What the Bride Wore: Today'sTimeless Elegance, 1

Several close friends are getting married this autumn, causing me to think about those qualities which  certain gowns have to create an indelible imprint on our memory. The magic and romance of wedding gowns - lace, beads, pearls, silk, satin, organza, taffeta - is often rooted in vintage styles from NeoClassical white lace and silk, to rustling Victorian taffeta encrusted with embellishments, to 1920s beading on sheer silks.

One current line to watch is Essence of Australia. An international concern with growing North American markets, Essence clearly understands the needs of the modern bride, blending both the timeless allure of luxury fabrics with couture styling.  Exquisite beading is one of their specialties and they offer customization of a number of the gowns for a perfect fit.  

Two gowns shown below feature taffeta, organza and lace with French satin ribbon for optional sash.  The photos say it all.

For further information, including trunk shows, see http://www.essensedesigns.com

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