Glamorous, Elegant, Alternative Bridal Style

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Here at Love My Dress® HQ, we’re lusting over the current bridal penchant to try something a little different – from super-sharp separates to romantic frocks with shorter skirt lengths and beautiful dramatic gowns drenched in colour.

When I’m not penning articles for Love My Dress®, I’m also the International Contributing Editor at and when our very own ed-in-chief got hitched to long-time love Johannes this month, we, along with the rest of the style set, eagerly awaited a glimpse at the top-secret bridal look! In custom Carolina Herrera, our Olivia looked every inch the beautiful bride.

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Olivia Palermo on her wedding day

After seeing Olivia’s chic separates and reviewing the latest couture looks, we can’t help but notice a spate of wedding-ready ideas and silhouettes that have, frankly, gotten our hearts a little a flutter. Here are our top tips for alternative bridal style, this coming season.

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Olivia opted for a Herrera combination of cashmere sweater, shorts and a full tulle skirt overlay, cinched at the waist in layers of satin and silk with floral details along the hem. The style icon accessorised this with a bracelet bought on a recent trip to Jodhpur, natural make-up and an unfussy ponytail.

“I wanted the makeup to be light and fresh and more focused about the lashes while keeping the eyes clean. My hair was in an uncontrived Pony Tail, one of my favorite personal looks”, commented Olivia to her site’s avid readers.

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Olivia Palermo on her wedding day


The new Mrs Huebl isn’t alone on her quest for bridal style a little different to the norm – from the pages of Love My Dress® to the latest in haute couture, aisles and catwalks alike have been awash with refreshing looks. From slim skirts to practical shorter lengths and tailored pieces, we adore this sharp look, perfect for city weddings or the bride looking for something super-stylish.

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Clockwise from top left: Real Bride (Chris Spira), Dior, Giambattista
Real Bride (Ellie Gillard), Mick + Bianca Jagger, Valentino

Splash of Colour

A few years back we lusted over Sofia Coppola’s lilac chiffon wedding dress – perfect against the backdrop of her Southern Italy nuptials. Wedding blogs and of course Love My Dress have featured many a coloured gown recently, not least the emerald vintage Dior worn by Lucy as she wed Oliver in Northumberland.

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Clockwise from top left, Shenae Grimes via TMZ, Armani Prive 16, Elie Saab,
Emerald Green gown (Vanessa Adams Photography),  Elie Saab,
100 Layer Cake (Wild Whim Design)

If the traditional white isn’t you, take a peek at our inspiration – from red to yellow and dramatic tones of black and grey. Recent catwalk shows presented an array of red hues – we adore Armani Prive’s organic layers and Elie Saab’s full gown, belted at the waist with romantic embroidery.

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Image source: Green Wedding Shoes(Kat Braman Photography)
Green Wedding Shoes  (Marianne Wilson Photography)
Real bride (Caro Weiss), Sophia Coppella (Vogue), Green Wedding Shoes
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Ankle-Grazing Lengths

A certain Keira Knightley’s cemented the trend for shorter lengths when she wed her Klaxons beau. Her frock was in fact a Chanel cocktail dress worn previously on the red carpet but teamed with a bolero jacket that looked perfect for her French nuptials.

This summer, Fearne Cotton stunned in her Emilio Pucci gown, cut just above the ankle – faultless in showing off those sparkly strappy sandals! We’ve also enjoyed a number of weddings on LMD this summer in this shorter length – looking great at vintage inspired days.

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Clockwise from top left: Ferne Cotton, real bride, Chanel, Dior, Keira Knightly, real bride, Chanel 

The recent couture shows also unveiled ankle-grazing lengths with stunning floral examples spotted at Giambatista Valli and straight-skirted with intricate embroidery at Chanel.

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Both Giambattista Valli

I’d love to know if you are drawn to any of the styles above, and why.

Have a lovely day everyone,

Love Sarah-Leigh x

As well as being our regular fashion contributor, Sarah-Leigh Wade is the International Contributing Editor for Olivia Palermo.  She also co-runs events and communication agency What Peggy Did Next and is the lady behind Bridal Boot Sales.  You can see Sarah-Leigh’s own wedding here. 

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Our resident fashion expert, Sarah is a seasoned editor, stylist and creative director. Sarah cut her teeth in the fashion industry, working with the likes of style icon Olivia Palermo, and now with some of the biggest retail brands across Europe. Sarah is also co-founder of events and communications agency What Peggy Did Next, who specialise in creating unique weddings and experiences.

2 thoughts on “Glamorous, Elegant, Alternative Bridal Style

  1. Very good timing – I emailed you yesterday about my struggle to find a coloured dress! 🙂 love the Elie Saab ones, if only I had the money. Still hunting for a yellow lace dress, or someone to make me one! If anyone reading this has any idea, please let me know! x

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