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To mark the final day of Weddings Week 2015, we're bringing back one of our favorite themed features. Just like last year and the year before that, we've asked a handful of stylish local tastemakers to share their gorgeous bridal looks to offer you some real-girl inspiration. From high-end designs to flea market finds, there's a bridal vibe for everyone.
Who: Amanda Thomas, Luv Aj designer
Look: "I was heavily inspired by Givenchy’s fall 2010 couture collection and knew that I wanted to wear something like that when I got married. So, when I got engaged last April, I went to Armine of R-Mine Bespoke in Studio City and brought her in a photo of model Natasha Poly in this nude jewel-encrusted gown and said, 'Can we make me look like this?' We created the dress from scratch, and after six months of intensive sewing and beading, and twice-weekly fittings, the dress of my dreams was done and ready for my big day."
Who: Jill Aiko Yee, designer
Look: "Justice and I got married at a gorgeous nature reserve in Sonoma County called Ocean Song. It had views of rolling green hills, and the ocean. We had a colorful, playful feel to the ceremony and reception. My dress was vintage beaded chiffon, and Justice wore a Jil Sander suit. Justice's friend Jerzy brewed beer for the wedding and played the accordion, and his girlfriend Eliza arranged all of the flowers!"
Who: Melanie Bender, senior director at Westfield
Look: "I got married when I was 22—let's just say that was before Pinterest! I bought my dress from a catalog. Growing up in Hawaii, options are limited! It was a blush pink, which I still love. Same goes for the man!"
Who: Misa Hamamoto, Misa Jewelry designer
Look: "Clean lines, long sleeves, vintage-inspired buttons—my perfect dress. One problem: It didn't exist! My wedding was three months away, but during a lunch break one day I walked a couple blocks from my jewelry studio to my friend's Boulee showroom, and several lunch breaks later, the dress of my dreams was on my body!"
Who: Katie Kay Mead, The Modern Territory owner and Made for Pearl creative director
Look: "We were married at my family's Christmas tree farm so I envisioned dresses that were formal yet fun and rustic like our wedding. This is my more casual reception look—the bustier is vintage silk by Dior, my concho belt and jewelry are antique silver and part of my grandmother's collection. The skirt was altered from a dress I found at the Melrose Trading Post flea market just weeks before the big day!"
Who: Sarah Uslan, makeup artist
Look: "My dress was a gift from my incredible friends Ariana Rockefeller and Rob Younkers, who teamed up to design my dream dress. They took elements of my personal style and the very little direction I gave them (long sleeves and not poofy) and created a dress that felt like me. Ian wore a Hugo Boss seersucker suit to keep a summer vibe because the wedding was in his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa in December."
Who: Whitney Bickers, Myrtle owner
Look: "I quite surprised myself as a bride. I would have said I'd go all out in a giant white dress but in the end I felt most comfortable this vintage dress from The Way We Wore—it's the kind of color, pattern, and sparkle I'd regularly wear. My husband was the very first person to see and approve of a short hem and '60s beaded fringe!"
Who: Jen Rossi, Jen's Pirate Booty owner and designer
Look: "We wanted to get married before our second baby girl was born, so around eight months pregnant, we jumped in the car and headed up to the Santa Barbara courthouse. It was perfect! It was just me, my man, our three-year-old daughter Violet, my mama, and my husband's father. I wore the Mykonos kaftan by Jen's Pirate Booty and felt like a total goddess, glowing with love and joy! We are having a much larger wedding celebration down in Mexico in the year to come."
Who: Meaghan Curcio, Beautycounter public relations director
Look: "I knew I wanted lace (but not too much), and I knew I wanted a dramatic skirt (though not princess), but how those would come together I had no idea. I tried on countless (so fun!) dresses and nothing fit that vision. Finally, I told the patient woman working with me that I wanted lace on top, textured skirt on bottom, and maybe a belt in between. Thinking she would have no answers for me, she arrived with three stunning, but separate, pieces from Monique Lhuillier. A corset, a skirt, and a sash. Never did I think I could cobble a wedding dress together, or that a wedding dress could even exist in three pieces! When I finally had it all on, I knew instantly I was never taking it off."
Who: Sarah Stowell, assistant to Giuliana Rancic at E! Entertainment
Look: "We got married overlooking the Pacific Ocean, so I knew I wanted a gown that would complement our stunning backdrop. My dress is a gorgeous mermaid silhouette from Vera Wang. I wanted something fitted on top with a bit of drama on the bottom and this gown fulfilled everything on my wish list. I wanted a softer look and the tulle and organza flowers on the train were the perfect touch to achieve that. I had the most incredible experience shopping for my gown. This was the very first one I tried on, and with the help and impeccable styling from David Friedman-Menendez at Vera Wang Rodeo Drive, I truly felt like the most beautiful bride in the world on my wedding day. Our incredible florist, Fayaz from Bloom Box Designs also complemented my dress with the most exquisite bouquet of white peonies. It really was a head-to-toe dream come true for me!"
Who: Laura Odell, The Odells designer and Bucks & Does co-owner
Look: "I designed my own dress and had my sample sewer at the time make it. Her specialty was custom wedding gowns, so the arrangement was perfect. I wanted to design something that matched the landscape; we were married in Genoa (near Lake Tahoe), which is why I opted for organic cotton. The dress had incredible embroidery on it and I had my sewer stitch pearls by hand."