Garden weddings are rising in popularity. Chateau rose gardens, botanical centers, arboretums & even greenhouses are becoming some of the most popular wedding venues these days for an obvious reason: a natural abundance of floral decor.
At the same moment, as seen at 2022 New York Bridal Fashion Week, there’s a blossoming trend perfect for any bride getting married “dans la jardin”. (We’re feeling a little fancy & French this morning). Now, we introduce our new favorite wedding dress trend: painted florals. For brides who want subtle color & wish to wear a true work of art, these masterwork wedding gowns are as captivating and unique as nature itself.
Of course, this new dress design element is a natural occurrence, with painted details trending throughout wedding decor and design. From watercolor invites to hiring artists to live paint at wedding ceremonies and receptions, painted details are a special way to add an element of art and luxury to your wedding.
In the same fashion, brides can now don painted florals on their gowns, thanks to these new wedding dresses from some of our favorite designers. Some styles are painted & digitally printed onto luxurious fabrics. Others feature florals hand-painted right onto the gown itself, giving the fabric a stunning brushstroke texture.
Hermione de Paula
Known for her exquisite embroidery, Hermione de Paula crafts gowns that often take over 1000 hours to make. In her latest collection, Virēre, hand-painted botanicals play yet another artistic role. “I am verdant, green; I sprout new green growth. I flourish; I am lively, vigorous ”are the words that accompany this stunning hand-painted collection. Particularly enchanting are the delicate vines of greenery on her lace peplum gown.
Watercolor florals splash across Italian silk organza in Halfpenny London’s new collection. Always showstopping & red carpet-worthy, this explosion of watercolor florals (in this case, digitally printed) across dramatic ballgowns & puff sleeves is a delightful feminine turn for what is usually an edgier bridal line. Designer Kate Halfpenny stays true to herself by making her entire collection versatile & changeable with detachable bows and sleeves with ample options for a ‘second look’.
The hand-painted floral trend isn’t exclusive for brides open to color. Emily Kotarski’s new aptly named Brush Strokes collection features wedding gowns made of silk organza, hand-painted with white florals. “We loved experimenting with textures and transparencies for this modern collection inspired by the textures and formations found in nature!”
Perhaps, no other collection release is as fit for this trend report as Daalarna. The couture bridal fashion house, handmaking gowns in Budapest, chose the pristine gardens of Esterházy Palace to shoot their new Idyll collection.
“The playfulness of hundreds of colorful, fragrant roses is also reflected in the watercolor-like prints and polka dot materials of the collection, while the romantic atmosphere is provided by puffy sleeves and feather-light tulles.” Sheer silk fabrics in watercolor prints give brides a pop of color and floral flair.
No stranger to colorful, floral-adorned wedding gowns, Monique Lhuillier adds even more style options for brides strolling through the garden. With painted florals and watercolor details printed on opulent fabrics, the new Bliss collection is a floral frenzy filled with colorful gowns & mini dresses to choose from.
The Wildfell gown by Catherine Langlois is the perfect dress for any bride swooning over watercolor details & whimsical design. Fluttering layers of silk organza in subtle shades of lavender is made even more garden wedding appropriate thanks to its watercolor print, adding dimension & wonder.
Much of Pennsylvania designer Barbara Kavchok’s new Secret Garden collection features hand-painted elements. Subtle hints of blue and outlines in white give Barbara Kavchock’s Mae gown an understated floral design. Meanwhile, daring brides can don Bella, a dream high-low wedding gown with boldly painted florals peeking out from the inside of the skirt.
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