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Morilee By Madeline Gardner Julietta Collection Wedding Dresses

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Morilee by Madeline Gardner Julietta Collection Wedding Dresses

Morilee by Madeline Gardner’s Julietta Collection is every classic bride’s dream come true. Filled with flattering silhouettes and dreamy details, we love the romantic vibe that every one of these plus-sized gowns exudes. Especially designed for to play up fuller figures, these gorgeous dresses accentuate curves with perfectly-placed embellishments and lovely, structured silhouettes.

Off-the-shoulder necklines and full-length lace sleeves are just a few of the details that make these gowns elegant and absolutely stunning. Some of our favourites include a lacy number with face-framing straps, a sweetheart neckline and belted full skirt, and an off-the-shoulder dress with beaded sleeves, a ruched bodice and ruffled fit-and-flare skirt.

An Elegant Garden Wedding In Edmonton

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For Nicole and Landon’s wedding they chose an elegant garden theme. “Maybe it’s my British and Dutch heritage, or the fact that my mum was a florist for many years, but I’ve always had an affinity towards flowers,” Nicole reveals. “It felt fitting to be married in a garden.”

The flowers stunning flowers in Nicole’s bouquet were one of her favourite details. “We included a small picture of my Oma and Opa on their wedding day on my bouquet wrap,” Nicole says. “They have both passed on, but I wanted to find a way to have them with me during the wedding.”

For the ceremony, Landon and Nicole wrote their own vows. “We requested a microphone for the ceremony, but it wasn’t available when we got there,” Nicole recalls. “I was worried our guests wouldn’t be able to hear us, but it was so quiet and peaceful in the garden that everyone was able to hear and it made our vows that much more intimate.”

The couple had a family friend perform “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur for their first dance, selecting the song based on its meaningful lyrics that the couple could relate to. “Our friend’s performance on the acoustic guitar was so special and his talent blew everyone away,” Nicole says. “It’s definitely a moment we will cherish forever.”

Nicole De Jong and Landon Robertson, July 8, 2017, Edmonton, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Kristin Zabos.

Ceremony venue: Rainer Gardens
Reception venue: The Royal Glenora Club
Bridal gown: Allure Bridals from Novelle Bridal Shop
Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy from Novelle Bridal Shop
Groom’s tux: The Bridal and Tuxedo House
Day-of coordinator: Taylor Horvat
Flowers: Akiko Floral Artistry
Stationery: Vistaprint
Cake: YEG Bakers
Hair and makeup: True Beauty Makeup Artistry
Music: Revolution Entertainment

A Grey And Blush Wedding In Charlevoix, Quebec

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For their wedding, Julie and Maxime wanted beautiful, out-of-the-ordinary decor that was also romantic. “To achieve that effect we put emphasis on birch wood with lots of flowers and candles,” Julie says. “The palette we chose was blush and grey, since these colours are perfectly matched and also worked well with the wood.”

One of the bride’s favourite details was her gorgeous dress. “For my wedding I wanted something specific, which represented me—I wanted to have a romantic yet elegant gown,” Julie explains. I ended up with a backless dress that had a lot of lace and a long, flowing train–I felt truly sexy and beautiful.”

The couple chose three songs for different parts of their day. “During the ceremony it was Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D,’ the same classical song my parents used at their wedding,” Julie says. “For the first dance we picked the sensual tango tune ‘Santa Maria’ by Gotan Project. Later my father whirled me around the dance floor during the father-daughter dance to ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations.”

For the bride, the best part about planning the wedding was the big surprise she and Maxime prepared for the guests. Wanting to do something different and sensual for the first dance, the couple took eight group lessons to learn the basics of tango. “Since it’s a very technical dance we then had 12 private lessons with a professional Argentine tango dancer,” Julie shares. “We really liked it and had so much fun; plus it made the first dance very personal to us. It segued into a great party—the dance floor was full and everyone was happy.”

Julie Martel and Maxime Bédard-Lévesque, August 5, 2017, Charlevoix, Quebec.

Photography courtesy of Sophie Asselin.

Ceremony venue: Eglise La Malbaie
Reception venue: Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Bridal gown: Créations Vézina
Bridesmaid dresses: Ami-fer
Groom’s tux:
Wedding planner: KA Mariage
Flowers: Yves Chénier Fleuriste
Stationery: Papier Velour
Cake: Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Hair and makeup: Studio Caroline Théoret
Favours: Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Music: Concert Plus
Photobooth: Photobooth Unik

An Art-Inspired DIY Wedding In Hamilton, Ontario

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Jacky proposed to Joan on a weekend trip to Vancouver to watch the Women’s World Cup soccer finals. “We’re both travel and sports enthusiasts, and on the first night of the trip, he popped the question!” Joan recalls. “He had planned the perfect weekend: dining at the city’s best restaurants, the World Cup final, as well as VIP tickets to The Lion King, my favourite musical.”

When it came to their wedding, the couple was inspired by their love of travel as well as art. “We had our first date at Nuit Blanche, the overnight art festival in Toronto, and we’ve travelled to nearly 50 countries together,” Joan explains.

The bride and groom incorporated a number of DIY touches into their big event, spending hundreds of hours planning and handcrafting as many of the details as possible. Joan designed and hand-painted all of the wedding stationery, and the couple created giant free-standing paper flowers for decor, as well as the floral wall backdrop, the custom painting used as the guest book, and many other custom items. “Guests also took home unique paintings as part of their wedding favours,” Joan says. Even though she wanted to try her hand at calligraphy, Joan ultimately left the job up to a professional. “It added a level of sophistication to the stationery envelopes and place cards.”

Bright flowers in shades of pink and coral adorned much of the ceremony and reception space. Joan and her bridesmaids collectively agreed on coral as the dress colour. “With my favourite flower being the coral charm peony, the bouquets and dresses were a perfect match,” Joan says. “Our florist knocked it out of the park with the blooms to create the vibrant and energetic environment we were going after.”

The couple exchanged vows at an intimate ceremony at Whitehearn House, with the stunning floral backdrop as the focal point. “The ceremony was short, simple and sweet,” Joan says. “Being surrounded by our closest friends and family, including a number of family members from Hong Kong, was the highlight of our day.”

Joan Ho and Jacky Lam, June 17, 2017, Hamilton, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Lisa Mark Photography.

Ceremony venue: Whitehearn House
Reception venue: Art Gallery of Hamilton
Bridal gown: Madison James
Groom’s tux: Wingmen Suits
Caterer: Scarlett House
Flowers: Blooms Studio
Stationery: DIY
Calligraphy: Ivory & Twine Co.
Cake: Sweet Garden
Hair: Bridal Hair Couture by Katie
Makeup: Windy Chiu
Favours: Burberrie Jam
Music: RJM Sounds
Videography: One Heart Films
String duo: Bel Canto String Academy
Live event painter: Olga Pankova
Caricature artist: Michael McDonnell
Watercolour artist: Stephanie Anne
Linens: Around The Table
Photobooth: Selfie Time
Chairs: Special Event Rental

Wedding Bouquets Inspired By New Fragrances

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There is nothing like scent to take you back to a particular moment in time. This is exactly why wedding-day fragrances are so important and why many brides take to creating custom fragrances for their special days. There are also obviously some exquisite perfumes on the market today, made by coveted and beloved designers, that are perfect for brides.

We can’t forget that perfumes aren’t the only wedding-day detail that smell terrific–flowers, especially the bouquet, can have a lovely aroma as well. We enlisted Toronto-based florist Pistil Flowers to create stunning bouquets that look and smell as delightful as the fragrances they are inspired by. We encourage brides to do the same–pick a wedding-day fragrance and match it to your bouquet. As you walk down the aisle you’ll be enveloped in a lovely perfume that will live on in your scent memory for years to come.

Photography by Hamin Lee. All bouquets, Pistil Flowers. Off-figure styling, Christine Brant, Plutino Group.

A Romantic, Elegant Wedding In Calgary

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Darren planned to propose to Devon while the pair were taking their annual fall family photos. “I had zero idea it was happening—we had never even talked about rings,” Devon admits. When they finished taking photos with their daughters, Devon asked the photographer to take a photo of just he and Devon, looking into each other’s eyes. “That’s when he started to propose and I totally freaked out,” Devon recalls. “But obviously I said yes!”

The couple wanted their wedding to be simple, selecting neutral colours and some hints of light pink, with lots of white and greenery. “Our wedding planner, Rachel from Hera Weddings and Events, was seriously the best—she took my idea of ‘simple’ and turned it into this amazing day,” Devon says. “We were also blown away by the flowers–they could not have been more perfect.”

For both Devon and Darren, having their daughters walk down the aisle was the number one moment of the day. “Darren is not a very emotional guy but I knew when our daughters came down it would get to him,” Devon reveals. “Having the kids be part of the wedding was extremely special.”

Seeing everyone who travelled from near and far to be there meant a lot to the bride and groom. “Neither of us is from Calgary, and currently our home is in Michigan, since Darren plays in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings,” Devon says. “It was awesome seeing faces we don’t get to see regularly and having everybody in one room celebrating with us!”

Devon Englot and Darren Helm, July 29, 2017, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Heart & Sparrow Photography.

Ceremony venue: Cartier Park
Reception venue: Hotel Arts
Bridal gown: Anais Anette from Pearl & Dot Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s tux: EPH Apparel
Wedding planner: Hera Weddings and Events
Flowers: Fleurish Flower Shop
Arch: Mark + Mann
Wooden signs and bag toss: Love Built
Stationery: Plush Invitations
Cake: Pretty Sweet Co.
Hair: Heather Mac Hair Design
Makeup: Krista Ho Lem
Favours: Pretty Sweet Co. and SipHipHooray
Band: The Mayfield Band
DJ: Pez Productions
Videographer: Jordan Craig

Citrus-Inspired Wedding Cakes You’ve Got To See

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Nothing kicks off a fun summer celebration quite like refreshing tropical drinks. Now that citrus fruits such as pineapples and oranges have become hot in decor, we think that’s every reason to incorporate their cheerful, bright colours into your wedding decor. We took pineapples, limes, oranges and grapefruit as the inspiration for some beautiful, fresh wedding cakes. These amazing creations will be a hit at any wedding and will stand out vividly in your guests’ minds, long after the celebrations are over.

Photography by Dana Dorobantu. Styling by Julie LaPointe. Art and creative direction by Macha Altare-Akian.

A Modern Seaside Wedding In Cape Breton

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Laura and Gavin came up with their wedding theme by thinking about the mood they wanted to create for themselves and their guests. “The wedding theme was really ‘how much fun can we jam into a long weekend for our favourite people?'” Laura explains. “We wanted great music, seafood, golfing and to spend time with guests against the backdrop of Cape Breton’s beauty.”

The wedding location was a no-brainer. “Ingonish is a very special place for Gavin and I,” Laura says. “We can never get enough of the beaches and mountain view from the Keltic Lodge.” To complement the beauty of the view as well as the venue itself, Laura wanted to base the wedding decor on white, mixed metals and marble with touches of warmth from greenery and wood. “I love this combination in many different areas of design—it’s clean, modern and beautiful,” she says. “When Gavin and I entered the reception space for the first time to dance with our twin baby boys on the beautiful marble floor, it was a marvelous moment.”

A favourite detail for the bride was her custom dream dress. “I designed it with Katrina Tuttle and her team and it was the most fun process you could imagine,” Laura says. “My dress was also incredibly comfortable: the layers of silk for the skirt were so light, and the beadwork and handmade silk flowers on the bodice were something special.”

Music played a key role at the celebration, and the couple enlisted their musician friends to perform. “Our good friends, who are in the band Port Cities, surprised everyone with a song they wrote for us called ‘Everybody Falls In Love With You,'” Laura says. “They are amazing musicians, so it was extremely special!”

Laura McMullin and Gavin Uhma, July 1, 2017, Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia.

Photography courtesy of Chantal Routhier.

Ceremony and reception venue: Keltic Lodge
Bridal gown: Katrina Tuttle
Groom’s tux: Dolce & Gabbana
Wedding planners: Elegant Productions
Flowers: Chelsea Lee Flowers
Stationery: Duly Noted
Cake: Layers
Hair: Jan LeMoine
Makeup: Allison Kirby
Music: The Mellotones and Port Cities
Bag pipes: Ryan Fraser
Rentals: Beechwood + Birch

A Bright, Fresh Summer Wedding In Montreal

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Catherine and Yvon met when the pair carpooled together from Montreal to Quebec City for a medical conference. “He had it easy from day one,” Catherine says with a laugh. “He had my name, email address and my phone number!” The pair were engaged in Chile, a year after buying their rings together in Paris. “Yvon got down on one knee, pretending to tie his shoe, and proposed,” Catherine says.

For their wedding, Catherine and Yvon wanted a bright and fresh palette. “I just chose my favourite colours and decided I would make them work together,” Catherine says. “Rose gold, navy, sage, blush and fuchsia ended up being a gorgeous combination.” The decor included glittery rose gold tablecloths and navy and sage tapered candles. A favourite detail was the copper arch made by Yvon’s father. “With the sage-coloured draping that our planner strategically placed and the pretty greenery from our florist, it was more beautiful than we imagined it,” Catherine explains. “We loved it so much we used it afterwards for our photo booth!”

Catherine and Yvon also had a mixologist friend create a custom welcome cocktail. “We asked him to make something typical of the drinks we order when we go out on dates,” Catherine remarks. The end result was a yummy, bubbly, ginger lemonade drink with a touch of sake, gin and special bitters that added a personal touch to the cocktail hour.

In the end, the couple’s favourite memory was exchanging our vows in front of loved ones and joining lives forever. “It’s not an overrated moment,” Catherine says. “During dinner we took quiet time together to appreciate how 200 people we care about came from all around to world to celebrate with us. This was actually how we described it when we made the welcome toast: it was our ‘love party!'”

Catherine Khuê-Nghi Truong and Yvon Luangxay, June 24, 2017, Montreal, Quebec.

Photography courtesy of Juno Photo.

Ceremony and reception venue: L’Espace Canal
Bridal gown: Creations Vezina
Bridesmaid dresses: Show Me Your Mumu, ASOS and BHLDN
Groom’s tux: Tiger of Sweden
Wedding planner: Vanessa Noël from Héra Mariages
Mixologist: Gabrielle Panaccio from Le Lab
Flowers: Atelier Carmel
Stationery: White Willow Paper Co.
Hair: Kim Doucet
Makeup: Charlotte Flannery
Music: Pierre Belliveau from A1DJs
Videographer: Lasting Motion

An Art Deco New Year’s Eve Wedding In Toronto

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Nico and Claire met when they were both studying abroad in Singapore. “After that, we both went back to our universities to finish our final year,” Claire recalls. “Nico then moved to Toronto and the rest is history.”

Claire had always wanted a New Year’s Eve wedding, so the couple decided to have their wedding on December 31st. Their celebration was art deco-themed, with lovely gold accents. Guests wore black-tie attire to match the elegant decor. Friends and family flew in for the wedding from different countries around the world, including The Netherlands, Germany, Singapore and South Africa.

The couple moved back to Singapore in 2016, and with the help of family and friends, had to plan the wedding from afar. A favourite detail included their wedding cake, comprised of different types of cheese, as well as the lanterns and candles that lined the aisles.

Having a New Year’s Eve wedding allowed the couple to celebrate two events: getting married and the start of a new year. “One of the best moments was the New Year’s Eve countdown, where Nico and I stood on chairs and we all counted down, and at midnight, we popped a bottle of champagne,” Claire says.

Claire Sigurdson and Nico de Rover, December 31, 2016, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Samantha Ong Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: Estates of Sunnybrook
Bridal gown: Sash & Bustle
Bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papell from Nordstrom
Groom’s tux: The Oxford Tailor
Groomsmen attire: Moores
Wedding planner: Something Borrowed
Flowers: Flower 597
Stationery: Elizabeth Bromby
Cake: Leslieville Cheese Market
Hair and makeup: The Beauty Team
Officiant: Martha Ter Kuile

A Garden Party Wedding In Ottawa

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For their wedding, Kate and Doug didn’t have a particular theme; instead their goal was to enhance the natural surroundings of the private residence in Ottawa that they chose for their venue. “We aimed for simple, ethereal beauty with as many fairy lights as possible,” Kate explains. “We decided to enhance the landscape’s natural beauty with muted floral arrangements, old Persian rugs, tiki lamps and wood accents wherever we could fit them in.”

One of their favourite details was their clock guestbook–a gorgeous piece of furniture that they were able to use after their wedding. “It hangs on a wall in our house and is a daily reminder of the amazing day we had with family and friends,” Kate says.

With Doug being from the U.K., the couple paid special attention to out of town guests to ensure they had everything they needed. “We scheduled pick-up and drop-off times, had drinks available immediately upon arrival and hot towels to freshen up before dinner,” Kate says. “We received great feedback and appreciation for those thoughtful, little touches.”

For music, Kate and Doug hired a local British pop cover band. “There is nothing like live music to produce an amazing atmosphere and encourage everyone to join in the fun,” Kate says. “The band kept the party going until the wee hours of the night.”

One memorable moment was the couple’s first dance. “Doug is not a natural dancer by any means, so I was in shock when he agreed to learn a routine for the occasion–no one at the wedding expected that from him,” Kate recalls. “It was such a lovely moment that concluded with Doug wiping out on the dace floor mid-twirl. Everyone got up on their feet—what a way to start the party!”

Katerine Henry and Douglas Paterson, June 17, 2017, Ottawa, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Paul Sanderson.

Ceremony and reception venue: Private home
Bridal gown: Leanne Marshall
Groom’s tux: Marks & Spencer
Caterer: Meatings Barbecue
Dessert: DIY pies
Makeup: Klava Zykova
Favours: MyWeddingStore
Music: The Start

The Secret To Taking Amazing Engagement Photos Like Prince Harry And Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry Meghan Markle Engagement Photos

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Kensington Palace just released three official engagement photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and they are seriously swoon-worthy. The couple looks gorgeous and totally in love while showing off the three-stone sparkler that’s been making headlines. The pair were snapped by fashion and celeb photographer Alexi Lubomirski (who, according to People, is a prince himself) at Frogmore House in Windsor, England (about a mile from Windsor Castle).

We know that these photos will spark serious engagement photo envy for all betrothed couples, and there’s good news: taking candid and posed shots just like Harry and Meghan is possible.

We asked Toronto-based wedding photographer Lisa Mark, a seasoned pro at capturing romance, to shed some light on how to achieve Harry and Meghan-calibre photos.

Get an experienced photographer who is capable of directing you.
Harry and Meghan, who definitely have access to a fleet of seasoned professionals, chose Alexi Lubomirski as a their engagement photographer (he’s shot the likes of Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow). It also helps that the couple have no doubt had some experience being photographed. But any wedding photographer should be able to tell you what to do. “Good direction will help you take away any anxiety you may have,” Mark says.

“Posed” is not a bad thing.
Harry and Meghan posed sitting down on the steps of the Frogmore House, and the result is an absolutely stunning portrait of the two. “When couples say they don’t want to look posed, what they really mean is that they don’t want to look stiff,” Mark explains. “Posing is your friend, embrace it and don’t forget to smile and laugh.”

Your connection with your partner and your photographer will show in your photos.
There’s a sense of ease and love in Harry and Meghan’s shoot, and it is clear that they’re comfortable both with each other and with their photographer. “Laugh, smile, be sexy and flirty,” Mark says. “Your photographer will have ways of encouraging this connection to come out during the shoot.” Choose a photographer that can capture that spark–it’ll be evident in their portfolio.

Black and white photos or colour photos?
While most photographers will shoot in both black and white and colour, not all do. Some may provide you with the same photo in both black and white as well as colour, and some may provide you with just the black and white version for artistic reasons. In Harry and Meghan’s case, the pair opted to release two black and white candid photos. “Ask your photographer about their preferences,” Mark advises.

How should you dress?
Mark always tells her clients to dress as if they were attending a wedding–and Harry and Meghan’s outfits are totally on par with this rule. Meghan stunned in a long black gown by Ralph & Russo, and Harry looked dashing a suit. Their level of formal matches each other, making them look like the perfect pair. “Choose your attire based on your shoot location and personal vibe,” she suggests. “If the bride is wearing a sexy dress with heels, her groom shouldn’t be wearing a sweatshirt!”

An Elegant Winter Wedding In Prince Edward Island

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Colin and Sara met at a New Year’s Eve party in Moncton, New Brunswick. “I was visiting for the holidays from Montreal, where I was attending grad school, and we connected instantly after being introduced by mutual friends,” Sara recalls. “After graduating I moved to New Brunswick to start our life together!”

For their wedding, the couple allowed the winter season to provide the inspiration. “Luckily, the charming city of Charlottetown and the venue, Prince Edward Island Brewing Company, provided the perfect backdrop for a simple and elegant, yet modern and relaxed affair,” Sara says.

The couple made greenery the focal point of their decor. “It gave the wedding a wintry and natural look, which I loved,” Sarah shares. “We also added hundreds of tiny lights to the centrepieces to boost the romance.” The bridesmaids were dressed in what Sara calls “practical attire”. “I couldn’t find any dresses that would keep them warm enough outside, but the dresses ended up being unexpected and grand,” she says.

Sara and Colin agreed that being surrounded by so many people they loved was really the highlight of their day. “Celebrating our love with our closest family and friends is truly what stood out for me,” Sara says with a smile. “All day I felt as though my heart could burst at any moment!”

Sara Vermette and Colin Enman, December 30, 2016, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Photography courtesy of Rachel Peters.

Ceremony venue: Zion Presbyterian Church
Reception venue: PEI Brewing Company
Bridal gown: Mikaella Bridal from Bella Promessa Bridal
Bridal shoes and fur shawl: Le Château
Bridesmaid dresses: Dawn Ann Dress Design
Groom’s tux: Kenneth Cole
Groomsmen attire: Kenneth Cole
Flowers: Sakurah’s Flower Studio
Stationery: Melissa Danielle
Chalkboard signs: Birch House Designs
Cake: Candi’s Cakes
Hair: Vanessa Lavigne from Studio Di Moda
Makeup: Rebecca Powers
Favours: Boujee Candles
Music: Music Express PEI

Inbal Dror Could Be Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress Designer

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We’ve received news that Israeli-based bridal designer Inbal Dror has been commissioned by the Royal Palace to create some sketches of her vision for Meghan Markle’s wedding dress. The drawings, obtained by TMZ, outline three different silhouettes.

The first features puffed shoulders with a high neckline and a plunging lace panel running down the front.

The second also features puffed shoulders, a high neckline and a lace panel design down the front, but the full skirt has a slit to reveal a ruffled underlay.

The third dress is a V-neck ball gown with a mesh or lace panel to create a high neckline, with what appears to be embellishments on the bodice, waist and hemline.

All three of the dresses include long sleeves, a Royal Wedding tradition followed by Princess Diana and Kate Middleton.

Inbal Dror’s wedding dresses are anything but traditional, veering more on the sexy side with translucent gowns and details such as plunging necklines and exposed corset boning, as shown in her most recent collection. A celebrity favourite, Dror has dressed everyone from Naomi Watts to Bar Rafaeli, though her most famous A-list collab to date was dressing Beyoncé for the 2016 Grammys.