“Off-the-rack” wedding dresses get a bad rep, and we’re taking back the term in a big way. You want to feel beautiful, bright, and unique on your wedding day. And we understand. The latest Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago shares just one example of an #LBRbride who rocked a gorgeous — and totally her — off-the-rack Monique Lhuillier gown. And it was no less special, no less unique, than the style another bride might have paid several thousands more for.
Featured #LBRbride: Dina DiCostanzo in custom Monique Lhuillier
The Modern Luxury feature shares only a small glimpse into Dina DiCostanzo and Jim Barclay’s stunning summer wedding. But we’d say this couple hit every mark. Down-to-earth details — like votives and the bride’s herbaceous bouquet — feel natural and romantic and real. Chicago in July may be hot, hot, hot…. But everything here feels fresh and cool.
Dina’s gown fit perfectly into place.
But by no means did she just blend in. Our bride selected an incredible Monique Lhuillier “Stella” dress whose creamy silk and organic lace elements reflect not only her own personality — she’s a professional actress and performer — but suit their scene’s idyllic timelessness.
Luxe Bridal Rack isn’t just about curating the newest bridal trends.
And we don’t blame many brides — and even ourselves — for loving these. Every #LBRbride is unique. Wedding dress shopping is about finding what’s right for you, not what looks good on that Instagram model or inside the pages of another bridal magazine.
We curated Dina’s gown through another bridal salon that offers custom designer pieces. We don’t only collect our pieces from designers. Even if a custom gown didn’t work for the bride who initially had it made, we know it’ll almost always be right for another bride.
As you can see, her “Stella” dress originally hit the runway in a totally different light:
Custom flapper-style lace at the hips and chest brought this style to the next level.
And we’re here for it.