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Posted May 4, 2016

With Spring 2017 bridal market behind us, bridal salons around the country, even the world, are looking back at the trends they saw on many leading bridal designers runways deciding what will work for their brides in the coming year. Four trends that captured our attention this year: color, sexy necklines, menswear and 3-D appliques.

 

Colored Gowns

Using Pantone’s Color of the Year rose quartz and serenity, many designer’s including our very own Mira Zwillinger and Sareh Nouri featured gowns in gorgeous shades of rose and gray. A trend perfect for the bride looking to leave the white gown behind and embrace the muted colors brides are now looking for to add a uniqueness to their wedding day look.

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(Spring 2017 Gown by Mira Zwillinger)

Sexy Necklines

Bridal designers are taking their creativity to a new level, creating breath-taking gowns with subtly sexy necklines. The deep V neckline of 2015 has been perfected, with almost every bridal designer showing at fashion week offering a version of it. Once traditionally conservative designers are now embracing the trend and offering ways for brides to wear these gowns off the runway and in ways that make them feel both beautiful and feminine.

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(Spring 2017 Gown by Anne Barge)

 

Menswear

While menswear is not new to the bridal scene (think Celine Dion’s white backwards tuxedo look at the 1999 Oscars), it has a new, fresh take from designers like Oscar de la Renta and Lela Rose. Created with more femininity in mind, these designers nailed this effortless look for any bride – walking down the aisle or at pre/post wedding events!

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(Spring 2017 Outfit by Lela Rose)

3-D Appliques

A carry-over from 2016, 3-D appliques are back this season and better than before. With several designers featuring intricate floral and modern appliques, brides are falling in love with these gowns that provide a truly unique look.

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(Spring 2017 Gown by Sareh Nouri)

 

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Posted August 27, 2015

Ever dream of getting married on a gorgeous exotic island? Well…that’s exactly what Dana and Karen did! This amazing couple planned a beautiful destination wedding at the St. Regis Bora Bora and their day was everything a wedding should be – filled with love and of course, gorgeous gowns!

Both brides looked stunning in their Pronovias ballgowns – Dana choosing a beautiful tulle and feathered gown, while Karen chose an elegant beaded ballgown. Both brides chose dresses that were a true reflection of their wedding day vision and gowns they really loved!

With a picturesque back drop, the couple was married in a romantic ceremony over the gorgeous tropical water. More images from Dana & Karen’s big day below, as well as wedding planning advice from the brides! The entire gorgeous day was captured by Helene Havard Photography!

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Posted August 13, 2015

We met Lis even before she had a wedding date or venue set, but she had the clearest picture of what her day would look like. Fast forward a month and she was back, with a wedding date and a venue which was exactly what she described! What she forgot to mention was it was going to be the most gorgeous outdoor wedding we’ve ever seen!

Lis chose the perfect Junko Yoshioka gown to compliment her tented wedding and the natural setting at the Willowwood Arboretum in Far Hills, NJ. She was absolutely stunning from head to toe, choosing a beautiful A-line with a delicate textured overlay. If you’re looking for vintage wedding inspiration – look no further! Lis & Doug took natural/vintage to the next level – Sperry tent, a gorgeous color palette of cream and pinks and sweet details throughout!

The beautiful day was captured by Carolina Rivera at CWR Photography.

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Posted May 13, 2015

Do you believe in fate? Well, we do…and this bride is exactly the reason why! After a few discouraging bridal salon experiences, Sarah decided to move on to bridesmaids dresses. That’s why she walked into Elizabeth Johns, but she walked out with a wedding gown and a new perspective!

Sarah and her husband Thomas were married in January in a gorgeous winter wedding at the Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, VT! Complete with views of the slopes, lots of snow, and tons of personal details – the entire day was beautiful from start to finish! Sarah looked absolutely amazing in her Pronovias gown with a custom monogram veil from Elizabeth Johns! Her bridesmaids wore sophisticated, black Noir by Lazaro floor-length gowns – each a little different to highlight her bridesmaids personality and style!

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Posted April 9, 2015

Ever wonder what a bridal consultant wears on their wedding day? Take a look at some of our very own Elizabeth Johns employees on their wedding day and what they think about their wedding gown choices today!

Melinda, Salon Owner: I remember feeling so beautiful on my wedding day, and so excited!  Even though my dress today looks like it belongs in a wedding taking place 25 years ago, I still think it’s a beautiful ball gown!

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Marina, Ardmore Bridal Consultant: “Buy the dress that makes you feel most like yourself. Because that’s who he fell in love with.” My favorite part of my dress was the fact that I could twirl in it all night and when my husband saw me walking down the aisle, he started bawling and I started laughing! The whole day just felt like a dream and was the most fun day of my life!

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Whitney, Ardmore Bridal Consultant: When I got engaged, I was designing wedding gowns in New York City and chose a gown that was  created for the runway. My mom and grandmother came to visit and after trying on multiple gowns, I walked out in this gown and they didn’t say a word, but I saw it on their faces. My mom finally said, “Oh it is just stunning and no one would expect it.”

That was really important to me. I wanted to wear something a little different, new and exciting that people hadn’t seen before. One of the most special things about my wedding was that I had a hand in making my wedding gown from design to construction. The experience of having a couture gown created just for me was something I will never forget and after 5 years, I still look back knowing I could not have made a better choice.

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Dana, Ardmore Salon Manager: My June wedding was in held at Dreams Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. We were lucky enough to spend a week at the resort surrounded by family and friends. Every moment of the wedding day felt so perfect – from the warm tropical breeze to all the wedding guests and bridal party jumping in the pool after the reception. I never felt so beautiful as I did on that day. My dress was a beaded lace, modified A-line and everything I could have ever dreamed of for my wedding.

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Erica, Ardmore Bridal Consultant: What I loved most about my gown was the pattern and texture as well as the way it shimmered as I walked!  One of my favorite moments was when my father surprised everyone at the wedding by having the Mummers Quaker City String Band show up at the reception and they made my husband get down on one knee and serenade me with “It Had To Be You”.  It was the sweetest thing!

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Caitlin, Director – Marketing & Communications: While planning a tented wedding on a pier in Hoboken, NJ was not at all easy, wedding dress shopping was! After trying on just a few dresses, I found “the one!” Just like that, I put on this beaded, lace beauty and fell in love – mom approved, of course! Add a chapel length veil, vintage accessories and my look was complete!

My wedding day was pure magic and I’ve never felt as beautiful and confident as I did on that day – a feeling I will never forget!

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Posted March 30, 2015

ATTENTION – you are about to see a very gorgeous bride and an insanely chic wedding!

Meet Lauren & Claudio – stunning right! Married this past fall in a Rhode Island ceremony and reception, this couple takes chic and sophisticated to the next level.Wearing a beautiful Liancarlo gown, Lauren was the perfect combination of classic and glamorous for her big day!

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Posted March 12, 2015

There are so many things about this wedding to love – the simple, modern flowers, gorgeous decor and one seriously stunning bride! EJ bride Megan and her husband Christopher were married at The Westin Philadelphia this past fall, in an intimate ceremony surrounded by family and friends (literally!)

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Posted February 17, 2015

Every now and then, a bride will walk into our salon knowing exactly what she wants and can articulate her vision perfectly! From the second Talia stepped into our Morristown, NJ salon, she knew she wanted a ballgown — a fabulous, very chic, completely stunning ballgown! And looking absolutely flawless, Talia walked down the aisle in a beautiful Pronovias gown! READ MORE

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Posted February 3, 2015

With all of the recent snow, we’re starting to feel the winter blues and thought we’d brighten up your day, and ours too, with a gorgeous summer wedding! Like really gorgeous…

EJ bride Andrea and her husband Peter were married at the Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Anthyn, PA back in August. The entire day looks like it was torn from the pages of a magazine and the bride is perfection in her Liancarlo bridal gown. From the uniqueness of the wreaths the bridesmaids wore, to the chic sweetheart table backdrop, this couple didn’t overlook any detail! READ MORE