“Modern Fantasy” | Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016 Bridal


Drawing on Alice in Wonderland, the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016 collection is rooted in fantasy.  In her inspiration statement Lhuillier says “Following Alice’s path of fantasy and curiosity, my gowns transform into magical imaginations and beautiful enchantments.”

The gowns are classic Lhuillier. Soft, feminine and delicate. And have more sensual features too such as plunging necklines and low open backs.  The embellishments and use of soft fabrics are a beautiful combination of gracefulness and glamour.  And the dresses, as we expect from Monique Lhuillier, are heavenly.

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Vera Wang Spring 2016 Wedding Dresses


Always the innovator, Vera Wang pushed the bridal boundaries once again with with her Spring 2016 collection.  Seduction and sensuality dominated the line with many gowns that left nothing to the imagination.

Vera’s signature femininity could be seen in soft tulle skirts and grand bow accents and the entire collection showcased her incredible design aesthetic.

If you’re a bride who want to embrace her sensual side, this collection may be just what you’ve been dreaming of.

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Jim Hjelm | Designer Profile


Jim Hjelm elevates wedding dresses from merely beautiful to exquisitely elegant. By combining luxurious fabrics with incredible craftsmanship, these enchanting wedding gowns become extraordinary, certainly worthy of one of the most memorable days of your life.

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Jim Hjelm 8157 (left) | Jim Hjelm 1204 (right)

The Jim Hjelm signature look is graceful sophistication, designed for today’s bride. That means modern shapes and silhouettes: accentuate your shape with a mermaid or drop-waist style or choose an A-line for a sleek, chic look. It also means feminine detailing that helps you feel (and look) ladylike.

Chantilly and Alencon lace, soft and sheer English net and other vintage-inspired materials create a sense of romanticism. The wedding dresses are soft yet chic with layers that create a dreamy elegance and light-as-air feeling. If you want to glide down the aisle, these may be the dresses to do it in!

Jim Hjelm 8363 wedding dress
Jim Hjelm 8363

In Spring 2014, Hayley  Paige Gutman, the fresh-faced creator of Hayley Paige wedding dresses took over design at Jim Hjelm. The 2015 collection was released in October, and features updated takes on the classic Jim Hjelm look.

Hayley’s hand may be seen in the cascading and tiered skirts, a favorite style of hers. 1920s-inspired feather detailing and embellished embroidery in floral or garden themes feature heavily in the collection. Flower lovers will love the two gowns with larger-than-life rose stencils on the skirt and bodice.

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For those not as interesting in botanical designs, other unique additions to Jim Hjelm gowns include horsehair trim, extravagant crystals and scalloped lace edges. Sleeved or sleeveless, these wedding dresses all have the same immaculate attention to detail and are eye-catching from all angles.

Jim Hjelm wedding dresses have the right balance of class and sass perfect for a black tie wedding or romantic garden setting. Modern detailing allows you to show a bit of your personal style without sacrificing that classic bridal look. The bride who chooses to wear Jim Hjelm has both discerning taste for timeless looks and attentive tailoring; there is no compromising on either in the dresses.

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Jim Hjelm 8013 (left) | Jim Hjelm 8200 (right)

View all Jim Hjelm wedding dresses currently listed on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com.

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Designer Profile: Claire Pettibone


Are you a bride with vintage romance on her mind? Claire Pettibone may be the dream wedding designer for you. This designer started her career creating ultra-pretty lingerie, but found herself enchanted by wedding dresses. Looking at her elegant lingerie and fantastic wedding dresses side-by-side, you would see there is a lot more in common than you might think!

Claire Pettibone Brigitte
Claire Pettibone Brigitte

Pettibone’s style is most easily seen in the first wedding dress she ever designed. “Kristene,” so named for the friend she designed it for, has all the details that would later become Pettibone signatures. English lace, tiered layers and touches of fringe; an illusion back with perfect little cap sleeves and a whimsical heart-shaped train are featured.

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Claire Pettibone Kristene

Kristene (and most of the dresses designed since) are nostalgic, with a touch of bohemian style. Since launching her bridal line in 2005, Pettibone has been designing her enchantingly romantic wedding dresses in this style.

You will not find any ball gown shapes here. Instead, tulle and sheer voile fabric create gauzy layers and a dreamy feeling on A-line and sheath silhouettes. Ribbons and sashes soften the dresses and create flowing, romantic movement.

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A Pettibone design looks like an heirloom wedding dress, but has a much more modern shape. Yet these dresses would fit right in on the set of Downton Abbey or Jane Austen film.

Much like that first wedding dress she designed, antique lace and soft embellishments still figure highly in each collection. Also in starring roles are long rows of Victorian-style buttons, sleeves, and elaborate embroidery. These detailed touches of vintage glamour perfect the already beautiful dresses.

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Claire Pettibone Sonnet

Beautiful from every angle, Claire Pettibone designs often feature an intricately embroidered back, heavily inspired by nature with flowers, foliage, fruit and animals appearing.

If you are an artistic bride planning a romantic garden or vineyard wedding and would like a vintage gown while retaining your own sense of style, a Claire Pettibone wedding dress may be the perfect choice. Graceful, feminine brides who find romance in the past will also love these highly creative wedding dresses.

Claire Pettibone Mademoiselle
Claire Pettibone Mademoiselle

Be sure to shop and view all Claire Pettibone wedding dresses currently listed on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com.

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