One of the hottest fashion trends to emerge from the runways at New York bridal market this season was the sleek and sophisticated wedding dress. Instead of over-the-top texture and detail, many designers showed clean and simple gowns that were all about luxurious fabrics and strong silhouettes. Ruffles, rosettes and bows are fabulous embellishments, but they’re simply not for everyone. If you appreciate dresses that are a little more refined (think Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s minimal wedding gown circa 1996), you’ll fall in love with the simple, streamlined creations that were shown by Oscar de la Renta, Winnie Couture, Romona Keveza and Pronovias to name a few. We’ve selected some of our favourite sleek gowns that are perfect for the modern classic bride. These dresses by top designers are beautiful in their simplicity—think clean silhouettes and minimal embellishments. Sleek and simple designs allow you to add your own special touches by using various statement accessories. Colourful shoes or a dramatic headpiece would make for interesting additions to these sleek dresses. Not into too many accessories? No problem. These sleek wedding dresses look absolutely divine all on their own, too! Peruse our picks for the most stylish sleek and sophisticated designer gowns as you prepare to shop for the wedding dress of your dreams.
For Jessica and Geoffrey, a DIY backyard wedding was the perfect way to express their laid-back personalities. “We each have our own personal sense of style, so it was important that our backyard wedding reflected that,” Jessica says. To that end, the duo decked out Geoffrey’s parents’ yard with shabby chic elements such as tin can lanterns, lawn games, mismatched patterns and “pre-loved” items from thrift stores. “Planning the whole thing ourselves was fun because it allowed us to have free reign on everything,” Jessica shares. “The day ended up being exactly as we wanted it, and every second was so much fun!” The pair’s grand exit—guests formed a path with sparklers to escort them to a waiting limousine—was a particularly memorable moment.
Jessica Cudmore and Geoffrey Konrad, June 2, 2012 , Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Photography courtesy of Melissa Johnstone from Sugar & Soul (www.sugarandsoulphotography.com)
Ceremony location: Groom’s parent’s backyard, East St. Paul, Manitoba
Reception location: Groom’s parent’s backyard, East St. Paul, Manitoba
Dress: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal
Bridal party attire: Club Monaco
Groom’s tux: Tiger of Sweden from Danali
Cake: Pies baked by family; Lilac Bakery
Caterer: Danny’s Whole Hog BBQ; De Luca’s
Favours: Handmade tin can lanterns by brides father
Music: Playlist made by bride and groom, songs chosen by guests
Hair: Edward Carriere Salon
Makeup: Brides mother
Flowers: Pansies potted by bride and groom’s mothers; bouquets from Beyond Flowers
Stationery: Handmade by groom’s mother
Others: Bride’s shrug from BHLDN; Bride’s headband from BCBG; Groomsmen shoes Toms; Table games from Toad Hall Toys; Barware, dinnerware, and popcorn machine from Party Stuff
See all of the photos from this backyard wedding in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
From the moment Cecily and Greg saw the grounds of Pineridge Hollow, they just knew they had be married there. “It reminded me of my grandma’s house, which was filled with antiques,” Cecily explains. “I wanted to recreate that feeling with the same little details at our wedding.” With help from her mother and friends—the self-proclaimed “decor squad”—Cecily planned the ultimate outdoor rustic, vintage wedding celebration complete with birch bark features, DIY projects and warm globe lanterns hanging in the tent. To create a rustic, vintage wedding wonderland, the bride chose a neutral colour palette with purple and green accents. “My favourite flowers are lilacs,” tells Cecily. “I wanted to incorporate colours that would be found outdoors at that time of year to keep the decor looking natural.”
Cecily Magne and Greg Bartel, May 26, 2012, Oakbank, Manitoba.
Photography courtesy of Melissa Johnstone from Sugar & Soul Photography (www.sugarandsoulphotography.com).
Ceremony and reception location: Pineridge Hollow
Dress: Sottero and Midgley from 7th Avenue fashions
Bridal party attire: Hush
Groom’s tux: EPH Apparel
Cake: Cupcakes from C Cups
Caterer: Pineridge Hollow
Favours: Burlap sachets were home-made
Music: Platinum Productions
Hair: Vamp Industries
Makeup: Vamp Industries
Flowers: Valley Flowers
Others: Brew from Granville Island Breweries
See all of the photos from this rustic, vintage wedding in Oakbank, Manitoba.