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From the Archives: Wedding Gowns Fit For a First Lady

As mistress of the manor, our bride dons the gowns of the season with grace and style.

By Kate Bennett

For an ideal Washington wedding gown, there’s nothing more suitable than classic silhouettes and a touch of glamour. In our Winter/Spring 2013 issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, we chose to highlight Washington's bridal fashion in “My First Lady.”

To showcase the dresses, we shot presidential scenarios at the Anderson House in DC. See the rest of our First Lady dress picks below.

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From the Archives: Whimsical Wedding Gown Inspiration

Our bride dons stunning dresses inspired by the beauty of nature.

By Kate Bennett

Take a look at “Bride to Bee,” a Washingtonian Bride & Groom feature that brings a little whimsy to bridal fashion while showcasing traditional accents such as floral taffeta, silk, and lace. This photo shoot took place at the Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland—the perfect backdrop to our nature-inspired shoot. Since Woodend Sanctuary’s landscape wasn’t in full bloom, we turned to Amaryllis Floral + Event Design, which provided fresh floral arrangements for an even lusher look. Keep reading to see all the beautiful gowns, the classic accessories, and the picturesque location. 

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Get the Look: Jenna Bush Hager’s Wedding Gown

Thanks to Naeem Khan, now you too can look like the former first daughter on your big day.

By Valeria Boucas Belize by Naeem Khan ivory V-neck trumpet gown with bias-cut raw chiffon hand embroidery, $16,500. Photographs courtesy of Saks Jandel.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas is currently hosting a retrospective on storied designer Oscar de la Renta, and among the 60-plus pieces on view is the wedding gown Jenna Bush Hager wore for her 2008 nuptials to Henry Chase Hager. Other highlights include former first lady Laura Bush’s second inauguration-day and evening ensembles, as well as several items worn by her daughters, Barbara and Jenna, throughout their father’s presidency. 

Love the custom V-neck gown de la Renta created for Jenna? Here’s how you can get the look. Starting October 31, Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase will host a trunk show, which will include a Naeem Khan trumpet gown that closely resembles Hager’s. See below for more details. 


The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel
5510 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase


Friday, October 31, through Saturday, November 1.

Jenna Bush Hager’s wedding gown, designed by Oscar de la Renta for her May 10, 2008, nuptials to Henry Chase Hager, is currently on view at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Photograph courtesy of Oscar de la Renta.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.


Trend Watch: Sequin Bridesmaids Dresses (Photos)

Sparkle and shine with these 14 showstoppers.

By Jordan Muto
Photograph by Rebekah J.Murray

Brides-to-be, here’s a bridesmaid dress trend that won’t leave your girls rolling their eyes. Sequin dresses channel the elegant 1920s Great Gatsby vibe and add some sparkle to your wedding portraits. Long or short, sleeveless or long-sleeve, these numbers shine on their own, making it easy for your bridesmaids to look their best with minimal accessories and simple hairstyles.

Create a cascade of sparkles by asking your bridal party to pick a dress of their choice, or have everyone wear the same dress for a monochromatic effect. While gold, silver, and bronze always make for a safe bet; add some drama with a bold color like a saturated orange or a deep purple. Want the gold-rush effect without the hefty price tag? We’ve done the work for you and found 14 dresses under $350. Scroll through and take a look at our finds.


BHLDN Set to Open in Georgetown This Spring

Vintage-loving brides will now be able to buy the bridal designs in person.

By Irina Grechko
Photographs courtesy of BHLDN.

Exciting news for bohemian-leaning brides! BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding brand, known for its ethereal and vintage-inspired bridal designs, is set to open its first location in Washington this spring. The bridal retailer will set up a permanent shop inside Georgetown’s Anthropologie space and stock an assortment of bride and bridesmaid dresses, jewelry, accessories, and decor. Even better: Brides-to-be can expect exclusive-to-Washington items as well as one-on-one consultations with BHLDN stylists. Stay tuned for opening date and more details.

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Dresses We Love From BHLDN’s Spring 2014 Collection (Photos)


12 Accessories for the Winter Bride (Photos)

Cold-weather style for your walk down the aisle.

By Sarah Title
Photograph via Shutterstock.

So you’ve decided to tie the knot in the dead of winter. The snow can provide a beautiful backdrop—but let’s face it, a wedding gown alone is not going to keep you toasty for those outdoor portraits. To help achieve the perfect winter wonderland look while avoiding frostbite, we’ve rounded up some cold-weather-appropriate jewelry, accessories, and more.


10 Gorgeous Wedding Gowns Under $1,500 (Photos)

You don’t have to break the bank to buy the dress of your dreams.

By Sarah Title

Now that you’re engaged and planning your dream wedding, it’s time to find an equally dreamy dress to match. But you don’t have to spend a million bucks to look like it. We’ve rounded up ten styles that are less than $1,500, from classy, timeless gowns to dresses with a modern twist. Click through the slideshow to see all the beautiful designs.

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Dresses We Love From BHLDN’s Spring 2014 Collection (Photos)

A look at the romantic new gowns on sale next week.

By Irina Grechko
From left to right: Cactus Flower Shift Dress, $300, and Ruth Gown, $800. All photographs courtesy of BHLDN.

As if you needed another reason to love BHLDN, Anthropologie’s fashionable bridal label, the brand just released its spring 2014 lookbook, featuring ethereal gowns perfect for a wedding somewhere by the Mediterranean Sea. Set to go on sale January 7, the collection features whimsical short dresses, flowy skirts, delicate lace, and intricate beading. With prices ranging from $250 to $4,000, these gowns give you even more stunning options for your walk down the aisle.

Want to see what else BHLDN has in store for the new season? Head over to the brand’s Pinterest page for a look at its vintage-inspired accessories and shabby-chic wedding decor.

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A Year in the Life of a Bridal Editor (Photos)

A peek behind the scenes with the staff of “Washingtonian Bride & Groom.”

By Irina Grechko

As 2013 draws to a close, there is nothing quite like looking back at everything Washingtonian Bride & Groom has achieved this year. From last year’s Unveiled event (mark your calendars, Unveiled 2014 is January 26!) to some major photo shoots (seemingly all accompanied by pouring rain), to gorgeous jewels from the likes of Graff, Bulgari, and Tiffany & Co., the year was filled with Instagram-worthy moments—all fun and fashionably fabulous. Scroll down for a behind-the-scenes look at our day-to-day lives and see why we love that our job is getting to make this magazine for you.

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1. Atrendy Wedding booth at Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s annual Unveiled event.

2. A backstage look at one of the models before the Unveiled fashion show.

3. Final look at the Unveiled runway.

4. Catching up with Randy to the Rescue’s star Randy Fenoli during the filming of a DC episode.

5. Design Army’s Pum Lefebure straightens the clutch for our Color Theory shoot.

6. Hair guru Ismail Tekin fluffing a model’s veil before the beauty shot.

7. Models playing happy couple on set. The bride is wearing a blush gown by Watters.

8. Even though this pretty mint cake from Charm City Cakes was mostly cardboard for photo shoot purposes, we still had to resist the temptation to eat it.

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Wedding Jewelry and Accessories

New Ring Designs From Vera Wang Love

The bridal designer introduces yellow and rose-gold rings to her jewelry line.

By Irina Grechko

’Tis (almost) the season to get engaged and Vera Wang Love, the bridal designer’s diamond jewelry line, has introduced new additions to the line. The collection features never-before-seen engagement rings and wedding bands in rose, yellow, and two-tone gold. Opt for a classic solitaire with a pop of pink on the band, or go for an all-yellow wedding band circled with diamonds. The rings are available online and at Zales, and range in price from $599.99 to $29,999.99. 

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