Is there any part of wedding planning more exciting than picking out your digs? We happen to think not. Today, then, we wanted to break down our 6 favorite must-follow dress designer Instagram accounts. Get ready for a whole lotta pretty (and don't blame us if you suddenly find yourself wanting to work a few wardrobe changes into your wedding).
1. Bo & Luca
Dubbed “Bridal wear for the daring romantic,” we absolutely love this Australian line of counter-culture and against-the-grain bridal gowns. From effortless two-piece sets like the Montego Bay to the dreamy glass headpieces, nothing about Bo & Luca’s designs are ordinary. They seem to strike that perfect balance of being oh-so boho without feeling contrived or costume-like. Their pieces are readily available at a number of locations in Australia, but at only one spot in the states: Loho Bride in Los Angeles or San Francisco.
We couldn’t say it any better than Houghton’s own Insta-bio does: “A chic sexy collection for the fun fearless female.” Houghton gowns are ideal for the bold bride who’s confident in her own skin (and who boasts as much energy as a buzzing New York City street). Designs range from easy and understated (like the, at once, edgy and timeless button-front Galina gown) to detailed and intricate (like the hand-embroidered Beatrix Gown). If you're into high fashion and bold cuts, Houghton NYC is for you. (And—fun fact—Ashlee Simpson donned a custom two-piece Houghton gown in her 2014 nuptials.)
3. Stone Cold Fox
Designed by LA-based bad girls Cydney Morris and Dallas Wand, SCF’s bridal gowns are oh-so West Coast. Their Bianca Gown is great for the easy-as-pie barefoot bride. Most SCF gowns are both less expensive than the typical bridal wear and relatively understated, making them perfect for wedding weekend festivities in general. We recommend any one of their dresses for your rehearsal dinner or morning-after brunch, and their bridal robes for getting ready on the morning of with your girls (it’ll make for a fashion-forward photo op).
4. Grace Loves Lace
Number 4 on our list is yet another Australian-based designer who gets it right practically every time. There’s not a gown on the Grace Loves Lace page that won’t have you ready to say I do barefoot on a sandy, sunset-cloaked beach. Perhaps the company’s most sought-after gown, the Inca is a backless beauty that somehow remains both effortless and impactful all at once. Also not to be overlooked—the company’s boho-beach anklets.
5. Jenny Packham
British designer Jenny Packham crafts gowns that are perfect for the high-glamour, sophisticated bride who still has that underlying edge. Dripping in sparkling embellishments and all-things glamorous, each piece in Packham’s bridal lines all boast a little something eye-catching and a little something unexpected (with regular nods to nostalgia throughout). If you're obsessed with the Great Gatsby and a perfectly crafted Old Fashioned, you're the perfect candidate for a Jenny Packham piece.
6. Rue De Seine Bridal
With their new Moonlight Magic Collection out, we're absolutely weak in the knees over Rue De Seine Bridal's gowns. From fringe in all the right places to unexpected lace patterns to stunning star-shaped detailing, everything about Rue De Seine's gowns is off-the-beaten-bridal-path, in the best way possible. We're especially starry-eyed for their Indigo Star gown, and we can't get enough of the stunning simplicity of the fringe-framed Aria Violet gown. For brides wanting to ditch the traditional white gown, the Moonlight Valentina is both dreamy and jaw-dropping, and the Ziggy gown...well don't even get us started on the Ziggy.
Photo courtesy Joshua Aull
Flowers by Isari Flower Studio