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By Design: Locally Designed Wedding Gowns

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Megan McCarty Alisa Welch

(above) Elizabeth Dye Halo lace, tulle and organza ballgown, $3,500, from The English Dept. Vintage oversized chain necklace, $68 from Gilt. Vintage Art Deco moonstone and diamond platinum ring, $1,800, from Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry. Kate Spade New York satin peep toe slingback heels, $298, from Nordstrom.

Myra Callan
Her wildly popular and delicately feminine accessories gave way to the designer’s first line
of bridal wear in 2013. “Our brides tend to be whimsical and free-spirited with a style all their own.”–M.C.

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(above) Myra Callan Dove dress with a beaded lace overlay bodice and gauzy drop waisted skirt, $2,200, from Myra Callan. Vintage Art Deco moonstone and diamond platinum ring, $1,800; vintage 14K yellow gold earrings with sapphires and diamonds, $1,500; both from Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry. Vintage aurora borealis rhinestone bracelet, $86; vintage rose gold-plated bangle bracelet, $125, from Gilt. Vintage gold plated engraved bangle bracelets, $75 each, from Demimonde. Enzo Angiolini Brodee metallic leather sandal, $109.95, from Nordstrom.

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(above) Myra Callan Hummingbird lace gown with flutter sleeves, $2,260, from Myra Callan. Vintage Art Deco moonstone and diamond platinum ring, $1,800, from Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry. Brehan Todd milky glass earrings, $48, from Eve in Eden. Vintage rhinestone paste and coral bracelet, $295, from Gilt.

Claire La Faye
Red carpet dress maker to the stars, La Faye launched her bridal line in Portland in 2010. “I describe my work as bohemian elegance for the lovers of whimsy, the romantics, the dreamers...luxury with an edge.”–C.L.

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(above) Claire La Faye Enchanted Evening gown with a floral embellished bodice and spaghetti straps, $2,600, from The English Dept. and Claire La Faye. Brehan Todd Swarovski crystal and glass earrings, $50, from Eve in Eden. Madden Girl nude patent leather pumps, $49, from Macy’s.

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(above) Claire La Faye Sweet Jane Alençon lace and tulle gown with illusion neckline, price upon request, from The English Dept. and Claire La Faye. Vintage 14K white gold blue zircon and diamond ring, $950, from Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry. Vintage gold tone and glass costume earrings, $36, from Gilt.

Holly Stalder
has been an integral part of the Portland fashion scene for more than ten years. “My clients are looking for a one of a kind dress with a story behind it. I use antique laces and materials whenever possible, often times from the bride’s own family.”–H.S.

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(above) Holly Stalder Pearl Modern strapless gown featuring a sweetheart bodice and layered tulle and lace skirt, $825, from Haunt. Brehan Todd vintage crystal, glass and brass earrings, $100, from Eve in Eden. Vintage Art Deco moonstone and diamond platinum ring, $1,800, from Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry. Enzo Angiolini Brodee metallic leather sandal, $109.95, from Nordstrom

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(above) Holly Stalder Paper Moon sparkle embellished gown with a sweetheart bodice and tulle skirt, custom designed by Holly Stalder for Oregon Bride Magazine, price upon request, from Haunt. Tacori cushion cut platinum and diamond ring, $5,370 (setting only); vintage drop pearl earrings in 18K white gold with diamonds, $4,650; both from Kassab Jewelers.

Sunjin Lee
An architect by training, this Portland-by-way-of-Seoul designer is a couture artist at heart. “I like when classic things are sent into a new modern direction. It is very important to me that my designs have a deep understanding of a woman’s body so that they
can celebrate its beauty.”–S.L.

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(above) Sunjin Lee Mercer silk gown with cross back straps and lace pick up skirt, $2,110, from Sunjin Lee Studio. Brehan Todd mixed metal necklace with crystals, rhinestones and glass, $150, from Eve in Eden. Vintage Art Deco moonstone and diamond platinum ring, $1,800, from Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry

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(above) Sunjin Lee Madison gown featuring a rhinestone-embellished and boned sweetheart bodice with soft pink tulle skirts, $2,650, from Sunjin Lee Studio. Vintage earrings, $125, from Gilt. Vintage Art Deco moonstone and diamond platinum ring, $1,800, from Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry.