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When it comes to wedding season — which is set to be a banner year in 2022 due to the postponement of the pandemic — Hollywood luminaries in their happiest moments continue to provide style inspiration beyond the red carpet.
For her nuptials in the South of France last July, Issa Rae turned to bridal designer Vera Wang for custom, swoon-worthy dresses for her ceremony and reception, as did Ariana Grande for an elegant dress. column for a home wedding last May. Hollywood scion Billie Lourd walked down the aisle last year in a custom off-the-shoulder Rodarte and then shone in a beaded and fringed mini, inspired by her late grandmother Debbie Reynolds.
Last January, actress Danielle Brooks (Orange is the new black; off broadway The purple color) also doubled down on her look, reveling in a custom Christian Siriano lace corset dress for the photo reveal and reception, then wearing a flower-embroidered illusion tailoring by Nigerian-British designer Gbemi Okunlola of Alonuko for the ceremony.
Paris Hilton went all out last November with four wedding looks: an off-the-shoulder first dance dress by Galia Lahav, a sparkling Pamella Roland cape ensemble for dinner; complemented by a floral ball gown and an exuberant dance dress by Oscar de la Renta. Freida Pinto, meanwhile, looked like a dream in an affordable, ruffled, embroidered dress from British company Needle & Thread on her 2020 wedding day.
Takeaway: Personalize your day by starting with a few suggestions to give the big event a personal and stylish touch:
Based in New York, Agmes offers fine jewelry that is handcrafted and sustainably made. Modern and chic freshwater pearls, 14k gold and sterling silver pieces are destined to become treasured heirlooms, beyond marriage; agmesnyc.com
The whole bridal party can express themselves with lovely mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses in Birdy Gray’s range of palettes (samples available); all under $100. The women-founded, direct-to-consumer brand AAPI also offers men’s costumes under $200, as well as anime accessories for everyone. The company also encourages customers to donate lightly worn bridesmaids’ dresses to The Princess Project, a nonprofit that provides dresses to teens in need for prom season; birdygrey.com
Founded by former wedding planner Melissa Sullivan (who previously worked with Hollywood events pro Mindy Weiss), Los Angeles vintage bridal studio Maison Sully specializes in exquisite finds from the 60s and 70s. Appointments can be conducted virtually, and customizations are available upon request; maisonully.com
With veils and headdresses fashionable again, Monvieve, based in Milan and New York, offers many ways to personalize a wedding ensemble, from dramatic long veils edged in Chantilly lace to Old Hollywood-style netting embellishments; monvieve.com
Brazilian designer Patricia Bonaldi PatBO the line showcased a destination wedding-ready collection featuring bridal iterations of its signature sultry cutout gowns, a favorite of celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Rihanna; patbo.com
New York-based designer Sarah Flint offers wedding versions of her iconic shoes, from stilettos to stacked heels to the Natalie Bow White Lace ($475), a Meghan Markle favorite; sarahflint.com
Founded by Haitian American designer Charles Dieujuste, Scorcesa is a a size-inclusive line (00-30) that offers versatile pieces for the modern bride, including trouser suits, chic ensembles and a shimmering gold kaftan you’ll definitely wear again; scorcesa.com
Thom Browne alum (and Lady Gaga favourite) Jackson Wiederhoeft shares an exuberant theatrical vision with his fledgling bridal collection, which has been worn on the red carpet, including by Gossip Girl‘s Jordan Alexander, in a low-rider corset and pants and Baby Shivais Rachel Sennott, in a bow-embellished mini dress; wiederhoeft.com
A version of this story first appeared in the April 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.