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Spotlight on Colorful Wedding Gowns

Sep 13th

At Janice Martin Couture we want to transform every bride’s fantasy into a reality and sometimes that fantasy involves color! For some brides, the addition of color in their bridal ensemble can come from a simple satin colored sash around the waist. For others a white or even ivory gown just will not do. The white wedding dress first became popular during the Victorian era after Queen Victoria wore a white lace dress at her wedding. The color and style of wedding gown worn by a bride differs depending on the culture, but for modern brides in the 21st century the sky is the limit!

Many celebrities have set the tone for how to wear a non-white wedding gown. In 1964 Liz Taylor wore a bright sunflower dress designed by costume designer Irene Sharaff for her first (of two) weddings to actor Richard Burton. For her 1997 wedding to Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker wore a rich black gown. SJP has since said that she regrets the decision to wear a black wedding gown, but we think it’s a fabulous option for the right bride!

Gwen Stefani opted for a mix of white and pink with a two-toned John Galliano gown for her 2002 wedding. Stefani paired her over-the-top gown with an antique lace veil. In 2005 burlesque queen Dita Von Teese wore a dramatic purple taffeta gown for her wedding to Marilyn Manson. Dita paired the amazing Vivienne Westwood gown with a tricorn hat.

Pretty in Pink

Adding a touch of soft pink is the perfect way to incorporate a splash of color into your wedding gown! Janice Martin Couture has designed a number of wedding gowns and ensembles in a range of pink hues.

Above left: In the studio for her final fitting, a bride wears her white silk taffeta gown with soft pink accents in the bodice and the train.

Above right: The pale pink halter wedding gown was constructed in hand-beaded French Alencon lace. The gown features a simple bustle and train in organza to compliment the lavish beading. Photograph by John Mainka Photography

Bold Hues for a Bold Look

For the not-so-subtle bride, a more dramatic color statement is needed! Bride Lynn’s short, halter gown (above) simply pops in a gorgeous blue hue. The iridescent fabric of the gown shimmered against Lynn’s beautiful tan skin for her recent Summer wedding. This gown was constructed in just a week and features amazing couture details including the seaming on the bodice and tuxedo buttons on the back of the bodice. To see more images of Lynn’s blue gown, take a look at this recent post on photographer Lorraine Daley’s blog.

Above: This iridescent blue halter gown features a voluminous tea-length skirt. Photograph by Lorraine Daley Wedding Photography

Below left: A detail of Lynn’s blue wedding dress. Her bouquet of salmon pink, coral and peach flowers is the perfect accent to her colorful ensemble.  Photograph by Lorraine Daley Wedding Photography

Below right: Bride Beth’s color block wedding gown featured a bright fuchsia bodice, ivory silk organza skirt and a bold black belt. Click here to read Beth’s recent wedding gown story on the Janice Martin Couture blog. Photograph copyright Jacqueline Schlossman/Readyluck


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