Modern Love: 8 Fresh Takes on Classic Wedding Gowns

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From Houghton’s ombré lace to Vera Wang’s peony-pink mermaid style, the gowns in this portfolio are a subtle reinvention of traditional bridal looks. Click through the gallery ahead to see more of the season’s most covetable dresses.

Photographs by Danielle Vevitt. Fashion assistant: Arielle Cabreja. Hair by Leon Gorman for Cutler NY at the Magnet Agency; makeup by Mark Edio using Sephora at See Management; manicure by Elena Capo at the Wall Group.

*This article appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of New York Weddings.

Pink silk-gazar strapless sweetheart column gown with draped bodice by Monique Lhuillier, $4,550; Patricia pearl earrings by Ana Khouri, $6,180; platinum engagement ring by Tiffany, price upon request.

Ombre corded-lace gown by Houghton, $12,750; brass-and-rope cuff by Kria, $165; bouquet from By Yena Desings, $300.

Chantilly lace trumpet gown by Monique Lhuillier, $11,000. On left hand: pavé brown-diamond ring by Sidney Garber, $2,010; gold-and-diamond X ring by Eva Fehren, $4,345; platinum ring with diamonds by Cartier, price upon request. On right hand: pavé yellow-diamond ring, $3,625, pavé sapphire ring, $1,750, and pavé white-diamond ring, $4,025, by Sidney Garber; additional rings model’s own.

Feathered silk-organza shift dress, $5,520, with ruffled long skirt, $5,760, by Erdem; yellow-gold Steam ring with white diamonds by Ana Khouri, $9,455; bracelet model’s own.

Ivory silk dress by Vivienne Westwood, exclusively at Kleinfeld, $3,900; leather jacket by Schott N.Y.C., $600; pearl earrings by Shihara, $313; platinum engagement ring by Tiffany, price upon request.

Peony strapless faille sweetheart mermaid gown by Vera Wang, $5,950; platinum Lucida ring with diamonds by Tiffany, price upon request.

Long-sleeve guipure-lace gown by Houghton, $6,500; leather Tana sandals by Tory Burch, $275; silver pentagram ring, $161, and antique wrought-iron cuff, $620, by Pamela Love; hat and additional rings model’s own.  

Cotton cady jacket, $2,995, and pants, $1,395, by Ralph Lauren Collection; fitted shirt by Gap, $50; gold necklace with pearl by Ana Khouri, $2,025; gold double-branch pendant by Kria, $425; ring model’s own.

8 Fresh Takes on Classic Wedding Gowns