I have to be honest… I’ve never been a fan of wedding salons, until I discovered the Bridal Boudoir Affair! To me, this is what it should be like: intimate, fashion oriented and high end. This doesn’t mean only the most expensive weddings can afford the products offered, but rather that the Bridal Boudoir is presented in an elegant and luxurious way.
After attending the event a few times (even though I was already married… what can I say, I love it), the founder, Maddy K, asked me to collaborate in this year’s edition by sharing with you my favourite wedding dresses and designers. Of course, I said yes! And I’m starting with a post about the most beautiful brides of all time…
1- Grace Kelly, 1956
It’s impossible not to start with Grace Kelly’s fairytale wedding… that also gave us this wonderful silk and lace dress that is still, 58 years later, an inspiration for brides all over the world. The long-sleeved gown was created by costume designer Helen Rose and constructed by 36 seamstresses over 6 weeks.
2- Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, 1996
I personally have a preference for elaborate dresses, but Carolyn Bessette made quite a statement when she decided to wear this simple Narciso Rodriguez bias-cut silk dress to marry John F. Kennedy Jr… and she looked beautiful!
3- Kate Middleton, 2011
From the 1st glimpse at the lace bustier, we can see how Kate Middleton was inspired by Grace Kelly for her wedding dress, which was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. One can say that the two women (Kate collaborated closely with the designer) captured the essence of the 50’s dress and transformed it into the perfect day for a modern day princess.
4- Gwen Stefani, 2002
I love Gwen Stefani’s dress, because it shows how you can be yourself and keep your personal style at your wedding. The dip-dyed Christian Dior dress is girly and rebellious… just like Gwen!
5- Jayne Mansfield, 1958
For her 2nd wedding (to Mickey Hargitay), the 50’s sex symbol chose a dress that flaunted her voluptuous curves. To this day, the mermaid dress remains one of the most popular silhouettes, but she made it interesting with the tulle coming out at the bottom.
6- Kate Moss, 2011
Kate Moss is another bride who remained true to her style when she married Jamie Hince in this John Galliano dress. I love that it has Kate’s sexy bohemian feel but that it’s still fully embellished!
7- Alicia Keys, 2010
If you are going to get married while pregnant, this is how you should do it… with a Greek goddess inspired Vera Wang dress! And can I say that I’m completely in love with that headband?
8- Elizabeth Taylor, 1950
Elizabeth Taylor got married 7 times, but her first dress remains the most iconic. Not only is the silhouette beautiful, but I love the sheer top part of the bustier. Very original for the time!
9- Megan Fox, 2010
When we think of beach weddings, Cindy Crawford often comes to mind… but to me, that dress was way too simple. I much prefer the Armani Privé dress that Megan Fox wore at her Hawaiian wedding to Brian Austin Green. The length is perfect to walk barefoot on the sand and the veil looks magical in the wind.
10- Lady Diana, 1981
I have to be honest… again! Lady Di’s puffy sleeved and ruffled collar dress is not my favourite, but she made a statement that still resonates today… and I just can’t leave her out of this list!
Did I forget anyone? Who is you favourite bride of all time?
pssst… The Bridal Boudoir Affair will take place on Sunday March 23rd at the Montreal Hyatt Regency (and you can get your tickets here!)
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