Lauren Koster
Lauren Koster October 26, 2015

Steal This Style | Black Wedding Gown

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Hi friends, it’s Lauren from I Love Love Events back to share another Steal This Style post. A few months back I showed you how to recreate one of bridal’s hottest trends, separates, and being that it’s Halloween week, I thought it would be the perfect time to present another bridal-wear alternative, the black gown.

Often times this look is presented in a moody, goth-styled shoot, but there are other many many other options. I love that the inspiration below presents the gamut of ways brides have braved the black gown. The first photo below feels like a southern belle, there’s the boho lace look in the upper right, rock-and-roll in the bottom left and even a classic version in the bottom right. It’s amazing how this non-traditional look can adapt to just about any wedding style.


IMAGE CREDITS: Marvin Tsai Photography via The Southern California Bride // Amber Gress Photography via Refinery 29 // Laura Gordon Photography via Wedding Sparrow // J. Christina Photography via Green Wedding Shoes // Matt Lien via Preowned Wedding // Jen Huang Photography


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My favorite look from the inspiration above might be the most Halloweeny, but it is also impossibly cool. Not only is the color non-traditional, but the head to toe look is totally unique. The bride dons a custom jumpsuit, but I’ve recreated the look with a deep-v neck sweater and a sheer maxi skirt, plus beautiful statement earrings and the richest shade of red lipstick. She is taking a risk with her look and doing so – she totally nails it! Here’s how you can recreate this ensemble.


IMAGE CREDITS: Amber Gress via Refinery 29 // Makeup: Jessica Blades // Custom Jumpsuit: SYNderela


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  • One big advantage to choosing a non-white gown is that you can save big bucks buying a beautiful designer dress as opposed to a higher-mark up bridal gown
  • If you find the perfect gown in white, ask, often times designers can and will make the dress in an alternative color
  • Remember, black doesn’t have to mean more serious, it can still be very playful

Remember, black is a happy colour darling!

Black is a happy colour darling!

Image courtesy of: Kim Ing Photography via Wedding Sparrow

Lauren of i love love events

Lauren Koster is the owner of I Love Love Events, a New York based wedding planning company that specializes in the unique and handmade look. Her eclectic style and modern hipster vibe always has us entranced. We always love when she graces our blog with her monthly “Steal This Style” article. Want to know more? You can personally follow or find her from these links below:

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