Castles, courting, and flamboyant French flair inspire a return to extravagant bridal finery

Old Guard Meets the Vanguard
Period dressing makes a triumphant return with this two-piece satin ball gown, which showcases an embroidered corset with glittery corsages and a full, A-line draped skirt, about $6,820, by Monique Lhuillier. Headpiece, by Debra Moreland for Paris. Peach ostrich-plume wrap, by Michael McCollom for Trilogy, 212-695-2606.

Beauty note: Be the lady of la maison in an engagingly Gallic fragrance: Rêve Indien Eau de Toilette by Fragonard Parfumeur.

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