Aisle Style with Chrissie…2021 will go down in the books as the year of the ‘micro wedding’. With this shift to intimate weddings, we are seeing a welcomed new approach to bridal styling. Micro weddings and elopements have allowed Vancouver designers to expand their scope of bridal fashion and brides have a whole new list of options that were previously seen as not “bridal appropriate”. Pantsuits, mini-skirts, jumpsuits, silk slip dresses – the options abound!! Now, more than ever, Vancouver brides are thinking outside the box when it comes to their bridal style.
Here are a few micro wedding styling tips plus where to find all those bridal fashion essentials in Vancouver!
Fern & Moon is known for their effortlessly cool separates and let me tell you, they are STUNNING! Their new Hathaway Collection is insane – it’s cool-girl bridal fashion at its best! Whether it’s a mini or pencil skirt, a gorge wrap dress or two different looks in one, Fern & Moon has most definitely got your back! Their collection can be styled and paired with non-bridal elements so seamlessly – it’s the perfect marriage of sexy and classy. @fernandmoon | www.fernandmoon.com
OM Couture is all about sophisticated unconventional designs that make a statement. Om has an eye for timeless style and if you are looking for a custom design look, then OM Couture is the spot! She recently released the 831 Bridal Collection which was a collaboration with international style influencer EM Megan. Not only is this collection SO much fun and impeccably made, but many of the pieces come in different colors! @o_m_couture | www.om-designstudio.com
Park & Fifth is a perfect fit for the modern chic bride who wants the versatility to wear her gown more than once! Whether you are walking down the aisle or celebrating a special occasion thereafter, your Park & Fifth gown will be the dress that keeps on giving! Park & Fifth celebrates and understands that women come in different shapes and they strive to provide fits that flatter a wide range of body types and sizes. @parkandfifthco | www.parkandfifthco.com
One last, but definitely not least, special mention is NYC-based designer Jenny Yoo, “Little White Dress” collection which is available at Vancouver’s Everly Fine Bridal. With a variety of flirty and classic designs, visit the babes at Everly and they will surely hook you up with a chic and effortless look. Everly Bridal | www.everlyfinebridal.com
The magic formula to styling a micro wedding look is mixing statement pieces with understated designs. There is no better way to do that than with accessories!!! Luckily for us, Vancouver is home to some of the most talented accessory designers out there and Aisle Style with Chrissie has a few favs!
Here are my top picks for local micro wedding accessory designers:
A frequent collaborator of BSV, Atelier Simone Martin designs’ defy the traditional ideas of ceremonial wear and celebrate individuality with an affinity for quality and luxury. Simone’s designs balance the drama of a statement piece while still keeping it elegant. Fashion-forward brides LOVE her! @ateliersimonemartin |simone-martin.com
Olive & Piper create a variety of classic feminine pieces, perfect for your wedding day and after! Whether you’re looking for studs, statement earrings, luxe bracelets, or hair accessories, Olive & Piper pieces are easy-to-wear, versatile, and affordable! @oliveandpiper | oliveandpiper.com
Veils have come a long way and have never been cooler thanks to the incredible Jane Rhyan | the collection. Feature image at top of page photographed by Meghan Hemstra Photography. This Vancouver gem designs for the classic beauties, the drama queens, and the fashionistas, they celebrate individuality and their collection The Meadow is legitimately a work of art! @janerhyanthecollection | janerhyan.com
Bridal styling is not just about the dress and accessories. What goes on your feet is just as important. Go for a pop of color, an embellished shoe, a bit of shine, or a cute bootie! Steven Madden, Zara, Aldo’s as well as department stores like Nordstrom’s or Holt Renfrew have a huge variety of styles, heights, and colors to choose from!
So, ladies…even though you may be going “smaller” in scope for your micro wedding, it doesn’t mean you need to throw fashion out the window – on the contrary! A micro wedding is the perfect opportunity to push the envelope with your bridal attire and create a look that is beautiful, stylish and totally you!!! Happy Shopping with Aisle Style by Chrissie!
Chrissie S. Vides | Co-Founder/Creative Director @bridalstylevancouver