Brides all dressed in white? Think again
The number of brides opting for colorful gowns is increasing. Ivory is still the most popular shade in bridal gowns but pastels are gaining a small, but growing, group of women. Pinks, peaches, blues, lavenders and reds can be seen walking down the aisle instead of white.
Michelle Ruggiero Franklin, seen here with her flower girl at their reception at the Beach Club Estate in Lake Ronkonkoma, wears a strapless mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline by Jovani in a red-hot shade called "Currant."
Michelle Ruggiero Franklin, whose wedding was held at the Beach Club Estate in Lake Ronkonkoma, wears a strapless mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline by Jovani in a red-hot shade called "Currant."
Nicole Dina Gmoch wears a blush-hued "Candy" dress from Monique Lhuillier, $6,390 (an embroidered tulle strapless gown featuring a corset bodice, modified A-line skirt). The dress is not available at the Wedding Salon of Manhasset, but you can find similar styles there and at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier in Manhattan.
Another vintage-inspired gown from Claire Pettibone. The "Toile Francais" gown comes in French blue and ivory cotton toile with lace insets, long sleeves and oval lace inset back, $8,500; for more info, visit clairepettibone.com
Vera Wang Bride will have you seeing red -- bright, bright red -- with its cardinal-shaded strapless ball gown with hand-rolled floral detail skirt and horsehair trim, $8,990; available at Vera Wang, Manhattan; and verawang.com.
This Jordan gown from Junko Yoshioka offers a strapless asymmetrical lace bodice draped with tulle and a modified A-line skirt with flyaway tulle overskirt, $7,480; at Junko Yoshioka, Manhattan; and junkoyoshioka.com.
Ines Di Santo's "Etoile" gown features charcoal tulle with a natural waist cut, a galaxy of Swarovski crystals covering a strapless bodice and forming a sunburst across the skirt, $12,500; at Bergdorf Goodman, Manhattan, or for more info call toll-free 866-899-INES.
James Clifford offers a champagne strapless, all-over lace, slim A-line gown with sweetheart neckline, organza and Swarvoksi crystal flowers and a scalloped hemline that extends into chapel length train, $2,250; Bridal Reflections, Massapequa, Carle Place and Manhattan.
Anne Barge's Augusta is a strapless modified A-line gown of toffee silk organza with a draped bodice and split-front skirt accented by vintage-inspired hand embroidery on front and wide hemline border, $10,990; for info and stores visit AnneBarge.com.
White by Vera Wang's blush strapless ball gown, with satin corset bodice, draped tulle overlay and full tulle skirt, incorporates an asymmetrical peplum with organza petals, $1,248 (now on sale for $1,198); at select David's Bridal stores and davidsbridal.com.