was important for my husband and I to find a photographer who truly understood the influence of an environment, especially personal space. Meghan helps tell the story of a space and how we experience it. She captures the often-overlooked detail – a glance between us that managed to say everything – and frames it perfectly. She has an easy elegance about her and that quality transcends through her photographs. My husband and I are quite private and rarely intimate in front of others so the thought of having someone try to capture our feelings in an authentic way seemed daunting. After tirelessly stalking her on Instagram, we met and she had us at hello. She is an exceptionally kind human being and a pleasure to be around. To see the world through Meghan’s eyes for one day would be an absolute treat. Thankfully we have her photographs and can catch a glimpse everyday. Edgar Degas said “Art is not what you see but what you make others see” and that is true for Meghan.”



Photography: M.K. Sadler | Location: Couple’s home, a 1927 Spanish style courtyard complex designed by Arthur & Nina Zwebell | Blue printed dress: Marni | Black and White Dress: Dolce & Gabanna Spring/Summer 2015 | Long Black Dress: Vintage | White Shirt with cuffs: Vintage Bergdorf Goodman | Trousers: Tom Ford | Leeor’s Blue T-shirt: James Perse | Blue & White Striped Shirt: Turnbull & Asser | Jacket: Turnbull & Asser | Watch: Vacheron Constantin

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10.21.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Start Planning Your Dream Destination Wedding with Hyatt Zilara in Jamaica

We recently had the exciting opportunity to travel to Jamaica to learn more about destination weddings at the Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva, two incredible resorts that do a stunning job of elevating the experience for destination weddings. Both are all-inclusive resorts, with beautiful accommodations and amazing dining options. The Hyatt Zilara is an adult-only experience, while the Hyatt Ziva offers the fun and excitement that goes along with a traditional beach vacation for guests of all ages.

Much of the difficulty of planning a destination wedding is, of course, not knowing exactly what you’ll get. That’s why we love what the Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva have just added for their wedding couples: the Big Day Preview.* This enables the couple to enjoy a taste of their upcoming wedding, with a two night/three stay at either the Hyatt Zilara or the Hyatt Ziva for only $500. Best of all, if you chose that resort for your wedding, that $500 is applied to your wedding, so it will be an essentially free wedding planning trip! The all-inclusive visit includes scheduled time with the one of the resort’s professional wedding consultants to discuss and view all of the exclusive arrangements for the wedding, including a menu tasting. After all, seeing is believing!

Along with the Hyatt locations in Jamaica, the company also owns and operates several high-end locations in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

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10.21.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog