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Utterly Gorgeous Coloured Gowns for the Unconventional Bride

For me, having a vintage inspired wedding was about trying to create a look personal and unique to me – when I was younger I was adamant I would get married in black, so obviously my wedding was always destined to be unique! When planning our wedding I did consider challenging convention and going with a coloured wedding dress, but I am afraid to say I found it all too difficult and chose the easy Ivory option. But after my perfectly Vintage Inspired Wedding I came across this incredibly inspirational real life wedding bridal perfection on 100 Layer Cake

Green Jenny Packham Gown - 100 Layer Cake

Green Jenny Packham Gown - 100 Layer Cake(go to 100 Layer Cake to see all the lovely photos – how cute is the matching cake topper!)

Oh so gorgeous and glamorous bride Phillipa could not look more beautiful in her glittering, green, Jenny Packham gown – it is simply deco divine! And it got me thinking, I can’t be the only bride to be who considered not conforming, so what is out there for those brides playing with the idea of shying away from the traditional ivory or white?

I realise I may sound a bit biased, but for any bride looking for a glamorous, deco inspired, coloured wedding dress, Jenny Packham is a good place to start!

Starting with this truly beautiful colour and design, straight out of the Golden Age of Hollywood, in fact, one of my Style Icons of today – Vintage Diva Dita Von Teese wore it, and looked absolutely stunning……

Dita Von Teese in Jenny Packham Fall 2010 Blue Gown

If you love the Golden Age of Hollywood fashion and that gorgeous sapphire blue colour take a look at these beauties from Marchesa……

Marchesa wedding dresses in Ink Blue

But, back to Jenny Packham – that dress, made instantly famous by the Duchess of Cambridge, I thought immediately would make a beautiful wedding dress……

Jenny Packham Spring 2011

If it is Silver glamour you want, then this gorgeous gown by Karen Willis Holmes might be for you……

Silver Karen Willis Holmes

Or for a more traditional in style dress, take a look at Francesca, in a very pretty almost blue silver colour.

Karen Willis Holmes Francesca

Of course, just as I start thinking about and looking for coloured wedding dresses who should unveil their latest collection but one of my favourite wedding dress designers, Vera Wang!

As always the designs are incredibly lush and the colours are just so romantic……

Vera Wang Wedding Dress Spring Summer 2012 Latte

Vera Wang Wedding Dress Spring Summer 2012 Latte

Vera Wang 2012 Mint Green

Vera Wang 2012 Mint Green

Vera Wang Wedding Dress Spring Summer 2012 Latte

Vera Wang Wedding Dress Grey Charcoal

Vera Wang Grey Charcoal Wedding Dress

Vera Wang Wedding Dress Spring Summer 2012 Blush

Wow, wow, wow, I can’t even pick a favourite!

If something more whimsical or retro is for you, then take a look at this fabulous Australian wedding, from Ruffled, captured perfectly by talented photographer Adrian Tuazon……

Australian Bride in a  Blue Wedding Dress

Australian Bride in a  Blue Wedding Dress

Australian Bride in a  Blue Wedding Dress

Australian Bride in a  Blue Wedding Dress

I love the powder blue dress and her contrasting pink shoes are SO cute!

Or how about this gorgeous New Zealand bride, from Project Wedding, in her beautiful couture gown – by one of my favourite Australian wedding dress designers, Collette Dinnigan……
 Champagne Wedding Dress
Champagne Wedding Dress
Champagne Wedding Dress
BHLDN, if you have never heard of them you are in for a treat, have some of the most wonderful whimsical, coloured, bridal gowns and dresses, so if you’re inspired by the above brides go straight to their shop (they ship internationally!) – and be prepared to be amazed! Here are a select few, my personal faves……
BHLDN Olive Ophelia Dress
If you love the pretty blush, nude, antique pink colour already seen in BHLDN, and Vera Wang, then you are going to LOVE the dresses found in Marianna Hardwick‘s sumptuous Salon Collection……
Mariana Hardwick Marguerite
I love this 1950s inspired chiffon bridal ball gown with its intricate lace watermark!
Mariana Hardwick Marguerite
 Mariana Hardwick Loretta Young
The same colour also appears in Elie Saab‘s Spring 2011 Haute Couture collection (go to his website to see incredible sketches of his creations and the latest 2012 collection which is just as beautiful!)
Ellie Saab Spring 2011 Dusky Pink
Ellie Saab Spring 2011 Blush Pink
Ellie Saab Spring 2011 Bridal Gown
Or hey, why not the Black I always said I would get married in – when the dress looks like this, how could anyone argue?!
Ellie Saab Spring 2011 Black Bridal Gown

I must admit to being amazed, and impressed, with the selection and choice of unconventional, coloured wedding dresses available, it’s a clear sign of the demand for them – for brides today wanting to create a unique look and wedding that expresses their style and personality, they have plenty of gowns and dresses to choose from!