TOP BRIDAL SHOP­PING SPOTS

Wed­ding bells ring all year round in South Florida thanks to our beau­ti­ful weather. To find the per­fect dress to wow your groom as you walk down the aisle, there’s no short­age of wed­ding dress shops across South Florida, from high-end bou­tiques to main­str

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THE MOD­ERN BRIDE

Vera Wang has never been shy to try new things, and for Spring 2015 she’s in­tro­duced a line of gowns that re­mind us of wild bal­leri­nas, in­cor­po­rat­ing busy tulle skirts, silk bodices, lace ac­cents, and even some sheer long sleeves. Gown de­tails in­clude a sweet­heart bodice made with over­lays of tulle, fall­ing into a gor­geous skirt fash­ioned with a mish­mash of tex­tures for a full, but clean, look.

Ever Af­ter, 2877 McFar­lane Road Suite 100B in Mi­ami, 305-444-7300, EverAfterMi­ami.com

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

For a more clas­sic look, Monique Lhuillier has found a way to bring to­gether old school wed­ding looks with­out get­ting too caught up in the past. Chic Parisien, cel­e­brat­ing its 45th an­niver­sary this year, is the ex­clu­sive bridal re­tailer for the brand in South Florida.

“The Annabelle gown of­fers sub­tle mod­ern twists on the tra­di­tional gown,” said Cather­ine Fox Mil­ian, owner of the bou­tique.

For ex­am­ple, a gor­geous Spring 2015 beaded dress stitches to­gether old and new looks with an il­lu­sion high neck­line, cap sleeves, and an em­bel­lished tulle over­skirt that can be re­moved. It was a fa­vorite of the de­signer as well, who calls it a “two-in- one” gown.

“I love the idea of a trans­formable gown,” Lhuillier said. “The over­skirt cre­ates a beau­ti­ful full gown to en­sure a dra­matic walk down the aisle and a fun sleek look for your first dance!”

Chic Parisien Bridal, 3308 Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Co­ral Gables, 305- 448-5756, ChicParisienBri­dal.com

THE FASH­ION­ISTA BRIDE

Some brides just love to step out in style. For the blush­ing bride who wants some real zest to her dress, there’s Cotin Sposa, the Ital­ian brand that can only be found at Opera D’Arte Bridal in Co­ral Gables. Opened last year, the fash­ion­able bou­tique car­ries lines straight from the coun­try that brought us Dolce and Gab­bana and Fendi.

Opera D’Arte Bridal, 83 Mer­rick Way in Co­ral Gables, 786-254-7658, Oper­aDArteBri­dal.com

Monique Lhuillier

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