Predicted to exceed 1984 with record-breaking numbers of vows, 2022 is shaping up to be The Year of the Wedding. The season’s epic dresses, maximalist cakes and lavish florals channel the attention-grabbing spirit of the ’80s with a modern twist. “Bigger is Better” is back for brides, who are more likely to ditch the traditional wedding model and plan a weekend celebration with multiple parties over multiple days, demanding as many wardrobe changes as opportunity permits. Multiple looks-in-one are trending with detachable overskirts, capes, lace, puff sleeves and full-volume ball gowns adding versatility and originality to aisle style.

By Lisa Tudor
Photography by Theresa Cassagne
Makeup by Meggan Ory
Hair by Monique Munoz
Set Stylist Jamie Lombardino
Models Drew Ahrens and Payton Adams for Images Model + Talent
Photographed at the Pontchartrain Hotel

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On him: Classic black “Parker” two-button notch tuxedo by Ike Behar at John’s Tuxedos On her: Essense of Australia “Evanna” gown, Casablanca “Athens’”cape and pearl drop earrings by Untamed Petals at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe


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Burgundy Velvet Passmenterie shawl collar passementerie by TR and black dress shirt at Tuxedos to Geaux


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“Lotus” silk gazar hand-draped ball gown by Amsale at I Do Bridal Couture


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This timeless bouquet contains a mix of parrot tulips, roses, ranunculus, waxflower, lisianthus, clematis, helleborus and thistle, by Grow With Us Florist, growithus.com


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Allure Couture “Lupita” (C632) pearl beaded gown and drop earrings by Malis Henderson at Bliss Bridal


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Neil Allyn ivory dinner jacket at John’s Tuxedos


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Blue by Enzoani “Naroza” sequin floral embroidered lace gown, Toni Federici “Sage” veil and Lyris earrings at Linen Jolie


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A free-form bouquet designed with peach ranunculus, Peach Shimmer roses, white Tibet roses, Raspberry Scoop scabiosa, lavender sweet pea, finished with flat fern and Italian ruscus, by The Plant Gallery, theplantgallery.com


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“Willow” off-the-shoulder floral applique gown by Monique Lhuillier at I Do Bridal Couture


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On him: Blue Matteo three-piece suit at Rome’s Tuxedos On her: Watters ”Mirall”  asymmetrical charmeuse sheath dress with covered buttons at Pearl’s Place


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A sculptural stunner featuring fritillaria, poppies, pampas grass, lilac, baby’s breath, plumosa, ageratum, Coffee Break roses and Ocean Song roses, by Kim Starr Wise, The Flower Shop, nolaflowershop.com


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This classic bouquet is a mix of three varieties of standard roses, orange Movie Star, white Playa Blanca and blush Sophie, accented with a single mini green hydrangea, orange ranunculus, blue cornflowers and pale pink spray roses, with a collar of seeded eucalyptus and cornflower greens at the base, by Fabulous Flowers, fabulousflowers.us


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Sottero and Midgley “Arta” floral lace sheath dress with illusion lace bishop sleeves at James & B