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Rhapsody in White

Traditional ideas for the bride - and innovative fashions for the wedding party

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A bride can make her groom swoon when she floats down the aisle in a lovely shadow-lace wedding dress with pearl beading on English net, made more graceful with a rounded neckline in the front and a low V-neck in the back with an all-lace train, $1,459; a gold tiara is made more beautiful with pearls, $489; both from Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666).


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Handmade and hand-beaded, this fuchsia fitted gown has a V-neck with beading around it, $289, and a matching, black-lined wrap with hand-beaded fringe, $300. It's accented with a wide black wire-mesh bracelet with pink and iridescent Swarovski crystal beads woven in, $230, plus drop earrings made from purple iolite from Bali and sterling silver, $25. All from Vanda LLC (8120 Hampson St., 314-6377). The shoes are spike-heel black leather strappies by Charles David, $150, from Mirabella (115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888).


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Traditional but with a twist is a graceful ivory shadow-lace overlay with an English satin underslip. Embellishments feature pearls and crystal bugle beads and fabric-covered buttons down the back, plus a spectacular all-lace train, $1,800. Couple it with a simple single-layer 36-inch white veil trimmed with a narrow ribbon border, $159. Both from Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666). Add an adjustable choker with three stacked strands of freshwater pearls, $60, with matching bracelet, $35; and cluster pearl drop earrings, $18; all from Ashley's Adornments (3501 Severn Ave., Suite 11, Metairie, 780-7090; www.ashleysadornments.com). Step into the perfect wedding shoe: a white silk satin spike-heel shoe with sling-back straps and an interesting cutout on the top by Martinez Valero, $145, from Mirabella (115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888).


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Make a summery splash as a wedding guest or as the guest of honor at pre-nuptial parties in a yellow sundress with wide rows of gathering at the waist and a polka-dot netting overdress by Beau Bois, $64, from Fairy (3634 Magazine St., 269-2033). Finish the summery visage with dramatic white silk satin spike-heel shoes with a peek-a-boo cutout on the top and sling-back straps by Martinez Valero, $145, from Mirabella (115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888).


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A little dressier is a persimmon orange sculpted sleeveless dress with large roses on the fabric, gathered shoulders and a coordinating underdress with a smaller floral design by Lapis, $131. A perfect accent is a gold tube-bead necklace with orange crystals woven into a heart-shaped center, $18. Both from Fairy (3634 Magazine St., 269-2033). Finish the look with camel saddle sling-back high heels with tapered sharp toes by Martinez Valero, $150, from Mirabella (115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888).


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Whether you want dressy or casual, you'll always get sexy in a super-sheer beige knit blouse with an understated feminine design, a knit flower on the bodice and fitted sleeves with bell cuffs by Krizia D., $48, from Fairy (3634 Magazine St., 269-2033).


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Bridesmaids will never complain about wearing pink when it comes in a fitted boat-neck blush top with spaghetti straps and pearl buttons on the side over a long fitted skirt by Currie Bonner, $145, exclusive to Ballin's Ltd. (721 Dante St., 866-4367; 806 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-892-0025). Add some fun with a black mesh cuff bracelet with pink and clear Swarovski crystal beads woven in, $230, from Vanda LLC (8120 Hampson St., 314-6377). Last but not least, step into white satin spike heels by Martinez Valero $145, from Mirabella (115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888).


Special Acknowledgements:

Models: Hope Breland and Erica Lee for Aboutfaces Model & Talent

Hair Styling: Kathy Rougelet for Cut Loose Hair Studio

Makeup: Monica Brooks Rougelet for Cut Loose Hair Studio

Sources:

Aboutfaces Model & Talent Management 929 Julia St., 529-3223

Ashley's Adornments 3501 Severn Ave., Suite 11, Metairie, 780-7090; www.ashleysadornments.com

Ballin's Ltd. 721 Dante St., 866-4367; 806 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-892-0025

Cut Loose Hair Studio 5537 Canal Blvd., 482-9938

Fairy 3634 Magazine St., 269-2033

Mirabella 115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888

Romney Photography By appointment, 366-1808

Vanda LLC 8120 Hampson St., 314-6377

Yvonne LaFleur 8131 Hampson St., 866-9666

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