Written by Val Rasmussen
Cue up Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and make way for the main (fashion) event. Showstoppers—like these gowns from our favorite Utah boutiques—flaunt fine fabrics and sophisticated silhouettes. Paired with sparkling jewels, glowing skin and classic hairstyles, these head-to-toe ensembles shine from “I do” to the last dance.
The extra-large ballgown is back. But now, it’s all grown up with the perfect accessory: show-stopping skin. Bitsy Bridal proudly presents this ivory and silver tulle ball gown ($5,500) with V-neckline front and back, sweetheart-lined bodice, natural waist, box-pleated skirt and chapel train.
Into the White
When one ring isn’t enough, go for two. Bask in the glow of luxurious bohemian gems inspired by the Lotus, a flower that pushes up through a pond’s water to grow.
Ole Lynggaard diamond pavé Lotus ring in 18k yellow gold, $6,500; Ole Lynggaard white moonstone Lotus ring with rose gold leaves and diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $4,500; Ole Lynggaard white moonstone earrings in 18k yellow gold, $1,600. All from O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC
Think Pretty in Millennial Pink
From rosé-all-day to pink-dipped everything, we can’t get enough of the grapefruit-hued, sunset-tinted, Grand Budapest Hotel shade. Enter Harlow Bride’s strapless A-line tulle Jenny Yoo gown ($900) with a natural waist and crossover bodice that supports and slims. Urban Chateau’s Erin Keller ties together a wildflower bouquet filled with nigella, hellaborus, amaranthus and scented geranium.
Proof that sleeves can be sexy. This ball gown ($6,890) from Bitsy Bridal flaunts a transparent V-neckline bodice made with Sophie Hallette lace and a Guiupre lace border. The silk faille skirt showcases box pleats and a cathedral length train.
Rahaminov diamond chain necklace in 18k yellow gold, $7,150; O.C. Tanner Collection three stone oval diamond ring with center and side diamonds with halo diamonds, $12,000, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC; Crystal drop earrings, $58, Katie Waltman, Millcreek; Bouquet by Soil & Stem.
Give ‘Em The Cold Shoulder
This off-the-shoulder silk shantung fit-to-flare gown ($2,950) from Bitsy Bridal drips with Hollywood glamour. Add a tulle veil to complement the architectural seams.
Penny Preville open circle diamond earrings in 18k white gold, $8,185, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC
Strapless In Salt Lake
Gateway Bridal showcases a strapless trumpet gown ($1,355) that will have you dancing all night long. Made of a structured Mikado silk, the frock offers soft embroidered lace on the skirt and along the hem, plus the simple shape pairs beautifully with a colorful bouquet of godetia, ranunculus and roses from Urban Chateau.
Crystal hexagon earrings, $54, Katie Waltman, Millcreek
Nude-under-lace gowns rule the runways. This underlay highlights exquisite guipure lace and brings a vintage air to this cap-sleeve gown ($4,100) from Pritchett Bridal designed with a scalloped V-neckline and a slim, figure-flattering fit. The classic mermaid silhouette flows to a floor-puddling train for a dramatic finish.
Smell the Roses
Fun and fabulous? We think so. This two-piece Venice lace sheath bridal gown ($2,495) from Pritchett Bridal shows off a strapess sweetheart bodice, cashmere lining and sparkle tulle underlay, low back, detachable Watteay train with tiered horsehair hem detail and chapel train.
Sound the Trumpets
Say “I do” to sexy and super fun. A peek-a-boo crochet lace bodice tops Gateway Bridal’s Kinsale gown ($895) and the ensemble’s figure-flattering cut and relaxed flare is designed for dancing. Vetch, garden roses, ranunculus, lisianthus and foxglove spill from this bouquet by Soil & Stem.
Gold dangle earrings with clear stone, $54, Katie Waltman, Millcreek
Plunging necklines are all the rage on and off the runway, so don’t be shy. This ivory organza bridal ball gown, Alençon-lace bodice with Venice-lace applique, deep-V plunging neckline, ribbon sash at natural waist and chapel train ($2,175) from Pritchett Bridal boldly begs to be escorted down the aisle.
Take A Bow
Have an OMG! moment in this gem from Bitsy Bridal. Mikado—a heavy silk with sparkly sheen—molds this trumpet-flare gown ($4,025) with boat neckline, U-shaped back, a chapel train and detachable cathedral bow train.
Crystal earrings, $38, Katie Waltman, Millcreek
Photographs by: Jacque Lynn Photography, SLC
Hair: Steven Robertson & Denise Gorst for Steven Robertson Hair, SLC
Models: Gates Campbell, McCarty Talent Agency; Monica Hobbs
Makeup: Kristen Packard Artistry, SLC
Venue: Travis J Studio, Draper
Loving the latest bridal fashion? Check out the latest looks from the runway, here.