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Today is going to be an incredibly fun day here at The BridalMoment. We are being taken over by Elizabeth Messina and her lovely photographs. A stand out wedding magazine that is the leading authority of bridal inspiration for women of color. Their stylish and chic print publication is released twice a year, but they run an impressive wedding blog all year round.

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Today we will be featuring some pretty gorgous eye-candy featured in the magazine, but trust us there is way more in the new issue on newsstands this February. In the meantime, you can sign up here to get updated once it hits the shelves.  Stay tuned to see more, but let’s begin with this alluring boudoir session.

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Here’s another part of the top 10 wedding dresses from 2013, based on our friend feedback throughout the half of a year.

1. SHIMMERING CHAMPAGNE FROM RAFAEL CENNAMO

SHIMMERING CHAMPAGNE FROM RAFAEL CENNAMO
Designer Rafael Cennamo is known for elegant dramatic designs, which is exactly how our Facebook commenters labeled this deep champagne wedding dress.

2. COVERED IN LACE FROM JENNY LEE

COVERED IN LACE FROM JENNY LEE
The high neckline on this Jenny Lee wedding dress reminded our Facebook commenters of older, classic styles. Some said it felt Victorian and some said 80s, but all were happy to see a dress that represented a different era.

3. GLAMOROUS FRINGE FROM HAYLEY PAIGE

GLAMOROUS FRINGE FROM HAYLEY PAIGE
This dress was definitely one of your favorites this year, but not without a catch. Everyone loved the dramatic fringe and Hollywood glamour of the Hayley Paige design, but many finished that sentiment by saying “… but I could never wear it to my wedding.” Our commenters appreciate good design, but still prefer something a little less revealing for their own wedding.

4. WATTEAU TRAIN FROM MARCHESA

WATTEAU TRAIN FROM MARCHESA
We were all collectively blown away by this unique dress from Marchesa featuring a Watteau train falling directly from the shoulders. As one Facebook commenter said, “Who wants a gown that looks like everyone else?”

5. PASTEL RAINBOW FROM LAZARO

PASTEL RAINBOW FROM LAZARO
Based on your feedback, this is the most popular wedding dress we’ve ever shared. Designed by Lazaro, the dress has subtle rainbow layers under a wildly full skirt.

6. GODDESS IN GOLD FROM ROMONA KEVEZA

GODDESS IN GOLD FROM ROMONA KEVEZA
For adventurous brides only: Our readers love this dress from Romona Keveza Couture that could be worn as a wedding dress or evening gown. One commenter described it on Facebook as a “Cleopatra dress”, and another as “Shimmering champagne”.

7. LOVELY CUT-OUT FROM HAYLEY PAIGE

LOVELY CUT-OUT FROM HAYLEY PAIGE
Your wedding day is full of love, so why not wear your heart on your dress? This Hayley Paige wedding dress has a heart cut out of the back.

8. DEEP-V FROM TULLE

DEEP-V FROM TULLE
Our Pinterest followers loved the deep-V back of this wedding dress designed by Tulle. We love the lace sleeves and delicate ruffle detail.

9. SWEET REVEAL FROM BLUSH

SWEET REVEAL FROM BLUSH
The hi-low hem is a popular trend this year, and one of the first hi-low wedding dresses we saw on the bridal runways came from designer Blush. Pinterest pinners loved this style, and we’re interested to see what shoes they pair with it.

10. BELTED BLUSH FROM LAZARO

BELTED BLUSH FROM LAZARO
The belt on this pink blush Lazaro dress attracted the attention of our Facebook brides, who also loved the romantic feminine feel of the ballerina shape. Commenters did suggest pairing a necklace with this neckline.

This year we don’t want a wedding dress that’s overly sexy, but we also don’t want to be “frumpy.” In general, we are sick of the strapless dress trend, but we were willing to overlook it for a few outstanding dresses. And we love something that pops—we want an unexpected design element, color or intricate back to create a wow factor when walk down the aisle.

1. Asymmetric Lace from Anna Maier

Asymmetric Lace from Anna MaierWhen we posted the back of this asymmetric lace Anna Maier dress on Facebook, your response was a unanimous “Stunning!” One fashionable reader commented that the dress would look great with evening gloves.

2. Lace and Buttons from Cocoe Voci

Lace and Buttons from Cocoe VociThere’s no doubt that our readers love an elegant back on a wedding dress, especially this one from Cocoe Voci. The combination of short sleeves, a long row of buttons and overall lace made this one of your all-time favorite dresses, in 2012 and beyond.

3. Ornate Ball Gown from Eve of Milady

Ornate Ball Gown from Eve of MiladyThis Eve of Milady ball gown juxtaposes a classic, simple tulle skirt with an ornately beaded bodice. One Facebook commenter even said her 10-year old daughter has asked for this dress for her future wedding.

4. LUXE LACE CAPE FROM MANUEL MOTA

LUXE LACE CAPE FROM MANUEL MOTAWe asked on Facebook what jewelry you would pair with this Manuel Mota dress, and our commenters agreed to keep the jewelry simple. The design of the cape-like sleeves and all-over lace are enough glamour to stand on their own.

5. Dramatic Petals from Kenneth Pool

Dramatic Petals from Kenneth PoolWe asked on Facebook what your favorite element of this Kenneth Pool dress is. It seems it was hard for you to choose between the dramatic skirt, beaded bodice and illusion straps, but with coaxing the majority of our commenters pointed to the straps.

6. Scalloped Lace from Reem Acra

Scalloped Lace from Reem AcraThe back of this Reem Acra dress was described by our Facebook commenters as both “elegant” and “breathtaking”. We completely agree!

7. Floral Illusion Sleeves from Monique Lhuillier

Floral Illusion Sleeves from Monique LhuillierThe illusion sleeves on this Monique Lhuillier dress are beaded in a way that looks like flowers and vines twisting down the bride’s arm.

8. Royal Style from Dennis Basso

Royal Style from Dennis BassoDesigner Dennis Basso told our editor he was inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding dress when he created this new style. We also saw a resemblance to Kate Middleton’s v-neck and lace sleeves.

9. Champagne and Lace from Lazaro

Champagne and Lace from LazaroThough our Facebook audience told us this year they want sleeves on their wedding dresses, they still fell in love with this strapless champagne gown from Lazaro. Even traditional brides said they’d wear this light color in place of a white dress.

10. Beaded Drama from Manuel Mota

Beaded Drama from Manuel MotaThe response on Facebook to this Manuel Mota wedding dress was two-fold this year: First, our commenters agreed that this all-over beaded dress is stunning. But they also agreed that this dress goes beyond a wedding dress and could be worn for any formal occasion.

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This bride, although she obviously didn’t know it at the time, is all of our favourite trends for 2013 bridal all rolled into one! Colour? Check. Statement back? Check. Long sleeve? Yep. Vintage hair? Check. Sparkle? Check times a million. We love that she wanted to show off her tatts, and the long sequin sleeves are the perfect to balance off the sexiness of the back. Stunning!

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Many of the gowns from Jenny Packham’s Ready to Wear collection would make stunning and original wedding dresses. This emerald green dress was worn as the bride’s reception dress, but almost made more of an impact than her white and grey ceremony gown. We can only imagine the wow moment if she had appeared at the end of the aisle in this dress, but would it be ‘wedding enough’ for you?

colorful bridal dress Ever since we saw this bride a couple of months ago we’ve had a serious girl crush on her. Originally we were all about her top knot hair style, then we couldn’t get her no-back, pink sequin Jenny Packham gown out of our heads. This is how to rock a pink gown. Part Great Gatsby, part boho and part rock n’ roll bride, there’s nothing about this look that’s not unforgettable.

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This Vera Wang gown is made for the bubbliest of brides. Not only is it a beautifully feminine silhouette and the most decadent of materials, but it looks like so much fun to wear! This dress could never be mistaken for anything other than an incredible wedding gown, so may not be as daring as going for gold, but the candyfloss element to it certainly gives it an edge, doesn’t it?

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When we saw Pippa on The Bridal Lounge’s blog Wedding Belles, we felt our hearts go all warm and fuzzy. She looked like a serious siren in her Gemy Couture dress from Myrtle Ivory alone, but pairing it with striking red nails and lips was a stroke of style genius. Pippa, we salute you.

So what do you guys think? Would you go for a dress in a different colour? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Picking out a wedding dress can be a tough decision, so it’s really no surprise that some brides skip choosing altogether and just wear two dresses! Changing into something fun and flirty for your reception is a great option if you are getting married in a conservative setting but your personal style is a little more bold. But even if it’s “anything goes” for your wedding gown, a wardrobe change can just be a fun way to show off your personal style or help you bust a move on the dance floor (surely, I’m not the only one who can’t imagine getting down to “Party Rock Anthem” in a ballgown, right?).

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If you’re thinking of doing a wardrobe change for your reception, here is some dress inspiration:

1. We love this gorgeous pink party dress for a classic wedding reception. The detailing is soft and romantic, but the length and color keeps it young and modern.

jim hjelm reception dresses

2. This dress looks like it was made for dancing! It’s so dramatic and glamorous—those are ostrich feathers, by the way!—but her simple shoes and updo make the whole look very chic.

RIVINI reception dress

3. This ruched halter dress would work for almost any wedding reception; you could dress it up with heels or wear it with flat sandals on the beach.

maggy london reception dress

4. The silhouette and sharp black-and-white color combo makes this short dress surprisingly formal. It’s traditional but still whimsical.

watters reception dress

5. The simple cut of this dress keeps the dazzling sequins from being overwhelming.

erin fetherston reception dress

6. This dress looks so comfy! Any dress that gives you enough room to enjoy an extra slice of cake is a good idea.

calvin klein reception dress

7. This wedding romper is bold, modern, and sophisticated.

pronovias reception dress

8. Sequins are so fun, but shy brides can ease into them with neutral colors.

adrianna papell reception dress

9. Floral appliqués were all over the fall runways; this short dress is a romantic way to rock the trend.

st pucchi reception dress

10. Rosettes and a swingy skirt in ivory and blush are perfectly innocent — even old-fashioned — which means you can totally get away with that plunging neckline.

two birds reception dress

Who says you need to spend a fortune to look fab? We’re here to debunk the myth with 12 of our favorites bridal dresses all priced at $500 and under.

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If you watched this year’s Academy Awards, and thought “Why can’t I wear that gown to my wedding?” our answer is: you can! We found wedding gown look to many of your favorite styles from the red carpet.

Amy Adams

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The Best Supporting Actress nominee won raves for her gray Oscar de la Renta ballgown. We loved the lightness and whimsy of her ruffled skirt, similar to this feminine number.

Jessica Chastain

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The star of Zero Dark Thirty was a big hit on the red carpet in a shimmering gold Giorgio Armani gown with Art Deco detailing. We thought this geometrically beaded wedding gown hit the same notes as Jessica’s.

Amanda Seyfried

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The Les Miserables star went all-out glam in a bold Alexander McQueen gown. The keyhole neckline made a statement – just like on this dramatic bridal style.

Charlize Theron

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The Oscar winner wore a Dior gown that could easily double for a wedding gown. It featured one of the hottest wedding dress trends – the peplum! We found a style with the same bold detail.

Jennifer Aniston

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The engaged actress wore a clean and classic Valentino ballgown – proving that simple can still be gorgeous. This wedding gown proves that point, as well.

Jennifer Lawrence

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The Best Actress winner won raves for her textured Dior gown. It’s totally wedding-worthy, and you can get the same dropped-waist ballgown look with this gown.

Anne Hathaway

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While she may have won the Best Supporting Actress award, her Prada gown was not a fan favorite. However, we did think the high neckline was a great detail – and we love how it works on this wedding dress.

Naomi Watts

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Naomi Watts looks stunning in a silver asymmetrical Armani Prive. If you want to go metallic for your wedding, this style is totally glam.

Salma Hayek

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This star’s Alexander McQueen gown proves that you don’t have to show a lot of skin to look super-sexy.

Sandra Bullock

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The Oscar winner’s Elie Saab gown mixed femininity and glamour – as does this wedding gown.


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