In a stunning Oscar de la Renta wedding dress, bride Taylor’s wedding day look is simply beautiful. A radiant bride from head to toe, from her beautifully braided bridal hair to her stylish Badgley Mischka bridal shoes, Katherine Salvatori Photography captured it all.
The Couple: Taylor and Craig
The Wedding: 6.29.2013 – Independence Grove, Libertyville, Illinois
The Goals: Summer in Chicago is beautiful, so we knew we wanted to have an outdoor ceremony in a scenic location. We choose a local forest preserve as our venue and it was so naturally beautiful that we were able to keep our ceremony decor simple and fresh. I wanted our wedding to be classic, elegant and beautiful. Because the ceremony was outside during June, I wanted a dress that wasn’t heavily beaded or ornate, but still made me feel like a bride, which is why I settled on a silk organza strapless A-line.
The Style: I have always loved the timeless styles of Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie O. While I didn’t want to feel like a “princess”, I definitely did want to feel like a bride. The dress I choose was not all what I originally had in mind, but it was so beautiful when I put it on that I didn’t want to take it off, and I loved the classic lines of it. I have never been a big jewelry person, and because the neckline was beaded, decided that a beautiful pair of earrings was all I really needed – along with a great pair of heels!
The Dress: My dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta. It was so different from what I had pictured in my head, but as soon as I put it on, it was obvious that the craftsmanship and quality was far superior to anything else I had tried on. I loved how it made me feel and loved the thought of having a gown that I could pass on in my family for years to come.
The Accessories: I’ve never been one to wear a lot of accessories, so knew as soon as I found my dress that I just wanted a pair of beautiful earrings to go with it. I did follow the classic rules of “somethings”, but doubled up where I could – I had my grandfather’s pocket watch from when he was a train conductor sewn into my bouquet (my “something old” and “something borrowed”), my “something new” was the dress, and wore little blue undies as my “something blue”.
The Advice: My advice is to focus on creating a more polished version of yourself. I think sometimes brides can get so focused on looking “perfect” that they often end not looking like themselves. Go for a style that makes you feel confident and comfortable in, and really lets your happiness show through!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Katherine Salvatori Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Independence Grove
Catering: Independence Grove
Florist: Simple Elegance Floral and Event Design
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta via L’Elite Boutique
Bridal Accessories: Musette Bridal Boutique (veil), Badgley Mischka (shoes)
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: J.Crew
Groom & Groomsmen’s Apparel & Accessories: J.Crew
Hair & Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago
DJ: Elite DJ Music
Thank you Taylor and Craig for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!
Looking for more bridal style inspiration? Check out bride Stephanie’s flawless floral crown wedding day look!