Black and Gold Lace Evening Gown

As much fun as it has been having so many glimpses at the wedding dress previews, I’ve been eager to get back to creating some collages! As soon as I saw this black and gold lace evening gown, I knew I had to style it. So, for a little break from white lace, organza, and silk, we’ll take a look at this black tie look! I hope you love the results!

Black and gold evening gown, a beautiful black tie look for a wedding guest dress or a mother of the bride or mother of the groom

Evening gown: Theia Edinburgh Gown at Rent the Runway // Earrings: Elizabeth Cole Leah Earrings  // Cuff: Samantha Wills ‘Awake in the Dark’ Cuff // Cocktail Ring:  Erdem Cocktail ring from My Theresa //Clutch:  Diane von Furstenberg Lytton Coil Leather Clutch // Sandals: Michel Vivien Two Toned Sandals

Black Lace and Gold Gown for a Wedding

It has been a few weeks since my post on formal dresses for fall weddings, and since then my radar has been up for pretty full-length gowns. The holiday season is just around the corner, and there will be lots of parties, events, and weddings that might require a little dressing up. This gown could also be a stunning choice for the mother-of-the-bride or mother-of-the-groom. The gilded details keep this gown light and festive!

This gown is a new Rent the Runway selection, so unless want to purchase it from Saks, where many styles from Theia are carried, you can rent it for your event. It’s certainly a classic gown, but also has the makings of a once-in-a-lifetime gown to wear! And, please, let us not forget those shoes, and ornate accessories. Those shoes are a work of art! If a black tie event beckons you this season,  this might just be the perfect dress!


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Angel Sanchez Wedding Gowns Fall 2015

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Angel Sanchez Bridal Collection Fall 2015

The Angel Sanchez Bridal Collection for Fall/Winter 2015 has the designer’s signature style including: using clean and precise lines, creating dimension through fabric, and an artful inclusion of appliques and overlays. In this latest collection, many silhouettes and treatments were explored,  all with a light feel. Ladylike ballgowns were crisp and substantial, but still seem to float, and used immaculate silk forms juxtaposed with light cutouts and sheer lace treatments. Softer silhouettes featured sheer lace, soft column gowns, and illusion netting with expert use of these transparent details. I hope you’ll love this look at this modern and fresh collection. For more information on the Angel Sanchez Bridal Collection, including where to purchase, visit Angel Sanchez.

Angel Sanchez Bridal Collection 2015

Style NF1500, silk ballgown wedding dress with applique neckline

Angel Sanchez Wedding Dresses 2015 lace cut out back ball gown skirt

Style NF1500, back detail

Angel Sanchez Designer Wedding Dresses Bridal Collection 2015

Style NF1501, organza wedding dress with cape and appliques

ANGEL SANCHEZ Bridal 2015 Runway

ANGEL SANCHEZ Bridal 2015 Runway

Style NF1502, crisp wedding gown with lace back

ANGEL SANCHEZ Bridal 2015 Runway

Style NF1503, sheath style wedding gown with sheer lace bodice

Angel Sanchez Designer Wedding Gowns

Style NF1504, by Angel Sanchez, a silk wedding gown with ballgown skirt, and sheer lace bodice with twist detail

ANGEL SANCHEZ Bridal 2015 Runway

Style NF1504, back detail

ANGEL SANCHEZ Bridal 2015 Runway

Crepe wedding gown with sheer bodice details and applique, Style NF1505

Angel Sanchez Wedding Dress

Illusion neckline wedding gown, Style NF1506

ANGEL SANCHEZ Bridal 2015 Runway

Ballgown wedding dress with tulle underlay, Style NF1508

lace wedding dress 2015 Angel Sanchez

Lace wedding dress, Style NF 1509

ANGEL SANCHEZ Bridal 2015 Runway

V-neckline wedding gown with embellishment. Style NF1510

ANGEL SANCHEZ Bridal 2015 Runway

Organza wedding dress, Style NF1511 by Angel Sanchez

ANGEL SANCHEZ Bridal 2015 Runway

Style NF1512, short lace wedding dress by Angel Sanchez

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Considering a destination wedding? Learn how to make your destination wedding dream a reality!

Destination Weddings with Apple Vacations and Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts

This post has been graciously sponsored by Apple Vacations, but the words are those of the editor of Dress for the Wedding.

If you’re thinking of planning a destination wedding, you may have visions of walking down the aisle holding a bouquet of tropical flowers, saying your vows on the sand, and dancing the night away at sunset reception while your guests sip on tropical drinks.  But how do you get your dream destination wedding vision to actually come to fruition? I have the answer for you: Apple Vacations and Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts offer amazing destination wedding packages and an onsite wedding coordinator. These packages have every detail from your to-do list already taken care of: Wedding location and decor? All set! Cake? It’s all planned out. Flowers? You bet.  They even have packages that provide room upgrades and V.I.P. treatment for the happy couple and their parents!

Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts Apple Vacations Weddings

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has thought of every detail for destination weddings, and they also offer loads of options for wedding packages that allow you to select the services that are right for you!  Some resorts offer free wedding packages that include a wedding coordinator, decor, and flowers. On top of that, the Sunshine package includes extra treats like turn down service and V.I.P. treatment.  If you want even more special touches like live music, and floral décor at the bridal table, the Unforgettable package has it! If you want everything: 2 hours of open bar, 1 hour of cocktails and canapes, sit down wedding reception dinner for your guests, late check out, spa treatments,  champagne luxury toast with Moet de Chandon after wedding ceremony ( max 7 bottles), and V.I.P. attention for you and your parents — you’ll love the Romance Extravaganza package.  Since I’m a “want it all” kind of person, especially when it comes to weddings, I’m really taken with the Romance Extravaganza wedding plan. All of these wedding packages can be booked at Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts with the help of Apple Vacations. You’ll be delighted by how much each wedding package has to offer.

Destination Wedding Couple

Celebrate in paradise!

I’ve had lots of experience myself with the fabulous Apple Vacations, so I know that they’d be of great service when it comes to destination wedding plans. My husband and I have booked several vacations–including our honeymoon–with them, and those Apple Vacations ratings with the little apple icons always steer us in the right direction! For destination weddings, Apple Vacations will take care of your travel arrangements, and will put you in touch with an experienced wedding planner to coordinate the day of your dreams.

By now you’re probably seeing that your dream wedding details are all set, but what about the details for your guests? Apple Vacations also offers their Group-Ease program, where your your guests and wedding party can enjoy discounts. This deal works for groups with as few as ten guests!

From making travel arrangements,  to sorting out the legal requirements of a destination wedding, Apple Vacations will take care of it all. The Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts properties are located in Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Mexico, so you have a wide variety of dream locations to choose from! Your Apple Vacations agent can help you find the perfect place for you and your mate to say “I do”. Simply pick a resort, the rest will be as relaxing as a walk on the beach!

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Dress for the Wedding Featured in The Westchester Wedding Planner


Exciting news, Dress for the Wedding readers! Two of Dress for the Wedding‘s signature collages were featured on pages 60 and 61 of The Westchester Wedding Planner Fall/Winter issue.

The Westchester Wedding Planner blog and magazine are full of planning tips and ideas for brides in the Greater New York metropolitan area and beyond.  If you’re in New York or Connecticut, you can pick up a copy at several locations including Whole Foods in Westchester and Connecticut, and Barnes and Noble in several New York Metro locations. Brides in other locations can purchase a copy on Amazon. It’s a great wedding planning resource for any bride!

Thanks to The Westchester Wedding Planner publisher, Aida Krgin, for the feature, and to Anne Barge, Nina Bridal, and Bloomingdale’s White Plains for the permission to feature their pieces in the collage.  Pick up your copy today!


TWWP_ Anne Barge gown

Gown: Anne Barge / Accessories: Nina Bridal / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman at Bloomingdales

TWWP Groom Look

All items in this collage: Bloomingdale’s

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Wedding Dresses by Kelly Faetanini Fall 2015


Jorgette by Kelly Faetanini

Jorgette, one of the beauties in the new Kelly Faetanini Collection for Fall 2015

Kelly Faetanini Wedding Dresses for Fall 2015

Do you feel like you’re right in the front rows of bridal market yet? I hope you’ve all been enjoying the steady stream of wedding dresses I’m showing, and there are so many more to see!

Today’s look is at Kelly Faetanini’s bridal collection for Fall 2015. We just had a peek at the Kelly Faetanini Spring 2015 Collection a few weeks back, and I can’t wait to show you this Fall 2015 look.  Kelly Faetanini’s signature combination of femininity and modernity takes a twist with some baroque influences seen in the damask, jacquard fabrics she used, and perfectly-placed embellishment she created. Several of these gowns also have a beautifully created off-the-shoulder style, which has been brilliantly combined with illusion details to give the best of both looks.  Can’t commit to off-the-shoulder? Try the gorgeous ‘Emeline’, that has a v-neckline with off-the-shoulder embellishment, and just a hint of sheer detail at the midriff. Another concept I love: the half-length lace sleeves of ‘Jorgette’. Kelly Faetanini gowns often have different options for your own personalized customization, so take a peek at which gown  from the collection might have the makings of your dream wedding dress!

Allori by Kelly Faetanini Wedding Dresses FallWinter 2015



Clara by Kelly Faetanini strapless wedding gown with bands



Dasha by Kelly Faetanini


Elana off-the-shoulder Wedding Dress by Kelly Faetanini


Emeline by Kelly Faetanini


Giovanna wedding gown with off the shoulder straps by Kelly Faetanini


Jorgette lace half sleeve lace wedding dress by Kelly Faetanini


Jules by Kelly Faetanini




Luisa Wedding dress


Silver wedding dress Maisa by Kelly Faetanini


Perla silver bodice wedding gown


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