Brides Magazine has a new look + we have 10 subscriptions to give away!


When you see the new issue of Brides (on newsstands April 24th) you might notice some changes. From the logo to the last page, Brides has a brand new look and I’m head over heels in love with it! It’s the first issue under new editor in chief Anne Fulenwider and I just love their new look. With a fashion shoot inspired by Degas’ ballerinas, bouquets that channel the spirit of style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Debbie Harry, and fun new cocktail ideas, it’s going to be a great issue! We are sharing one of the three covers that they are debuting with the new look and a few pages from a GORG fashion spread of pastel gowns in green, pink, and blue hues that has everyone rethinking a white dress.

Brides Magazine Purple Dress

Brides Magazine Purple Dress

The spreads above are from the May 2012 fashion feature, Pale Fire. The piece was photographed by Sandra Freij and produced by Rachel Leonard and shot at Academy Mansion. The top page features a nude-over-purple silk-tulle draped gown with a corset bodice and full skirt by Samuelle Couture ($8,500) and Gold d’Orsay sandals by Ann Taylor ($128). The bottom page features an ice blue mousseline V-neck gown with raw-edge layered detail and cross-hatch embroidery by J. Mendel ($6,450). The issue will be available for download on April 17th and hits newsstands on the 24th.

And to celebrate their gorgeous new look, GWS has TEN year-long subscriptions to give away to you lovelies! Perfect for lots of pretty inspiration while you are planning your wedding. :)

To qualify to win, click the Facebook like button below and then leave a comment on this post with your thoughts on colored wedding dresses. Would love to know if you are planning on wearing a dress with some color or sticking with the traditional white. I’ll pick 10 random winners on Thursday April 19th at 5pm PST.

And we have our winners! Congrats to: Brittany S., Talitha, Alysha, Malia, Heather, Kelley, Abigail, Melissa, Lauren and Bennett! Brides Magazine will be in touch with you lovelies next week :)

Thanks again to Brides for letting us share this first look today and we can’t wait to see the entire issue! Stunning job!!

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  1. I wouldn’t mind wearing a colored dress, I think they’re beautiful!

  2. I love the idea of colored wedding gowns. It’s a fabulous progression of the modern bride’s ever-evolving style. Although my family is relatively traditional, it’s my wedding and I might just bring a little technicolor to white-washed event!

  3. I have seen some really gorgeous colored wedding dresses and sometimes I get dress envy, but I went with a traditional ivory gown. I love ivory gowns :)

  4. I am intrigued by the idea of a different colored wedding dress. I am not so traditional that I wouldn’t consider getting it if it was the dress of my dreams. And I would LOVE to receive Brides magazine for a year!!

  5. I think colored wedding dresses look gorgeous in shoots/on the runway, I’m just not daring enough to ever wear one :)

  6. I think I’d go for a white wedding dress with a colour accent, maybe from a belt, or shoes. Although, I’m still open to a light coloured dress.

  7. I wouldn’t mind wearing a colored gown, but it would be a more subdued style or look.

  8. my mom was SHOCKED when I chose a light gray wedding gown, but she’s come around to the idea when she realized how in love with it I am! I’m not sure I would be comfortable with a bright fiesta colored dress, but i do like the idea of wedding gowns in pale shades of most colors.

  9. I like to play it safe when it comes to colored wedding gowns.. I really like dusty pink and champagne pink colored wedding gowns. However, I’m going with the traditional ivory! :)

  10. I always think it’s great when brides wear a colored dress! I’ll definitely stick to traditional white for my ceremony but I think making an entrance in a shimmery gold or silver cocktail dress would be a great idea at the reception! My BF and I have been looking at rings so I would love a years subscription to Brides :)

  11. I’ve always imagined myself in a light pink dress… but more recently I’m imagining gold or silver.

  12. If I were to choose any colored wedding dress it would have to be a blush pink :) Very soft flirty and romantic!

  13. I love colored wedding dresses in theory, but I will definitely be more traditional when it comes to my own big day!

  14. I think colored bridal dresses are gorgeous and add a very personal touch to a wedding. Besides, a little color adds uniqueness to the special day!

  15. I love the idea of a colored wedding dress but am sticking with a white dress for my more traditional wedding.

  16. I’m traditional so I like white. But I LOVE when the shoes are a fun pop of colour. And the flowers/bridesmaids dresses.

  17. Colored wedding dresses are a little too hip for me

  18. As a wedding designer, I especially love the colored dress trend for my clients who are having a second wedding or for my older brides…

  19. Color.. who doesn’t love color. I am not sure I would wear a colored dress for my walk down the aisle.. But definitely for the farewell exit or a change over during the reception.

  20. I think I would either choose a red dress – my man’s favorite color or something in a gold color. I would really like to have some new inspiration that a subscription to Brides would help with !! I still have a little more than a year to the wedding. So this would be a great help.

  21. i’m thinking about a coloured dress with cream lace overlay. subtle colour!

    such a great giveaway!

  22. I think a colored wedding dress could be fantastic for a wedding…if you can pull it off! I however want to stick to some traditions for my wedding, so though my dress isn’t pure white, I will be wearing an ivory gown down the aisle. :)

  23. I think colored wedding dresses are super chic!

  24. I am dying to do a traditional Irish blue dress like the one you showcased not too long ago. It is proving more difficult than I had anticipated though…

  25. I think the colored dresses are great… just not for me. I’m not one to wear white so I view my wedding as the one night I will only wear white!

  26. I absolutely love the idea of a traditional white dress. It’s what every girl dreams about. But, some type of color pop, in the form of a ribbon on the waist or hair would be even better. I do love the colored dresses, but maybe only on others. :)

  27. My dress is the most beautiful shade of natural/ivory with a satin coffee colored belt and light shades of coffee throughout the tulle. I am so in love with it and I’m so glad that I chose something other that white to add warmth and character to my big day.

  28. I expected to you use some color in my wedding dress, but it turns out that I’m going to be in ivory from head to toe. I love the look of color on some brides, but I don’t think I’m daring enough to pull it off.

  29. NO thank you. Colored dresses aren’t for me.

  30. will probably wear something traditional like white or ivory but with color elsewhere – like my shoes, jewelry or hair!

  31. I do like the colored dress, but I’m not sure if I would wear one. I would probably just throw in a bright accent color or some awesomely crazy bright shoes!

  32. I have been playing with the idea of a gold dress… I just have to find the right one!! If I go with white, I’ll definitely have to add some pop colors :)

  33. I’m a huge fan of color and i think that a woman with the guts to wear one on her wedding day is amazing! I plan to go a bit more classic for my own wedding (a BIT), but i am a huge fan!

  34. I could never stray from the basics, but hats off to those with that confidence. My dress has a hint of peach beading and it’s just enough for me.

  35. I would love a subscription! My wedding is next April and I’ve already found my dress. My sash/belt is a medium gray and I’m planning on wearing purple shoes as the “pop.”

  36. I love the idea of a blush or gold wedding dress, but will probably be sticking to white for my own wedding!

  37. I plan on wearing the traditional white dress. I may have a colored sash and shoes to make my attire more interesting! I’m not getting married until Oct 2013 so I’d love to win a subscription!!!

  38. I also liked brides mag on facebook! I admire brides who wear color!

  39. I would love a pastel colored dress, but I would never be able to come up with a way to pull off any brightly colored dresses. Love em though when they’re done right!

  40. Love the concept of colored wedding dresses but probably would not wear color for my own.

  41. I would absolutely love to wear a colored dress! I could imagine white at the bodice that ombrés into bright jewel tones on the bottom. Of course red is always beautiful too, and is traditional for Chinese and some Indian weddings. I would also consider a brightly colored Indian lehngha or sari in place of a traditional Western gown. I guess there isn’t much I wouldn’t do. ;)

  42. Love color but I am sticking with white or ivory for my dress!

  43. I would love a pale blue silk taffeta gown!

  44. i’ve always dreamed of a blush or yellow gown! if i found one in the right silhouette, i would absolutely wear it.

  45. I’m head over heels in love with blush wedding dresses, especially when it is paired with white or ivory lace. I’ve also started to appreciate dove-gray dresses and think it would work perfectly for a wedding.

  46. I adore colored dresses! I am wearing an ombre dove grey to ivory dress! =)

  47. I’ll probably wear white or a very pale yellow. I would totally venture out if my groom hadn’t specifically requested I stick with white!

  48. I am absolutely head over heels in love with all of the colored gowns we’ve been seeing on the runways lately. From the pastels that Elie Saab showed off to the red featured by Romana Keveza and Vera Wang, it is all so great! However, I am a bit more traditional when it comes to my gown. I will probably wear an ivory gown but I haven’t given up the idea of a pink crinoline.

  49. I have been searching for the perfect wedding gown and I have seen the long and short of it, different colors to say the least in my list of choices. However, instead of the colored ones the pops, it is always the ivory or stark white hues that catches my eye. I think as a Filipina with a very traditional family and a Danish fiance that still likes to have her bride wear a white wedding gown, I am sticking to white or ivory. Colored wedding dresses may be in and a new thing but I would personally just leave the color to my bridesmaids and flower girls dresses as well as the flowers. I am not opposed to other brides wearing colored dresses and I would not even cringe to see one for myself. I think their confidence and guts is just legendary not to mention fierce.

  50. love the colored dresses, but I’m sold on my cream dress!


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