2017’s Best Wedding Dresses

We scoured the racks of local bridal boutiques to bring you a variety of sophisticated silhouettes that each hold a modern twist. They’re perfectly at home in the elegant surroundings of the 119-year-old University Club.

On Chelsea, left: Lily of the Valley dress by Sareh Nouri, $5,490 at White Dress Bridal Boutique. Mirror earrings, $25 at Lizzibeth. On Jacki: Style 8558 by Jim Hjelm, $4,579 at Bucci’s Bridal. Flower dusted earrings, $18 at Lizzibeth. Square bracelet, $359 at Bucci’s Bridal. Hair by Lynee Ruiz (Ford Chicago). Makeup by Gina Barrington (Ford Chicago). Flowers by Bjorn Chinander (Sendik’s Mequon). Rings throughout courtesy of A Trio Jewelry Design Studio; prices available upon request (414-431-7112).

On Chelsea: Nuria dress by Atelier Pronovias, $2,440 at White Dress Bridal Boutique. Mirror earrings, $25 at Lizzibeth. Kabira pointedtoe pumps in claret by Ralph Lauren, $90 at Macy’s.

On Jacki: Andie dress by Maggie Sottero, $1,239 at Bucci’s Bridal. Pearl drop earrings, $28 at Lizzibeth.

On Chelsea: Stream dress by Lela Rose, $5,650 at Gigi of Mequon. Golden dust earrings, $34 at Lizzibeth. On Jacki: Watt dress by Rosa Clará, $2,719 at Bucci’s Bridal. Talon earrings, $30 at
Lizzibeth.

On Jacki: Jones top by Willowby by Watters, $470 at Bliss Bridal. Roswell skirt by Willowby by Watters, $1,317 at Bliss Bridal. Rectangle drop earrings, $460 at Gigi of Mequon.

On Jacki: Asia dress by Peter Langner, $7,986 at Gigi of Mequon. Vintage earrings, $35 at Metropolitan Antiques and Gifts. Necklace by Maria Elena, $770 at White Dress Bridal Boutique.

On Chelsea: Agnes dress by Pronovias, $2,400 at White Dress Bridal Boutique. Floral hairpiece by Angel Rivera, $550 at White Dress Bridal Boutique. Vintage cluster earrings, $25 at Metropolitan Antiques and Gifts.

On Jacki: Remmington dress by Hayley Paige, $3,850 at Bliss Bridal. Earrings by Haute Bride, $249 at Bucci’s Bridal.

On Chelsea: Agnes dress by Pronovias, $2,400 at White Dress Bridal Boutique. Floral hairpiece by Angel Rivera, $550 at White Dress Bridal Boutique. Vintage cluster earrings, $25 at Metropolitan Antiques and Gifts.

On Chelsea: Theater dress in blush by Lela Rose, $4,650 at Gigi of Mequon. Bel Aire hairpiece, $109 at Bucci’s Bridal. Earrings by Haute Bride, $249 at Bucci’s Bridal. Delicate bracelet by Haute Bride, $359 at Bucci’s Bridal.

On Jacki: Dress 3607 by Lazaro, $4,466 at Bliss Bridal. Astyn earrings by Sara G., $119 at Bucci’s Bridal. On Chelsea: Touch of Grey dress by Ivy & Aster, $2,640 at White Dress Bridal Boutique. Pearl drop earrings, $28 at Lizzibeth.


Styled by Lizzi Lovas with styling assistance by Elisabeth Wallock

Photography by Adam Ryan Morris

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Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.