Raising the Barre

Take center stage on your big day

    Embrace your inner ballerina with blush tones, delicate detailing, and layers upon layers of tulle. Candy gown ($6,930) and Waltz veil ($600), both by Monique Lhuillier. Glam cluster earrings ($200), by Penny Larsen, from L’atelier Couture.
    Command the spotlight with a jewel-encrusted bodice and a little attitude for good measure. The King and I princess-cut, beaded bodice gown ($4,500), by Reem Acra, from Mestads. Bezel set crystal earrings ($450), by Penny Larsen, from L’atelier Couture. Sunflower veil ($255), by Tony Federici, from Mestads.
    With bridal fashion, it is all about the details—the feather-embellished neckline elevates this classic silhouette from a simple duckling to a beautiful swan. Evoke even more drama with a wine-stained lip and a moody bouquet for a look even Natalie Portman would envy. Barbate feather neckline gown ($2,132), by Pronovias, from The Wedding Shoppe. Montana Blue statement earrings ($230) and crystal cluster bracelet ($485), both by Penny Larsen, from L’atelier Couture.
    Seduce your guests with draping that hugs each curve perfectly—and camouflages a few too! Simple white Peony gown ($5,280), from Monique Lhuillier. Hematite crystal bracelet and earrings (both $485), by Penny Larsen, from L’atelier Couture. Custom netted veil ($59), from The Wedding Shoppe.
    Rather than a full veil, choose a fascinator-styled headpiece to complement the delicate detailing in the dress. Aileen gown ($2,200), by Steven Birnbaum, from Che Bella. Earrings ($95), from Che Bella. Aspen veil ($175), by Jennifer Leigh, from Bridal Accents Couture.
    Unexpected details along the back will wow family and friends as you float down the aisle. Couture gown ($3,990), by Liancarlo, from Bridal Accents Couture. Bubble veil ($139), by J.L. Johnson, from The Wedding Shoppe. Cubic zirconia round button earrings ($35), by Nina, from The Wedding Shoppe.
    Yearning for a little less grandeur rather than tufts of tulle? Opt for a dress with long, graceful lines and a hint of glamour. Grecian gown ($735), by Dessy Group for Sandals, from Flutter Boutique and Posh Bridal Couture. Crystal cluster bracelet ($485), by Penny Larsen, from L’atelier Couture. Monica wrap headband ($390), by Toni Federici, from Mestads.
    Incorporate a hint of lace into your wedding day look with a perfect duet of drama and demure. Corset ($1,290) and skirt ($4,890), by Oscar de la Renta, exclusively at L’atelier Couture. Cleopatra three-strand pearl necklace ($450), by Toni Federici, from Mestads.
    Dance the night away in delicate layers of tulle and lace, gracefully tucked and twirled, that will glide effortlessly across the dance floor. Helena gown ($9,500), by Vera Wang, from L’atelier Couture. Feather headpiece ($130), by Symphony Bridal, from The Wedding Shoppe. Three-drop crystal earrings ($87), by Malis Henderson, from The Wedding Shoppe.
    Two thin straps offer a great alternative to a strapless gown while maintaining the femininity of the silhouette. From left: Liza gown ($5,600) by Amsale, from Mestads. Leotard and wrap skirt, both from Grand Jété.

Shot on location at the new Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts.

Additional Credits: Photography by Steve Henke; Hair by Mollie Kae Junten (; Makeup by Mici O'Grady (; Floral by Jackie Resenhauer of Munster Rose (; Streamer by Jane Evans; Pops by CostumeRentals, a combine project of Guthrie Theatre and The Children's Theatre Company; Assistance by Arianna Skoog (photography), Rachel Torgerson and Ashley Bruhn (editorial)