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To kick off this year's Weddings Week festivities, we're bringing back a reader favorite from the past three years to share what LA's coolest girls wore on their wedding day. Our latest batch of ten inspiring brides range from The Hills alum Whitney Port to Vogue-approved stylist (and View From the Topp sensation) Kate Brien Kitz to two blogstars to one of our very own writers. Their style choices are just as diverse, covering everything from dreamy bohemian to modern classic to total DIY to something called "California-Cajun," which looks as amazing as it sounds.
So many brides, so many vibes, so many looks to add to your Pinterest board. These girls are also sharing exactly how they found "the one" (not the guy, the dress!), which leads us to the big takeaway that having a clear vision of what you want will make the process less stressful and way more fun.
Whitney Port, Designer
"My stylist and I collaborated with an amazing designer, Ashi, to create my dream dress. I wanted to wear something that would stand the test of time style-wise, but also would reflect my quirkiness. It was a little party in the front with sophistication in the back! I was truly in love with it." — Whitney Port of Whitney Eve
Jenny Cipoletti, Blogger
"We knew from the beginning stages of planning, a grand firework show would be a part of the finale of the evening. When looking for my reception dress, I wanted a look that would capture the sparkle from the fireworks. This crystal beaded Monique Lhuilier ball gown did just the trick." — Jenny Cipoletti of Margo and Me
Kate Brien Kitz, Stylist
"Before I was even engaged I had seen this Valentino eyelet gown in their Resort collection and knew that it was the dress that I wanted to get married in. As soon as David proposed (luckily only a few weeks later) and we settled on Tulum as our location, I contacted Valentino to see when the dress would arrive. It was the only dress that I tried on and I purchased it on the spot. I was so comfortable in this dress — it was perfect for the location and aligned with my personal style better than any dress I could have imagined. David knew nothing about my dress before the wedding, but when he saw it he said it was exactly what he had pictured." — Kate Brien Kitz
Lynette Cenée, Beauty Expert
"We said 'I do' on a dreamy September day last year in the Arizona desert, so I wanted my look to feel very bohemian and free spirited but still have a touch of glam. I paired my 'Zeppelin' gown by Rue De Sein with a smokey eye and a headpiece." — Lynette Cenée
Sarah Hanna Nazzal, Publicist
"My husband and I had a big wedding, as both of us come from large Middle Eastern families. I wanted to look and feel like myself on my wedding day, but also needed to dress for the grand occasion. I wore a sleek beaded Monique Lhuillier gown, a custom hair piece from Lebanon full of opals and pearl stones, diamond earrings my husband gave me the night before the big day, and YSL Tribute heels in white." — Sarah Hanna Nazzal of Infinity Creative
Kira Cook, Writer and TV Host
"Making this dress was my favorite part of planning our wedding. I knew I wanted a super romantic and ethereal dress without it feeling boho or poufy, which is weirdly hard to find for under $5,000! But I had a secret weapon: my friend and masterful gown surgeon Tashina Hunter, who I knew could render my dream dress into reality. I ended up finding a gorgeous vintage 1960s lace dress online at Gossamer Vintage with the most perfect Peter Pan collar and a billion elegant buttons up the back. I decided to pair that with a seafoam BHLDN tulle bridesmaid dress underneath for a pop of color. Tashina married the two dresses together and formed a brand-new kind of brilliance. She also made the lace top removable so I was free to dance the night (and morning) away!" — Kira Cook of PBS travel series Islands Without Cars
Kimberly Pesch, Blogger
"Blake and I got married by the beach in Maui, Hawaii and everyone asked, 'So, you're going to wear a bohemian beachy wedding dress, right?' Nope! I wanted a modern classic dress. I loved the asymmetrical neckline of my Vera Wang dress. It really gave a dramatic touch to such a classic silhouette. The guys naturally all wore tuxedos, and I loved the contrast of the polished outfits against the rugged Hawaiian coastline." — Kimberly Pesch of Eat Sleep Wear
Cammy Miller, Designer
"Nick and I were married at my family's lake house in Northwest Louisiana, so I wanted a California-Cajun bridal look that would be completely my own. I collaborated with Watters designer, Xay Vongphachanh, to create a custom, super simple top that offset the princess feel of the 'Priya' skirt from their main collection. To make the look feel unique, we added one-of-a-kind silk flowers trailing down the back of the skirt — moving, pinning, and finding the perfect placement for each up until the moment I walked (barefoot) down the aisle. I loved the skirt so much that I wore it the next day to our farewell crawfish boil, too! My amazing wedding planner Mandy Cathey arranged the flowers, creating beautiful bouquets of mixed, vibrant wildflowers with rainbow tassels tied around each, lending the look a perfect bohemian-country vibe." — Cammy Miller of Show Me Your Mumu
Jennifer Astin, Writer
"Since I decided against a traditional wedding, I chose a backless, super short gray lace dress with a silk slip underneath. I adored the tiered ruffles along the sides. The dress is from Porcelain. I saw it in red in Marie Claire and Mary-Kate Olsen was a big fan of the line." — Jennifer Astin of Racked LA
"I am a total free-spirit, so while I was on the hunt for the dress, I thought I wanted something really silky and loose that flowed. I'm really petite — only five feet — so when I tried on those silhouettes, something looked really off and the colors never looked great with my skin tone. About six months to a year into the search, I went to a Galia Lahav trunk show at a local bridal shop with my mom. Before going in, I told my mom, 'I’m really not sure if this designer will be right for me or not,' given the fact I had been wanting something really bohemian and minimal, but we went despite my initial reservations. I tried on a few dresses that I wasn't crazy about and then I tried on the last one. I kid you not, the entire shop stopped what they were doing and gasped. I started to cry and everyone was like, 'This is the one!'
It was completely unexpected and not something I thought I would ever love, but once I had it on, there was no question about whether this was it or not. I felt like a fairy princess in it (as silly as that sounds) and the designer was there and made some custom alterations to the dress, given how teeny I am. It was such an amazing experience! I ended up finding these white satin Manolos on eBay because nowhere carried them and I knew that was the shoe I wanted. Luckily, I found a single pair listed in my size. Truly a Cinderella story moment!" — BreeLayne