10 Outfits That Prove Western Brides Don't Need White Wedding Dresses

10 Outfits That Prove Western Brides Don't Need White Wedding Dresses

Okay, I'll be the first to admit that I wore white on my wedding day. It was a pretty awesome dress, but I chose it knowing full well that the idea of wearing white on your wedding day is not some tradition as old as time, just as old as the Victorian Era. White dresses are a little bit about purity and femininity, but also a whole lot about wealth. It wasn't until the last few centuries that the average woman could dream of affording a dress that they would only wear once.

So let's banish this whole idea of the white wedding dress as being a necessity. If you want to wear one, that's awesome! If you don't, that's fine, too! Let's celebrate these 10 AMAZING outfits that prove that you can pretty much do WHATEVER YOU WANT.

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Elopement Inspiration // Nine Couples Elope in France

Elopement Inspiration // Nine Couples Elope in France

This photo shoot was something I've been wanting to capture for so long. I'm passionate about the ability to elope, not worrying about the confinements of what is expected in the wedding industry — how simple yet utterly romantic this idea of eloping is and could be for so many. Secondly, I had been wondering: was it possible to wear something on that special day that didn't make you wonder how it was made and at what cost to people, animals and the planet? Was it possible to wear something luxurious and beautiful, yet still sustainable and organic?

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Real Couples // Bridal Overalls & City Hall: Nora + Ben

Real Couples // Bridal Overalls & City Hall: Nora + Ben

Nora and Ben were married at San Francisco City Hall surrounded by their families and a good friend. I loved that they weren't afraid to do things a little differently. Nora wore the white, embroidered overalls her mother was married in paired with a lacy, backless top and gold shoes. For their flowers, which were made by a friend, Handsome Flowers, Nora asked for a bouquet that looked like it could have been foraged in the forest. Ben's only request: mushrooms. Which resulted in one of the coolest boutonnieres I've seen!

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