Short, Sweet Or Sultry, Change Up Your Style And Slip Into A Daring Second Dress For Your Reception

Martin Rusch
Written by
Lara M. Burnap


Winter 2019

Above, from left: Black velvet peak lapel tuxedo by Midnight Blue with white shirt, diamond-shaped black bow tie and black shoes. Rent from $170, from Friar Tux Shop. Marchesa’s “Elanor” taffeta cocktail gown with corseted power mesh bodice, balloon sleeves and detachable full-length overskirt. $4,995, Online at Marchesa. Alessandra Rich silver crystal clip earrings, $345, online at Net-A-Porter. Hayley Paige’s “Iggy” is a floral-embroidered fit to flare gown with fringe hem, price upon request, from JLM Flagship Boutique. “Hawa” 18K gold round diamond earrings, $4,000, online at JS Noor. Burgundy shawl lapel tuxedo by Ike Behar with a white shirt and black shoes, rent from $150, from Friar Tux Shop. 1960’s coral ostrich feather dress, $895, and 1980’s silver hoop earrings, $425, both from Happy Isles in Los Angeles. “Estrella” spaghetti dress, $1,495, online at Galvin London. 18kt white gold oval diamond and ruby earrings, price upon request, Dena Kemp in Beverly Hills. Florals by FlorUnique in Los Angeles.

Berta bridal gown featuring a beaded plunging neck line with feather details at the arm and hem, $12,870, from Lovella Bridal in Glendale. Delicate beaded eternity vine hairpiece, $190, online at Twigs and Honey. “Windsor” three-stone emerald cut diamond ring, $23,250, from Trumpet and Horn in Los Angeles.

FROM LEFT: From Berta’s evening gown collection, “Style 18-62” features embroidered lace with a double-thigh slit in front, price upon request, from Mon Amie Bridal Salon in Costa Mesa. Badgley Mischka “Quintana” ornamental pump in nude, $245, online at Badgley Mischka.  Sheer Berta gown with a hand-beaded floral design and cap sleeves, price upon request at Mon Amie. 18kt white gold and three-carat diamond bracelet, price upon request, online from Dena Kemp in Beverly Hills, and Angela Mitchell’s “Jeiaiel” heels with pearls and Swarovski crystal heels, $730, online at Angela Mitchell Milan. Sébastien Luke’s sweetheart ruffled slit gown with gloves and neckpiece, $3,840, from Sébastien Luke in Los Angeles. Dena Kemp’s 18kt white gold and diamond hoop earrings boast a total diamond weight of 14.90 carats, price upon request. Tamara Mellon’s “Frontline” white patent leather sandals, $350, online at Tamara Mellon. 

FROM LEFT: Ines Di Santo “Hailey” mini dress has lingerie-style straps with an appliquéd illusion low back, $3,690, from Lovella Bridal. Badgley Mischka “Quintana” pump.  Beaded silver jumpsuit with high neck and plunging back with hand-beaded crystal belt by Mira Zwillinger, price upon request, Marina Morrison in San Francisco. White tuxedo with black shawl collar by Midnight Blue with black pants, a white shirt, a black diamond-shaped bow tie and black shoes. Rental prices from $150, from Friar Tux Shop, multiple locations.  Hayley Paige’s “Coquette” draped ivory tulle gown has a delicate ribbon trim, corseted bodice and sheer cascading skirt. Price upon request, at JLM Flagship Boutique in Los Angeles. 1950’s vintage rhinestone knot ear clip, $295, from Happy Isles.  Black notch lapel tuxedo by Michael Kors with a white shirt, black bow tie and black shoes. Rentals begin at $170, from Friar Tux Shop. Lace long sleeve V-neck jumpsuit paired with an ivory sheer tulle overskirt, $828, from Tadashi Shoji, multiple locations. 

Wtoo by Watters “Juliette” tea-length, tulle dress is embroidered with a Shakespearean love sonnet, $990, from The White Dress in Corona.  Mid-length white mesh gloves, price upon request, from Gaspar Gloves in Los Angeles. Tamara Mellon’s “Frontline” sandals.  Friar Tux’s black velvet peak lapel tuxedo.  BRIDESMAID ON LEFT:  Silk slip dress featuring a relaxed neck line, $289-359, from Cloud Hunter in Los Angeles.  BRIDESMAID ON RIGHT: “Aimai” cocktail dress in nude mercury silk, $2,150, from Rubin & Chapelle in Malibu. Tabletop rentals by Papillon Rentals. 

FROM LEFT: Maria Lucia Hohan “Azzura” dress, $1,202, online at MLH Shop or Curve in Los Angeles.  Dena Kemp’s black rhodium earrings with a star-like pattern, price upon request. Gianvito Rossi “Plexi” pump, $795.00, Gianvito Rossi in Costa Mesa.  Monique Lhuillier’s green satin long-sleeve gown with royal blue and sapphire crystals embroidered over lace appliqué. rent for $950, online at Nova Octo. JS Noor “Hawa” diamond earrings. Black velvet peak lapel tuxedo.  

FROM LEFT: Naeem Khan’s beaded fringe dress with tulle illusion neckline, $10,995, from Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills. Dena Kemp bracelet and Tamara Mellon’s “Frontline” sandals. The “Reagan” sheath gown from Jenny Yoo has delicate, hand beaded fringe and a knee-length skirt, $1,800, cinched with Jenny Yoo’s rhinestone “Anya” belt, $125, both at Lovely Bride, multiple locations. Vintage 1980’s silver hoop earrings, $425, at Happy Isles.  “Stewart” shift dress by Rivini by Rita Vinieris has a low back and fringed hem, price upon request, find stores online at Rita Vinieris. Badgley Mischka “Quintana” pump, details on page 97. Anne Barge’s “Zayna” platinum strapless column gown with beaded scalloped fringe, $8,790, from Kinsley James. Tamara Mellon’s “Frontline” sandals. 

ON HER: Samantha Elizabeth Designs’ exclusive “Arcalight” silk and organza, high-low gown features a sweetheart neckline. Available in custom
colors, $2,790, from A Bride By Samantha in Beverly Hills. Mini tulle veil with pearls, $150, online at Twigs and Honey. Cirari’s pear diamond earrings, $7,093. Christian Louboutin “Princess” pumps, $795. ON HIM: Friar Tux black notch lapel tuxedo jacket.


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