Desert Rose: Bridal Gowns for the Free Spirit
Yucca Valley was our destination for Fall Winter's editorial spread of the bohemian bride. Located just 20 miles outside of Palm Springs, the high desert's Le Haute Desert Aerie provided a magical backdrop of rocky outcrops and artistic architecture. Chiffon, crystals, and embroidered tulle found the perfect complimentary contrast against the roughness of the desert's elements. Jaklin G., Monique Lhuillier, and Claire Pettibone were just a few of the designers to produce gasp-worthy bohemian bliss in their whimsical designs.
Take the plunge with Jaklin G. Designs’ two-piece silk chiffon gown featuring a dramatic deep-V front and handmade beaded [or is it “hand-beaded”?] lace panels, $5,598.95, from Mon Amie Bridal in Los Angeles. A dainty bespoke crystal flower and lace embellished bandeau is the perfect addition, $230, from Trace Henningsen in Los Angeles.
The epitome of romance, Monique Lhuillier’s intricate long-sleeve gown adorned with delicate ivory Chantilly lace and beading cascades into a modified trumpet silhouette, $11,000, from Monique Lhuillier Salon in Los Angeles. Add a touch of glitter with a channel-set eternity band, $1,995, and a sparkling hyacinth zircon ring, $10,975, both from Vram for Gray Gallery in Los Angeles. Trace Henningsen’s hand-wired eternal gold and keshi pearl blossom hair vine, $175.
Enchant your groom in Liancarlo’s svelte mermaid gown featuring elegant French Alençon lace over English net with alluring Alençon lace panels, $4,998.95, at Mon Amie. Add a statement piece like Los Angeles–based Doloris Petunia’s stunning nude Zihuatanejo necklace, $265, from DolorisPetunia.com, and Tacori’s pink gold diamond cuff, $20,560 at South Coast Jewelers in Costa Mesa.
Alvina Valenta’s English net gown with French Alençon lace is hard to resist when paired with the shimmering tulle underskirt and stunning keyhole back, $3,598.95, at Mon Amie. Layer on the loveliness with a shimmering bracelet from Maria Elena, $876, from Lovella Bridal in Glendale, and San Luis Obispo–based Lo Boheme’s vintage rhinestone cuff trimmed with Italian lace, $62, LoBoheme.com. Soft succulents as a headpiece add an earthy elegance to the overall look, from Artisan Event Floral Decor, price upon request.
Bring the bling with Tacori’s stunning platinum ring, $13,490 (without center diamond), and this pearl-and-gold-thread necklace, $348, by Lavish by Tricia Milaneze. Complete the look with a dreamy veil by Erica Koesler featuring an Alençon lace edge on the bottom and trimmed with thin satin cords, $475, at Lovella Bridal.
Romantically fashion-forward, Sarah Janks’ Bianca two-piece gown features a lace corset with a ballerina tulle skirt that begs for a twirling first dance, $4,750, at The Dress Theory in San Diego.
Monique Lhuillier’s Valentina illusion gown features floral beading and intricate trellis embroidery with sweet cap sleeves and a gathered sheath, $9,990. The feathered and floral hair accessory adds a touch of whimsy with vintage rhinestones, $98, from Lo Boheme. Enhance the look with Tacori’s eye-catching 5-carat London blue topaz ring nestled in silver with spotlight diamonds, $970, from Robbins Brothers.
Make your walk down the aisle unforgettable, in Claire Pettibone’s impressive Heart’s Desire gown, adorned in an array of incredible pink and red roses embroidered in tulle and a dainty lace overskirt lined in soft pearl silk, $7,500, from Claire Pettibone's Flagship Salon in Los Angeles.
Dare to bare in this unique three-piece ensemble from Houghton Bride, which showcases a lace crop top, $1,250, layered over an ivory bralette, $875, and a matching asymmetrical skirt lined in pale blue, $8,900, from The Dress Theory in San Diego. Add sparkle with a black gold, sapphire and diamond tennis bracelet, $2,375, and an incredible platinum rose-cut diamond ring, $12,455, both from Vram for Gray Gallery. Complete the look with a dramatic Dvnchi hair accessory, $600, at R-Mine Bespoke in Studio City, and nude patent-leather heels, $695, from Jimmy Choo in Beverly Hills.
Anne Barge's Magic Swan chantilly lace ball gown features a full tulle skirt and two horsehair tiers with lace appliques, $7,690, from Wisteria Bridal in Thousand Oaks. Simple flower chain hand bracelet, $158, from Kami Lerner Jewelry online. Divinchi's gold flower hair comb, $550, from R-Mine Bespoke in Studio City.
Perfect in its dreamy simplicity, Maria Lucia Hohan’s Arabella gown features wispy silk mousseline with Chantilly lace, $1,745, from Bridal by MLH.com. Add a statement piece with Los Angeles–based Doloris Petunia’s beautiful crystal and flower petal mini hair bandeau to adorn loose, flowing locks, $400.