“This is going to be an incredible year for bridal,” says Jordan Pierce, bridal stylist and buyer at The Bridal Collection, owned by GayLynn Rediger and Lynn Crandall. “Designers are creating a more couture look in affordable price points and the couture designers are thinking outside of the box using unusual fabrics and appliques for a twist.” Justin Alexander is the salon’s best-selling designer. His soft bead work and lace creations appeal to The Bridal Collection customer, a “traditional bride who will be getting married in either a church or a stunning outdoor setting framed by a beautiful mountain backdrop,” describes Pierce. Dreamy Pronovias silhouettes and Maggie Sottero’s signature corset back designs are also favorites.
At the Little White Dress Bridal Shop (LWD), owner Cate Malone—who saw a renewal of the romantic look at New York’s Bridal Fashion Week—knows this is a trend that will charm Colorado brides. “A romantic gown is feminine and has beautiful movement. It can be nostalgic for a past era, like the 1920s-inspired Jenny Packham gowns, or it can be a more contemporary look with details that are thoughtful and beautiful, like our Reem Acra and Rivini gowns.” Malone’s chosen designers come to the LWD trunk shows every year. “It's a great opportunity for brides to work directly with the designer, which brides absolutely love,” smiles Malone.
Brooks LTD is a wonderful resource for more mature brides. Owner and designer Debra Brooks, known as Brooks, is experimenting with organic shapes and more fitted bodices this season, but ease of movement is always integral to her designs. “Attending the New York Bridal show, I was influenced mostly by chiffon-like fabrics, flowing, transparent, draped and sparkled,” says Brooks. “My favorite fabric is lace. Mostly delicate and web-like, all-over design or just details hovering at shoulders, midriff or throughout the skirt.” Brooks also loves that the subtlety of blush in an outer fabric with ivory in the background is back—perfect for intermixing the motifs that make her gowns uniquely Brooks.
Beyond the dress, everyone loves to admire the wedding rings. Some brides prefer the pairing of an engagement ring and wedding band, while for others a simple circle is the perfect choice. Hyde Park Jewelers, one of Denver’s foremost wedding jewelers, has a dazzling array of classic and updated options to consider. “Tacori is still our number one requested designer,” says Stephanie Opie, Hyde Park bridal specialist. “The halo, vintage, micro-pavé detail is still the most requested style.” The allure of stacking bands continues to grow among brides who feel one isn’t quite enough. Platinum and white gold are still prized by brides and their grooms, but men have also discovered titanium, tungsten and cobalt—attention-grabbing alternatives.
Whatever the bride’s vision for her wedding day—timeless, flirty, sophisticated, fun—it’s all fantastic!
Marge D. Hansen is a Broomfield, Colorado-based freelance writer and editor and a regular contributor to New West publications. Her articles appear in a variety of lifestyle and business magazines and websites.