We love looking at pictures from real weddings here at Brides. (You never would've guessed it, right?) The first looks, jaw-dropping ceremony backdrops, and oh-so-special details make us swoon, but nothing takes our breath away quite like a real bride in her wedding dress. And who better to take inspiration from for your own big day than these real-life women in their gorgeous gowns? So we combed through hundreds of real weddings and focused on the real deal—the wedding dress!
Some of these wedded ladies searched for months for that elusive dream dress, while others fell madly in love with the first frock they ever slipped on. There were brides who went formal in opulent tulle ball gowns, and others kept things simple and chic in modern sheaths. But one thing all these lovely ladies have in common is looking effortlessly beautiful on their wedding day in gorgeous gowns just as unique as their nuptials.
For her Brooklyn warehouse wedding, Julie shunned traditional frocks, opting to wear a tiered edgy number that was undeniably her. Meanwhile, Sharrah fell for a beaded Watters wedding dress for her San Diego ceremony. "The dress made me feel like a modern princess," she remembers. And Jennifer's airy, cored lace slip dress fit her tropical Maui nuptials to a tee.
These real brides all said their yes to the perfect dress and now it's your turn. Feeling inspired yet? Browse below to see all of our favorite bridal gowns from these 2017 real weddings.