9 Real Brides Who Dared to Be Different

Because bridal rules are meant to be broken

Updated 02/26/18

Photo by Phillip Van Nostrand

Unconventional brides, we’re calling your name—we’ve got a piece of sage advice (and a few ideas) for you: there’s no need to embrace tradition if it’s not your thing, especially when it comes to your bridal style. Maybe you’ve never dreamed of the whole white princess ball gown wedding look, or maybe you want something a little more bold and fashion-forward than your average fit-and-flare—that’s okay. Know what? You’re not alone. As more brides seek a look true to their everyday style and complementary to their own personality, designers have been offering up a slew of non-traditional looks to accommodate them—and we promise, they’re right up your alley. Whether you want color, a different hemline, or fun add-ons, there’s something out there with your name on it. These brides weren’t afraid to be different—and you shouldn’t be, either.

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Cape

Emma Pilkington Photography

Who says you can’t be superwoman on your wedding day? Last year’s runways swooned underneath trailing capes, and real brides have been taking the look to the aisle. This stunning Cherry Williams gown heightens a cape’s regal effect with soft drapery of airy fabric for some ethereal romance.

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Color

Photo by Chaz Cruz

More brides have been departing from the traditional white in favor of something a little more colorful, whether it’s a light lavender, baby blue, or millennial (read: blush) pink. Real bride Diana opted for the latter, and Vera Wang’s Holly gown looks absolutely stunning on her. She even based her wedding décor colors off of it!

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Florals

Fiona Andersen Photography

Unconventional, yet still bridal thanks to their romantic nature, floral wedding gowns can be incredibly versatile. Real bride Catriona’s Oscar de la Renta dress breaks the light, springtime stereotype of florals with a more sophisticated black and white look featuring a hibiscus print.

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Prints

Peter and Veronika

A white canvas is pretty and all, but a good print never ceases to add some unexpected beauty—and it’s a great way to flaunt your personality. This gorgeous bride did just that with a customized gown created by Miklosko Fashion Design. From its off-shoulder bodice and pink waistband to its majestic printed skirt, it’s safe to say it’s a masterpiece.

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Jumpsuit

The Hons

Ugh, we seriously love a good jumpsuit. Solange Knowles proved this menswear-trend can make a chic power statement, and so too does real bride Jessica in an epic one-piece. With wide legs and a plunging collar neckline, it’s every fashion-forward bride’s dream.

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Short

She Takes Pictures He Makes Films

Typically reserved for city hall, a higher hemline has been having a moment, and we couldn’t love this chic look more. Bride Ella always new she didn’t want a traditional dress and found this off-the-shelf simple shift at Edit. Maybe it’s the burgundy shoes or matching bouquet, but she still made it look seriously bridal.

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Cropped Separates

Eileen Meny Photography

Two pieced wedding dresses have become an increasingly trendy look, the perfect way to flaunt just the right amount of skin. And for this bride, it allows her to rock more than one unconventional style, pairing a dramatic floral brocade skirt of blue and silver with classic white up top.

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Metallic

Janneke Storm

From table settings to bridesmaid dresses, metallics are all the rage right now, and the bride is no exception. She stuns and dazzles in a sparkling metallic silver sheath gown with off-shoulder neckline and belle sleeves.

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Waterfall Hemline

Amelia + Dan

We’ve got Whitney Port to thank for the whimsical waterfall trend. Real bride Jessie knows how to wear the high-low hemline in high style, courtesy of a minimalist Delphine Manivet gown complete with a killer pair of “something blue” heels.

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