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Savvy Brides 10.11.2011

We’ve got such a pretty treat for you this morning!

Mandy of Savvy Brides sent over a shoot of pretty designer wedding dresses. For those of you that don’t know, Mandy is the brainchild behind Savvy Brides, which is a fabulous Sydney boutique bridal service that specializes in buying and selling pre-loved second-hand designer wedding dresses.

Mandy explained the concept behind the shoot, “We wanted a lux feel to the shoot but for everything to be very simple so that the focus would just be on the beautiful dresses!”

Nadean of Photography by Nadean captured the shoot, while Agents of Beauty did the lovely hair and makeup.

Here’s our favourite wedding dresses from the shoot.

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Savvy Brides Shoot

Wedding Dresses: Savvy Brides / Photographer: Photography by Nadean / Hair & Makeup: Agents of Beauty

Wedding Dresses from Aria 09.11.2011

Simply fabulous—that’s all we can say about these Aria wedding dresses.

The dresses are all made of pure silk, some detailed with fine lace, others with little thoughtful accents like flowers and sashes. Founder, president, and creative director Tak Hau established Aria 10 years ago after he had been designing cocktail dresses since the late 1980s. His creations sold at Barney’s, Nordstrom, and Cache, and many other exclusive retailers.

Tak graduated from Brooks College in California with a Fashion Design degree and was named Rising Star by the California Apparel News. Friends had started asking him to make dresses for them, and then eventually everything just grew into a booming business. In 2001, he opened his showroom in Los Angeles and the Aria online shop. Today, his dresses have been worn in over 10,000 weddings and have also appeared in movies and TV shows.

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Aria offers a “try-on program” where you can request for your favorite wedding dress to be sent directly to you so that you can have an up close sticky beak. They can also send you swatches of fabrics and colors at no extra charge for you to be able to pick exactly what you want. It’s those little touches of care that make Aria so popular among brides in the States and all over the world. Not to mention that their wedding dresses and bridesmaids’ dresses are really all about style, quality, fit, and affordability.

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Aria is carried by fine stores all over the US and has stockists in Canada and the Netherlands. They also ship to other countries. For more wedding inspiration, visit them online.

{Images via Aria}

Delphine Manivet Wedding Dresses 26.10.2011

The 2012 Spring/Summer Collection from Delphine Manivet is unbelievable.

These wedding dresses are just the perfect mix of vintage and contemporary, and while the designer has clearly gotten inspiration from several decades of fashion, this works wonderfully for the collection. Delphine is already a popular designer in her homeland in France and is quickly making a name for herself in the UK, and slowly but steadily all over the world.

“The search for my own wedding dress made me want to share with other women my vision of the modern bride, that of a woman who doesn’t necessarily get married at 20, who doesn’t want to look like a meringue, but who wants the dress she imagined in her little girl’s dreams…”

Here are our picks from the Delphine Mavinet 2012 Spring/Summer Collection…

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Delphine’s wedding dresses are either floor-length or really short – as in thigh-grazing, bohemian short – and this kind of contrast is actually a refreshing change from the traditional tea-length wedding dresses. There is one ankle-length 1950s tweed dress, though, which has that quiet, graceful look about it. The long gowns remind us of the 1930s elegance, with their high collars, dropped waists, and lace sleeves.

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The Delphine Manivet flagship store is located in Paris, France, and although her collections are not stocked in Australia, they are carried by select international retailers. For more wedding inspiration, visit their online store.

{Images via Delphine Manivet}

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