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White satin Oscar de la Renta platform shoes feature tulle detail ($620, White Toronto). Platform peep toe and Doorsay cut pumps are especially fashionable this year. (Supplied)
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A mixed brown and cream feathered bridal hair clip ($150, LaKrause Bridal) features a decorative vintage earring as part of the design. Hair clips are stylish alternatives to bridal caps and veils. Feathers add a decorative component to both bridal wear and cocktail wear. (Supplied)
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Capelets and boleros that coordinate with the style of dress are an important finishing touch this season. This flapper style “Cha Cha Capelet” ($1200, RM Bridal and Fashion, Revadesigns.com) is fully beaded and ties into the fashion forward vintage theme that appears to be a hallmark of 2011 bridal style. (Supplied)
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A white “Sunset Boulevard” tulle V-necked gown ($3,700 to $9,000, from the Reem Acra collection, White Toronto) features embroidery and vintage elements. (Supplied)
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A bias cut “Lyric” gown made of crepe back satin ($4,500, RM Bridal and Fashion Design) is beaded with dripping vines and flowers with crochet inserts. Other stylish details include a handkerchief yoke and back gore in hand scalloped silk chiffon with hand-embroidered ribbons and flowers. Vintage styling such as handkerchief yokes and floral details tie into the traditional vintage trends that appear to be of growing importance this year. (Supplied)
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A one-of-a-kind cream bridal caplet with a birdcage veil ($250, LaKrause Bridal) is accented by cream feathers and vintage earrings. Vintage-inspired headpieces and those that incorporate vintage components are part of a larger trend toward one of a kind pieces and vintage elements in bridal attire. (Courtesy of Heather Crosby Gionet of Thisisphotography.ca)
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A Chantilly lace fit-to-flare dress ($8,900, Sarah Houston Couture Bridal) features a detachable silk tulle overskirt with silk sash and a separate lace jacket with tonal beading and crystal buttons. Detachable features allow brides to personalize and change the look of their gowns. The gown’s hemline has a border detailed with handmade lace flowers and tonal beadwork. (Supplied)
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A “Love Story” ivory satin gown ($3,700-$9,000, White Toronto, from the Reem Acra collection) features an embroidered bodice and pinched skirt. (Supplied)
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Platinum and clear Swarovski “Super Nova” crystal drop earrings by Roberta Chiarella ($280, White Toronto) add just the right touch of bling for those brides who like to add even more sparkle to their big day. (Supplied)
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A strapless white silk “Posy” mini dress ($2,450, RM Bridal and Fashion Design) is covered in net flowers and petals for a “flower bomb” effect. Short bridal dresses offer brides a less formal option. There is also a trend toward having two bridal gowns – a long one for the ceremony and a less formal style to change into for the reception. (Supplied)
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Modified A-line “Keeleigh” silk faille gown ($4,500, Sarah Houston Couture Bridal) features a beaded, re-embroidered bolero jacket. The dress is detailed with a silk taffeta sash that creates a dramatic chapel length train. A-line gowns flatter almost every figure type. Details, such as coordinating bolero jackets that appear to be part of the gown, offer more coverage in the chapel or temple and can be removed later for a barer look. Trains are a traditional feature that are making a fashion comeback. (Supplied)
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A silk chiffon organza halter dress ($900, RM Bridal and Fashion Design) features pleating at the bustle and a high-low hem line. Pleated details offer another stylish note on many bridal gowns for the upcoming season. (Supplied)
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A chunky clear Swarovski “Rocky Road” crystal bracelet by Roberta Chiarella ($370, White Toronto) can be worn alone or over long gloves, to play up a retro glamourous look. (Supplied)
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The “Kensington” strapless silk taffeta drop waist dress ($4,500, Sarah Houston Couture Bridal) features a stylish variation on the waistband detailing that is so important this year. Pleated black silk charmeuse bands and a jewelled black onyx brooch accentuate the waistline, while the black silk charmeuse material flows into a detachable train at the back. Back detailing is very important, as are add-on and detachable features, such as this train which can be removed after the ceremony if the bride wishes. (Supplied)
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A “Sapphire” vintage style sheath dress ($8,900, Sarah Houston Couture Bridal) is made of slate blue silk with French Levers silk overlay. An embellished hemline features crystal and feather trim. Feathers and crystals are among the many current details, as are plunging and deeply cut sculpted backs, as seen on this gown, inspired by the '40s. Colours such as blue, blush pink and champagne are among the popular new colours in bridal attire that also recall dress colours of past decades. (Supplied)
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This textured “Voltaire” drop waist gown ($8,900, Sarah Houston Couture Bridal) features a bodice draped with layered silk ribbons and crystal beadwork. The skirt is given fullness with diamond shaped, silk organza petals. Drop waistlines are very stylish this year, as are floral blossom-shaped and petal details. (Supplied)

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