When it comes to bridal style, we’ve certainly seen our fair share of jaw-dropping celebrity dresses and weddings that make for Vogue-worthy spreads. But there’s perhaps nothing more inspiring than when you see everyday girls with the most gorgeous bridal style, which is why we’re showcasing six real girls with some seriously standout wedding dresses. From unique details to personal, thoughtful touches, keep scrolling to see what makes these dresses so special.
"I searched high and low for the perfect dress, and even though I tried on so many beautiful gowns, there wasn't a single one that felt like 'The One.' In the end, I decided not to choose one that I merely liked, and instead I designed a dress that I truly love. I found an amazing tailor in Los Angeles and we worked together every step of the way to bring my dream wedding gown to life." — Catherine, 27
“I did the unthinkable—I picked my dress without trying it on or seeing it in person! Due to a busy schedule, I wasn't able to travel to India with my family to find a dress, so I trusted my parents to find something I’d love. I had an idea of balancing traditional Hindu colors with modern cuts. A combination of red, white and/or gold is common, but I wanted a more contemporary mermaid shape for the skirt and a sweetheart neckline for the top. This dress is even more special to me because it's a reminder of how lucky I am to have parents who would go to the ends of the earth to make my dreams come true.” — Mitalee, 29
“I found my dream dress at an adorable shop, The Dress Theory, in Seattle, Washington with my mom, sister, and two bridesmaids. I love that it's actually made up of separates (it’s a skirt and bustier) by Sarah Seven. It makes the whole look feel more fun, carefree, and different from a traditional wedding dress. I also plan to wear the top again!” — Kit, 27
“I knew I wanted a dress by Israeli designer Inbal Dror ever since I first saw her collection three years ago. And as soon as I got engaged, I knew what I was looking for. I wanted a dress that has glamour, elegance, and tasteful sexiness. I wanted a low V-neck, an open back, long sleeves, and no volume. I ended up finding my dress at a Mark Ingram Atelier trunk show in New York City. From the gorgeous intricate lace overlay that’s scattered with tiny crystal beads, to the pearls lining the inside of my wrists, I fell in love with every detail.” — Caitilin, 33
“This dress is actually made by my mom. I found a design that I loved, and together we created a dress that only I would have for my wedding day. That is one of the reasons this dress is so special to me. As far as color and style go, I knew I didn't want a traditional white wedding dress so I went with grays, lavenders, and very light peach.” — Miyo, 29
“In addition to it being powerful and majestic, I chose red because one of my favorite teachers in school said that it’s the most slimming color. I wanted the capelette to be my wings, and I probably said more than once I wanted to be my version of a Khaleesi. Cheryl and Joy, the designers behind my dress, knew exactly how to take that hot mess of a wish list and turn it into something beautiful.” — Hannah, 26
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