Monique Lhuillier

NYC Bridal Market 2013 | Southern Weddings Magazine

The little girl inside me jumps up and down, spins and twirls as I go through these NYC Bridal Market 2013 runway images.  It feels like I'm in a dream to get to photograph some of the most exquisite and exclusive wedding gowns from designers all over the world.  I left almost every show having fallen in love with yet another classic silhouetted dresss full of its own unique and modern twists. And I'm pretty sure I have found my wedding dress (or several of them).  Now all I gotta do is find that right guy!  Enjoy some of my most favorite dresses from NYC Bridal Market 2013, and also be sure and check out my images on Southern Weddings blog from earlier this week!

First off a little behind the scenes at Monique Lhuillier.

This fall was my sixth season of photographing NYC bridal market, and with each season there's that one dress that stands out above the rest to me.  That one that makes my heart simply melt and flip flop like a little school girl.  This season it was none other than Miss Monique Lhuillier that stole my heart.  The silk tulle cap sleeve with floral appliqués, and the sassy slit up the middle.  I'm in love.

Now onto Claire Pettibone.  Claire's line is magical. Each season she takes you on a whimsical, romantic, and ethereal journey, and this season was no different.  What stands out to me most about this lovely Claire Pettibone 2013 collection is the delicate yet structured busts, and the scoop backs filled with intricate details of:  pearls, ribbon, and lace.  Sigh.

Next, Christos, Amsale, and Kenneth Pool are always some of my favorite shows to shoot. Why, you ask?  The lighting is killer at their shows, they always play good music (this season it was Mayer Hawthorne), and there's always red lipstick involved.  And OF COURSE I must add that the dresses are classically structured  with  bows always present... just what any southern gal could ever want.

Reem Acra was one of my favorite shows to photograph at Merceds Benz Fashion Week in September.  She is known for being a trail blazer, taking risks, and always being a step ahead of the rest.   Her 2013 bridal collection did not disappoint.

Ines di Santo has stolen my heart many times.  The Lissome from 2 seasons ago is still the most exquisite gown I have ever seen.  Not only do Ines and her daughter Veronica continually create breathtaking gowns, they are two of the most down to earth and joyful women I have met.

The off the shoulder gown on the left makes me heart swoon; it's so feminine!

Anne Barge is another show I always look forward to.  Her gowns are elegantly tailored and richly romantic.  What I love about Anne Barge is that she embraces curves and real women:)

For the last 5 seasons my last show to photograph has always been Pnina Tornai at Kleinfelds.  Honestly, it's the perfect way to end market.  Pnina Tornai's gowns are sexy and offer that va-va-voom  quality.   Her gowns are filled with low backs, plunging necklines, lace bodices, full skirts and sass upon sass upon sass.

Don't you want one...or two...or three?

Oh NYC and Southern Weddings...and oooh bridal market; it was fun.

Until next time...

Monique Lhuillier | Spring Summer 2013 Collection

Monique Lhuillier Spring Summer 2013 Collection.  Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. When I think of Monique Lhuillier I think of feminine, lacey, off-white wedding gowns (which I absolutely die over).  I didn't really know what to expect for her ready-to-wear collection.  Let me say, I was completely blown away.

Blue is e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e, everyone is doing it, yet she took a fresh approach to it by inviting a metallic navy blue with prints, and this amazing teal throughout the collection.

Many of the runway shows I shot were beautiful, but I did not see a lot of risks taken.  This collection, however, really did offer something new.  And I have to stop talking about it, so that you can see the collection.  Because I am in love...

The show started off with these lovely deep navy prints, leather accents, and collarless blazers...

The below pant suit is what I'm aiming for this spring.  I love the peplum top, and the ankle length tailored pant.

I'm sorry amazing navy blue sequins dress, but can I please have you, like now?

What I love about the below gown is it's unexpected from Monique.  The clean structure and hint of peplum is something I have not seen in her collections before.  Way to be bold Monique!

Words don't express how much I adore the sleeves and romantic lace on the below gowns.

This gold gown really was the perfect finish to what I believe to be a perfect collection by Monique.  This collection made me sososo excited to see her new bridal collection next month in NYC for Bridal market!