Grace & Johan
September 8 I Colorado springs
Venue: Cadet Chapel, US Air Force Academy
Q when you started your gown search, what did you have in mind?
I'm normally a pretty modest dresser, but for my wedding, I wanted a gown that would stand out -- something couture that felt a bit "runway."
Q Your gown is definitely a head-turner. How did you find it?
I was at a sample sale with my sister-in-law (she was also engaged at the time). I had pulled the Ian Stuart gown off the rack for her, but she could see I loved it, so she made me try it on.
Q What were some of the amazing details that caught your eye?
The gown had pleated fantails and ruching. It also had a mermaid-style skirt and sweetheart neckline -- two elements I thought I hated before I tried it on.
Q What simple accessories did you use to downplay your look?
A plain, elbow-length veil that my bridesmaid Angie made for me as a gift.
Q With your style down, how did you choose the bridal party looks?
I wanted everyone to look classic. So I choose strapless dresses and traditional tuxedos.
Sloan & Jarrett
June 21 I Denver
Venue: Denver Country Club
Q What was the overall style that you wanted to achieve?
I really wanted to look classic and natural, but with a bit of a vintage vibe.
Q How were you able to narrow down your dress search?
I knew that I definitely didn't want a strapless gown. I hardly ever wear strapless tops, so I didn't want to wear a wedding dress that didn't suit my personality or style.
Q Tell us, what did you love the most about your wedding gown?
I loved that it didn't overwhelm my figure. Also, the silk shantung material was so light and easy to move in -- not constricting or hot at all!
Q Sounds like you found the perfect gown. What about accessories?
I wore a chapel-length veil, a gorgeous barrette and small diamond studs (they were a gift from Jarrett), but I had a tough time finding a bracelet. Two days before the wedding, I finally saw it at the same salon where I had bought my gown: a delicate pearl and silver one.
Q Besides the earrings, did any of the pieces have special meaning?
My barrette was by Paris and already looked completely vintage. It was decorated with these beautiful enamel flowers and different shades of pearls, but my mother-in-law attached a few pearls from her mother's wedding headpiece to make it feel even more special.
Caroline & Edmund
November 13 I Avon
Venue: the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Q Did you have a particular style in mind when you started planning?
Edmund and I were set on black-tie from the start. I wanted everything to look sophisticated and elegant, but still feel intimate and relaxed.
Q When did you start searching for a gown to suit your black-tie affair?
I'd been putting off dress shopping until the last minute. When I finally decided to go, my dress was the first one I tried on. I got chills.
Q Sounds really exciting. What did this amazing dress look like?
It was a classic ball gown made of Italian silk taffeta by Romona Keveza. One downside: It was so heavy I was a little sore after the wedding!
Q How did you keep your ball gown from feeling too stuffy?
I wore minimal jewelry: simple diamond stud earrings (a Valentine's Day gift from Edmund) and a blue topaz and diamond pendant necklace (a wedding day gift from Edmund).
Q Okay, so you had something new and blue -- what about borrowed?
One of my bridesmaids lent me her wedding shoes. They were ivory, satin Kate Spade pumps with bows -- they went perfectly with my look!
Q Sounds like you had some great bridesmaids! What did they wear?
Vera Wang dresses. They tried them on and all felt totally comfortable and looked gorgeous!