When outfitting your trousseau, take a cue from these bridal style muses—then get the look with gowns inspired by their choices.
Bridal Style Muse: Makenna Kallman
For her December 11, 2021, nuptials to Jordan Redd, bride and fashion lover Makenna Kallman had one goal in mind when selecting her various looks: “I just tried to stay true to myself.” For the self-described “sentimentalist,” that meant incorporating family heirlooms and feminine choices that will stand the test of time.
The Look: Vera Wang Gown “As soon as we entered the salon, I walked right up and said, ‘This one,’ ” Makenna remembers of her trip to The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus. “I still think it’s the perfect winter wedding dress.”
The Look: Hill House Home Nap Dress “My obsession with nap dresses runs deep,” says Makenna, who gifted her bridesmaids with coordinating styles.
The Look: Watters Designs Dress When it came to choosing her party frock, Makenna allowed herself to have “a little more fun.” She paired the bow-accented mini dress with sparkly Loeffler Randall heels and Rebecca de Ravenel hoops to make the look especially festive.
Bridal Style Muse: Emily Barge
“I hope I look back at my wedding and view it as timeless with a clean, modern twist to it,” says Emily Barge of her November 20, 2021, “I do’s” to Patrick Campbell. She accomplished exactly that through her various wedding ensembles, choosing timeless materials (pearls at every turn!) but in updated applications.
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The Look: Carolina Herrera Gown “I knew immediately when I put it on that it was the one,” Emily remembers of the silk mikado gown with oversized bow detail on the back, purchased at The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus. She paired it with Jennifer Behr pearl earrings and Jimmy Choo pearl heels.
The Look: Nadine Merabi Pajamas The November bride chose to receive hair and makeup in this practical yet fashionable long-sleeve and pant pajama set with feather cuffs. “It had pearl buttons that I couldn’t resist,” she says.
The Look: Dress and Fur From Happy Isles Bridal Salon Emily knew she wanted something fun for their after party at Lounge 31 and found the perfect beaded mini dress and fur shrug at a Los Angeles vintage bridal boutique.
Bridal Style Muse: Emma Rosenberg
For Emma Rosenberg’s Indian-American-fusion nuptials to Promit Chatterjee on October 9, 2021, her goal was to blend tradition and individuality, honoring her personal style as well as the culture and customs of the man she was marrying. Emma carefully curated looks for all her wedding events, Hindu and Western alike, that made her feel magical and celebrated.
The Look: Custom Zoe Rosenberg Dress For the weekend’s welcome party, Emma’s sister, Zoe—an L.A. fashion designer—created this double-faced satin dress that featured hand-beaded symbols representing the couple’s home states, favorite band, and more. “I was absolutely in love with it,” Emma remembers.
The Look: Allison Webb Gown Trying on only five dresses, Emma was immediately drawn to the detachable pearl overlay and oversized bow details of this Allison Webb gown, purchased at StarDust Celebrations. “I wanted something simplistic and romantic,” says the bride. “Timeless and traditional, rather than trendy.”
The Look: Chitraa Singh lehenga Designed by Shalini Jindal, a family friend and owner of Reflections Fashions in Plano, Emma’s bridal lehenga was made of georgette and pure silk, hand-embellished with gold thread, glass beads, pearls, and Swarovski crystals. Though Western brides are accustomed to wearing white, the choice of hue was unique for a traditional Indian wedding garment. “I wanted something unusual that made a statement,” Emma reminisces.
Bridal Style Muse: Savanna Jones
The lace gown Savanna Jones wore for her wedding ceremony to Connor Beck wasn’t what she imagined herself in; it was better. The bride kept an open mind while curating looks for her January 29, 2022, “I do’s”—a flexibility that paid off.
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The Look: Monique Lhuillier gown There were two things Savanna told her Neiman Marcus bridal attendant she didn’t want in a wedding dress: lace and a strapless neckline—yet that’s exactly what she ended up falling in love with. “It was regal, unexpected, and sophisticated,” says Savanna. The long sleeves were part of an detachable jacket, which she removed for the reception—and plans to re-wear on special occasions with her husband.
The Look: Sleeper Pajamas Wanting a “unified” look, Savanna chose white PJs for her and her ’maids. The bride donned a feather-accented set by Sleeper, purchased at Neiman Marcus, while her bridal party wore sets found on Etsy.
The Look: Nardos Design Dress Once Savanna found her two-in-one ceremony gown, she intended to forgo a separate after-party dress. But when she espied this crystal-beaded number by Nardos Design, she couldn’t help herself. “It was honestly love at first sight,” says Savanna.