A bride’s search for THE dress is a daunting but exciting time.  I had many mixed feelings about going wedding dress shopping:  fear of not finding the right one, dread of feeling too fat to look good in them, joy at thinking of yourself on your wedding day, and relief that you are finally getting to shop for a wedding dress for an actual wedding for yourself!  I had poured through bridal magazines tearing out pictures of gowns I loved for 5 months before I went gown shopping.  My mom flew out to LA and we went to a couple of bridal boutiques in an effort to track down the perfect dress.  It was such a memorable experience that we had together, and not just because of a Denzel Washington encounter that we had on our way home!  In the end I found my perfect gown, the one I had loved most from my magazine ripping phase, and the first one I tried on. 

For some brides, it is an easy thing to find a wedding gown.  Others search far and wide and can’t make a decision.  Luckily for the newly engaged, there are many gorgeous gowns from the Spring 2010 season to choose from.  Here is a wrap-up of the highlights, plus a few of my all-time favorite from past seasons:

   Left:  Monique Lhuillier
Right:  Vera Wang
A touch of bling:
  Left:  Ramona Keveza
Right:  Jenny Packham
 Left:  Vera Wang
Right:  Anne Barge 2008
Simple & Elegant:
Left:  Lela Rose
Right:  J.Crew 
    Left:  Vera Wang
Right:  Badgley Mischka
Floral touches:
    Left:  J.Crew
     Right:  Rivini
Crumb Catcher:
   Left:  Carolina Herrera (2009)
Right:  Amsale
Vintage Inspired Lace:
  Left:  Melissa Sweet (2008)
Right:  Rivini
One Shoulder:
   Left:  Ramona Keveza
   Both gowns by Amsale
Unique Details:
 Left:  Amsale
Right:  Carolina Herrera (2009)
I am LOVING Vera’s 2010 Spring Collection!  The Lela Rose gown would be so elegant worn in an urban wedding and the simple J.Crew gown has a beautiful back and would be great for a gallery venue.  The simple Vera gown is perfect for a summer garden wedding or a beach ceremony.  The Anne Barge gown is more beautiful in person and has amazing details (pockets and pleating on the bodice) that would make it perfect for a preppy, nautical themed wedding.  I love the neckline of the bottom Amsale gown and the polka dots in the bottom Carolina gown are adorable.  Both short dresses would be perfect for a simpler affair, a city hall wedding, or as a second dress for a bride who wants to change for the ‘party’ portion of her wedding.  Both gauzy ballgowns are perfect for a more formal affair…or for any bride with an inner Cinderella.  And my very favorite is the vintage inspired lace Melissa Sweet gown…because it was mine!
Photo by Jennifer Roper