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A few of our favorite looks from the dreamiest, most romantic fashion week of them all!

With countless wedding dresses from traditional to avant garde, you don’t want to miss bridal fashion week! Everyone still wants to feel like a princess, but more and more modern brides are going for casual looks on their big day. The latest trends, like softer, flowing dresses and the rise of bridal styles from major retailers like J.Crew and Anthropologie, show today’s brides are about real life romance. Whether you’re planning a wedding or not, these lacy confections will have your fingers itching to sew something luxurious and pretty!

Take a peek at some of our favorite dresses from the Spring 2015 bridal runways, and a few beautiful gowns you can sew yourself.

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We spotted dresses that borrowed from current streetwear and runway trends, like 90s style and peplums. The Reem Acra dress at right reminds us of our layered sundresses, with a sexy body-skimming lining under the full length beaded dress. The Carolina Herrera column dress on the left shows peplums aren’t going anywhere any time soon!

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Runway bridal shows also show off unconventional colors and hemlines you might not find in stores. Get your “something blue” with a pale blue gown, like this one from Monique L’Huillier. Or go for a short hemline like this lace dress from Marchesa. With a mini length dress, you won’t need a separate outfit for your reception.

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Lace was, of course, everywhere, from traditional overlays and back panels to more surprising picks. The Monique L’Huillier dress at left has just a little edge with a larger scale lace sleeve. This style shows a little more skin for the adventurous bride that still wants a classic look. On the right, Reem Acra played with texture for a modern take on standby bridal fabrics. This look almost resembles a skirt and top. It’s a little more casual, but still lovely in gorgeous fabric and pure white.

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We also loved dresses with a little fantasy. Weddings are one of the few formal events left, so go wild with lace, beading, and luxe handstitched embellishment! This art deco style gown from Naeem Kahn is indulgent in the best way. The Carolina Herrera dress at right is a classic, but a full veil takes it to the next level of romance.

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Lace Wedding Dress, Tulle Wedding Dress

The Lace Wedding Dress is meant for brides who want to kick up their heels and dance at the reception. For the traditionalist, make the Tulle Wedding Dress. This tulle, chiffon, and lace confection is pure fantasy with a flowing full skirt, sweetheart neckline, and delicate cap sleeves.

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Slitted Gown, Rosette Gown

The ideal wedding is all about the couple-to-be. Sewing a wedding gown for yourself (or for a very, very lucky friend) insures you’ll have a dress that’s completely your style. If you’re a non-traditional bride, stitching up a formal or cocktail dress in your favorite shade of cream or blush pink might be the perfect alternative to a big white dress. For a sexier pick for a beach wedding, make the Slitted Gown. The Romantic Maxi Dress would be lovely in an ivory floral for a destination or backyard ceremony, and the stunning Rosette Gown makes a sophisticated pick for a courthouse wedding. Sew it up in white, or your favorite jewel tone.

Happy wedding season!

All runway images courtesy of Getty Images


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    Apr 19, 2014, 02.35 PMby unabellina1

    This makes sense because 100 years ago, brides wore their dresses again. Not just a one time event. Why not be able to wear your dress on special occasions without it looking like a wedding dress?

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    Apr 18, 2014, 07.32 PMby purplefan

    What I do like seeing are embellishments-beading and embroidery and even some colour-on bridal fashions (and grooms wear)! Walkable skirts on dresses would matter. Some styles do look wonderful; wearing them or having to endure them for more than 5 minutes would have me reaching for scissors for escape or freestyle alteration.

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    Apr 17, 2014, 03.11 AMby MegH

    Obsessed with the Monique L’Huillier dress! Gorgeous and makes me want to go try on wedding dresses…. or make one haha.

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