The Best of 2023: Wedding Dresses in the Rocky Mountains

December 20, 2023
The Best of 2023: Wedding Dresses in the Rocky Mountains

Feature image: M. Felt Photography

Wedding dresses are a chance for brides to express themselves and their individual style, and 2023 was a year full of Rocky Mountain brides showing off their fashion sense through gorgeous gorgeous gowns.  We saw first hand just how many options there are when it comes to shape, texture, length, color, and accessories – and there’s a dream dress for every bride and every type of style out there. Each year certain trends emerge from designers and 2023 was no exception.  This year we saw  beautiful dresses for the classic bride, the modern bride, the boho bride, the city bride (etc. etc. etc.) and we’ve gathered our absolute favorites from the 2023 season in one blog.  Keep reading to find out which 30 fabulous frocks made our favs list this year!

One: Summertime Sweetheart

Jordan’s ivory linen gown is a fabric we don’t see often but definitely love.  The full skirt drapes so beautifully with this texture, and compliments the Zion desert landscape beautifully.  The scallop pleating on the sweetheart cut and the three foot ruffle train made the custom Markarian gown even more interesting and artistic. Jordan accessorized with a custom two-tier cathedral length veil with Chantilly lace trim and vintage drop earrings, helping her gown get to the top of our list.  See more of her strapless style in our Utah Spring/Summer 2023 issue.

Photography: M. Felt Photography | Gown Designer: Markarian | Veil: Blanco New York | Florist: Bloomers | Venue: Lazalu

Two: Monique in Montana

The vision for Hannah & Milan’s wedding day was “harvest-inspired” and “bountiful summer”, and Hannah’s unique, subtly-floral, and ruffle-necked Monique Lhuillier gown added whimsy to the natural & warm vibe.  This bride looked beautiful in Bozeman with her balloon sleeves and burgundy bouquet.  More magic in this dress can be found in our Montana 2023 magazine here.

Photography: Logan Cole | Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Florist: Storylines Floral Co. | Venue: Firelight Farm

Three: Appliqué in Santa Fe

Angela stunned in an applique-covered Galia Lahav gown with a unique-cut nude bodice and sheer sleeves.  The light coming through her gown made her glow even more! See more shots of this favorite of ours in our New Mexico 2023 issue.

Photography: Alicia Lucia Photo | Gown Designer: Galia Lahav

Four: Sweet and Simple in Calgary, Canada

Lynnea’s lovely little white dress looked like a dream against the Calgary sunset sky as she said “I do” with her groom David.  We love this one for the open back and capped sleeves, and the light simple beauty it shows.  Check out more of Lynnea’s dress in our Canada Spring/Summer 2023 issue.

Photography: Brooklyn Caroline Photography | Bridal Boutique: Lily Kennedy Custom Gowns

Five: Highneck & High Class

Chris & Spencer’s Colorado mountain wedding was full of sophisticated elegance – right down to her classy, fitted, high-neck, lace gown.  The couple already had “love at first sight” – Chris saw Spenser in a picture and immediately reached out to their mutual friend and asked “who is she?” – but he was stunned again when he saw her walk down the aisle in this gown she found at our local favorite Little White Dress Bridal Shop.  Look at her lace a little more in their wedding day blog here.

Photographer: Andrea Stark Photography Venue: Wild Basin Lodge | Bridal Boutique: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Florist: Wild Blossoms Studio

Six: A Vision in Vancouver

Anna & Jordan wed in the heart of downtown Vancouver with a moody cocktail bar vibe reflecting their “elevated chic” personal style.  Anna’s NEWHITE gown takes elevated chic to another level, with its’ satin fabric and off-the-shoulder long sleeves.   Check out more of her cool-girl dress in our Canada Fall/Winter 2023 issue.

Photography: Joel and Justyna | Bridal Boutique: Loho Bride | Gown Designer: NEWHITE | Veil: Jane Rhyan

Seven: “V” for Very Beautiful!

Julie & Jesse were “just married” in an intimate ceremony at the Denver Courthouse, but snapped some dreamy photos in the Bighorn Basin in their best attire.  Julie’s deep V Berta dress helps reflect how deep the couple’s love is. We loved this gown so much we showed it off on our cover of the Wyoming 2023 magazine!

Photography: Kaleigh Rust | Gown Designer: Berta

Eight: Lace by Lahav

Lauren’s long-sleeved lace gown by Galia Lahav looked “ooh la la” on her!  The beaded detail brought this dress from Little White Dress bridal shop to the top of our list.  See more of what she donned in Denver in our RMB National issue.

Photography: JamesXShultz | Bridal Boutique: Little White Dress | Gown: Galia Lahav

Nine: Southwest Seashell

We’re adding another gorgeous Markarian gown to our list, and for very (obvious) good reason.  Allison left us in awe in this strapless, organic A-line dress with a fitted waist bodice complete with a minimalist sparkly belt.   The shape of the top looked almost like a seashell, giving a natural feel to her look.  She (this dress!) stood out in Santa Fe and stands out on our list!  See more of her Southwest style in our New Mexico 2023 magazine.

Photography: Chellise Michael Photography | Gown Designer: Markarian

Ten: Magic in Montana

A good styled shoot has to have a great dress, and this editorial planned by Soiree 99 Events hit the mark when it came to making magic in the Montana woods.  The model set the mood in a bubble-sleeved, dotted Daalarna dress and a bridal cape to create even more ambiance.  The moody, bold bouquet was the perfect accessory to elevate this gorgeous gown to its’ fullest potential.  Dive into this year’s RMB National issue to dream up more inspo from this dress.

Planning: Soiree 99 Events | Photography: Jacilyn M | Venue: The Green O | Gown Designer: Daalarna | Bridal Cape: Charlie Brear

Eleven: Caped in Colorado

Hailey got to marry Garry in the most gorgeous tulle gown – from its’ almost hidden beading down the front to its’  bow-tied cape down the back.  Check out more of this captivating look in Colorado on H&G’s wedding day blog here.

Photography: Jill Houser Photography | Florist: Flower Disco 

Twelve: Pretty in Pink

Divya donned a pink, embellished Lehenga designed by Chamee and Palak during her Santa Fe ceremony with her groom John.  The bright and bold color of her gown made for a warmer winter and looked beautiful against the muted terra-cotta colors of the southwest.  Don’t miss more of Divya’s list-topping dress on their wedding day blog here.

Photography: Alicia Lucia Photography | Bridal Lehenga: Chamee and Palak Bridal Boutique: KYNAHVenue: La Fonda on the Plaza

Thirteen: Cut Short in Canada

Rebecca’s reception dress made the cut with its’ shorter cut!  The petite mini proved to be party-perfection with a longer-than-life pearl studded veil to seal the style.  See more sexy end-of-night snapshots of this favorite little number in our Canada Fall/Winter 2023 issue.

Photography: Ash Maclean Photography | Bridal Boutique & Gown Designer: Fern and Moon

Fourteen: Ruffles with Loeffler Randall

Dresses don’t have to be floor-length to make our jaws hit the floor!  Meagan’s reception ruffled mini from Odylyne the Ceremony stunned with it’s sheer off-the-shoulder sleeves and structured bodice.  She brought the best out of this dress in British Columbia with some bridal white Loeffler Randall heels.

Photography: Fresh Photography | Reception Dress: Odylyne the Ceremony | Venue: Blaylock’s Mansion | Shoes:  Loeffler Randall

Fifteen: Courthouse Couture

Kloee looked like a queen in this classy cutie creation from For Love & Lemons.  The high-to-low cape effect, mixed with the lovely lace and baby bows brought so much bang to such a little look.  She paired the mini with a  chunky pearl choker and dainty heels with delicate socks for the ultimate couture-courthouse outfit.  Don’t miss this darling dress in our Utah Fall/Winter 2023 mag.

Photography: Aubree Bell Photography | Dress: For Love & Lemons | Shoes: Mango | Jewelry: Anthropologie | Florist: Customized by Cynthia

Sixteen: Fitted & Fancy

Kaci & Grey kissed out in Jordan Pines in the coolest, chic outfits.  This Angel Rivera Couture gown (found at one of our favorite shops – Frankie Jane) fit like a glove, and definitely fits in our list of favorites from 2023!  Find more style inspo from these two in our Utah Fall/Winter 2023 magazine.

Photography: Kaitlyn Friel Photography | Bridal Shop: Frankie Jane | Gown Designer: Angel Rivera Couture

Seventeen: Sleeve Style

London & Ethan’s love was shown off in Huxley, Alberta.  The wedding aesthetic embraced a timeless blend of classic romanticism, infused with a moody and vintage vibe.  London’s Vagabond Bridal gown gave the same feel – with timeless satin and a simple shape, yet unique textured sleeves for a dramatic effect.  View more of her vision of a dress in our Canada Fall/Winter issue.

Photography: Sara Musselman | Bridal Boutique: Blush & Raven | Gown Designer: Vagabond Bridal

Eighteen: Glamor on the Ranch

Taya & Tanner “tied the knot” in this styled shoot put together by photographer Sarah Hall, and took the “style” in styled shoot to another level.  This glamorous AW Bridal gown sparkled against the stunning Colorado sky.  We love the removable long sleeves for a versatile look.  A horse was the perfect accessory for a dress fit for a princess, too!  See more shine from this styled shoot on the full blog post here.

Venue: Storm King Mountain Ranch Photographer: Sarah Hall Photography Bridal Boutique: AW Bridal

Nineteen: Couture Meets Colorado

Not everyone’s dream dress is white, and we want our list to reflect that! Slater Events found inspiration for this styled shoot from bold fashion pieces, including this floral printed Peter Langner gown that adds some fun factor to our favorites list.  Inspire your bridal fashion with this couture-meets-Colorado styled shoot at The Little Nell.

Creative Direction: Slater Events | Photographer: Magi Fisher Venue: The Little Nell | Styling: Silk and Style Bridal | Beauty: GR Hair & Makeup Floral Dress: Peter Langner 

Twenty: Lovely in Lots of Lace

Ira & Lucy planned an upscale, elegant, old-world charm inspired styled shoot complete with the prettiest lace long-sleeved gown as a focal point.  The dress from local Kate’s Bridal Cottage in Idaho is everything to us!  See some more shots of this list-topper on the full styled shoot blog here.

Planning + Design: Ira & Lucy Photographer: Sean Thomas Weddings Venue: The Lark House Beauty: BA Makeup Company | Bridal Boutique + Jewelry: Kate’s Bridal Cottage 

Twenty-One: Sweetheart in the City

Kristen & Riley kept it classy in the city for their Vancouver, BC nuptials.  Kristen’s art-deco inspired gown kept us swooning all throughout the year, and made our list with its’ detachable sleeves and sweetheart neckline.  Catch more classy city style in their full wedding day blog post here.

Photographer: The Godard’s Photography Planning + Design: Sweetheart Events | Venue: The Wallace Venue

Twenty-Two: Best of Bustier

This V. Chapman structured yet silhouette gown gives the right amount of “sexy” to sail to the top of our favorites from this year.  We love the modern peplum detail, the bustier top, and the long slit.  In this case, different is definitely good!  See more style from this shoot in our Utah Fall/Winter 2023 issue.

Photography: Paige McKenzi | Dress: V. Chapman | Studio: Studio Elevn

Twenty-Three: Satin with Snowcaps

Heidi & Zach hit the lottery with their “love at first sight” story, and then their dream of having snow-capped mountains on their wedding day came true, too!  Another dream came true when Heidi found this Danielle Frankel dress for their intimate, meaningful celebration in the mountains.  Her Galia Lahav veil trailed behind as the perfect accent to the perfect dress.  Swoon over this one some more by swiping through our Colorado Fall/Winter 2023 issue.

Photography: Sunnie Heers | Gown Designer: Danielle Frankel | Bridal Veil: Galia Lahav | Venue: Schmid Ranch

Twenty-Four: Shiny Satin in September

Caitlin & Ivey’s love story began at a French cafe in California, journeyed to Joshua Tree where the couple got engaged, and then moved to matrimony in Conifer, Colorado – so this couple knows a thing or two about beauty.  Speaking of beauty, Caitlin’s Markarian gown literally shined, in both natural outdoor light on a mountain top and indoor in the flash.   See more proof of why we love this dress in our Colorado Fall/Winter 2023 issue. 

Photography: Kenz & Nick Photo | Gown Designer: Markarian | Bridal Boutique: LOHO Bride

Twenty-Five: A White Whistler Wedding Dress Dream

Mirco proposed to Kristin while “stopping to take a breath” during a run, so it’s only fitting that Kristin’s dress would be absolutely breathtaking (for real this time).  She sparkled in this fitted Made With Love gown with a low-scooped back, bustier shaped top, and pretty little sequins all over.  See her shine some more in our Whistler Wedding Guide.

Photography: KVD Photography | Venue: The Audain Museum | Bridal Boutique: Everly Bridal | Dress Designer: Made With Love Bridal (The Lola Gown)

Twenty-Six: Made with Love Lakeside

Taylor & Peter took their wedding by storm in style at calm Priest Lake in Idaho, and Taylor’s gown still stunned against the still serene water.  The fitted Made With Love satin gown draped down the back in the most delicate way, with dainty buttons down to the train, too.  Her full wedding day look can be found in our Idaho 2023 issue here.

Photography: Kylie Morgan Photography | Venue: Hill’s Resort | Gown Designer: Made With Love

Twenty-Seven: Midi-Dress, Full Style

Jane & Keenan had a joyful summertime wedding in Edmonton, Alberta, and Jane wore the perfect dress for a downtown celebration.  We love the midi-length on her fitted, chic Lis Simon dress, and the effortless off-the-shoulder look is everything.  Get more inspo from this gown in our Canada Spring/Summer 2023 magazine.

Venue: Alberta Aviation Museum | Photography: Christina Kim | Bridal Boutique: The White Gallery | Gown Designer: Lis Simon

Twenty-Eight: To Have and To Hold (A Spot on our Favs List!)

Biljano & Marko brought style in Vancouver to another level on their wedding day.  Biljano’s fitted, satin, strapless Pronovias gown is truly one of our absolute favorites.  The creative take on a sweetheart neckline looked absolutely gorgeous on this bride, and her mesh fingerless gloves with the text “to have & to hold” elevated this dress to ultra-chic.  Find more reasons to love this list-topper in our Canada Spring/Summer 2023 issue.

Venue: L’Abattoir | Photography: Hennygraphy | Bridal Boutique: Rituals of Love | Gown Designer: Pronovias | Brides Gloves: Kerry Parker

Twenty-Nine: A Vancouver Vision

Dimple & Rishi said “I do” in the great outdoors.  The couple had a traditional Hindu ceremony, thus Dimple wore a traditional bridal Lehenga from Dolly J Studio that definitely belongs on our list.  The gorgeous pink hue and beaded detail look absolutely beautiful against the British Columbia snow-capped mountains.  View this vision of a gown some more in our Canada Spring/Summer 2023 magazine.

Venue: Fraser River Lodge | Photography: Amrit Photography | Bridal Boutique: Dolly J Studio

Thirty: A Warm Colorado Autumn

Bailey brought her best when it came to her bridal look, and her Martina Liana gown stunned surrounded by fall colors in Colorado.  Catch more of her beautiful sleeveless, A-line dress in our Colorado Fall/Winter issue.

Photography: Grace Gatto | Venue: The Oaks | Bridal Boutique: The Bridal Collection | Gown Designer: Martina Liana | Veil: Toni Federici


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