Hayley Paige | Designer Profile

It may come as no surprise that Hayley Paige, one of the freshest bridal labels in the market today, is run by one of the youngest designers in the business. In her mid-20s, Hayley Gutman stepped into the role of head designer at Hayley Paige at JLM Couture, creating the flirty, feminine wedding gowns the label is now known for.

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Before striking it out on her own, Hayley designed dresses for some of the biggest names in the wedding world, including Melissa Sweet and Marchesa for Priscilla of Boston. Hayley has stated she knew she wanted to be a wedding dress designer from a very young age, and still approaches wedding dresses with a sense of wonder. It’s clear she has a love for that classic fairytale princess look, one that appeals to many brides.

Hayley Paige wedding dresses are modern and feminine at the same time, while showcasing the fun side of bridal: quirky and charming details. A-line shapes with high-low tiered and flounced skirts are a signature look.

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The gowns often appear quite traditional, but include whimsical options like mix and match tops and skirts, removable peplums and boleros, all of which allow the bride to individualize her dress. The 2014 collection has some daring looks not commonly seen in the wedding world. “Dori,” for example, is a gown with an option for a crystal-encrusted crop top, perfect for fashion-forward brides-to-be.

Despite their refined look, vintage-inspired beading provides a little glitz and glam. These touches are combined with unusual materials and trims such as moonstone, cashmere and horsehair. Unconventional stripes and layering keep Hayley Paige wedding dresses flirty and fun, and the pretty but polished gowns lean more towards sweet, rather than sultry or sexy.

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For brides who are budget conscious but love the Hayley Paige style, you will be happy to know the designer also creates dresses in the more affordable Jim Hjelm Blush line.

A Hayley Paige wedding dress is perfect for the stylish bride who wants to exude youth and innocence on her wedding day and still have fun without straying far from the classic wedding dress look. The dresses are flexible and would suit a variety of venues, including lofts, museums and churches. If you are adventurous, confident and vibrant, you should definitely consider the playful wedding dresses in the Hayley Paige collection!

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Berta Bridal | Designer Profile

In good company with her fellow Israeli wedding gown designers, Berta Balilti of Berta Bridal offers a modern, sensual spin on the wedding dress. If you’ve recently been flipping through Pinterest or a luxury bridal magazine, you’ve likely been stopped dead in your tracks by one Berta’s stunning creations. The avante garde designs with a bridal twist are capturing the hearts of fashion-forward brides everywhere.

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Berta, a graduate of the Shenkar College of Design in Tel Aviv, Israel, has designed amazing gowns for beauty and pageant contestants in the past. However, it was when she designed her daughter’s three wedding dresses that she realized the world of couture bridal wear was her passion.

Berta’s background designing for beauty queens is easily seen in the subtle sexiness of her wedding dresses, a sort of cross between evening gown and wedding aisle. With over 16 years of experience creating wedding dresses, the workmanship and quality in Berta’s luxury wedding gowns is second to none.

The bodice in a Berta Bridal wedding dress often holds the most detail and interest. A contoured corset style silhouette is often composed of nude or sheer paneling topped with carefully placed embellishment and embroidery. Seductive lace panels and long sleeves prevent these figure-hugging wedding dresses in satin and silk from being too sexy, but retain their femininity.

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High waists and modern belts pair with plunging V-necklines and stunning open backs. Pearls and one of Berta’s favorite fabrics, Solstiss lace, create a vintage look, but the dresses are really meant to remain timeless. Gown creation (all handmade!) is managed by Berta herself, a self-described perfectionist in both design and production.

Ballgowns are not commonly seen in Berta Bridal’s collections, and most of the dresses are form-fitting from the waist down, sometimes kicking out into a fishtail or chapel train. Some dresses offer the addition of a train for true wedding aisle glamour. The tight fit and cut are designed to complement the bride’s shape and style at the same time. The shapes are simplistic and modern, but offer elaborate detailing at the same time, in truly luxurious fabrics.

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Berta Bridal wedding dresses are well-suited for the sophisticated bride, but not one who follow trends. These luxurious, daring dresses with sensual shapes are not for the modest woman, either. The designs are limited to certain shops in certain countries, making the dresses difficult to find in areas outside of major bridal markets. They are definitely worth the extra work to seek out though, as one thing is for sure with a Berta Bridal wedding dress: it is unforgettably unique.

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Lazaro | Designer Profile

Simply known to brides as “Lazaro”, wedding gown designer Lazaro Perez has made his name out of creating dramatic wedding dresses with elaborate vintage-inspired detailing.

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Lazaro has been involved in the world of wedding wear since his days at Chicago’s Ray College of Design, where he once won a bridal design contest as a student. Since then, he’s worked for a number of the biggest names in wedding fashion during his 30 years in the industry, eventually launching his own label in 1995.

Lazaro has continuously been recognized by his peers in the bridal industry with awards for his amazing wedding gowns, which he says are inspired by his clients. While some designers incorporate mainstream fashion trends into their collections, instead Lazaro improves on past collections in consultations with brides and salons, paying attention to what works and what doesn’t. He does this by meeting with brides in person at bridal shows and trunk shows throughout the year, often customizing and altering gowns for the brides-to-be.

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Wedding dresses bearing the Lazaro name are 100% made in America using luxury fabrics such as layers of organza, tulle and lace. Elaborate embroidery and hand beading makes the figure-flattering bodices and corsets the center of attention. Many Lazaro wedding dresses offer an elegant chapel train, keeping them versatile to wear to a number of wedding styles and venues.

In addition to flexible designs, impeccable fit is a hallmark of the Lazaro look, keeping with the ability the designer’s desire to create wedding dresses that appeal to many women. A variety of silhouettes and styles are offered in each collection, including dramatic ballgowns, sleek trumpet styles and figure-enhancing fit and flares.

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Minimal styles might appeal to contemporary brides, such as a modern take on the wedding pantsuit. For the more daring bride, some gowns come in soft colors, such as sherbet pink or wisteria: a blend of baby blue and lavender.

Lazaro’s 20th anniversary collection for Spring 2014 featured wedding dresses with sumptuous ruffles and sculpted bodices, some with splashes of gold or beads. The Fall 2014 collection has focused on modern shapes with opulent vintage details, including textured skirts and exquisite Art Deco era silver beading.

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Brides seeking a touch of vintage glamour  in their wedding dress will love the Lazaro look. Coupled with exquisite fit, wearing Lazaro will help you feel your most glamorous as you walk the aisle and dance the night away. With so many options available, the fashion-forward woman will almost undoubtedly find a wedding dress from Lazaro’s collections that appeals to her.

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Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija | Designer Profile

It’s not often these days in the wedding world you can say a gown was built specifically for your body. Sure, many gowns are altered and tailored  from ready-to-wear designs, but built just for you from the first measurement to the last button? Rare…very rare!

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Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija is truly couture. Each dress begins with the bride’s measurements then an individual pattern is drawn, just for her. The gown’s exclusivity is highly sought after by fashion-savvy brides for this reason, as the experience of having an Ulla Maija wedding dress custom made is said to be like none other.

The name Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija has great heritage and fashion history behind it, but is now directed by Charles Bunstine. He’s the great-grandson of Anna Maier, a tailor who moved to the United States from France in the late 1800s.

Bunstine has continued his fashion lineage, working for many of the great names in American fashion including Ralph Lauren and Barneys New York, where he was president. As director of Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija, he not only designs the dress and signs off on the sketch, but is also said to drape the fabric on each gown and inspect it for quality before the bride takes it home. A minimum of three fittings are required for each handmade wedding dress. And the dresses are made to enhance the bride’s features and curves. Bunstine has said Ulla Maija designs are only limited by imagination, but that their ultimate goal is to complement the bride’s beauty and body.

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The hallmark of the Ulla Maija look is the fabulous construction of the gowns, including exquisite draping, pleating and fluting. What material and fabric are able to do on Ulla Maija dresses is absolutely stunning and as close to fashion magic as you can get.

Fabrics used are the very same used on gowns by Valentino and Hermès. Duchess satin, Italian taffeta, Chantilly lace and silk double charmeuse appear in layers, adding luxury. Embellishment is minimal, but striking. Embroidery and lace are more common than rhinestones and beading. One gown even hides pearls deep within the pillowed skirt, like a little secret waiting to be discovered. Nothing about these gowns is left to chance or randomness.

The wedding dress collections are defined by mood, not venue or shape. The grand “Cathedral” line offers drama in the lines and careful draping and pleating. “Chapel” dresses are more refined, and design-focused with touches of embroidery. Finally “Court” gowns bring a more modern look, with splashes of playfulness. All are bespoke, and very romantic and timeless in their elegance.

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The bride who is most likely to be drawn to Ulla Maija gowns is one who seeks the refined, rare and well-designed. These are not gowns that follow standard bridal trends, and are best suited for complex brides who march to the beat of their own fashion drum. An  Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija gown will ensure you look striking yet traditional on your wedding day!

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