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Beach Chic

This lace wedding dress from Watters was perfect for this Hawaiian beach wedding because it wasn't too formal and it moved really well. Our favorite feature of the dress, though, is the angular cutout back (which proved to be a major trend this year).

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Cool Cutouts

Speaking of cutouts, our jaws dropped when we saw this divine Mikaella wedding dress. Featuring tiny illusion cutouts in the bodice and a deep-v back, this cap-sleeved gown stunned from every angle.  

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blouson bodice wedding dress with sparkly design
Photo: Robin Shotola

Easy Blouson

If you love easy and effortless style, this Baltimore bride has your dress! An Aidan Mattox with a keyhole neckline, flattering blouson bodice, and patterned beadwork, this wedding gown was a sophisticated choice for this city event.

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Modern Minimalism

When you prefer simple style, it's hard to find a wedding dress that feels "special" enough for the occasion. For a rooftop wedding in Reno, this less-is-more bride selected a modern choice with this notched-collar mermaid dress. And just look at the bride--clearly you don't need a lot of embellishment to glow on your wedding day!

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bride in elegant wedding dress holding white bouquet
Photo: Erin Johnson

Timeless Designers

When you are wearing Vera Wang, you know you are going to be one stylish bride. This beautiful wedding dress with tulle skirt was elegantly complemented by the bride's veil and simple styling.

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Southern Charm

We really ought to send a thank you note to Southern brides for always providing us with such lovely inspiration. This Georgia bride wore a graceful wedding dress featuring a slight empire waist, wrap bodice, and beaded illusion neckline.  

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Lingerie-Inspired Lace

This bustier bodice wedding dress is for bold, stylish brides (okay, and it helps if you've been blessed with killer shoulders and mile-long legs). With an illusion lace back, slinky silhouette, and tiered mermaid skirt, this Inbal Dror number was everything we expect from such an innovative designer.

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Immaculate Styling

A bridal look can be about more than just a wedding dress. And although this traditional dress is certainly lovely on its own, this bride styled it two ways. She wore it with a detachable beaded bolero for the ceremony and with a statement necklace for her portraits (which was our fave of the two).  

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Have Dress, Will Travel

When it comes to destination weddings, particularly those in far-flung locales, we normally see brides in very travel-friendly dresses. You can imagine our surprise when we saw this bride in her grand princess dress with lace sleeves at her wedding in Iceland.

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Southern bride in princess dress with illusion bodice
Photo: Arte De Vie

The Princess Bride

Because 2016 definitely heralded the return of the princess silhouette, we had to include another one. This New Orleans bride opted for a luxurious gown with an ultra-voluminous skirt and sheer illusion neckline and sleeves.