Have you ever heard of a bridal stylist? Well, imagine the Hollywood stylists that help get celebs ready for an awards show or event, but instead of a walk down a paparazzi-strewn red carpet, they’re getting you ready to walk down the aisle. A bridal stylist scours runways and lookbooks, familiarizing themselves with all of the latest offerings in the world of bridal and beyond. Knowing what’s out there, they can then help you curate your ultimate wedding wardrobe—from what you wear in your engagement photos all the way through to the late-night outfit change for the after-party.
Gabrielle Hurwitz has been doing just that, after getting her start in the world of weddings from an editorial perspective. Now, she works directly with brides (and their wedding party, moms, and even the grooms) to curate the perfect wedding attire one event at a time.
We tapped Gabrielle to pick out ensembles for a bride and getting married in Aspen. After sending her mood boards for three events over the weekend, she took it from there to select ideal fashions that were fitting of each venue and event but also totally fun. Admittedly, we wish we were the ones getting married, because we want to wear a lot of these pieces ourselves!
First up, a rehearsal dinner at Hotel Jerome, one of Aspen’s oldest and most iconic landmarks. The kickoff to the wedding weekend takes place outside in the Jerome Courtyard, with views galore and relaxed yet streamlined furniture that would have anyone feeling immediately welcomed to town. Though this look would be equally fitting if the event occurred in the hotel’s main restaurant, Prospect, with it’s plaid-backed club chairs and camel-colored leather touches. We wanted to focus on the gathering having a warm and bright vibe, complete with wildflowers. It’s casual, but refined.
There’s no rule that says you have to wear white for every event on your wedding weekend, and when in Aspen, why not embrace Aspen style with this Ralph Lauren wide-leg Chambray Jumpsuit? Aurelie Bidermann’s turquoise hoops, colorful Alexandre Birman wedges, and a canvas clutch from Hunting Season add the perfect touch of Southwestern flair.
Next, a larger gathering at Kemo Sabe, which is a country western store downtown with a high energy staff and fully-stocked bar above the retail operation on the ground level. This too is a colorful affair, but with more of a theme that celebrates all things Western and Colorado.
Channel your inner cowgirl and embrace the “Wild West” vibes of Kemo Sabe with the bridal version of western wear. Pair this Ralph Lauren crochet dress with Miron Crosby’s Wedding Boot and Bounkit turquoise and pearl earrings. Finish the look with a custom denim jacket embroidered with your wedding crest.
And when it comes to the big day, the Wedding Deck of Aspen Mountain is always a favorite because of its breathtaking views and impeccable service thanks to the Little Nell hotel. While the previous events embrace a vivid color palette, this is a more neutral celebration, with a black-tie dress code.
With its all-over lace, mock neck, and long sleeves, Lela Rose’s Highclere gown is perfect for a black-tie mountain wedding. Classic pearl and diamond stud earrings complement the dress’ neckline while Jimmy Choo’s Kiana lace booties add a subtle touch of western style. Add a pop of color with Tyler Ellis’ Pistachio crushed velvet clutch that picks up on the tones of the surroundings.
Mismatched bridesmaids’ dresses not only look incredibly chic in photos but also allow your friends to show off their personal style and feel confident. I love how the mix of patterns and shades of blue gives an effortlessly chic vibe to this bridal party and still feels slightly rustic for a wedding on top of the mountains in Aspen. With six girls, I’d dress them in a floral printed Red Valentino, a blue lattice gown by Markarian, a polka-dot and floral midi from Red Valentino, a Jacquard peplum gown from Brock Collection, a ruffled tulle Jason Wu number, and a tiered floral dress by Brock Collection. All of which would no doubt be worn again (and again).
If you’re a bride or groom looking to tie the knot in style, we can’t recommend hiring a bridal stylist enough. Definitely check out Gabrielle’s website for more information about her services, her Instagram @gabriellehurwitz for plenty of inspiration (like her Aisle Style series), and you can also shop some of her curated looks even if you’re eloping now and going big down the road.