9 Wedding Trends We love

Modern romance, dramatic gowns and custom poetry — these are just some of the things we're currently loving


Romantic. Modern. Beautiful. Hues of rose gold, pink and lavender combine to create a dreamy feel. The addition of the well-loved books, juicy berries and coupe-style champagne glasses round out the playful yet glamorous look. Named after author Emily Brontë, By Emily B. is a design collective that specializes in weddings in addition to other events and styling services. www.byemilyb.com, www.rodeoandco.com, www.reservemoderneventrental.com

Styling and florals from By Emily B., Photo by Rodeo & Co. Photography, Rentals from Reserve Modern

Fairy-tale Capes

Designers are forgoing trains or veils in favor of capes. From long, intricate styles, like the Mercer gown by Naeem Khan shown here, to mini versions, expect to see this trend in shops in 2018. www.naeemkhan.com

Bell Sleeves

The trend of flowing sleeves is everywhere in women’s fashion right now, so it’s no surprise that it’s made its way to wedding gowns too. Bell sleeves are appearing on all styles of gowns, from breezy boho dresses to sleek, modern sheaths. The Nora gown by Marchesa is a romantic and feminine take on the trend.  www.marchesa.com

Dramatic Bows

The Gertrude by Carolina Herrera features a beautiful blue sash tied in the back to take this stunning dress over the top. www.carolinaherrera.com

Detachable Sleeves

Think of detachable sleeves as the off-the-shoulder look gone extreme. The Gracie gown by Ines Di Santo also illustrates the very popular tiered skirt style. www.inesdisanto.com

Bespoke Poetry

It’s not usual for couples to quote poetry during the ceremony, but what if you could read a poem written just for you? Katherine Ferrier of Thread can do just that — she’ll write an original poem, inspired by you, that she then mounts on a wooden block and types onto an archival scroll. You can also hire her to come to the reception where she’ll use her vintage typewriter to compose poems for your guests. As she says, “Give me a word, and I’ll write you a poem.” www.threadwrite.com/thread

Photo by Meg Hamilton

Loose Locks

Lena Hartford of Hair That Moves created this gorgeous look for our “Elegance in White” photo shoot. The addition of the small sprigs in the model’s soft, romantic curls takes this woodsy but glamorous look to another level. www.hairthatmoves.com

Photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography

Safety Bling

Granite Staters are no strangers to active, outdoor lifestyles. Many couples here take advantage of our natural resources — places and activities that aren’t always ideal for jewelry. Silicone rings are becoming popular with people who want to leave the metal rings at home when it’s time to exercise. This both protects your traditional wedding rings and you. There are some truly nasty injuries that can happen when wearing rings in places you shouldn’t, such as ring avulsion, which made the news thanks to Jimmy Fallon’s accident (Google it at your own risk). As demand increases, more styles are becoming available. The stackable options for women and infinity design for men by Enso Rings are a great examples. www.ensorings.com

Bouquet Portraits

Local artist Michelle Dyson will turn your bouquet (or centerpieces) into a work of art worthy of hanging up with your wedding photos. Dyson specializes in capturing your bouquet on canvas, creating a keepsake you’ll treasure. They can come in any size and canvas style, from deep canvases, flat panes that can be framed and round canvases. All work is done in high-quality acrylic paint. www.michelledyson.com or e-mail 2tallgirl@comcast.net.

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