50 Real Brides' Gorgeous Gowns

Nothing against runway models or mannequins, but seeing wedding gowns in all their splendour on brides of all shapes and sizes is a beautiful thing. Here, 50 real brides show us what they wore and why. 

By: Stefania Sainato
  • Emily in Claire Pettibone
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    Emily in Claire Pettibone

    Cupcakes and Cashmere blogger Emily Schuman captivates millions of readers with her daily style snapshots and musings. When she announced she was engaged, fans wondered which gown would make the cut. This vintage-inspired Claire Pettibone stunner with intricate beading was worth the wait. "I didn't have to make any compromises—it fit the vibe of our venue perfectly, was flattering, but also extremely comfortable," said Emily.

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Claire Pettibone gown gallery!

    Photo Credit: Max Wanger Photography

  • Emily in Claire Pettibone
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    Emily in Claire Pettibone

    "The back was one of my favorite parts since it felt seductive without feeling overtly sexual," said Schuman, who tied the knot at Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley, California on April 14.

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Claire Pettibone gown gallery!

    Photo Credit: Max Wanger Photography

  • Larissa in Jasmine Couture
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    Larissa in Jasmine Couture

    Larissa reminds us of a movie starlet from a bygone era in her lace-edged Jasmine Couture gown (style T442) with its elegant illusion neckline. She accessorized it with a ballerina bun, silver heels and a creamy fur (not pictured) for her winter wedding at the Carrick House in Lexington, Kentucky.

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Jasmine Couture gown gallery!

    Photo by: Honey Heart Photography on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly

  • Larissa in Jasmine Couture
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    Larissa in Jasmine Couture

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Jasmine Couture gown gallery!

    Photo by: Honey Heart Photography on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly

  • Klia in Veluz Reyes
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    Klia in Veluz Reyes

    Klia still gets messages from strangers asking who designed the intricately-detailed dress she wore to her December 2011 wedding, and with good reason: It's an original, there exists none like it. Philippines designer Veluz Reyes sketched the custom design based on the bride's personality, and the execution turned out beautifully. "I just could not stop smiling the day of the wedding!" the bride said.

    Photo Credit: Pat Dy Photography

  • Klia in Veluz Reyes
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    Klia in Veluz Reyes

    Photo Credit: Pat Dy Photography

  • Angela in Ines di Santo
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    Angela in Ines di Santo

    Denise Panetta helped her daughter, Angela Fortescue, find her regal wedding gown by Ines di Santo. So it was only fitting that this amazing mom submitted her daughter's wedding photos to us on behalf of the bride, who wed this past August. "She knew when she tried this dress on that it was The One: It showed off her beautiful figure," said Panetta. The Detroit duo scored this couture style at half price during a sample sale at Roma Sposa Bridal Evening Atelier.

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Ines di Santo gown gallery!

    Photo Credit: Melany Hallgren Photography

  • Angela in Ines di Santo
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    Angela in Ines di Santo

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Ines di Santo gown gallery!

    Photo Credit: Melany Hallgren Photography

  • Carrie in Monique Lhullier
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    Carrie in Monique Lhullier

    Carrie "simply couldn't resist" the exquisite hand-crafted lace of her Monique Lhullier dress. Her favorite part? She couldn't pick just one, raving about its sexy open back, elegant sleeves, and how comfortable it was to wear, despite the warm May weather.

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Monique Lhullier gown gallery!

    Photo Credit: Allyson Wiley Photography

  • Carrie in Monique Lhullier
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    Carrie in Monique Lhullier

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Monique Lhullier gown gallery!

    Photo Credit: Allyson Wiley Photography

  • Megan in Martina Liana
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    Megan in Martina Liana

    Lace can be youthful and fresh: Just take a gander at this Martina Liana fit-and-flare that Megan wore at her July nuptials. The California bride added her grandmother's brooch to the back, and a rhinestone sash to the front. "It gave it that extra special touch and completed the dress — it was exactly what I had envisioned," she said.

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Martina Liana gown gallery!

    Photo Credit: William Innes Photography

  • Danielle in Alfred Angelo
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    Danielle in Alfred Angelo

    Danielle's Alfred Angelo ballgown (part of the "Sapphire Collection") was the highlight of her Old Hollywood-themed fête in Florida. It had a chapel-length train and a cream color "that was beautiful at night." It also came with optional beaded straps.

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Alfred Angelo Sapphire Collection!

    Photo Credit: Carrie Wildes Photography

  • Danielle in Alfred Angelo
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    Danielle in Alfred Angelo

    When Danielle's dad saw her wearing her wedding dress for the first time, he was awed, and captured the moment on film by holding up a childhood photo of her!

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Alfred Angelo Sapphire Collection.

    Photo Credit: Carrie Wildes Photography

  • Angela in Ian Stuart
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    Angela in Ian Stuart

    When this bride slipped on Ian Stuart's "Sydney" at Mariee, a tiny shop in Gainey Village, she felt it was fate. Here, she's pictured with her new step-daughter by the same name at her April wedding on a golf course overlooking Eagle Mountain in Arizona. Her dress' vintage-inspired flair was enhanced with the addition of off-the-shoulder sleeves.

    Photo Credit: Visionyard Photography

  • Angela in Ian Stuart
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    Angela in Ian Stuart

    Photo Credit: Visionyard Photography

  • Brianna in Enzoani
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    Brianna in Enzoani

    Brianna resembled a modern-day Veronica Lake at her wedding at the Richard Nixon Library and Museum in California. Her sophisticated Enzoani gown is versatile and the champagne sash adds a hint of color without being over-the-top.

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Enzoani gown gallery!

    Photo by: Kamee June Photography on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly

  • Brianna in Enzoani
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    Brianna in Enzoani

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Enzoani gown gallery!

    Photo by: Kamee June Photography on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly

  • Meghan in Vera Wang
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    Meghan in Vera Wang

    Meghan married Kevin at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana on October 11, sharing the same wedding date as her parents. The gathered illusion neckline of her Vera Wang gown is an optimal choice for autumnal brides seeking coverage while still showing some skin.

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Vera Wang gown gallery!

    Photo Credit: Angel Canary Photography

  • Meghan in Vera Wang
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    Meghan in Vera Wang

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Vera Wang gown gallery!

    Photo Credit: Angel Canary Photography

  • Lindsay in Jim Hjelm
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    Lindsay in Jim Hjelm

    Everything fell into place when Lindsay went for an impromptu dress shopping visit with her bridesmaids at a tiny boutique in Atlanta. She scored this Jim Hjelm gown for 80% off, so she had room to splurge for an aquamarine pair of Jimmy Choos at her November wedding in North Carolina.

    Check out more gorgeous styles in our Jim Hjelm gown gallery!

    Photo by: Heather Forsythe on Southern Weddings via Lover.ly

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