Whether for reasons of weather (baby, it’s cold outside in December, January and February…even in Houston!), venue (some houses of worship require shoulder coverings) or style (you know…just ’cause it’s HAUTE!), many 2018 brides are seeking out sleeved wedding gowns. And our most beloved wedding dress designers are answering the call with gorgeous long-sleeve wedding gowns that combine the best of illusion material, lace and bling. Check out some of our favorite new sleeved styles from top wedding-gown designers here–then find these designers, and more long-sleeve wedding dress styles, at Houston’s top bridal salons, right here!
1. Gown: Marchesa
2. Gown: Naeem Khan
3. Gown: Lazaro
4. Gown: Galia Lahav
5. Gown: Monique Lhuillier
6. Gown: Ines Di Santo
7. Gown: Alvina Valenta
8. Gown: Galia Lahav
9. Gown: Reem Acra
10. Gown: Pronovias
11. Gown: Allure Couture
12. Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Photo: Courtesy of Mira Zwillinger
If you’re a dress-obsessed bride-to-be, you’ve probably noticed that Israeli-based bridal couture designers have taken the bridal world by storm of late, here in Houston…and pretty much everywhere else. Galia. Berta. Inbal. And now, exclusive to Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, you can add the supremely talented Mira Zwillinger to that lofty list! Led by the mother-and-daughter team of Mira and Lihi Zwillinger, this luxury bridal couture house (they also make uh-mazing cocktail- and evening-wear), crafts custom, made-to-measure gowns that fit each bride’s body to perfection. Oh, and guess what else?
THIS WEEKEND, you can experience the magnificence of Mira Zwillinger in all its chic, sensual, sophisticated glory, when you schedule your appointment to attend the exclusive Mira Zwillinger Trunk Show at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, continuing through today and tomorrow. Limited openings are still available, so get on the horn and get yours pinned down…then get over to Joan Pillow for some of the most ethereal and exquisite gowns you’ve ever seen!
This week, as all of us take shelter from the unprecedented deluge of Hurricane Harvey, and take stock of everything that is dear and precious to us, we will be sharing some of our favorite weddings of the last few years. If you need an escape, a moment of peace, a reminder of the importance of family, friends and, above all, love, please settle in, snuggle down and join us. And once the storm clouds clear, and the water recedes, let us know what we can do to help you. We are all in this together. #BeStrongHouston #LoveConquersAll
Houston bride Rozlind wanted her wedding to be a fabulous party that still had a warm, inviting feeling. From the black and white decor, to the all-white flowers, and romantic candlelit ballroom at Hotel ZaZa, Rozlind and Matthew’s wedding was the definition of modern glam. If you think all of this sounds glamorous, just wait till you see Rozlind’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown and Nicholas Kirkwood peep-toe lace heels! Thanks, Adam Nyholt, for the beautiful photos and congrats to the newlyweds!
Photos: Adam Nyholt, Photographer ~ Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier ~ Bride’s Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood ~ Venue: Hotel ZaZa ~ Décor & Rentals: Plants n’ Petals ~ Invitations: Bering’s ~ Registry: Kuhl-Linscomb
Congrats! You’ve found your “Oh yes!” dress. Now it’s time to add a little (or a lot) of sparkle to your big day with the right jewelry for your bridal gown. You’ll want pieces that complement your wedding dress neckline and the overall aesthetic of your wedding. But the most important thing is that you remain true to yourself and feel comfortable with the jewelry pieces you pick up. Read on for our recommendations!
If Your Wedding Dress Has a Sweetheart or Strapless Neckline…
This type of dress leaves a lot of room to cover. The options are limitless. You can wear long queenly earrings with a sparkling choker. Or precious diamond stud earrings with a statement necklace. Whatever you decide make sure it doesn’t overwhelm your beautiful gown.
Gown: Anne Barge
If Your Wedding Dress Has An Off- The- Shoulder Neckline…
Bare shoulders and a loose, upswept bridal hairstyle offer a great opportunity to try a bold, statement-making chandelier earring. Going for a more Boho OTS look? Opt instead of an on-trend “ear crawler,” which will catch the light every time you turn your pretty head. Don’t forget to add a little sparkle to your hair as well. A delicate hairpin will echo your earrings, while still keeping the “less is more” mantra.
If Your Wedding Dress Has a High Neckline…
Skip the necklace altogether. There’s no need to be extra when you’re already the bride. Play around with what kind of earrings fit with your wedding vibe: long, elegant chandelier earrings, delicate vintage drop earrings (perfect for this coming season’s Victorian-inspired bridal gown styles) or sparkly studs. There’s no right or wrong option, as long you feel comfortable and stay true to yourself.
Gown: Galia Lahav
If Your Wedding Dress Has a Plunging V Neckline…
This super-popular wedding dress neckline leaves infinite options. A plunging V neckline naturally makes you look taller and slimmer. Stick to a thin, delicate lariat necklace (IF your bodice is not illusion mesh), or, if you’re feeling bold, go with a eye-catching jeweled cuff, or add a unique hairpiece to your chic, dramatic ponytail, or romantic, tousled braid.
Gowns: Galia Lahav
We live for outfit changes—especially at weddings. A second look for the all-night dancing gives you a chance to wear something less fussy, but just as breathtaking as your first look. Whether you’re looking for a chic pant suit, crop top and high-low skirt, or fun fringe, we’ve got you covered. Browse our editor’s faves below, and see a list of local Houston fashion boutiques that carry some of these fabulous dresses here. Happy shopping, xo!
1. Peter Langner
2. Krikor Jabotian
3. Johanna Ortiz
4. Hayley Paige
5. Galia Lahav
8. Berta Bridal