20 Amazing Couture Dresses—Which Would You Choose?

I was never the kind of little girl who dreamed about her wedding day. But once my best friend asked me to marry him, I dove head-first into the world of wedding planning. I quickly discovered the joy of jaw-dropping couture gowns—they never fail to make me weak in the knees! Here, I've rounded up photos from my gown inspiration binder in the hopes that they inspire other brides out there. Get your "pinning" finger ready to add these to Pinterest...

Gown Inspiration: Then

I love every wedding gown style and silhouette to a fault. The first wedding gown I ever fell in love with was a Lazaro fit-and-flare. When I first laid eyes on it, I immediately tore it out of the magazine and insisted it was "The One."


Lazaro Dress, Style 3766

Over the next five years, my sense of style changed drastically, proof that you should never set your sights on a dress too far in advance. I've found a new gown by Marchesa that's swept me off my Louboutin-loving feet, and I'm beyond excited to try it on in New York this spring!

Gown Inspiration: Now

Marchesa
Marchesa blends traditional elements with whimsical designs. All of her creations leave me with sensory overload!

marchesa wedding gown
Photo Credit: Joe Buissink Photography

Veluz Reyes
I'm in love with this Philippines-based designer's gowns. I'm not the only one—brides around the world clamour to get their hands on her designs, which are custom-made to perfection. Browse more gorgeous Veluz Reyes styles here!

veluz reyes gown
Photo Credit: Veluz Reyes

Inbal Dror
If you're searching for drama, Inbal will gladly deliver your fashion fix. Check out more gorgeous Inbal Dror styles here!

ibal dror wedding gown
Photo Credit:  Inbal Dror

Anna Maier~ Ulla Maija
This Southern bride's lace dress is classic and elegant—perfect for a traditional bride who loves fashion. Check out more photos from this real wedding here!


Photo Credit: DVB Photography

This bride's gown is elegant without being overly fussy. Check out more photos from this real wedding here!

rustic wedding
Photo Credit: Meghan Wiesman Photography and Jennifer Bagwell Photography

Some days I wish I had more Bohemian blood running through my veins. If I ever decided to run away and elope with my groom, I would borrow this dress from a wedding in Costa Rica. (Crushing on it, too? You can find it on Etsy.) Check out more photos from this intimate real wedding!

boho-chic bride with her groom
Photo Credit:  Toh Gouttenoire/ bidrop.com
 

Christos
Isn’t this dress unbelievably gorgeous? Christos incorporates every chic detail you could think of in their designs.

christos wedding gown
Photo courtesy of designer
 

Paolo Sebastian
This is my dream reception dress; it’s flowy and sophisticated, but wildly sexy—in other words, it’s perfect! 

paolo christian gown
Photo courtesy of designer


Oscar de la Renta
Nothing can put a smile on a bride’s face quite like ruffles by the legendary Oscar! Doesn’t this just exude sophisticated sass?

oscar de la renta gown
Photo Credit: Sweet Monday Photography

Sareh Nouri
This dress is ethereal and delicate, yet it still has plenty of "wow" factor.

sareh nouri gown
Photo courtesy of designer

J’Aton Couture
Ruffles, a see-through bodice and sparkles galore? Somehow, the talented duo behind J'Aton Couture makes it all work together. Check out more J'Aton Couture gown styles here!

bride and groom
Photo Credit: Sugar Love Weddings

Jenny Packham
I really must sing the praises of this back—who doesn’t love a little sparkle?
jenny packham bedazzled gown
Photo Credit: Carlos Andres Varela Photography

Pnina Tornai
There's something about this lace dress that screams “la dolce vita" (the inspiration behind my wedding day).

pnina tornai lace gown
Photo courtesy of designer


Galia Lahav
This train isn't for shy brides—it makes a major fashion statement. Check out more Galia Lahav gown styles here!

gelia lahav
Photo courtesy of designer
 

Elie Saab
My fiancé Edwin nearly hung up the phone on me one day when I announced that I wanted to wear a blush-colored wedding dress. I like to think that he was so enamored with the idea of his bride wearing pink that he needed a moment for himself. While a certain someone has clearly nixed this idea, I personally love seeing a bride rocking a colored dress, especially this one!

elie saab wedding gown
Photo Credit: SugarLove Weddings

Justin Alexander
This tea-length dress is picture-perfect for a springtime wedding with a vintage vibe. Check out more photos from this real wedding here!

bride with her maid of honor
Photo Credit: Bliss Eleven

This Grand Cayman Island wedding was knock-your-socks off pretty, but it was the bride's dress that stole the show. Check out more photos from this beach wedding!

bride on the beach
Photo Credit: DVB Photography

Emannuelle Junqueira
The feminine sleeves and details are perfect for girlie-girls at heart.

emammuelle junqueira wedding gown
Photo courtesy of designer

When Claire Pettibone and This Modern Romance unite, the results are nothing short of breathtaking; this dress left me speechless.

modern romance bride in a claire pettibone gown Photo Credit: Stephanie Williams -This Modern Romance

Tell us: If money were no object, which of these fantasy gowns would you wear?


— Angelica Bragg

the bridal detective
Angelica Bragg is a real bride and the blog maven of The Bridal Detective. She and her fiancé, Edwin Mirzayans (a published author), are planning a destination wedding at the Italian Lakes in Summer 2014. With a stunning backdrop and "la dolce vita" attitude, the couple's soiré
e will be intimate and romantic, all while celebrating two cultures. When the couple returns from their Italian road trip honeymoon, they will throw a glam after-party with all of their loved ones back home in Jacksonville, Florida.


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