Photography: Shevaun Williams & Associates | Styling: Samia Moses Creative | Model: Cait Wickham, Brink Model Management | Makeup & Hair: Sharon Tabb, The Tabb Agencey | Hair Assistant: Catelynn Howe, The Tabb Agencey | Location: Aspen Ranch in Edmond | Florals: The Flower Truck
Perhaps no piece of clothing tells a more personal story, while serving as the focus of all eyes, than a wedding gown. It reflects the bride’s mood and personality. It’s often an extension of her style, whether it be romantic, glamorous, classic, modern or timeless. Sometimes it’s an opportunity to step away from expected go-to choices and slip into a gown that is so not her but exactly what she wants for her special day. To help brides find their perfect wedding dress in Oklahoma City, this fashion editorial spotlights a handful of local bridal boutiques.
Styles are as varied as the number of brides this year, so finding the perfect gown shouldn’t be an issue. Most brides-to-be don’t experience that “aha” moment with the first gown they slip into, but when that reflection in the mirror exudes pure joy and anticipation, that’s when she can envision herself walking down the aisle.
New and returning trends are numerous, but just as obvious this year are overall feelings of sensuality, modern-day sophistication, romance and elegance that come together in styles ranging from understated simplicity to over-the-top embellishments and silhouettes.
Many gowns have been reimagined with a wash of soft pastels and stunning architectural lines, as well as princess and elegant off-the-shoulder styles that share attention with oversize rosettes and endless layers of ruffles.
Others are elevated with statement skirts, tiers of tulle, flowing chiffon, luxurious lace, exaggerated puffy sleeves, sheer illusion insets, daring yet sophisticated open backs and sheer capes that sweep the floor. Beautiful veils command second looks with a sprinkling of pearls, crystals or metallic accents. Long sleeves continue to be a favorite along with full-length gloves that are dramatic with a little seductive flair.
Brides who prefer less excess will find plenty of styles with clean lines and subtle details. Some are reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, which featured a high neckline, multiple petticoats, antique Brussels lace and hundreds of tiny pearls. It’s a look that hasn’t lost any of its appeal through the years and continues to inspire brides today.
With so many choices, it’s easy for brides to become overwhelmed as they slip into gown after gown and visit salon after salon. Most bridal experts recommend limiting the number of gowns tried on during each shopping session, to avoid burnout. And if the dress of your dreams feels elusive, consider a custom-made gown or an off-the-rack or ready-to-wear gown that can be slightly altered or enhanced to your personal preferences.
Whether timeless or modern, romantic or dramatic — or an interesting blend of several details and styles — there’s a wedding dress that’s sure to evoke a sigh of relief and shrills of delight from every bride.
Featured Shops & Vendors:
Are you looking for the perfect wedding dress in Oklahoma City? Check out the boutiques featured in this piece!
Avari Bridal, 903 W. Sheridan Ave. | Balliets, 6443 Avondale Dr. | Bella Rose Bridal, locations in Edmond and Norman | Chantilly Bridal Studio, 525 NW 11th St. | The Flower Truck, 1714 W. Britton Rd. | Moliere Bridal, 9311 N. Penn Ave. | Prescott Bridal, 3416 S. Bryant Ave., Edmond