At weddings, all eyes are on the bride. From hair to makeup, everything must be on point but most important, the wedding dress has to be a showstopper. Whether the bride chooses to go simple and sleek or over-the-top, choosing the right bridal gown is arguably the most stressful part about planning the big day. To make walking down the aisle a little bit easier, ESSENCE rounded up some of the best brands that will have you feeling like royalty on your wedding day. The best part is that all of these companies are Black-owned.
Below check out the most stunning wedding dresses that will give you bridal fever.
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Dress Of Her Dreams
"Oh my goodness, I loved my dress," said the bride Crystal. "I had a design and fit in mind and after several unsuccessful visits to stores in New Jersey and in New York, I decided to go the custom route. Jean-Ralph Thurin helped bring that dream to life. I knew a dress with a “wow” factor. I worked with Ralph to build a design that was right for me. I wanted a mermaid dress with off the shoulder sleeves. I still get goosebumps when I look at my dress. I cried when I tried it on for the first time. Ralph was so patient with me and I’m thankful for that."
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Yes To This Dress
"My dress designer was Jean Ralph Thurin from Somerville. I found him in a recent bridal magazine and I knew I wanted to have a custom dress. My maid of honors traveled with me to meet him for the first time. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to design but he truly helped me bring everything together. I didn’t know the different styles of dresses so he also took his time to show me a variety of styles. I knew I was at home, I felt like the only bride, I am huge on service and his service was out of this world. The entire team there truly makes you feel at home. I felt like a complete princess trying on multiple dresses the first day I met Ralph. We did everything step by step. He sketched exactly what I wanted, if there was something I didn’t want or I wanted to add, it was done immediately."