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Catherine Deane Bridal 20.12.2011

We’re raving fans of Hong Kong-based designer Catherine Deane. Her wedding dresses are seeded with signature layering and craft techniques that are totally unique.

Born in Ireland and raised in South Africa, Catherine’s traveling lifestyle has created an inspired artisan who incorporates experiences and observations from her travels into her designs.

Catherine is well known for having created elegant runway looks for some of Hollywood’s most famous women, including Beyonce, Fergie, and Kim Kardashian.

Lucky for brides everywhere, she has brought her passion for design to the wedding world with her stunning bridal collection. Now Catherine is becoming an established talent in the wedding world and we’re not suprised. After all, her knack for defining femininity while maintaining sophistication is apparent in the way each of her wedding gowns creates a goddess-like silhouette.

Here are a few of our favourite Catherine Deane wedding dresses:

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Caitlin wedding dress

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Justine wedding dress

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Elana wedding dress

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Collette wedding dress

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Catherine Dean Bridal is stocked worldwide and also sold online. For a list of retailers, click here.

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Marchesa Fall 2012 Bridal Collection 17.11.2011

“…all enchantment is madness induced with art.”

- Gabriel D’Annunzio on Marchesa Luisa Casati

The naming of a fashion brand after Europe’s early twentieth century fashion legend Marchesa Luisa Casati, is sheer brilliance.

Dramatic, flamboyant, and highly elegant, Marchesa pushes the envelope of fashion further with wedding dresses from their Fall 2012 Bridal Collection. British-born Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, founders of Marchesa, wanted this particular collection to be an ethereal underwater fantasy. If you ask us, the pair definitely succeeded.

Marchesa’s exotically decadent lines of gazar, layers of gigantic tulle flowers, silk crepe draped softly around female curves, illusion fabric with luxurious embroidery and beading—some of the dresses were simply outrageous and yet all were bewitchingly beautiful.  Georgina’s expertise on design along with Keren’s bespoke fabrics result in creations that are one-of-a-kind: a fusion of high fashion and eccentric aesthetic.

Here are some of the wedding dresses from the Marchesa Fall 2012 Bridal Collection:

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Opulent? Oh, yes. Over-the-top? Maybe. But that’s the whole point. Marchesa, like its namesake and muse, is not just there to follow, but to be so different as to stand out from the crowd.

The Marchesa flagship store is based in New York. They are also carried by stockists worldwide—in London, Canada, Russia, Kuwait, Dubai, and Hong Kong. In Australia, Marchesa is exclusively sold at the Helen Rodrigues store in NSW. To view the whole collection and for more wedding inspiration, visit Marchesa online.

{Images via Marchesa}

Luisa Beccaria Spring 2012 Collection 24.10.2011

Want to take a virtual tour of Capri, Sicily, and the Greek islands?

Then take a look at the Ready-to-Wear Spring 2012 Collection from Luisa Beccaria. Aren’t the pieces just a breath of fresh air? These are perfect for destination brides or those who want a wedding dress in a natural fabric like cotton that’s easy to move around in. These dresses look so comfy, they could easily do double duty as beach dresses! The whole collection is like a dreamy Mediterranean travel wardrobe that’s full of style, ease, and comfort.

Luisa Beccaria, the Milanese designer behind these wonderful creations, is a self-confessed modern hopeless romantic. She draws inspiration from her vast multi-cultural experiences, and uses her vivid imagination to weave everything together. You get a style that’s feminine, yet glamorous and elegant all at once.

Designing since the age of 20, Luisa has grown her fashion business into a successful empire, with her brand being carried by exclusive retailers in the US, UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Her dresses have been worn by such Hollywood celebrities as Halle Berry, Uma Thurman, Charlize Theron, and Lucy Liu.

Here’s a sneak peek of the Luisa Beccaria Ready-to-Wear Spring 2012 Collection…

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For more wedding ideas and to find a shop that stocks her label near you, visit Luisa Beccaria online.

{Images via Style.com}

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