From what we’ve heard, Amal Alamuddin’s marriage to George Clooney was nothing short of a fairy tale, from the canal-side Venice resort where the two tied the knot to the platinum bands Mr. + Mrs. Clooney exchanged during their September 27th ceremony. But nothing summed up the essence of the happily-ever-after moment more than Alamuddin’s dress, a custom Oscar de la Renta off-the-shoulder lace gown featuring lace appliqués and hand embroidered beadwork.
“George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress,” the bride dished to Vogue as the magazine sat in on her final fitting in de la Renta’s New York studio in late July, along with Alamuddin’s mom and sister, who both got teary-eyed when they saw the human rights lawyer step out in her almost-perfect gown for the final alterations (staring at Annie Leibovitz’s photo, us too). To call the finished dress a show-stopper would be an understatement; with 14 yards of Chantilly lace exquisitely draped from shoulder to circular train, it’s destined to be a bridal look as iconic as Kate Middleton’s McQueen and Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy. Instantly obsessed? Here are four shoulder-baring wedding dresses you can say “I do” to right now.
1. Oleg Cassini Petite Off-the-Shoulder Chantilly Lace Gown ($1,350): Layers of lace and a sweeping train make this trumpet gown the dreamiest of the pack from both the front and back. Round out the look with a messy updo to showcase those buttons for days.
2. J.Crew Eyelash Lace Gown ($995): The simple A-line silhouette lets the delicate details of this dress shine, namely the so romantic eyelash lace trim. Take a cue from Alamuddin and wear your hair down and back to show off the stunning neckline.
3. Ann Taylor Off-the-Shoulder Lace Wedding Dress ($950): Graphic lace and a straight-across neckline gives a less frilly take on the shoulder-baring look, though you can still kick up the drama with its flowy trumpet skirt. It’s the perfect cut to show off your chic wedding shoes.
4. Shoshanna Ivory Scarlett Dress ($385): This short dress provides chic coverage while still showcasing the arms and back (and legs, let’s not forget!). Keep things easy and wear this frock straight to your reception — without veil, with metallic pumps.
Are you as smitten with Amal Alamuddin’s gorgeous shoulder-baring gown as we are? Tell us about your fantasy wedding look in the comments below.