Hello United With Love readers! It’s Astrid from Astrid Photography over here today! Thank you all for following along on my UWL Instagram Takeover while I was in NYC for 2016 Bridal Fashion Week. There were so many fun and beautiful things to see and do, and I am excited to share them all with you!

 As a photographer, it is so fun to see new wedding trends pop up year after year. Observing the designers, their concepts and seeing the models twirl in the dresses gave me excited butterflies for what is to come!

First off, I went to the Anna Maier runway show and had bridal showcase appointments with Sareh Nouri and Heidi Elnora so all of my findings are mostly based off of these three shows! Let’s dive right in! What can we can expect in the wedding world for 2017? First and foremost, the lace game is still going strong; lace overlays, lace sleeves and lace necklines seemed to be a common theme.

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Anna Maier 2017 Bridal Fashion Week

 

We will also be seeing dramatic backs continue to make an appearance – think oversized, elegant bows and intricate beadwork to name a few. We love the new Heidi Elnora line Build-a-Bride which contains pieces that layer together to create unique one of a kind gowns for each type of bride. We love a classic fitted silhouette with a lace cape topper for the ceremony switched to a skirt overlap for the reception!

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Heidi Elnora Atelier Fall 2017

Dresses with off-the-shoulder sleeves were a fun surprise, and I think we will be seeing more of it next year. This understated, elegant style is making a comeback and I have to say, I totally love it. Another trend I want to touch on is one we actually saw a bit of in 2016, and I think it’s going to be even stronger in 2017 – colored wedding dresses. Think soft greys, romantic blushes and peachy/champagne tones. They were used on everything from simple, form fitting dresses to full skirts with sweetheart tops. Other playful surprises that I saw were luscious, velvety bridesmaid dresses and even a bigger surprise…the use of capes with your wedding dress!

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Lazaro Fall 2017 Bridal Collection

 

Lastly, I think the biggest trend we are going to see in 2017 is bringing a little bit of sexy to wedding dresses. I witnessed collections that included sexy bare backs and plunging necklines. There was an abundance of sheer silhouettes, covered only by very intentionally placed florals, patches of lace or crystals, and beads. These are very romantic, very sultry, and reminded me of a mashup of upscale lingerie meets bridal gown.

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Credit: Bowen Films

Of course, no Bridal Market would be complete without the legendary Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Market Party and The Knot Gala which both take place during Bridal Market week every year. Hundreds of buyers, designers, wedding industry professionals, and magazine editors all join together to let loose and have some fun while surrounded by the best of the best of wedding inspiration.

This year, the Martha Stewart Weddings Party took place at the Hudson-Mercantile, which had three floors and included guests such as Randy Fenoli from TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress as well as Martha Stewart herself. The rooftop was the place to be, which overlooked the NYC city skyline – a killer view of the lit up New Yorker hotel – while surrounded by live music, great food and drink, and intimate conversation.

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Lisa of Lisa Blume Photography and Kaitlin of Cheers Darling Events with the Bachelor!

After the Martha Stewart Weddings Party, it was time for The Knot Gala. The Knot Gala was truly an experience of a lifetime. Held at the iconic New York Public Library, Julie Savage from Strawberry Milk Events planned an event not to be forgotten. It was a 20 year milestone for The Knot as well as the end of Bridal Market week so there was a lot to celebrate! The theme was Fêtes des Rêves, which translates to “Party of Dreams” and the entire NYPL was truly transported into a Parisian garden fantasy. Think oversized carousels, white florals dripping from the ceilings, and floating mini cheese and charcuterie boards. Carnival characters, mimes and live entertainers roamed the gorgeous venue, and a Ladurée Pop-Up Patisserie were just a few of the  jaw dropping surprises.

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Lastly, how could we forget the surprise guests, Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell from ABC’s The Bachelor and their new spin-off Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? Every time you walked into a room, it truly brought you into a completely new and overwhelmingly beautiful Parisian experience. It made me so proud to be part of the DC wedding industry and to see my fellow DC wedding vendors Edge Floral Event Designers and Revolution Event Design completely make Julie of Strawberry Milk Events party vision come to life!

Thank you UWL for having me as a guest blogger, and I hope you enjoyed my behind the scenes of 2016 Bridal Fashion Week! If you would like to continue seeing more behind the scenes from the wedding industry world, feel free to check out my blog at www.astridphoto.com/blog or follow me at @astridphoto on Instagram!

Au Revoir! xo

Astrid

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