We can no longer assume that a bride will be dressed in white, wearing her grandmother’s pearls. Brides have finally discovered that on their biggest of days, they not only can – but should – present a look that reflects both their personality and taste. And you can find pieces from classic to full-blown diva at Vienna Jewelry on Maple Avenue, Mcclean, VA. Vintage pieces, tiaras, brooches, big earrings – they’re all under today’s bridal umbrella, and you can often find unusual items in pawn shops in Northern Virginia.
Strapless, V-neck and halter gowns are the perfect showcase for a stunning bridal brooch or necklace, perhaps one with an eye-catching back dangle that will be in view throughout the ceremony. A pendant or Y-drop is perfect, as long as it’s kept at about 18 inches, so as not to crowd the neckline; chokers are a funkier alternative. If your dress has a lot of neck detailing , reduce the décolletage clutter by wearing a tiara or playing up earrings instead.
Brides are eschewing the staid look of studs for the dynamic shimmer of dangle earrings. Romantics go for floral and leaf patterns that present a smooth, flowing line, while the modern betrothed choose sparkly jewelry with harder edges. Your style will dictate the length of the dangle, from petit-drop to dramatic chandelier.
If you’re going sleeveless, don’t forget about your arms. A pearl cuff bracelet is a modern nod to the traditional, while gemstone and diamond bracelets worn over gloves or on bare wrists present some stylized chic.