SPECTACULAR WEDDING DRESSES I HEART | Short rufflies and long flowies…

More on these in a moment…

As you all know, I’m back from Maui and HAAATING IT.  I feel like I’ve been drop-kicked back into the daily grind and it’s absolutely miserable.  Kidding, completely kidding.  Especially since it’s not so much of a grind as it is a welcomed return to gushing about weddings and dresses and details and pretty much everything girly.  If you follow the blog and you went to high school with me, I realize how shocked you are right now that I wrote that.  But people change, human skin sloughs off every seven years or something like that, hormones peak and wane, and I’m… well, I’m a bit girlier now.  I’ve even become somewhat of a shopper – I KNOW, I KNOW – Alison?  But yeah, for real, this is me now.  To be clear, it’s more like I’ve augmented the actual me, by adding an unsolicited but highly enjoyable girly layer to the athlete-mathlete you know and love.  Sooooo I’ve pretty much become my sister.  Wow, I just realized that.  How interesting!  For me – how interesting for me.  For everyone else this is a total bore ok I’m getting back on track now.


More on that one soon, too!

We all know them, and pretty much all of us love them.  I’m totally generalizing, but whatevs, it’s true.  See that set of three shorties by Marchesa up top?  Grace, one of my lovely guest bloggers of recent featured them, and they’re great examples of the kinds of dresses that make me go gaga when I see them.  I dream of wearing them.  You can almost taste how sexy you’d feel inside of one, you know?  Almost taste it.  And once it hits your lips…. oohhhhh.  Ok, enough of that.

Dresses rule; I am a firm believer in the idea that a dress can make you feel gorgeous, if you’re wearing the right one.  And as a girl who has studied psychology for years, it’s a serious thing to state that something can make you feel a certain way.  We’re taught that only you can make yourself feel a certain way.  So it’s quite a departure for me to declare that an item of clothing can overtake the inertia of personal emotion.  But, on a certain night, in a certain frock, that’s exactly what I’m saying.  Ok?  Awesome.

The important thing to consider here is that it’s really up to the person wearing the clothes.  A dress is an emotion-changer ONLY if the person wearing it feels like a million bucks in it.  And we all have differing tastes when it comes to fashion.  I have a feeling many of you are with me when it comes to the choices I make – especially given the fact that I’ve single-handedly sold out entire stocks of frocks in the past, after posting them here.  So I feel pretty confident that the following looks are game-changers for you guys… and who knows… one of them might be quite the perfect style for your wedding day.  Check it:

Photography: Oh! Darling / via Brooklyn Bride / Dress: a shop in NoHo

Photography: Sutherland Kovach / via Magnolia Rouge / Dress: Modes on Broadway by Pronovias

Photography: Nelwin Uy / via Ruffled / Dress: custom by Cecilio Abad

Photography: Robert Sukrachand / via Style Me Pretty / Dress: Amsale

Via Para ti Novia / Dresses: Romona Keveza

Image: Max Farago from Elle October 2010 / via The Cinderella Project

Photography: A&A Photography / via Glamour and Grace

Tulipe bustier gown + Eyelash lace Leyla dress by J.Crew

What do you think of these lil numbers?  Are you/would you like to wear a short dress or full length gown on your wedding day?  Or what did you wear, and how do you feel about your taste now?

xoxo!  – Alison


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  1. The Realistic Nutritionist on October 13, 2010

    I LOVE black dresses. If i was bold/sassy/unconventional enough I would so rock one down the aisle. Maybe in my second life? I think they break the mold in all the right places and are insanely sexy. Great finds Alison, I loved your guests posts (of course, b/c those ladies ROCK) but it’s good to have you back!

  2. Lemon on October 13, 2010

    So glad you posted this! I’m going untraditional and having a big giant party after sorta-elopement, and I can’t wait to shop for cute short dresses! Love all the ones you’ve picked! Marchesa is probably my top favorite of designers for cute dresses. LOVE!

  3. Kim @BrideGoggles on October 13, 2010

    One day I’m going to rock something totally untraditional and I’m going to turn to your blog for inspiration – in the meantime, I’ll just stare in awe at these daring brides!

  4. suz on October 13, 2010

    I wore a long dress even though I really wanted to wear a knee length number just like my mamma did… To this day I regret it! Girls PLEASE go with your heart! :) xx

  5. Jennifer on October 13, 2010

    I love dresses too and feel fabulous when Im wearing one. I kinda wish it was like back in the old days where women were suppose to only wear skirts/dresses. Oh and I LOVE that black mermaid one u posted. All the dresses posted are gorgeous.

  6. Lauren Elise on October 13, 2010

    I LOVE that Amsale dress, the lace detailing is so delicate and beautiful but I’m a big fan of all the short dresses you featured too!

  7. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day on October 13, 2010

    Ok, that top middle dress- I’m in LOVE!

  8. Theresa on October 13, 2010

    I wore tea length. But if I could go back and do it again, I’d love a dress like that black swiss dot KEveza or the Amsale. GORGEOUS.

    Where’d you stay in Maui? I just got back from there myself. (Grand Wailea. We did a “honeymoon part 2.” It was RAD.

  9. Larissa on October 13, 2010

    Love the post!!! The black dresses are the bomb (yup, I just went 90′s on ya lol). RT’ing now!

  10. Kate Holland on October 13, 2010

    Super cute!! If you’re got great pins then why not show them… tea length looks adorable!! Thanks for the link (thought I was seeing things as I scrolled down…like how did that little NZ shoot get on here? Duh!!)

  11. Courtney on October 13, 2010

    I love those short dresses, but it wouldn’t be a wedding day for me if I didn’t have a long, full dress. And black?! There’s no way I’m sassy enough for that!

  12. Brancoprata on October 13, 2010

    After a day like the one i had today… i really need them all ;) …. please!!

  13. Patty L on October 14, 2010

    I’ve seen a couple of those gowns on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com…they are gorgeous

  14. TenThouBride on October 14, 2010

    love the short dresses! great finds!

  15. Alicia @CharityWedding on October 14, 2010

    This is the first time I have been on Knotty Bride all week! WTF?! I have been busy but none the less I am devastated by my lack of Knottiness. I did love your guest posts but well they don’t compare. I need Knotty in my life. Thank you for coming back, even if it sucks for you.

  16. Alicia @CharityWedding on October 14, 2010

    Should I have commented about the dresses? Oops. Love them.

  17. TheDemoiselle on October 14, 2010

    Wow. Ok, so pretty much EVERY SINGLE DRESS in this post is to DIE for!! Really – every one!

  18. cinderella project on October 15, 2010

    ohhh a black dress! yum!

  19. kimi on October 17, 2010

    <3 <3 <3 LOVE every single dress!!! I had a long dress and took it in and shortened it. My moms and everyone hated it, but me and my hubby, well that's all who count right :D

  20. kimi on October 17, 2010

    well, i love every single short dress :)

  21. Michal @ N&L on October 20, 2010

    Love all of these – especially the three at the top!

  22. Tahereh on October 21, 2010

    I love Rata & Chris picture; the ylook so happy and cute together! I love her dress and of course her smile!


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