Classic Beauty: 8 Timeless Wedding Gowns

From: Spring/Summer 2016 edition

Perfectly matched to the stately surroundings of Discovery Park’s historic Fort Lawton, the latest gowns exude timeless appeal— elegant, understated and refined in nature.

(above) CAPTURED ON A PRETTY PORTICO ON OFFICERS’ ROW, THIS SARAH SEVEN GOWN FROM THE DRESS THEORY IS ALL THINGS SWEETNESS AND LIGHT. Sarah Seven “Madison” strapless tulle and lace gown with sweetheart neckline and graduated layered skirt, $2,750, from The Dress Theory, paired with 54-inch-long circle-cut veil, $168, from A Princess Bride Couture. Heidi Hull Designs diamond drop necklace, price upon request, from MeaMarie Bridal. Michael B. 18K yellow gold round-cut diamond engagement ring with pavé-set round diamonds (0.45-carat total weight), $5,600, exclusively from Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler.

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(above) THIS GOWN OFFERS A PEEKABOO VIEW OF ITS KEYHOLE BACK, COMPLEMENTED HERE BY A PEEK OF THE MAJESTIC SOUND. Paradiso Couture “Libertine” ivory beaded gown with sheer tulle overlay and keyhole back, $2,475, with Paradiso Couture “Oscar” floral beaded lace appliqué added to cap sleeves, $395, both from Le Salon Bridal.

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(above) FINISHED WITH FRENCH GUIPURE EMBROIDERY, THIS SOFT, LACY DRESS IS THE DEFINITION OF SOPHISTICATION. Claire Pettibone “Jophiel” sleeveless gown with French guipure embroidery featuring sequins and silver rose design, $6,500, from The Dress Theory. Open-toed patent ankle strap sandals, $79.90, from Express. Auden diamond drop earrings, $138, and Lisa Freede three-strand glass pearl bracelet, $75, both from Neiman Marcus. Michael B. 18K yellow gold diamond engagement ring with pavé diamonds (0.62-carat total weight), $8,500, from Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler.

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(above) A FLUID SHEATH GOWN IS EQUAL PARTS EASE AND GRACE AMONG THE GOLDEN GRASSES. Martina Liana Parisian silk chiffon sheath gown with blouson top and Swarovski-crystal-encrusted belt, $2,299, from Calla Bridal. Alexis Bittar infinity wire pearl drop earrings, $145, plus Eddie Borgo silver plate pyramid tennis bracelet, $125, and pavé crystal tennis bracelet, $175, all from Neiman Marcus.

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(above) WITH A DETAILED SCALLOPED NECKLINE, THIS EMBROIDERED LACE TOP EXUDES ETHEREAL APPEAL. Julie Vino “Hermosa” embroidered Solstiss lace top with a high neckline enhanced by scallop detailing and beading, $7,632, paired with a Paradiso Couture “Josephine” A-line skirt with scalloped lace detailing and thigh-high slit, $1,980, both from Le Salon Bridal. Thomas Knoell Designs “Elena” pearl and crystal bracelet, $340, also from Le Salon Bridal.

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(above) A TIMELESS BALL GOWN BRINGS EVEN MORE GRANDEUR TO THE STORIED LANDSCAPE. Wtoo “Megan” full-textured organza ball gown with scoop neckline, lace-covered spaghetti straps and cathedral train, $1,496, from La Belle Reve. Ben-Amun “Luna” glass pearl and Swarovski crystal bracelet, $170, from BHLDN.

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(above) A SHEER-DRAPED GOWN ADDS TO THE CLASSICAL APPEAL OF THIS FORT LAWTON HOME. Jim Hjelm silk-faced satin and organza gown with sheer-draped tulle bodice, moonstone beading detail and Alençon lace overlay hem, $4,290, at A Princess Bride Couture. Lisa Freede Jewelry pearl drop earrings, $60 from Neiman Marcus. AGJ 18K white gold French-cut diamond engagement ring with accent diamonds (0.72-carat total weight), $3,580, from Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler.

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(above) COMPLEMENTED BY A CHAMPAGNE SPRAY HAIR CLIP, THIS BLUSH-HUED GOWN MAKES FOR A GRAND ENTRANCE. Notte by Marchesa “Mirella” strapless nylon tulle blush gown with champagne- and ivory-colored embroidery in a floral motif, $1,400, from BHLDN. Paradiso Couture champagne pearl spray hair clip with Swarovski crystals, $174, from Le Salon Bridal. Sorrelli “Layla” Swarovski crystal and antique silver brass drop earrings, $65, also from BHLDN.

Shot at Fort Lawton in Discovery Park

Stylist: Lauren Schugar

Stylist’s assistant: Cora Brown Rock

Photographer: Ryan McVay

Photographer’s assistant: Noah Forbes

Hair and makeup: Melissa Korn Hair + Makeup Artist

Hair and makeup assistant: Finan Mehari

Model: Erin Reese for Heffner Management