Go Inside Our October/November 2016 Cover Shoot with Model Bridget Malcolm

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Photo: Tom Schirmacher

Have you peeped the cover of our October/November 2016 issue yet? This month's issue of BRIDES is all about updating classics, and our cover shoot screams rustic Americana.

Planning a countryside wedding with wild west influences? Look no further than this expansive and gorgeous Colorado setting. (Styling by Eleanor Strauss. Hair by Eric Gabriel using Oribe/the Wall Group. Makeup by Valery Gherman using Rouge Dior/the Wall Group. Production by Picture Farm. Bouquet by New Leaf Designs. Mikado gown, $1,869, Ellis Bridals. Jacket, L.L. Bean; llbean.com. Earrings, David Yurman. Ring, Cartier.)


Photo: Tom Schirmacher

And who better to model nouveau rustic styles than Victoria's Secret model, and newlywed, Bridget Malcolm. The Australian stunner said "I do" to rocker husband Nathaniel Hoho (who fronts the indie rock band Walking Shapes), in July in rural Pennsylvania, where loved ones gathered on the groom's mother's property. "It was a true country wedding," says Bridget, the face of brands like Polo Ralph Lauren and Lilly Pulitzer, who walked the aisle in a body-hugging lace gown from Australian label Lover. "We kept it rustic and light, mostly outdoors, surrounded by trees and under café lights. We wanted to see the sunset and fireflies."

The couple will say celebrate again near Perth this December — which happens to be summer in Australia. "We thought it would be nice to celebrate in each town we grew up in," says the bride. "Not to mention, two parties! Always a good thing." Given her own wedding style, the model looked right at home in exquisite Guipure lace, silk-organza, and cozy wool blankets. (Silk-organza and reembroidered-lace gown, $9,020, Rivini by Rita Vinieris. Earrings, David Yurman. Ring, Danhov. Blanket, Woolrich.)


Photo: Tom Schirmacher


Photo: Tom Schirmacher

Of course this is the wild west, so there's also room for a saloon-inspired sophisticated take on off-the-shoulder with exaggerated bow accents, courtesy of Sachin & Babi, long-sleeved crochet styles topped with shearling, high-neck Victorian styles, and even a little bandana neck wrap for a stylish cowgirl vibe. (Italian-stretch-jacquard dress, $2,695, Sachin & Babi Noir Bridal. Guipure dress with flower appliqués, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger. Poncho, Dsquared2 . Ring, In Love by Brides; walmart.com.)

(Crochet and embroidered-horsehair dress, $5,545, Yolan Cris. Jacket, Carven; 646-684-4368. Faille de soie dress with sheer silk-organza bodice with French-lace hand appliqu├ęs, $4,620, Amsale. Blanket, Woolrich.)


Photo: Tom Schirmacher

Even more epic than the straight-from-the-runway dresses, the amazing backdrop — ideal for a destination wedding! The Dunton Hot Springs, a 19th-century mining town turned western-chic resort an hour from Telluride in the Colorado Rockies, served as the perfect rustic background to show off classic wedding dress styles. Expect authentic log-cabin rooms, a saloon for dining, and a separate eight-tent glamping retreat, the River Camp, which is your Ralph Lauren fantasy come true, with draped canvas walls, cowhide rugs, gas stoves, and oversize soaking tubs. Brides can buy the whole resort out for up to 60 guests and exchange vows under a rustic wooden pergola surrounded by grassy hills (or snow, if you're brave). The 1,600 acres of preserved wilderness are prime for guided hikes, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, and many a dip in the resort's five namesake springs—one in the spa and others right outside the guest rooms, like nature's hot tubs. (Three-quarter-sleeved button-down pleated cotton dress, $4,490, Carolina Herrera; 212-249-6552. Earrings, David Yurman. Ring, Bulgari. Bandanna, stylist's own.)

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