LAST UPDATED: 23 April 2013 at 4:30pm
And so it is... Our time in New York draws to a close and we look forward to another season of bridal fashion.
And if you want to catch up on the latest show images hot off the catwalk, then consult our Spring 2014 list here to see them in their full splendour!
LAST UPDATED: 22 April 2013 at 11:55pm
Rounding off our New York Bridal Week agenda was a spot over at J. Mendel's showroom and a closer inspection of Brian Atwood's shoes.
Stocked at Browns Bride, J. Mendel is not only loved by the Browns and Brides teams, but also by the celebrity world. Everyone from Zoe Saldana to Rosario Dawson, Claire Danes and Hayden Panettiere have worn his luxurious gowns on the red carpet, and his latest bridal designs are equally show-stopping.
The hand-pleated gowns of silk chiffon and tulle make for architectural yet soft silhouettes for summer brides. That delicate texture and lightness of being is truly unique to the designs.
Finishing off our bridal week adventures was shoe designer Brian Atwood's sky-high creations.
His Maniac pump is ever popular - loved by brides and celebs alike - and now they are joined by a whole lineup of equally covetable bridal shoes.
While these shoes are not for the faint-hearted - they are killer heels in every sense of the word - they remain utterly stunning and wedding-worthy at the same time. Our favourites? The fabulous strappy sandals with 3D floral detailing and crystal-embellished white sandals, made chic and elegant with a feminine bow on the heel.
LAST UPDATED: 22 April 2013 at 10:00pm
If you are quiet you can hear it… Did you hear it then? That was our heart, literally skipping a beat. You think we exaggerate? No, no. We are in the presence of Manhattan's elite: Oscar de la Renta is in the house.
If you don't dream of being dressed head-to-toe in Oscar de la Renta then you should stop reading now - there is nothing that can be done for you. But if, like us, you are a fan - then brace yourself!
At Fashion Week he was the talk of the town after having taken Galliano under his wing, prompting suggestions that the dismissed Dior designer might be a potential successor down the line. The excitement ahead of today's bridal show was reminiscent of that spark and excitement.
With our behind-the-scenes sneak peek, the fairytale gowns gowns really came to life: polished models with their elegant chignons and minimal make-up, ready to walk down the aisle.
Starting off with a white tulle strapless dress bedecked in blue silk organza floral appliqués and silver embroidery, the show continued with simply elegant gowns that the elite designer is so well-known for. From Chantilly lace cap-sleeve gowns with ruffled layers of tulle and delicate overlays to silk taffeta sweetheart gowns with threadwork and sequined embroidery.
Never one to shy away from colour, the lineup included a pink tulle strapless ballgown as well, even though the rest of the collection erred on the side of classic ivory and white.
The show notes commented on how brides dream of their big day and a designer's duty to meet that challenge: "You have to go the extra mile and fulfill that dream to make something that a woman will fall in love with," and Oscar certainly does that every time.
LAST UPDATED: 21 April 2013 at 10:50pm
You'd be forgiven for being confused by the vast world of JLM - what with its array of diffusion lines - JLM Couture, Alvina Valenta, Blush, Hayley Paige, Lazaro, Noir by Lazaro and Tara Keeley - just to name a few. Confusion can only be a natural reaction, really. And yet, it is worth demystifying.
JLM is the bridal design house, and the various brands shouldn't be seen as different versions of the same thing, but unique labels worthy of individual attention.
The bridal labels ( Alvina Valenta, Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm Blush, Jim Hjelm, Lazaro and Tara Keeley) have caught our bridal eye for their innovative and genuinely fashion-forward designs - particularly the utterly divine Lazaro gowns. Brides with a penchant for elegant embellishment, lovely sleeves and bare backs will simply adore the Spring offering.
Bridesmaids are also catered for by the likes of Alvina Valenta Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Occasions and Noir by Lazaro. Our faves: The simple, flattering and beautifully wearable frocks from Jim Hjelm Occasions as always available in a whole range of colours.
LAST UPDATED: 21 April 2013 at 8:30pm
You would be foolish to think that Peter Langner's designs will ever be anything short of sublime. They have the elegance of Paris - where he trained - and the decadence of Rome, where his studio is now based.
Showcasing The Social Network collection today from the lofty heights of a suite on the 49th floor of The London hotel, overlooking Manhattan's iconic skyline and looking down upon Central Park, there was a very calm and relaxing air about the whole affair.
Floral detailing featured heavily, appearing as pretty embellishment, macramé lace, embroidered tulle, fanciful rose-like ruffles and fan-like flowers appearing in different shapes and forms.
The exquisite structure of couture gowns also make for an architectural statement with their geometric folds. Mikado gowns, silk crepe georgette, draped dresses and grosgrain trims make for seriously stylish statement looks come the big day.
The colour scheme remains on the classic side: with an array of ivory, off-white and silk white ruling supreme.
Mermaid gowns, short frocks and full-bodied skirts complemented with beyond beautiful veils mean that Langner continues to be a pillar of European designs in the bridal world. What more could we expect from a designer who's worked for Dior, Laroche and Laccroix, after all?
LAST UPDATED: 21 April 2013 at 7:15pm
The London hotel hosted Anne Barge's Spring 2014 show - a collection of 12 brilliantly sparkling gowns.
The embellished gowns are dazzling to the max, their brilliance emphasised by the bright lights of the showroom.
Classically sexy silhouettes - including those slim line mermaid gowns we've been seeing so much - offer a less blingy option for brides-to-be.
The largely strapless collection is undeniably sexy though, with ruffles and, corsets and architectural cascades in no short supply.
LAST UPDATED: 21 April 2013 at 5:30pm
Visiting Elizabeth Fillmore's showroom never stops being an utter pleasure.
The American designer's career into bridal began as a natural extension of her evening line; her fascination with the 'magical' nature of each wedding gown and the personal choices brides' make continue to influence her designs, resulting in gowns that are as beautifully crafted as they are uniquely created.
Her Spring 2014 collection featured nine gorgeous gowns, with the addition of a 'last minute creation'- a 1930's inspired pinafore gown of French floral lace, worn with a black slip underneath - to truly send us over the edge.
Veering on the slinky and simple lines of design, the gowns seem to have been spun by fairies and created for nymphs.
Silk charmeuse strappy bias sheathe gowns and silk crepe sheathes are reminiscent of her 2013 designs while two (utterly fabulous) laser cut satin gowns - one long, one short - bring a whole new type of bride to the Fillmore world.
The 'Plume' dress also brings a ballgown to her collection; a fabulously feathered strapless creation of embroidered organza and Ostrich plumes. And to finish off her dreamy looks the Manhattan-based designer has commissioned the most beautiful of white leather gauntlets and mitten-like gloves - we love!
LAST UPDATED: 21 April 2013 at 3:10pm
Carolina Herrera has been giving us sneaky glimpses into her collection on Instagram for a few the last few weeks, thoroughly whetting our appetite and leaving us wanting more.
This morning the wait came to an end.
Hosted at their HQ, Carolina Herrera's latest collection is every inch as sleek and elegant as the designer herself.
Classic silhouettes were brought into modern day with whimsical uses of lace. Opening the show with an off-white strapless hand-painted lace on silk organza gown with a cathedral tulle veil, the show continued onto rose motifs embroidered on tulle and satin, Mikado cocktail dresses and followed bydelightful Chantilly lace-appliquéd frocks with touches of platinum, gold, silver and whispers of grey for a dramatically chic effect.
Carolina continued with her tradition of offering something for each and every bride, and although her gowns are created "with never a reference to trend[s]," there were a few pieces of inspiration to take forward including her new fabrics, elegant sleeves and beyond fabulous veils.
LAST UPDATED: 21 April 2013 at 1:20pm
One cannot go to New York Bridal Market and not visit the Piers. We followed our Watters show with a leisurely mini-tour of Pier 92.
Our highlights? The lovely lace and gathered pleat waist from Campodoro Bride; a pearl-studded sleek gown from Rafael Cennamo; Sarah Seven's nature-inspired embellished belts and headbands; Ivy & Aster's whimsical monochrome gown and the fun and flirty bridesmaid frocks from 57 Grand.
And as always, it was a joy to see Mira Zwillinger's latest collection once more - including one brand new dress (made especially for market) featuring that classic Zwillinger embellishment and utterly ethereal feel. We swoon...
LAST UPDATED: 20 April 2013 at 12:30pm
It seems cliché to party into the wee hours in the city that never sleeps, but how could we resist when Jenny Packham calls?
With the unique opportunity to visit her New York offices, we also got to see the latest designs hot-off-the-plane from LA, too.
The 'Downton Abbey'-esque gowns inspired by the Belle Époque, are a sublime collection of Jenny's tasteful embellishments, delicate draping and stylish designs. We are happy to report that a number of her RTW gowns have also translated (oh so beautifully, might we add) to the bridal world.
There is no doubt Gatsby-loving brides will adore these dreamy gowns.
LAST UPDATED: 20 April 2013 at 10:40pm
Monique Lhuillier's designs have always been undeniably romantic, ultra-feminine and utterly dreamy - a tradition she continued with today's show.
"I wanted to consider the needs of every type of bride," explained Monique in her show notes. "From City Hall to the altar - whether there are hundreds of guests or just two."
The vast warehouse space of Canoe Studios were transformed into an elegant catwalk with floating doorways and an elephant's breath painted wooden floor.
The dresses themselves ranged from truly unique jacquard jackets and shift dress combos, to fabulous short frocks, architecturally-minded peplum gowns, sherbet ombre gowns and the principessa satin strapless gowns that will live on in our dreams for weeks to come.
Accompanying the show-stopping gowns were Monique's fine jewellery and footwear - all of which were as stunning as every other element of the show. Absolutely everything about the show - from the designs and accessories, elegant chignons and elegant make-up of each and every model - illustrated perfectly what every bridal show ought to be...
LAST UPDATED: 20 April 2013 at 8:50pm
Last season Reem Acra brought bridal innovation to the forefront with her sunray pleats and stretch tulle. For Spring 2014, the Lebanese designer's inspiration hailed from a softer place of romantic beauty.
Her models had larger-than-life hair, simple make-up and bright lips to contrast with their cascading skirts of chiffon and organza - moulded and shaped with beautiful embroideries and sculptured surprises.
'Bridal showers' took on a whole new meaning too, with the umbrella accessories that replaced veils on the runway.
Sweet embroidered message that read 'thank you' or 'only you' added to the deeply romantic feel of the collection. And when added to her intricate hand-embroidered detailing with crystals, pearls and hand-stitching, there really is little that Reem can't do.
Peplums enter an new age of development this season with a more sculptural, modern edge and less lady-like feel. Oh, and those ballgowns and statement veils need to be seen to be believed!
LAST UPDATED: 20 April 2013 at 7:30pm
Anne Bowen's Spring/Summer 2014 collection was inspired by Tim Burton's vision of Alice in Wonderland.
The 12 gowns, each named after charming Alice-inspired characters, each had a playful element whilst remaining undeniably bridal.
The slim silhouettes of the 'Imagination Garden' collection are mostly for the slinky gown-loving brides-to-be out there, although there was one fishtail gown that really brought volume to the collection.
Sleeves continue to make an appearance, as do elegant shorter frocks designed with civil ceremonies in mind.
LAST UPDATED: 20 April 2013 at 3:50pm
Claire Pettibone didn't grace us with a show today unfortunately (we'll have to wait for October for that), but we did get to see her latest collection: Decoupage.
Inspired by the old art of layering paper cut-outs for decorating purposes, Claire's latest designs layer Chantilly and guipure, silk and vintage laces with delicate hand beaded details to combine textures of floral beauty.
Although all each and every gown is dreamy in its own right, we were absolutely enamoured with Gladys - a white Chantilly lace peplum gown with a sheer back, embellished with organza flowers.
LAST UPDATED: 20 April 2013 at 2:30pm
Vatana Watters' creativity seems to know no bounds - and the array of designs in her various labels are testament to that.
Presenting their fall 2013 at Pier 92, the 'something blue' collection takes inspiration from the iconic gowns of the royal brides. Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton fans will love lace gowns, while girls looking for a classic, romantic strapless gown will also find plenty of dreamy options, too.
Wtoo Bridal offers everything from the classically elegant ivory gowns, to dreamy destination gowns and the sexier illusion necklines and beaded beauties the brand has become so well-known for.
Wtoo Bridesmaids offer simply beautiful frocks for your maids including lovely charcoal grey designs and emerald gowns.
But then there was the true elegance of Watters Bridal... with Dolce-like crowns and tiaras from Thomas Knoell, sublime fabrics and the most delicate of necklines around, the Watters bride is utterly regal in her sense of style.
LAST UPDATED: 19 April 2013 at 10:15pm
If we were ever in danger of suffering from homesickness we've adverted that peril entirely now.
Following Vera Wang's architectural masterpiece, we headed to The Gramercy Park Hotel for a dose of Great British talent to make us feel right at home.
Alice Temperley's Titania Collection is the latest stroke of brilliance to come from the fashionable London-based designer.
Althought the designs won't arrive to her Mount Street boutique for a while yet, we can tell you right now: they will be worth the wait.
A beautifully boho and elegant collection of dreamy dresses err on the side of classic lace in the most stylish of ways.
Brides with a penchant for sleeves, different necklines and to-die-for details will find this collection to be a dream come true. Overlays of lace play beautifully with billowing sleeves, elegant details and divine veils.
Alongside the gowns there was also the debut of the latest accessories to finish off your bridal look, including belts to hairpins - the flying phoenix design is sure to be a huge hit amongst brides.
With exciting plans for expansion, the Temperley bride retains a stylish devil-may-care attititude, whilst still providing not only a beacon of light amongst a sea of white gowns, but also remains a true example of British brilliance at its very best.
LAST UPDATED: 19 April 2013 at 9:50pm
Vera Wang has the uncommon ability to surprise us with each and every collection.
Last season she shocked everyone with a bridal basic: white and ivory gowns. The season before that? A romantic show of deep burgundy, maroon, dahlia and fiery reds. The season before that? Sobering nude and black gowns… so naturally, the first question that needs to be addressed is: What has she done now?
Wang brought us a graphic show of stark black and brilliant whites. The architectural collection explored a different side of bridal: the edgy, fashion-forward and undeniably modern side. Although obviously gorgeous (they are Vera Wang, after all) they are decidedly fresh and express a different kind of sensuality than what we are used to in the bridal world.
Black leather elbow-length gloves add a fierce quality to the slim silhouettes, juxtaposed beautifully with the softness of Chantilly and guipure lace.
The juxtaposition didn't end there either: there was also a deeply beautiful play between textures and fabrics unlike anything we've seen before. Multiple pieces of lace in different shades of ivory and black create an almost web-like feel while other gowns had micro hand gathered tulle bodices that looked as light as a feather.
The Vera Wang bride is decidedly modern this season, and we love it.
LAST UPDATED: 19 April 2013 at 6:30pm
Next stop: Marchesa.
When we headed over to Canoe Studio this afternoon we could never have guessed what Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman would have in store for us. Looking to their latest RTW collections we forecasted deconstructed corsetry, embroidered trousers, tailored skirting and a very theatrical feel - perhaps even a certain Miss Delevigne opening the show?
As our bridal brains run riot, Chapman and Craig worked behind the scenes while their new born babies sat amongst their excited crowds, anxiously waiting to see their latest designs.
Inspired by the couture styles of the 1950s, they brought elegance to the dramatic designs of grand era.
Bouquets of tulle veils sat atop the heads of their ethereal silhouettes, simple make-up and elegant up-dos completing the very bridal looks - finished off every so beautifully with Miriam Haskell bridal earrings and hair clips and Louboutin heels.
Most notably of all perhaps, were the fitted corsets that gave way to ruffled layers of tulle, cascading over tiered skirts and the detachable silk taffeta skirts.
Long sleeves also made an appearance - with that now traditional Marchesa tattoo-like lace which looks almost like a second layer of skin - although three-quarter sleeves and one-shoulder gowns added variety for those brides-to-be who want to veer away from the strapless dress.
The red carpet favourites have a way to captivate the imagination and bewitch the heart, a quality they proved yet again at today's show.
LAST UPDATED: 19 April 2013 at 5:20pm
As the manhunt in Boston unfolded on news channels all around us, we were lucky enough to be able to escape into a world of beautiful gowns and the most delicate dreamy embellishment. Kicking us off this morning was an early appointment at Modern Trousseau.
We arrived at their suite by Parsons to witness the unveiling of their latest Spring 2014 bridal collection.
Designed by Callie Tein, the new collection is as pretty and vintage-inspired as ever. The Australian-born designer's dresses continue to evoke the elegance and demure grace of classic wedding gowns that the brand has become so well known for.
Lace abound and silhouettes taking on classic shapes with the inclusion of a new element - pale pink fabrics. "We've really gone into blush gowns this season," explained Callie, "and it adds a really beautiful new element to the collection."
The ombré gown was a particular highlight, but the high necklines and sexy keyhole backs were also seriously noteworthy.
The Yoko gown, with its strapless bodice and full-bodied
skirt, bubbling with delicate tulle puffs details and the feathered
Swan gown step away from that slinky silhouette - a perfect
offering for the bride who wants a bold, yet classically romantic
LAST UPDATED: 18 April 2013 at 3:00am
We have finally arrived! After enduring possibly the longest queue in the world at immigration (with the one and only Cara Delevingne, she was also on our flight from London) we have finally left JFK airport and checked into our New York HQ: The fabulous Jade Hotel in Greenwich.
To catch up on the latest show images hot off the catwalk, then look here to see them in their full splendour!
LAST UPDATED: 16 April 2013 at 10:30am
"The time has come," the Brides team said, "to talk of many things: Of gowns and frocks and new designs. Of New York Market Week."
Well, almost... Friday will mark the beginning of New York Bridal Market (the bridal equivalent of New York Fashion Week) where all our favourite designers flock to the Big Apple to debut their new collections and designs.
Kicking off the exciting processions will be Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig's Marchesa, followed by the one and only Vera Wang. But there's plenty of bridal brilliance in store...
Be sure to follow our latest news and show reports right here! Plus, you can take your front row seat over on Twitter, watch snippets of the shows from Vine, see our dreamiest of finds on Instagram, pin our latest loves on Pinterest and join the conversation on Facebook, too!