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Tuesday, March 11th 2014

Weddings on Location: A Formal Affair

Model in a glamorous Reem Acra gown (similar).

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to think outside the box when it comes to bridal styling. We’ve featured alternative wraps for winter weddings, edgy wedding day make-up, and dresses for those among us who would rather skip the ceremony and go right to the party. This time, I’m challenging myself to take a fresh look at the gal who truly wants the fully realized, classic take on her wedding.

Jenny Packham earrings and a DANNIJO necklace (similar) provide rich elegance.

I’m picturing the old-world cathedral, the grand ballroom glittering with candles and crystals, and estate grounds replete with peacocks and stone fountains. This is the event of the season, a sparkling soiree, the crème de la crème of refined revelry. There will be a feast fit for royalty, dancing ‘til dawn, and cascades of champagne.

A Jenny Packham jeweled veil adds effortless grace to the classic bridal look.

I whipped together all the glamour, drama, and extravagance I could muster—I even threw in a veil for the first time! Our bride may be going for a classic look, but she is still sexy, chic, and romantic. I looked to Reem Acra for the exquisite dress and to Jenny Packham for the glitter. Kayla from Daffodil Parker created an enchanting and regal bouquet of deep red roses, seeded eucalyptus, bay leaves, and acacia foliage. It’s a fresh take on the classic bride, Shopbop-style!

Hair and makeup look created by Khloe Sweeney. Styling by Elise Hunt. Photos by John Ladwig.

Floral styling by Daffodil Parker.

—Elise

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