Pink is summer’s biggest bridal trend
The story of how the bride acquired her cotton candy-colored wedding look is as joyful as the dress itself. Only one of the quilted silk organza dress styles remained in the UK, and Rhodes had to track it down. An alert came from Dover Street Market, to say that the store had found a new sample it would be interested in. “It was Valentine’s Day 2020.
Anna’s wedding to Fred Scott at Hauser & Wirth in Bruton was postponed twice, but her confidence in the dress never wavered. On the day, Anna felt otherworldly in her Cecilie Bahnsen cotton candy, and accessorized with ice-white accessories to amp up the bridal factor. A pair of Jacquemus Manosque sandals with a sculpted ceramic candy heel, an AM Faulkner polka dot veil and a Shrimps Antonia bag added to the romance, as did her flower girls’ angelic white dresses worn with pink flower crowns – the reverse side of its own color palette. “To be honest, I never wanted to take my dress off,” she says after reflection.
For rebellious bride Harriet Hall, who navigated wedding planning during the height of lockdown, the dress came before the engagement ring. “I want to get married in this,” she texted her friend after laying eyes on the feast of sparkly pink tulle parading on Molly Goddard’s Fall/Winter 2019 runway. Marriage was somewhere on the horizon, but Hall had struggled to see herself as a bride…until that flash of sparkly tulle melted her heart.
“I’ve always felt like I lacked the elegant carelessness that most women seem to have naturally in them and that is unleashed on their wedding day when they turn into ivory swans,” says Harriet. “It was such a striking dress that it rejected any suggestion of virginal purity, marital submissiveness or deadpanness that white dresses can symbolize. It was so loud, it was subversive. Accessorized with a beaded headband royal and a Simone Rocha clutch, the final look, Hall says, is how she imagined Queen Elizabeth I might have dressed had she been a millennial.
Charlier Porter, another pandemic bride, also chose her fuchsia polka-dot Carolina Herrera dress, which she bought at the Matchesfashion.com sale, because it looked delightful against a dismal news cycle. As her small London wedding approached under Covid-19 restrictions, Porter felt uneasy and couldn’t put her finger on why. As soon as she put on her happy wedding dress, she “felt at home”.
Four different marriages, one shared story. These women chose their pink bridal attire because it did not fit the conventional parameters of bridal attire. “Every time I tried something more formally bridal, I felt like I was playing dress up,” Rhodes shares. “I just wanted to feel authentically me instead of some version of the archetypal ‘bride’ that I didn’t identify with.”
It’s not new. Alternative bride Jamaica Walden eloped to California’s wine country last summer and wore Christopher John Rogers’ 004 Strawberry dress as a tribute to her mother, who wore hot pink on her wedding day several years prior. Now-husband Jamaica Barry Mottier’s jaw dropped when he watched his partner pull off a high-fashion moment that spelled ‘bride’ on her terms – exactly as it should be on a day when about two people engage l to each other, just as they are.