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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Do or Don't: Colorful wedding dresses

Thursday pop quiz! What color wedding dress would you wear, if white weren't an option? Here are your choices...

Gray (at top), or emerald green...
More green...
Orange...
Blue...
Pink (her amazing dress is by Jenny Packham)...
More pink...

Even more pink...
Gold...
Black...
More black...
And polka dots!

Which of these would you wear? Would you ever consider a colorful dress? Seems like they're really becoming a trend...

P.S. Or just wear white overalls! Also, will you cry at your wedding (or did you)?

(Grey dress photos by Harpers Bazaar Australia, via The Senses Five; gold dress photo by Love Katie and Sarah; first green dress photos by Caught the Light, via 100LayerCake; second green dress photos by Susan Dean, via Green Wedding Shoes; orange dress photos by Christine Pobke, via Green Wedding Shoes; blue dress photos by Dominique Bader; first pink dress photos by Jonas Peterson, via OnceWed; second pink dress photos by Max Dworkin, via 100LayerCake; third pink dress photos by Erica Camille; first black wedding dress photos by Charlotte Jenks Lewis, via OnceWed; second black dress photos by Jose Villa, via OnceWed; polka-dot wedding dress photos by Bayly & Moore, see the full wedding here)

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Jessica Quadra Photography said...

oooh i would wear the first pink one. what a gorgeous bride! i wore a grey wedding dress and loved it!

Naurnie said...

That second black dress photo was taken where I grew up! So great.

pancakesandpoodles said...

My mom wore red at her wedding, I plan to do the same :) the pink is nice too though

lea said...

i would probably choose a white dress (but i would wear any of those another time!) overall i think a bride should be able to wear whatever she wants - it's her day!

Valerie (Pieceful Wedding) said...

Love the colorful wedding dress idea! I think it adds so much character and personality to the wedding!

Elena said...

These pink one for me!

http://www.noemijariodblog.com/placid-i-julia/

Ethaney said...

I am dead. These killed me. I love the bright orange one! That's me and my mom's favorite! I also loved the sparkly emerald one and the black dress was stunning. Absolutely stunning. This was such a pretty post. Love!!!

Alicia Bock said...

These are gorgeous! My step-mom wore a red dress that she made herself, and I chose a simple blue one. I am secretly hoping my daughter chooses a more colorful route too :)

annie said...

The orange dress is SO stunning. I went for a white (well, ivory) dress, but I fully support brides who want to go for color on their wedding day. If you're fashionable and bold, color can open up so many more fun options.

Elizabeth Benfield said...

i hate pink but im liking that one by jenny packham. i think my favorites are the orange and emerald.

Kate said...

I agree-that orange dress is killer. I wore a raspberry colored dress to my wedding.

Gaia• Illustration said...

I wanted to wear a yellow dress, but nixed the idea when my husband confided in me that he had been dreaming about seeing me in a white dress. Ok, white! But man, I've gushing over that pink Packham dress ever since I spotted those photos. GUSH. I need my every day life to have more occasions that warrant a good dressing up.
(Have you ever written about what people do with their wedding dresses afterwards? Curious to know. Do they wear them again? Anniversaries, or something?)

Katie Ann said...

I've already got my white dress, but if I had found an emerald green dress like that one, OH you BET I would be fashioning it down the aisle! And tears? Yes, yes indeed, I will be crying. But I am so looking forward to it. :)

Katie

Annie Dog said...

I love the first green dress, but the black is also intensely stunning.

Lilli said...

a light pink one, i think. or a really fairy-tale-fluffy-light blue one. I can't choose. so many beautiful pics, i especially love the Jenny packham dress. it is fantastic.

.aubrey c. said...

They are so perfect I love this picture!

http://gandacummings.blogspot.com

Lindsay @ Darling Clementine said...

Oh my! These dresses and color choices area all amazing.

I love the bright orange, such a gorgeous statement.

I also love the subtly of the pinks, I had a cream sheer layer on my dress with pale rosy pink underneath and a nude/lace bustier... and I loved my dress.

But... I LOVE the idea of a bright pop of color, or the addition of a metallic even!

Great post Joanna.

Xx

Tai said...

The orange or the gold would work best with my skin tone. I love them both. So elegant and original!

Amy Powell said...

this is making me wish I branched out & went away from white!

love that polka dot one!

Briel said...

Beautiful dresses! I'd probably do with one of the pink ones. So pretty.

luvvleighb said...

I would pick that second pink one for sure!!!!!! I can't believe she designed it herself! How cool!!!

Laura J said...

I know I'll wear white/ivory, but I absolutely LOVE the pink Jenny Packham and the pink ballgown below it. Also a huge sucker for gold and glitter...

Margaret said...

I LOVE the second pink one. Such a nice twist on classic white with the hint of color. Can't even stand how beautiful it is! They all are, really!

Sadie Smith said...

That orange dress is the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen!

Paige said...

These are lovely, but I could have never worn anything but white. I'm too much of a traditionalist, and I had been longing to wear that special long white dress for all my life. I figured that there are plenty of occasions later to wear brightly hued formal dresses -- there's only one chance to wear a wedding dress!

Mieke Zamora-Mackay/@MZMackay said...

If it wasn't my first wedding, or marrying for the first time, but already with a child, I'd probably wear a pearl or grey or something iridescent.

If it's a first wedding, with no children, white is really the most appropriate. Although, I actually got married in an ecru colored gown.

Paige said...

And agreed with some other commenters that the orange dress is INCREDIBLE.

CP and KW said...

I could never pull it off - but that orange dress is STUNNING.
-kw, ladiesinnavy

michelle lee said...

I wore a handmade peach crepe gown from the 1930's, which had been worn only one other time, at the prior owner's wedding. The cap sleeves sort of fluttered and the underside was a pink. If I had a second chance, I wouldn't have changed a thing.

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

omg ALL of those dresses just look STUNNING! makes me rethink the idea of a white gown :D

i like the "organic" look of the kelly green with a lush green setting, but then again i like how the orange POPS! the bride is supposed to be the one on display anyways, right!?!

cheers.

April P. said...

I ordered a beautiful custom white dress and when it arrived it just didn't feel right... so at the last minute i chose a Tracy Reese blue dress for our elopement. My mom wore a blue dress when she married my dad 40 years ago- it just felt right!

Here tis! http://www.designsponge.com/2010/11/weekly-wrap-up-beautiful-elopement-video.html

Jenni Austria Germany said...

oooh, i like the pale pink best. fine line, though, between pale pink and obnoxious pink.

Anne said...

I'd either go for a pale pink or a super cheerful yellow. It's funny you posted this today . . . I'm buying my wedding dress this evening (it's white).

Anna said...

I think to each their own... however, I feel like wearing a white dress is something you don't get to do very often in life (aside from casual dresses, ya know?) and it's such a special tradition!

I know in Austria way back when brides wore black dresses. : )

I remember reading that SJP said she regretted her black wedding dress:

“I’m not kidding. White it up. I’d wear a beautiful, proper wedding dress, like I should have worn that day.”
http://www.celebritybrideguide.com/sarah-jessica-parker-wedding-regret/

but again, to each their own. : )
(sorry for the novel-length comment.)

AVY said...

I love traditions and white, so guess what I think.

/ Avy
http://MyMotherFuckedMickJagger.blogspot.com



Michelle Merrick said...

Gah-ly that green sequin is amazing.

leigh said...

i think i'd do a soft gold, bronze or a saturated forest green... although a stunning royal blue would be equally dazzling...

Jaci C. said...

I have an unhealthy obsession with that orange dress.

figwittage said...

I would wear a gorgeous blue colour, not navy, but something brighter! But not too bright... something along the lines of a jewel toned blue :) Emerald green is gorgeous and I totally dig the polka dots. I wore an ivory wedding dress by Casablanca. xx

Corinne Martin said...

The black dress is my signature! I would love to wear a black wedding gown with the bridesmaids in ivory!

ag. said...

Ooh, I love all of these! The emerald and the orange are my favourite! And I love how stunning the black looks! Such beautiful dresses! I wore white (or Diamond as it was actually called) but I really think these colours are so unique, I'd love to do a vow renewal and be able to punch it up with some colour...if it's more 'you' to wear a coloured wedding dress, I say go for it. Thanks for this collection!

Alicia F. said...

I wore a homemade fuschia silk wrap dress, my husband wore a lighter pink dress shirt (with his brown suit of course) and our daughter wore the frilliest white dress imaginable with the sash made out of the same fabric as my dress. I loved that the vibrant colours matched our joyous mood.

HRH Susan said...

Green! Green, green and more green.

We actually have a very dear friend who is an older Indonesian man and he insisted on taking me to shanghai to buy 7 wedding dresses (one pink, one blue, one yellow, one light purple, one dark purple, one green and one white). It was so insane I just about did it.

Jennifer said...

I would wear the grey or the polka dot one, but the orange one looks absolutely stunning on the bride (actually, they all look rather gorgeous). When I get married I will definitely wear a colored dress for reasons I won't elaborate (all good!). Plus I am super pale, so white isn't necessarily the best color for me.

Charlotte {Charlotte's Web} said...

I'd go for the polka dot or the black, I think. Definitely not that glittery green one..

Quinn said...

I'm getting married in November and am going with classic ivory in a cool hammered silk, but I did dream of colorful dresses. I love all of these, but my favorite is the orange. It's so vibrant and beautiful!

jennie said...

i wore grey and loved it!

Tish said...

Green's my signature color so seeing women rocking it at their wedding made my heart pitter pat a bit. ♥

Tragic Sandwich said...

I wore ivory, but if I were to pick a color it would probably be a shade of green or a shade of purple. That polka dot dress is lovely, though!

Wallace said...

Ah, I'm in love with Jenny Packham right now after seeing that dress that Kate Middleton wore. I just looked at the site via your link, and the bridal collection is stttuuuunnning! Would it be too Ms. Havisham-ish if I bought one just to prance around town in? :)

Allie said...

Love this post - all of the dresses and photos you found are stunning! I love the green and black options. And, yes, I cried at my wedding but I cried more at the rehearsal (maybe my subconscious wanted to get it out early?!)

Alissa said...

Thank you SO MUCH for posting pictures of a lesbian couple. All of these brides are outrageously gorgeous but it was particularly fun to see those.

kaela said...

the first emerald green one! or the bright orange! I just love bright colors........if I had my choice it'd probably be a shade of turquoise bc it's my all time fave! ;)

Erica said...

I guess I was pretty boring and wore a traditional white dress. I've gotta say though, if you really want the "wow" factor you would pretty much knock 'em out with that orange dress. I mean, just imagine walking down the aisle in that. Everyone's jaws would drop to the floor because it's certinaly not you're average wedding dress. Very gutsy. LOVE, Love, luv it!!

nicole said...

I was surprised that my then-fiance, now my husband (who is a kooky, creative type), wanted to see me in a traditional white gown. I went with ivory. ;)

wildchild said...

that orange dress is STUNNING. but i'd probably go for blush pink or baby blue if i couldn't have white. but i'm so looking forward to wearing white! when else do you get to wear a white floor length gown??

Erin said...

They all look gorgeous! Such a fantastic testimony to each woman wearing what suits her. Personally I would adore either of the pink ones. I got married in an all-night ceremony in the middle of the jungle, wearing a linen skirt and silk tunic top. I adore my husband and my wedding was incredible, but the clothing was the least of it. I have secret hopes of having a fancy anniversary party one of these days so I can get the pretty dress :)

inspired winter said...

Hi Jo! Thank you so much for featuring our pictures by Chloe at Caught The Light. So glad that you liked my choice of dress!

Hope that you are well? Are you planning on a trip to Polruan this year? x Philippa x

http://inspiredwinter.blogspot.com

Lauren said...

this is definitely a DO!!

sip-n-wear said...

I say stick to white or something close to it... I do like that poofy dress with a little pink showing through

Jenny McL said...

My heart is in love with the Green Jenny Peckham. I have lusted after it for years....

But that orange dress is stunning infact that west coast black ML dress has my heart going too. All of them are beautiful and reflect individuals.

I do believe it'll be colour all the way for me white is not my colour....

K said...

I'd wear any of those! I seriously considered a green wedding dress, and opted to change into a green cocktail dress for the last part of the reception, when my long white bias cut gown made getting down to the music a little difficult.

Didn't brides wear blue before Queen Victoria wore white?

Anonymous said...

White is meant to symbolize virginity, so... red!

Joanna Goddard said...

gaia, that's a good question! what DO people do with their dresses? i donated mine....you could also sell it on OnceWed or another site....or keep it for a daughter! :)

Joanna Goddard said...

anne, that is so exciting!!!!!! congratulations!!!!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

april, how beautiful:)

Joanna Goddard said...

anonymous, lol :)

So R. said...

i love that first pink dress, what an original bride. if i ever get married i hope to have a wedding like hers.

The slow pace said...

I would wear that orange dress or maybe the second pink one.

I have to admit that the black dresses are gorgeous, though.

I've change my mind! I would wear the first black dress!

:-)

dport002 said...

That pink dress is beautiful!

allie said...

green or blue. that orange dress is gorgeous though!

Anonymous said...

That polkadot dress!!! I am in looove.

Carrolls said...

Polka dot love!! So feminine and gorgeous! I also love the second green dress, amazing!

Miss Bibliophile said...

That pink beaded dress is gorgeous (and it looks even more amazing set off against the dark storm clouds). I also love the one below it, with just a few hints of pink in the full skirt.

Fancy Pants said...

The embellished Emerald dress with the open back and beautiful bead work. FOR SURE. I am still not sure what to do with my dress..but because it was only $200, I don't feel terrible letting it sit around my house while I decide. I keep laughing at the thought of having it on one night when my husband gets home. HAH!

The Jilly said...

I've never wanted to wear white at my wedding. I've always wanted a pink/rose colored dress like the first pink one. Gorgeous. But that orange! Oooooh! Just magnificent.

Victoria said...

I did cry at my wedding, but not too much thankfully as I look a fright after too much!!

I wore a silver grey wedding dress which I loved. All of these are gorgeous, but I particularly like the orange and the green ones.

Kelda Schmidt said...

All of these women look absolutely beautiful, I can hardly pick a favorite! Definitely makes me wonder if is should have strayed away from white...

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frissa said...

I wore a peacock blue Amsale (bridesmaid!) dress and my guests wore white. It was the best decision ever!

Kelli Anderson said...

oooh, they are all so beautiful!

Emily said...

pink, pink, pink! or polka dots!!!!! :)

alinablogs said...

the orange dress is gorgeous as is the 2nd pink one. i love the idea of not wearing white, but how often can you wear a big white dress?

Robyn Ungar said...

Love it! I always imagined wearing deep red! I think if it is a second marriage or wedding post baby it is even more fun to try!

nicole @ I am a Honey Bee said...

love the polka dot one!
I also really like the one with the ombre pink underneath the sheer layer.

allison said...

WAH! love all of these! so creative and beautiful! i think i'd go for grey...or blush pink!

plus...i love this game! my mom and i love to look at magazines together and play "which one would you choose?" (clever title, eh?!) you have to pick a dress on a page with multiple dresses, no matter how god-awful they might be. and then you choose in your head and then one of us says, "go!" and then you both pick at the same time. we started playing when i was in hs and we were looking for prom dresses and we still play 15 years later...and sometimes we do it over the phone when we're both looking at magazines together. :)

anyway...you asking us to choose reminded me of our game...and that i should call my mom. so, thanks!

Meadow said...

It really depends! I tend to look good in cream, blue/turquoise, peach, and pink so I'd likely pick one of those. I am not sure yet what I will get married in. We're planning on doing something super small or eloping so really depends.

Shea Nichole said...

It's so hard to just choose one! I'd have to say the orange dress. I'd never be able to pull it off but that bride looks gorgeous!!!

Shea Nichole said...

P.s...I did cry at my wedding during the ceremony and my husband wiped a tear! One of my favorite moments. Luckily our photographer caught it! :)

Rachel Lawson said...

I'm really loving the black dress! I'm also just partial to wearing that color (very slimming). I do love the white with the pink underneath it too!

xo

Egl said...

The coral one is gorgeous !

Anonymous said...

I love them all! If I had my wedding to do all over, I might go with a vintage looking pink like the one the woman with the dark hair and bun is wearing. They are all so lovely and dramatic!

Rebekah Daphne said...

I love the second black dress, and the ombre pink as well. I have to say, though, that slinky gold is SMASHING. If I hadn't chosen (and loved!) the traditional white-- well, ivory because I am a pale blonde who looks silly in white-- I'd probably go with that.

Corey said...

I'm getting married next spring and will be wearing a shorter-length dress that's a pale, icy blue with a bit of cream lace on the bodice. The skirt is pleated chiffon, perfect for twirling! White tends to wash me out, anyway :)

Annie said...

I love the orange dress and the green too. And the pinks...I actually wore grey lace and silver Thai silk when I got married because a. I wasn't 20 b. I love silver and grey c. my day, my choice. There was a small intake of breath on my mother's part but she realised that there was little point in protest. And the result was beautiful. Still is, upstairs in the wardrobe. And I've worn it again because it was a separate lace top and silk skirt. Just bear in mind - white dresses only came into fashion in the early 19th century. It's not written in stone.

Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs said...

DO!!! I wore red and cream at mine.

Wh. said...

First thing that came to my mind when I saw the orange one: "OMG, that's so happy!!"
It's lovely, and cheerful, and beautiful, but I think I'd definitely go with any of the pink dresses, which ar AMAZING!!!! I had seen the first one before (maybe here?) and loved how she styled it with the red lips.
The second one is more me, simple and fun. And I love the way she wore her hair all natural..

~ Faith said...

I actually did wear a non-white dress, turquoise in fact! Made by my mother-in-law with this iridescent silk I'd bought in Thailand. I didn't even consider wearing white... My Turquoise Dress

Robyn said...

i think for an older couple or a second marriage-yes, go for it! The femaile couple look amazing. but other times only subtle colours-soft pink etc-look great-or ivory with a flash of colour. but those photos look amazing..not everyone would pull it off!

LKF said...

If I couldn't wear white, I would definitely wear pale pink.

Did you know Sarah Jessica Parker regrets her black wedding dress?
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/29034566/ns/today-entertainment/t/style-icon-parker-regrets-black-wedding-dress/

wallabybedtime said...

oh god, dying over that bright orange one! so pretty. i'll more likely be in something like the pink jenny packham, a little more bridey looking. but if it were a dramatic-enough dress i'd love to wear black, how stunning! and i've always loved that polka-dot black/white/nude one :] so much pretty!

Tiffany said...

I am torn between the gray, the orange and the first pink one. The orange one is so stunning, she looks like a flame! It's so captivating.

Tawny said...

All of these dresses make me swoon! I love the idea of a non-white wedding dress. Gorgeous photos.

Kelly R said...

I love these! That Jenny Packham one is awesome! I also love the polka dots! I would totally wear a color or print. Love.

yocheved zivar said...

i say do, do, do.. whatever feels good.

it's your special, unique day!

Kate said...

I'm loving the pink or green, but the lighter green.

Hannah said...

Allie - I blubbered my way through the rehearsal vows too! Then on the actual day I just beamed.

I went for white - I forget who said it - but its not often you get to wear an all white dress!

These dresses are STUNNING though.

I think the embellished green dress was actually the bride's reception dress which she changed into after wearing a traditional white one. Why wear one dress when you can wear two?!

Emily said...

All these dresses are gorgeous and I would jump at the chance to wear any of them! But they all look like they are going to a ball or prom... On my wedding day, it will definitely be white for me!

Poet Whale said...

Dotted Swiss beige, a nice coffee ice cream beige

Sarah H. said...

These brides are all stunning! The one in orange is A VISION! Incredible. I wore a beaded ivory dress for my wedding, but the two sequined dresses here (grey with green sequins and pale pink with nude sequins) are both so so beautiful. I love these unconventional choices even though I went the conventional route myself. What a fun post!

Stacey B said...

I would love to wear Orange!!

Anonymous said...

as close to white as possible...so the pink ones. i'm traditional, so white it is for me!

Leah said...

I loved being a bride in white, but I have seen some really beautiful blush coloured dresses these days. One of my brides who I'm wedding planner for is wearing blush and I think it'll be really beautiful.

Mandy said...

Blue! My mom wore a blue dress at her wedding, but that was because my parents had the most casual wedding ever. She didn't want to buy a new dress, so she wore the one she had made for herself (she has MAD sewing skills) to wear to another wedding. It still looks so lovely, and I think it makes her wedding so much more HER.

mummybites said...

Im wearing orange to my own wedding tomorrow!!!

Jordan G. said...

Holy moly, that orange dress. It's gorgeous.

I'm traditional and wore white, but I think the colors are fabulous for a second wedding, vow renewal, etc.

Linda Lanae Nguyen-Bailey : Fashion Recycler. said...

I say do whatever you absolutely love and feel in your heart. I mean, isn't that the general theme of everyone's wedding? It's not what you wear but how you feel in it and how you feel on your momentous beautiful day of love.

Aya said...

Gosh--great picks Joanna!
I am not sure which route I'll go. I LOVE color, but if I find a gorgeous white dress I won't say no just because it's "traditional."

Amy Marie said...

I would wear one of the pink ones!

J.Mill said...

I wore a pale pink dress and thought it looked much lovelier than I thought I'd ever look in pink! And it had feathers.

I told my dress designer that I had one stipulations: not white. I suggested yellow, but he knew better and we ended up with, well, take a look for yourself:

http://answertheunasked.blogspot.com/p/wedding.html

Mieux said...

Just pointing out the obvious, but white isn't everyone's 'tradition' :) I'm wearing red, which is the most traditional choice for me.

Erica said...

Interesting post! Not something I ever really considered until now, although I am keen on short casual wedding dresses, and natural hair. I would probably go with grey, since I just love that colour-but the black ones really struck me as super glamorous!

tessa said...

i'm getting married again just so i can wear that polka dot dress.

natalie said...

Gah! This makes me want to get married 100 times and wear something different each time. I love LOVE that poofy dress with the subtle pink. And how cool are the bridesmaids in their tanks and skirts!

Melissa Blake said...

A definite DO! It'd be neat to have a dress that really reflected you and your personality...

Michelle said...

I was married this past Sunday and wore a teal silk dress that I had made in Thailand on a recent business trip. I combined the beautiful A-line dress with bright pink shoe---Everyone LOVED it!

shoutingforha said...

If I had it to do all over again I would wear something like that pale gray dress at the top. What a gorgeous dress!

Shelley said...

I love the orange! I was married in white but the orange looks amazing.

Audrey said...

I love anything non-traditional and I certainly wish I'd worn something other than white when I got married. That polka dotted dress has to be my favorite ever ~ I remember when photos of that wedding went viral....I was drooling over it. That dress, to me, is divine! (I also think that bride in the vibrant orange dress is amazing!)

Courtney Stifle said...

I would totally rock that second pink one! So feminine and cute!

Julie Blake said...

I've always dreamed wearing an ivory dress when my big day comes, but that Jenny Packham is stunning!

Karen Toms said...

I love the emerald green dress and the orange one. Both are stunning and so memorable. And if it went to a tie break, I'd go for the orange - all that swirling silk. I say if you're going to do colour do it properly!

I really enjoyed this post x

Shoko said...

Pink, for sure! But I love that orange one!

Sara S ♥ said...

I've actually always wanted to wear a light pink dress when I get married or a pastel lavender dress.
~Sara
sarastrauss.blogspot.com

michelle tree said...

do! But make sure no one else is wearing the bride's color!

Kaitlyn said...

I've been obsessed with light blue dresses for weddings since I saw this wedding on Once Wed:
http://www.oncewed.com/46717/wedding-blog/real-weddings/a-free-spirited-ball-of-a-wedding/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OnceWed+%28Once+Wed%29

Lauren E. said...

these are some of the most stunning dresses i've ever seen... i clicked on the "read more" prepared to say, "UGH i HATE colored wedding dresses!" and you have completely changed my mind. favorites are the emerald green and orange. amazing.

Zoë said...

Ooh, I love the black one, especially with the dim lighting! So sultry!

Merrilyn said...

I thought the orange dress was absolutely stunning! The color was so rich and incredible. One of my favorite wedding dresses is Gwen Stefani's dip-dyed Galliano dress. I loved the touch of fuchsia at the hem. It was amazing!

Simone said...

I wouldn't choose a coloured dress, ivory every time for me. Love Philippa's green dress in the 2nd set of photos....altho she did have a traditional gown for her wedding and the green Jenny Packham dress is one she changed into for her reception :)

Anonymous said...

I triple love that black dress. It's what I wanted, but I got vetoed by my mother.

nishis said...

In India (where my parents are from), wearing bright red is traditional as are other brightly colored outfits for the various event leading up to the wedding. It was a long conversation with my grandparents and later the sari stores to explain that the white sari I was requesting was, indeed, bridal. The only stores that carried this "very unusual" color cater specifically to American and British brides!

Amanda said...

I wore a colored wedding gown--gold (with blue shoes!). I've seen pictures of the orange dress before--it's just stunning.

Anni said...

My parents didn't get married before they had me and my to younger sisters, so my mother wore a dark sapphire blue dress, because she thought it would be inappropriate to dress in white.
It was really beautiful, because it was so unique, so if/when I get married, I want to wear it - maybe with some modifications:)

Katie said...

LOVE the orange one! so bright and sassy!

glenda said...

These dresses are beautiful. I wore a colored dress for my wedding (deep pink)

Anonymous said...

PINK or red!

Circa Style said...

I'm considering a blush pink dress for my vintage garden party wedding... I just have to find the right one!

laura said...

i love this! i wore a vintage psychedelic floral, i'm thinking 60s, and it was SO BRIGHT! it was neon pink, bright magenta, bright green, neon aqua and cobalt. i felt so gorgeous in it. i figured why would i wear white if color is my whole life and what i feel best in? i'm an artist and color is my biggest thing, my husband loved it and only one person was surprised i didn't wear white haha.

i say wear what you love because that's the one day of your life about love and what you wore :)

Fran Gilboy said...

Without a doubt, the polka dots!!!!!

Stephanie said...

I didn't wear white, or even a dress! I had a rose colored maxi skirt and an ivory lace bohemian blouse. I felt beautiful and I was sooooo comfortable.

Kristen Marie out of Seattle snapped some photos of me, feel free to share!

http://www.iamkristenmarie.com/blog/2012/4/2/stephaniemike-elope-in-vegas.html

Lara said...

I now wish I would have picked a yellow wedding dress!! Although I also love the dove grey dress and the polka dots :)

Cassandra Marie said...

I think if I had a chance to re-do my wedding, I would definitely pick a dress with color. I'm in love with those stunning Jenny Packhams!

corrie said...

i believe the tag on the gown i wore said it was "eucalyptus"- a shimmery sage green. i am all for non-white gowns!

kLr said...

These are gorgeous!

However, unless a it was a second wedding, I want white.

For a second wedding, the pale, pink, dress with thin straps is lovely!

Sunshine said...

Actually, I love them all. Not that I am planning to get married but I NEVER even thought of doing a different color. I think thats awesome. It's really something to think about, well when that time comes. lol

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Brittany said...

Most women only have one chance to wear a white formal gown--at their own wedding. For other events, women often shy away from formal white gowns because they say "I don't want to look like a bride." So carpe diem and wear that white dress to your wedding! All of the other gowns featured are gorgeous, but all but one of them could be worn to other things--a gala, someone else's black tie wedding (the white and pink would be a no to someone else's wedding), etc.

Anke said...

Those pink dresses are beautiful and I love the polka dot one. I can't imagine wearing anything other than white myself - but who knows what will happen when THE dress comes along?!

mamma in columbus said...

the orange. without a doubt.

the further i am from our wedding (12 1/2 years ago) the more i wonder why we fell into such traditional options. one's wedding day is a celebration of a unique relationship and everything about it should reflect the couple. why stick to traditions that others made and might not be appropriate or comfortable or meaningful????

on our wedding day i wore a raw cotton beaded dress (beige) that i found on the rack at barney's - it was lined with red kimono silk. when i buttoned up the train you could see folds of red. i thought it was pretty daring at the time. if i could do it all over again i would go so much bolder - maybe even the gold sequin!

Sonya said...

Well now I am off to find a polka dot wedding dress for next January!

Jolien said...

Love the gold one and the one from Jenny Packham

jaderox213 said...

they are all really pretty, but i have had a serious crush on that jenny packham dress since i first saw it on someone's (possibly yours?) blog!

Allie said...

I wore a grey cashmere suit. This is me: http://www.uschiandkay.com/wp-content/uploads/AN-outdoor1.jpg

Nicole said...

gold! or pink! that pink dress is gorgeous!

Allie said...

Oops. That last link I posted didn't work. I wore a grey cashmere 50s-style suit for my wedding. This is us!

http://www.uschiandkay.com/real-wedding-aleksandra-and-nathan/

Sheri said...

I've always had this weird thing about wearing white - it makes me look BIG in my mind, plus I always seem to spill on white clothes! SO, I went with light blue-green with green embroidery: my husband was all about wearing his family tartan, so I coordinated with that. It was light enough that it'd read as white in black and white photos, but not white.

Taryn Louise said...

Loving that pink dress designed by the bride! If I could get married again, I think I'd steal that one! The color is so soft and subtle. Which color would you pick!?

beccainboston said...

I adore all of these colors!!!! I barely ever wear black and white in general so a white/ivory dress may seem boring. I will want to dress it up with lace or beading. I would definitely have to have a brilliant and colorful bouquet!

Love love love the polka dot and emerald and orange ones. So amazing.

Cb said...

I just LOVE the Jenny Packham dresses. I have that first green one all over my Pinterest boards and I recognize the pale pink one as well. I'm very tempted to not wear white.

Sage Crown Parker said...

Fun!!!
I am in love with the orange dress, it's amazing.
Being a wedding photographer I get really excited when things are a little different, you would be surprised at how few people don't wear the white dress.... even when they've been married a few times before.

This is one of my favorite non-wedding white dress from last month that I photographed:
http://viweddingphotos.blogspot.com/2012/04/destination-wedding-in-virgin-islands.html

Angharad Rees said...

I love the wonderful colourful dresses but I think I'll be sticking to ivory for my wedding next year. I'm scared I won't stop crying during the day!

A FANCY DAY said...

Is it bad I want them all? But really I gasped when I saw the black, so beautiful!! She looks so gorgeous, like a swan.

Ginger said...

Mine was gray - a soft dove gray with a charcoal silk chiffon overlay. It had pintucks and gray and ivory pearls. My best friend (since 6th grade!) made it for me based on a 1909-1911 dress by House of Worth that I saw in the Met's Costume Institute collection online. =)

kimberley said...

I'm a sucker for the classic white dress! But having seen that elegant black dress... I am easily persuaded to consider other options :)
my sister wore a yellow dress for her wedding. yellow has always been her colour and when she stumbled across this yellow dress (after struggling to find one she liked in white), she couldn't refuse! she looked stunning too :)


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Victoria said...

I love the polka dot dress. They're all pretty in their own ways.

I do like classic white dresses but saying that, I hate huge white meringue dresses and would much rather have a more classy, classic colourful one :)

x

marketa anna medas said...

that orange won! iam not gonna married:) but i can see that finally people are broken the rules:) dont need to be the same

~ Dellah ~ said...

I have a thing for Autumn weddings. We had ours August 30th because it was the only time our venue had available. I love the Orange dress and the gold dress, they are bold and beautiful and would be perfect for a fall wedding. They are all stunning though.

Jodi said...

I love this trend! And I think I also like orange the best, although I can't wear that color. :(
I wore white the first time. If I do it again, I'm wearing light blue. We shall see!

Amielle said...

That orange dress is divine! I'd wear that in a heartbeat. And while I'm not a huge fan of pink that first pink dress is heavenly, and that black dreck is so beautifully dramatic. This was so much fun to look at!

meme-and-he said...

oh, heavens that grey dress is gorgeous!

Works of Heart said...

love the idea of it but doubt I ever would. The polka dots one, though, I ADORE. i wore a polka dress to my prom and I loved it. (maybe comparing a prom dress to a wedding dress is a bad idea ;))

Carol Rial said...

Pink pink. But that black dress is absolutely stunning with the white bouquet. Brave bride!

astrid irene natalie said...

the polka dot dress is killing me... so perfect

Rowena said...

I have thought about this. I've been thinking of gray or silver for quite a while. But I can't shake the teal idea, either. There's also something pretty about a pale, pastel sky blue or pink.

eleise_h said...

I would go with something that's still very muted like grey or pale pink

epwithlove said...

Personally, I would wear anything but white.

melissa said...

I'm doing GREEN!!! It's a rich, dark, basil green, with an ivory lace stole (that I made!) to go with it. :) I am ALL about colored wedding dresses!

Emily said...

Grey or Black. Either one would be stunning.
For my wedding however, I wore purple.

Lashley said...

Don't tell my fiance, but there's a blush (neutral-pink) colored dress in the closet right now! My friend made a lovely custom shrug (also pink) to go with it.

In other news, I just realized I get married in 5 weeks. Ack!

Mariclare Cole said...

If I ever get married, it's always been part of my plan to pick a dress that isn't white. That said, I'd wear the first pink dress posted here. LOVE it.

Knoopjes said...

The second pink dress if we ever decide to get married again that is!
I wore a grey silk dress when we got married: http://www.knoopjes.blogspot.com/2011/08/yesterday-we-celebrated-our-8-year.html

xoxox

Laura said...

Definitely pink, it's just too cute :)

L x

http://whimsicalnothings-laura.blogspot.co.uk/

Anonymous said...

My friends just got married in black in the Namibian desert. Specifically, the bride wore a black velvet dress. Looked amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing.

brian and amanda said...

LOVE the pose in the first photo.

and that black dress is GORGEOUS!

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Abigail said...

If we are just talking color, I would probably go with light blue. BUT, if that first emerald green dress or the Jenny Packham dress were options, I would definitely go with one of those!! SUCH gorgeous dresses.

Sammi said...

we used to do so many weddings and wedding fayre's at work that i have all my preferences picked out. i like non traditional things, less white more colour. hate black wedding dresses with a passion. i want to wear red when i get married. kinda like the chinese tradition.

Michelle Glauser said...

Am I not allowed to pick purple? Then I go with green . . . probably a sage-y color.

Jenny said...

I love the emerald green dress! I've always said that I want a green dress, I'm not a white person, I always wear color, I have hardly any neutrals in my closet so white just wouldn't be me!

andrea said...

I have never put much thought into a non white dress however now that I have seen this post I love the idea :)All of those dresses are beautiful.

Laura said...

I wore a sunny yellow dress. Wouldn't have had it any other way!

Christina said...

Every single one of these women looks so beautiful. I love the polka dot dress and always will!

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