Ode to the Gothic Bride

I couldn't let this month pass without a mention of dark beauty. My work is filled with flowers and lightness...the pretty and feminine fill my days, but even amongst all of this, I do love a touch of dark mystery to contrast with the sweet.Raven Couture Wedding Dress Black with Multi Color EmbroideryBlack Couture Wedding Dress with Floral embroidered trainMulti Color Floral Wedding Dress with sequinsStill Life Floral Image for Design InspirationBride and Groom wedding couple

Painting | Rachel Ruysch, Still life with flowers in glass vase, 1716, oil on canvas

Raven was the first black wedding dress that I designed. The centerpiece of the Still Life Collection, I wanted to pay homage to the Dutch Master paintings that inspired the whole collection, so I had this stunning floral embroidery created for Raven. In order to convey the light that seems to glow from this masterpiece, I layered ivory sequins underneath to shimmer and reflect the light.

Raven Wedding Dress | Photographer Anais Possamai

Front Detail Eden Couture Wedding DressCouture Wedding Dress with Blue SilkEden Couture Wedding Dress stunning open back detailThe Eden gown, part of my Gothic Angel collection a few years later, definitely leans to the Angel side with heavenly blue silk and iridescent floral embroidery work, but we took inspiration from dramatic turn-of-the-century (the 19th, not our most recent!) portraits, and photographed this beauty with a slight edge of darkness.

Eden Wedding Dress | Photographer Emily Soto

Black Couture Wedding Dress Printed  VelvetLuxurious printed velvet black wedding dressClaire Pettibone Couture Black velvet weddign dress with long sleevesMost recently, I created Phoenix for my Evolution collection. A perfect blend of romantic roses printed on silk velvet inlaid with dramatic black Guipure lace. That high regal collar is contrasted with a "never in the Victorian Age" open low back...a contrast of sexy and demure, the utterly romantic and a hint of mystery...all of those contradictions and complexities that we women share, because no one can be all sugar and sweetness all the time.

Phoenix Wedding Dress | Photographer This Modern Romance

Designer veil Wedding accessoriesAnother nod to the old world is a veil. This bridal accessory can definitely add some drama and mystery whether your look is light and airy or a touch dramatic like our Casablanca beaded style here. My brides are unique and diverse, and whether you're a garden fairy or a Gothic queen, I am here for it! But since it is October, I do want to wish a very Happy Halloween to all of my Gothic Angels!

Casablanca Veil | Photographer Emily Soto

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