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.

Jim Hjelm 8254 wedding dress

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)

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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.

Claire Pettibone Kristene for sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.comClaire Pettibone Kristene
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.

Claire Pettibone Devotion

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.

Claire Pettibone Sonnet for sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.comClaire Pettibone Sonnet
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

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Our 12 Fav Wedding Gowns from Bridal Fashion Week

Narrowing down our favorite wedding gowns from bridal week is almost an impossible task. (But we have to admit, very fun to do).  The dresses that stopped us in our tracks offered sophistication, sensuousness, romance and glamour.

Gone are the days when brides only had strapless gowns to choose from. Pretty sleeves and straps are everywhere.  As are plunging necklines and daring backs. Romantic lace continues to trend and beading and shimmer are also popular.  Whatever style bride you are, there are so many gorgeous options waiting for you to fall in love with.

Here are the 12 gowns that we adore most from Bridal Fashion Week.

Watters Spring 2015Maggie Sottero Spring 2015
Watters (left) | Maggie Sottero  (right)

Reem Acra Fall 2015Monique Lhuillier Fall 2015
Reem Acra (left) | Monique Lhuillier (right)

Hayley Paige Spring 2015Lazaro Spring 2015
Hayley Paige (left)  | Lazaro (right)

Watters Spring 2015Jim Hjelm Spring 2015
Watters (left) | Jim Hjelm (right)

Ines Di Santo Fall 2015Vera Wang Fall 2015
Ines Di Santo (left) | Vera Wang (right)

All images via The Knot

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Vera Wang | Fall 2015 Bridal

From voluminous ball gowns featuring layers of gorgeous tulle, to sleek column gowns that are both sensuous and edgy there’s a dress for every style of bride in Vera Wang’s Fall 2015 bridal collection.

Vera Wang Fall 2015 Bridal

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Vera Wang Fall 2015 Bridal

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All images via Vera Unveiled.

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