It’s pretty easy to say that every bride-to-be has finding just the right dress at the top of her to-do list. Sometimes, that perfect gown seems to just come to her, but other brides need a little more help in narrowing down the seemingly endless options. Shape, fabric, and bodice style are all things you’ll consider. But the list continues: will it be white? Champagne? Mocha? Will you choose a train, or something with a sleeker cut? Cap sleeves or full sleeves, or will it be strapless?
Today we’re rounding up some of our very favorite gowns that we think would be an amazing choice for an outdoor wedding. Featured are beautiful gowns by designers like Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, J. Mendel, Alexandra Grecco, Rue de Seine, Claire Pettibone, Sarah Janks and Carolina Herrera. Click on the credit under each image for more information on the featured gowns.
You can also browse gowns for sale by some of these amazing designers in our online store here.
We always love to see what designer Alexandra Grecco creates for brides-to-be. This year’s collection features the perfect balance of femininity and structure, combining ethereal fabrics and (tulle skirts, eyelet lace) with strong lines. The result is a air of elegance; modern pieces with details reminiscent of days gone by.
We’re honored to share some of the beautiful images and moments from Lisa and Luke’s Hawaiian elopement. They created a rich, meaningful ceremony full of unique traditions. What traditions will you be including in your wedding?
Read on for more ceremony details from the bride: “From the moment we connected with our officiant, Kelvin, we knew he would create the completely unique and spiritual ceremony we were dreaming about. We gave him complete freedom to create the ceremony and incorporate Hawaiian traditions he thought would be meaningful to us.The only involvement we had in designing the ceremony was in writing our own vows and contributing a poem that we felt was representative of us and our approach to life. During e-mail correspondence (we never met in person or talked on the phone even before that day!) he asked about our love story and our vision for the day.
One thing we mentioned was our deep, mutual commitment to mindfulness and gratitude in our relationship and life. With that information, Kelvin decided to include a few traditions that he thought would “speak to our hearts.”
We started with a hand washing ritual. First we each washed our own hands to signify acceptance, recognition and forgiveness of our individual past, then we washed each other’s hands to represent the same kindness towards one another. We followed this with the traditional exchanging of leis as a symbol of our love for one another.
We were also led through a tradition called “ha.” “Ha” was a practice meant to bring awareness to our breath. We gave silent thanks to our respective paths for bringing us to this place, and developed a place of remembrance for this peak moment in our life together.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the ceremony was the coconut ritual. As told by our officiant, the coconut is essential to island life historically as it could satisfy every basic need. During this, Kelvin broke open the coconut with a rock and presented Luke with half. He held it out for me to drink from it and then I to him, symbolizing our dedication to providing for one another. I then poured the rest into the sand as an offering to the Earth and lastly he had Luke throw the shell into the sea.”
Yesterday, we shared Jen and Salil’s wedding ceremony, and today we’re excited to showcase their elegant garden reception. Set under an amazing canopy of verdant foliage, with tables dressed in oatmeal linen and lush arrangements of white and green florals lining long, family-style tables, this gorgeous event is one not to be missed.