Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wedding [Wednesday]: Most Beautiful Brides of 2011

I am writing this sentence right at 11:55pm, so technically that's still Wednesday, haha! ;)
I was really planning to post this for Wedding Wednesday; however, I got busy.
But hey, it's never too late, right?

The year is almost over, so I thought it'd be nice to round up the most beautiful brides of 2011 (this is according to my opinion, of course).

Many couples tied the knot this year -- all the brides and their dresses were absolutely beautiful, but it would be sooooo difficult to go through all of them. And that is why I decided to feature my favorite brides of the year
(I'm thinking I'll make a list of my top 5 2011 weddings for next time). ;)

So, let's start:

1. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge -

You can't talk about 2011 brides and not mention Her Royal Highness.

Duchess Catherine wowed the world when she stepped out in her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress.

The Grace Kelly-inspired dress featured hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace. The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework.

Individual flowers have been hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock. The dress is made with ivory and white satin gazar. The skirt echoes an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats. The train measures two metres, 70 centimetres. The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen’s designs. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.


Check out the royal wedding here.

2. Dylan Lauren -

If you were Dylan Lauren and your father is legendary designer Ralph Lauren, I think you'd ask your Dad to design your wedding dress too. ;)

Ralph Lauren went through multiple sketches before coming up with the perfect design for his only daughter: a georgette embroidered wedding gown, handmade with duchesse satin and silk tulle.

Simply gorgeous!

3. Lauren Bush-Lauren -

If your father-in-law is Ralph Lauren, then you'd ask him to design your wedding dress too, right?! Yes!

When Lauren Bush married David Lauren, she wore a gorgeous gown that featured long lace sleeves and a high neck. She finished her stunning wedding look with a long veil and wrap around headband.

The top layer of the dress consisted of antique ivory tulle that was embellished with silk and metallic thread, following a Renaissance-era scroll design that took a team of 100 over 3,000 hours to sew.


4. Molly Sims -

The model and actress wore the "Isadora" wedding gown from Marchesa when she married Scott Stuber this past September.

The drop-waist lace sheath gown, from the Spring 2012 collection, has a flare lace skirt and appliquéd cascade sleeves. There are buttons up the back and a sheer lace-trimmed overlay at the neckline.

Love it!

5. America Ferrera -

America looked gorgeous in her Amsale's Christos wedding gown!

The ivory strapless dropped waist gown has a lace bodice and tiered pleated tulle skirt.
It is made of French corded lace and tulle.

She wore her hair pulled back with a beautiful lace veil.

Soooo happy for her!

6. Reese Witherspoon -

Reese wore a custom-designed, blush-colored Monique Lhuillier creation.
It has a Chantilly lace corset bodice, a full tulle A-line skirt, adorned with a double-face silk satin ribbon with cascading silk flowers that matched her daughter (and maid-of-honor), Ava's dress.

So radiant!

Check out Reese's wedding to Jim Toth here.

7. Jetsun Pema, Queen of Bhutan -

Can you say royal wedding mania?!
Bhutan welcomed a new queen when 21-year old Jetsun Pema married 31-year old King Jigme.

Isn't this picture the cutest thing ever?!
Even though it is traditional for them to take on multiple wives, the king announced that Jetsun Pema will be his only wife -- awwww!

Their wedding attire is so colorful and so pretty!

The bride ordered several elaborate kiras, the national dress for Bhutanese women, from among prominent weavers in the country. She chose one of these kiras, which are woven from raw silk and can take months to complete, as her wedding gown. She wore a light yellow tego and a kira colored red, yellow, green and white, along with red earrings to match her red wonju.

The King, on the other hand, wore a rose patterned yellow silk gho (the same one worn by his father and grandfather when they got married).

I love her shoes!

I think Queen Jetsun is beautiful!
She seems so poised and she looks every bit the queen that she is -- not your typical 21-year old, very impressive!

There you have it, these are the most beautiful brides of 2011 for me.
I guess you can kinda predict which 2011 weddings belong in my top 5, haha! ;)

Do you agree with my choices?
In your opinion, who are the most beautiful brides of this year?

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  1. the queen of bhutans shoes are amazing!

  2. I would die for that Ralph Lauren wedding dress. Amazing <3

  3. Reese Witherspoon looked so exquisite! :)

  4. Such lovely weddings! Love the pics from each.

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  5. Such gorgeous brides! The all look beautiful.

  6. I love them all! Pretty dresses!

  7. loved this whole post!! Pretty dresses and such pretty ladies too!!

  8. Thats such a tough one. I mean, honestly Kate's dress is OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing!!!
    BUT... if I had to pick one to wear for my wedding, I think I'd go for Dylan Lauren!!!

    I really reallyyy like how you didnt go with just all celebreties!!!

  9. I have been totally in love with Lauren Bush's wedding gown since I saw it a few days ago.

    And I have a huge soft spot for Reese's blush color gown. So pretty.

  10. amazing post!
    I'm seeing a lot of lace, but nothing to complain about there! :)
    Lauren Bush-Lauren's dress is so intricate and gives off a vintage
    vibe, that I just find beautiful!

    I didn't even know that America Ferrera married!
    she looks beautiful though!

    Jetsun Pema's shoes are indeed amazing! =p
    she is very pretty and looks a bit Korean

    If I were to pick one dress for me to actually wear, I think
    I would most likely wear Reese Witherspoons :) just because
    I'm quite petite and simple =p

  11. Gorgeous photos! Love this post!

  12. I cant believe I'm about to say this but I love Lauren's dress the best. Its just classic.

  13. what the shoe-- i knoooow! ;)

    Sina-- i loved both dresses designed by ralph lauren! which one did you like? :)

    Erika-- i agree!

    ellie-- it's alright, i just wanted to know what happened to her. you're an amazing writer!

    Audrey Allure-- yup they do!

    Cafe Moka-- :D

    SkinnyNinny-- thanks! i'm glad you loved it!

    Ash Louise-- aww, thanks! i really think both british and bhutan royal weddings were beautiful! and yeah, kate's dress is gorgeous!

    Sunny&Star-- lauren bush's dress is sooooooo stunning!

    Peiji-- thank you! you described lauren bush's dress perfectly! and i think reese's dress would look great on you. :)

    Miss L-- aww, thanks!

    Amber-- aahhh, love it too! you're right, it's classic. :)

  14. Wow, what a great post! Seeing all of these beautiful brides just put a huge smile on my face!! Every single one of them is gorgeous & many of these pictures I hadn't even seen yet. :)

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  15. WOw, I love all of these so unique and perfect. My favorite has to be Lauren Lauren, haha.

  16. They are all so gorgeous. I'm surprised that my fav is Reese's since I'm more of a traditional person.

  17. I love all your picks. If I was choosing for myself I would go with Molly Sims' dress.

  18. All of them looked gorgeous,love their dresses.My favorite is the last one, beautiful tradition and new Queen.Kisses from

  19. Very fun post! Dylan Lauren's gown is my fave. Love that frothy skirt! xo style, she wrote

  20. Mendi-- aww, thank you! i'm really glad you liked it and that it made you smile. thanks for following! :)

    LeeLee-- haha, i think her name is really cool. ;)

    Leeann-- haha, yeah. i guess because the look is simple and traditional? ;)

    Maria-- i really really like molly sims' dress too! i love the sleeves. :)

    karin-- she's a beautiful queen. :)

    Style, She Wrote-- i knoooow, her skirt and america's skirt are both so pretty. :)

  21. I love your choices!!! Reece Witherspoon's dress is my favourite :)

  22. Many Colours-- it's so simple and beautiful, huh? :)

  23. I love Lauren Bush's dress, I hadn't seen it!

  24. Meri-- it's gorgeous! so intricately beautiful. :)

  25. wonderful pictures and selection.Dylan Lauren dress is my fav
    and the shoes of the Queen of Buthan are Gorgeous :)))

  26. Each and every dress is stunning! Each girl looks fabulous! But the most I like America's and Reese'looks!



  27. I completely agree with your choices. I've actually not heard of all of them, but I agree with them all, especially the Duchess of Cambridge and Lauren Bush-Lauren (What a name!) xo

  28. Queen Jetsun is gorgeous, and those shoes are TDF!

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  29. just me-- i totally agree, her shoes are gorgeous!

    Alexandra-- they both look really radiant and happy!

    Sarah-- haha i knoow, her name is cool! ;)

    Summer-Raye-- yes, sure, let's follow each other!

  30. such gorgeous brides - you missed kate moss though! but great post

  31. Duchess of Cambridge was the best one. <3<3

  32. I love Reese Witherspoon and kate's dress :) they look so gorgeous!! :D

  33. i love lauren bush lauren's and america ferrera's dress! so gorgeous!
    Dolly, xo
    Unicorns, Heels and American Dreams

  34. oh goodness, queen jetsun is gorgeous! and i love that her husband said he would only take on one wife. adorable!
    and i'm completely OBSESSED with lauren bush lauren's dress! amazing!!!
    xo TJ

  35. I think Lauren's dress is my favorite! So beautiful!

  36. beautiful post. they are all soooo lovely.

  37. Lauren Bush is my favorite, I'd looove to wear that dress on my wedding day! And I agree, the queen of Bhutan is so beautiful, and so graceful! She definitely looks the part of a queen.

    xx Cristina

  38. Dylan's dress is gorgeous and i love Queen Jetsun's shoes.

  39. They are all so beautiful! I was going to pick my #1 but I can't...

  40. Thanks for following my dear!
    These are such beautiful brides! :)
    Definitely some of my picks for the year too.

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  41. The last woman look stunning and even though she's wearing such incredible colours, she still shines through...

  42. My favorite has to be the Duchess of Cambridge - so beautiful! And I loved watching her wedding.

    --Olivia :)

  43. caits-- thanks! and i didn't know much about her wedding although her dress was beautiful too!

    Love Sushi and Fashion-- she was really beautiful on her wedding day!

    Diana-- i agree!

    Loveforfood-- :D

    Dolly-- great picks!

    TJ-- i knooow, that is so adorable! and yeah, lauren bush's dress is breathtaking!

    Meagan-- i agree, it's gorgeous!

    Savvy Gal-- :D

    Cristina-- i would love to wear a dress like lauren bush's too!

    Cheryl-- those shoes are just gorgeous, huh? ;)

    Nikki-- haha, it was difficult! ;)

    Victoria-- you're welcome and thanks for following too!

    About Last Weekend-- i definitely agree!

    Olivia-- i looooved watching her wedding too!

  44. Aww, the King and Queen of Bhutan are so cute together! And I think it's sweet that she will be his only wife. And I agree, you cannot talk about 2011 weddings without mentioning Kate Middleton.

    Love, Belle

  45. Belle-- i knooow, they really are so cute together! and yeah, i'd be crazy if i didn't include the big royal wedding. ;)

  46. I love all of these gorgeous wedding dresses!!

  47. Gorgeous collection of bridal photos! Reese Witherspoon looks incredible..

  48. Joanne Faith-- she really does. :)

  49. America looks so beautiful, I love her dress!

  50. Oh wow they are gorgeous! Number two and number five are my favourite, so beautiful! Number 3 is lovely too, thanks for showing them, I'm a sucker for wedding dresses! XxxX

  51. I adore Jetsun. How beautiful and so regal.
    Such exquisite palatte colours too. Warmly hope you are enjoying the weekend my lovely;-)

  52. Kirstin Marie-- she really is so beautiful!

    Second Hand Rose-- you're very welcome, i'm glad you liked it!

    Vera-- :D

    Fashion, Art and other fancies-- i agree with you, she's so regal! and thanks, i hope you're enjoying the weekend too!

  53. This list is perfection, my love! I simply adore Duchess Catherine's, Lauren-Bush-Lauren's, and Molly Sims' gown. I also love America Ferrera's veil. <3

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  54. Bree-- awww, thank you! great picks, they are all beautiful! :)

  55. I agree with all of your choices! Those brides are so gorgeous!

  56. Shutterbug-- yay, i'm glad you liked them too! :)

  57. I agree with all of these! Kate definitely is number #1. Her dress was just breathtaking. I love Lauren Bush's dress as well. The lace is too beautiful.

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  58. Carrie-- i'm glad you agreed with my choices, haha. yeah, kate is this year's number 1 bride, of course. and i am so in love with lauren bush's dress too!