When Style Lush reader, Jessica, wrote in asking for help finding a wedding dress for her late summer nuptials I was excited. But when I finished her email I was FLOORED because not only is Jessica getting married she's ELOPING to PARIS! It's just so incredibly romantic and she deserves a perfect dress for her perfect day.
Here's her email:
My fiance and I recently decided to throw the stress and planning and cost of a big traditional wedding to the wind, and elope in Paris THIS summer! We are thrilled, and cannot wait for our trip. My dilemma is finding the perfect Parisian inspired wardrobe before we leave. We will be headed to Paris in late August, early September so I'd love to have lots of options for exploring the city and a perfect ceremony dress. I love the idea of romantic dresses that you can walk around the city in all day, and then dress up with a few accessories and be ready for night. The ceremony dress is what I'm most excited about--I am not into the traditional dress, and not even tied to the dress being in the white family. I love the 20's style dresses I've seen recently in movies like Midnight in Paris. We currently live in the Chicago suburbs, so have a wide array of shopping at our fingertips, I'm just not sure where to start! Any ideas on stores to hit up would be great, or options that you've seen!
I KNOW. Paris! Summertime! Eloping! Be still my heart. But back to the main question: Jessica needs a ceremony dress and she wants something different, unique, wedding-ish but doesn't scream I JUST GOT MARRIED! This is a tough one because there are so many amazing sources for a beautiful dress. While searching I stayed close to "white" but tried to branch out into short dresses, long dresses, fun dresses, and dresses that could possibly be dyed if she ultimately decides against white. Most of these are available online but I have a few great local sources for her too. Here we go!
Starting with the short dresses:
(Ok, hush, I KNOW it's expensive. But it's gorgeous. And perfect. I had to include it. I HAD TO.)
(I do believe one of our treasured SL writers, Leah, wore this exact dress for her wedding!
Yes, she did, see?)
Leah and Simon, April 24, 2011, shamelessly "borrowed" from her site here.
And moving onto the long gowns:
How about a few accessories?
I also know of a few local stores in the Chicagoland area that may have some great options for Jessica. She can check out Weddings 826, Wedding Belles, The Bridal Boutique of Naperville, and Le Dress. I have it on good authority that Le Dress is AMAZING and can outfit you in any dress for any occasion. It's not a wedding specialty or focused shop but has many options for a bride looking for that something different.
Jessica, we wish you the best of luck in your dress search and hope you have been inspired by some of the options here. We would love to see photos of your romantic elopement when you return! Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness together!