Photography: Nicholas Peter Wilson
Words + Styling: Eden Dawn
Floral arrangements and accessories: Chas Thompson of Wildflower Portland
Hair and makeup: Kirstie Wight for Kirstie Wight Makeup Artist
Hair and makeup assistant: Swept Away
Photo assistant: Jon Upton
Models: Crosby P., Jenny M., Sydney W., Tess C. of Option, and Margot D. of Q6
There are lots of ways to ensure all eyes are on you come wedding day. Jenny (on the left) does it with the bold flaming color of her Elizabeth Dye Wildfire gown ($3,600) with elbow-length sleeves and plunging neckline, plus handmade floral earrings by Wildflower Portland. Margot channels her inner royalty with the off-the-shoulder Blush by Hailey Paige Charm gown ($2,350), played up with intricate June Pearl Cascade earrings and Hula Comb from Elizabeth Bower alongside her MiaDonna lab-grown Heroine wedding ring set.
Luxuriate in your layers. Sydney plays up the fun of her romantic silk Venus ball gown from Claire La Faye ($4,295) with a corseted bodice and full tulle skirt along with simple Swarovski studs from Grayling and MiaDonna’s Catherine engagement ring.
Hints of lace add texture to these gowns on Crosby (at left) and Tess (at right), while the silhouettes keep them contemporary. Crosby’s dreamy Olson sheath from Soterro and Midgley Olson has spaghetti straps stemming from its sweetheart neckline and an illusion back ($1,500 at Ania Bridal). Swarovski studs from Grayling and a MiaDonna Antique Halo Pendant with oval-cut champagne sapphire round out the look. Tess’s ivory crêpe Espinosa gown from Willowby by Watters ($1,400–$1,885) feels perfectly modern with its crisscross illusion bodice. Elizabeth Bower’s June Bud Double Comb Gold featuring hundreds of claw-set Swarovski crystal stones polishes off her look.
Taking the Plunge
Some occasions just call for a plunging neckline. For Jenny (at left), the classic Conner ball gown from Jenny Yoo ($1,500) in fluffy organza delivers. The beaded floral embroidery on the bodice, along with the Elizabeth Bower Artemis Chandelier claw-set Swarovski navette crystals and carved mother of pearl flowers, ups the elegance. On Sydney, boho style is in full effect. The hand-appliquéd scallop-edge sleeves on Theia’s Sandy gown ($1,295) bring the glamor—along with the Charm Emerald cocktail ring from MiaDonna—while the sleek silhouette keeps it perfect for daytime festivities.
Play up your curves in Essense of Australia’s strapless sweetheart gown ($1,825 from Ania) with an A-line skirt in a rich, matte cotton lace accented with the Reflection bracelet, Billie Pearl necklace, and Celestial earrings (all from Grayling), and MiaDonna’s Glisan engagement ring.
Belle of the Ball
One word sums up the Dulce gown ($800) from By Watters: sleeves. The stunning bells on this plunge-neck crêpe dress command full attention, so any accessories need to be equally dramatic, like our custom Wildflower Portland choker of spray roses and MiaDonna’s Luxury engagement ring.
Details make all the difference when it comes to your wedding day look. For Margot (far left), that means slipping into the off-white crêpe Alannah gown by Truvelle ($1,979) with a backless, beaded lace bodice, which we love with the delicate mother of pearl and Swarovski crystals in the Sakura Petal comb and Starlite Pearl Starburst sash (both from Elizabeth Bower), and custom ring and bouquet from Wildflower Portland. Get the deets on the other ladies’ looks on the pages prior.
For our shoot, Portland-based florist Chas Thompson of Wildflower Portland created bouquets and wearable works from a mix of flowers both fresh and dried, which she says gives her more creative freedom no matter the time of year. As for calling this work, Chas jokes that she rarely separates work from play because mostly they’re one and the same.
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