Forget flower details, this bridal runway season, it was all about leafy embellishments. Taking the oh-so-romantic floral appliqué to the next level, leaf details are an even more ethereal way to decorate your wedding dress. These natural motifs add a bohemian and whimsical air to the whole gown, and look a bit more organic and subdued than a 3D flower embellishment. Whether you want to go for a rustic wide leaf look or a wispy, vine-like creation, visible leaf details are a great way to add a secret garden air to your dream gown.
See how a few of our favorite bridal designers incorporated the romantic trend, below!
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Oscar de la Renta: The long-revered bridal designer always lays on the details with a subtle and sophisticated hand. These tulle leaf appliqués are no exception! Sewn amongst layers and layers of tulles, the taffeta additions make this fairy-like gown even more whimsical with its gradually dispersed embellishments.
Off-the-shoulder tulle A-line wedding dress with taffeta embroidery detail, Oscar de la Renta
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Mira Zwillinger: Mira Zwillinger's entire Spring 2015 collection was quite romantic in a lost-in-the-forest sort of way. And many of the gowns, to our surprise and delight, highlighted leaves more than they did floral motifs for an quietly feminine and bohemian finish.
*"Charlie" strapless A-line wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and applique details, shown with illusion high-neck cape; "Rubi" one-shoulder chiffon A-line wedding dress with an embellished sheer bodice, Mira Zwillinger *
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Reem Acra: The beloved bridal designer has long been playing with the idea of a different type of floral, and these winding appliqués create the illusion of a densely lush enchanted forest.
Strapless duchess satin sheath wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and embroidered details, Reem Acra
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Naeem Khan: Last but not least, Naeem Khan often casts natural elements in a glam and modern light. These painted rosettes with sweeping leaves do just that!
"Beverly Hills" strapless threadwork embroidered sheath wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and detachable tulle train, Naeem Khan