Recently engaged and about to start your wedding dress shopping journey? Some of the best places to find inspiration for your special day, especially when it comes to fashion and trends, are real weddings. And since we’ve been posting weddings in the DMV space for a long time, we know a thing or two when we see a dress that deserves the spotlight. So we dived through our plethora of beautiful real weddings and picked the very best of the very best of our favorite wedding dresses. Check below to see if you can choose a favorite.
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Our favorite classic wedding dresses
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Nicki’s modest high-necked and elegant wedding dress with an A-line silhouette is the perfect choice to evoke a timeless and classic bridal look. This dress also earns twice as many Fashion Points for having pockets in it! See more of her wedding in Charlottesville here.
Photo by K. Thompson Photography
Kathryn’s long sleeved satin ball gown was perfect for her timeless wedding at the Carnegie Institution for Science in DC.
Photo by Nichole Meredith Photography
Ashley teamed her nifty and chic fit-n-flare dress with a fur bolero wrap and a crystal embellished sash. It’s a must-have for brides who have a classic style for their wedding day.
Photo by Kristen Gardner Photography
This Monique Lhuillier dress showed the most beautiful back. Check out the rest of Kate’s stunning classic bridal look here.
Photo by Birds of a Feather Photography
Taylor’s bespoke lace ball gown is what classic bridal dreams are made of. Their wedding took place at DC’s Cosmos Club and also included other timeless details and ideas worth stealing.
Photo by Caroline Lima Photography
Lane passed out in a custom Elizabeth Fillmore dress that featured an illusory lace neckline and a relaxed, figure-hugging silk-satin skirt. She also put on rain boots to take portraits in her swampy venue. See more of Lane’s wedding on the east coast here.
Photo by Genevieve Leiper Photography
Jessica’s ROMONA New York wedding dress definitely enhanced the portraits of her DC Monument couples. The halter neck dress even featured a black buttoned back for extra nifty drama. See more of her classic wedding here.
Photo by Jen Fariello Photography
Christine’s classic Sareh Nouri dress featured an elegant and sophisticated A-line silhouette and off-the-shoulder sleeves. See more of her wedding day look that took place at the Congressional Country Club here.
Our favorite romantic wedding dresses
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Christina’s fluttering sleeves, designed by Kathryn Conover, are a romantic dream. Not to mention the illusion lace details. Check out Christina’s elegant farm wedding to see more of this beauty.
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Lisa opted for a glamorous ruffled and lace Lazaro dress that exuded romance and style. Check out her two day American-Eritrean wedding to see more of this stunning bridal look.
Photo by Regetis Photography
Ariana’s dazzling Berta dress featured a plunging neckline and other faint details. See the rest of their weekend long wedding here.
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Angie has equipped her romantic wedding dress with a detachable skirt. The back details of her dress are also a must. The whole look went perfectly with her soiree by the water.
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Niyati’s layered tulle skirt ball gown was made for a romantically inspired wedding. See more of her magical weekday wedding here.
Photo by Mason Photography
Hana’s dress with sleeves, decorated with lace and pearl embellishments, is a great option for those looking for a romantic style wedding dress. Check out her wedding here.
Photo by Feather & Fawn Photography
Rebecca’s Ines Di Santos dress feels like it was torn straight out of a fairy tale. See the details of her big day here, inspired by a collection from Blue Willow China.
Our favorite fashion-forward wedding dresses
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We loved Meredith’s Dolce & Gabbana. She wore the playful, flower-filled number to her micro-wedding, held at the Goodstone Inn.
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The trendy asymmetrical satin dress from Geneva with ruffle details is definitely one of our favorite dresses. She also donned a fishtail braid to further enhance her fashionable bridal style. Check out her wedding (and more photos of her dress) here.
Terri Baskin Photography
Loreal designed her oh-so-fashionable, blushing wedding dress with a cape, veil and overskirt. See more of her DC wedding here.
Photo by Kimberly Florence Photography
Alexandra wore two gorgeous dresses to her DAR wedding, but in our opinion it was her ultra-stylish Vera Wang ceremony dress that stole the show.
Photo by Elizabeth Fogarty Photography
Erica rocked a crystal-covered bodice mermaid dress that also contained off-the-shoulder jewels. It went wonderfully with their glamorously inspired DC wedding.
Photo by KPC + Co. Photography
Although Becca had to hold a micro-wedding due to the pandemic, she made sure to make a fashion statement for her DC wedding. She wore an adorable floral print, tea-length, and red-heeled dress – proof that intimate weddings can still be wow-worthy.
Photo by Tunji Studio
Danique wore two bespoke wedding dresses for her lavish day, but her reception gown was definitely one of our favorite fashion-forward bridal looks. Not only was it glamorous, but it also featured a sexy high slit for that added wow factor.
Our favorite boho wedding dresses
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Sudha’s boho-inspired dress had an illusory lace halter neckline and a relaxed silhouette. See more of her wedding day look here.
Photo of an endless pursuit
Andrea’s dress on rue de Seine with lace crochet and fringed details is the definition of the boho chic style. See more here.
Kirsten’s lace sleeved dress was a hit at her country-style wedding. She exchanged “I dos” with views of rolling hills, then donned a denim jacket for her barn reception, pictured above with permission from Maddy Williams Photography.
Photo by Elizabeth McConeghey
Sara’s combination of sweater and tulle skirt is slightly reminiscent of a relaxed bohemian style. Her appearance also matched her intimate mood as she and her partner decided to flee. You can find more information about her abduction here.
Our favorite modern / minimalist wedding dresses
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While Jackie didn’t go for a traditional wedding dress for her special day, her modern and minimalist two-piece pant suit is still one of our favorites. Especially if you are looking for a contemporary bridal look.
Photo by Kristen Gardner Photography
While Nell’s dress also exudes a romantic vibe, its clear detailing and relaxed silhouette also go with a modern, minimalist aesthetic. See her rainy country wedding here to see more photos of her bridal look.
Photo by Kristen Gardner Photography
Emma’s Ines Di Santo dress not only had an open back, but also a modern high neck and no decorations. This makes this wedding dress perfect for a bride with a minimalist fashion style. Her wedding had a modern citrus theme which is also a must have.
Photo by Sarah Bradshaw Photography
Kate’s Oscar de la Renta’s modern and clean halter dress was a show stopper at her very fashionable wedding. Check out the rest of her big day, which includes oh-so-chic, undressed bridesmaid dresses and more.
Photo by Jennie “Raff Photography”
Sarah’s wedding anniversary look definitely reminds us of the queen (or should we say duchess) of minimalist style, Meghan Markle. Do not you agree? Check out Sarah’s wedding here to see more of chic and modern dress.
Photo Carly Romeo & Co.
Last, but not least, is this modern jumpsuit that was worn on an anniversary photo shoot. Check out Bethany and Ashleigh’s looks here for more bridal inspiration.
Editorial Assistant, Washingtonian Weddings
Jacqueline comes to Washingtonian with nearly five years of digital content and SEO best practices experience. Previously, she was a senior editor at WeddingWire, specializing in wedding fashion, and previously an assistant at Vow Bride. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, she now lives in Columbia Heights. Follow her on Instagram @ jatynes19