REEM ACRA BRIDAL SPRING 2014: BACKSTAGE

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One of the best things about photographing bridal market week shows, is that it allows you to plan a million imaginary weddings in your head. Being up close and personal with so many gorgeous gowns, veils, and accessories inspires and endless stream of ideas. I’m now convinced if I ever get married, I’ll never be able to decide on just one dress.

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Even if Reem Acra was the sole designer of wedding dresses in the world, choosing just one would still be a difficult task. Gowns in every cut and color were visible in her Spring ’14 collection. Which also featured some of the most unique wedding veils and wraps I’ve ever come across.

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Oscar de la Renta Bridal 2014

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Every Oscar de la Renta show I’ve ever attended has been magical. But there’s something about Bridal, when it overwhelms you with tulle and lace, and let’s you indulge in every princess fantasy you never even knew you had that just makes it that much more of an experience.

Monday was my second Oscar bridal show, and while I loved last year’s collection’s Spanish influences, I ended up being just as big of a fan of the 2014 collection’s romanticism and sweetness.

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I’m sharing a few less photos than usual, since a portion of my backstage beauty Bridal Market Week content is due to end up online and in print for the August/September issue of BRIDES. (Expect to see more from the 4 other shows I covered this week once I’ve been given the all clear to post!) As always, I live-pinned a portion of the show on the OdlR bridal pinterest board as well.

I absolutely LOVED the hair accessories/head pieces this season:
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It’s a given that Oscar’s collections are always impeccable. But one thing that strikes me time after time is how well it’s all styled. Every detail down to the belts, accessories, and hair complements the clothing, and overall tone of the collection.

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Oscar de la Renta Bridal 2013

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Yesterday, instead of  dreading another manic Monday, I spent my morning deeply submerged in the world of Oscar de la Renta Bridal.

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This was my very first Bridal show, which I can say was even more magical than a “regular” fashion show. I was one of three photographers given a unprecendented 3+ hours of show access, chosen to “Live Pin” the show on Pinterest. The project totally blew up on twitter, and has resulted in some pretty crazy press.

Everything about the show was beautiful. From the so gorgeous you could cry dresses, to the flowers– and little flower girls– even the always on point musical choices. I’ve long felt that Oscar can do no wrong, but seeing all the lacy, delicate and intricately detailed bridal gowns up close and personal just proved to me what a mastery the man has of his craft. Some of my other favorite designers still have occasional seasons of “misses”. But never, ever Oscar.

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I absolutely love love loved that “something blue” was incorporated into the show. As one Pinterest commenter mentioned, a handful of the looks were very “Spanish Royalty”, which Oscar being Oscar, is oh so fitting.

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Maybe it’s just my photojournalism education making me want to “keep it real”, but as usual, I’ve just done a subtle brightening of colors. A fashion show isn’t exactly the place to go mad abusing photoshop actions on your photos. And really, everything was already so exquisite, why mess with perfection?

Below, more of my favorites from the Pinterest board, with a few never before seen shots thrown in for good measure.

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Backstage prep

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Such gorgeous hair!

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My all-time favorite flowers made an appearance.

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These gloves!

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Perfection:
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The show opener!

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The variety of styles and fits of the gowns, to me, made the show even better than I had expected!

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So adorable!

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And now for my favorites:

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Never have I heard a show’s audience audibly gasp like they did when the red finale gown appeared on the runway. So very “Queen Isabella, meets Lydia’s wedding gown in Beetlejuice”.

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See the full photo set here.

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