Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: My now-husband had mentioned he liked this slightly peppery floral once, so I toted this ridiculously huge bottle all the way to Chicago with the intention of creating great scent memories for us to share. Then in my rush to get ready, I forgot to put it on. But my intentions were good.
“My ‘wedding scent’ was a mix of Jo Malone London’s Orange Blossom and Peony & Blush Suede.” – Haley, Oklahoma
“I wore my Passion Flower perfume from the Bermuda Perfumery. Bermuda is a special place for us as a couple – my husband proposed on the beach in Bermuda, and we spend a few weeks there every summer with close friends and family.” -Melissa, New Jersey
Sharon Kanter, Deputy Style Director: I wore this floral scent on my wedding day. I loved the name of it (I’m such a sucker, I know!) and the scent was extremely delicate and feminine (it has notes of bergamot, mandarin, lily, musk and vanilla). My mom actually got it for me as a gift for my wedding day, (when it was way more expensive than it is now!), which made it extra special. Now, I pay it forward and gift it to my girlfriends for their bridal shower gift. You can’t go wrong.
“I chose Jo Malone London Grapefruit cologne because I wanted something that would stay fresh and light as I knew I would be hugging family and friends throughout the day.” – Kate, Chicago
Worn by Silke at her City Hall wedding, Brooklyn, NY
Catherine Kast, Editor: Yes, I am completely aware this is supposed to be a men’s scent, and yes, that’s what made it perfect for my wedding. Hear me out: When the dress that spoke to me was totally the opposite of what I thought I wanted—an incredibly feminine Monique Lhuillier two-piece ensemble— I wanted to pair it with something equally unexpected. It’s woodsy and deep, which stood out against the rest of my ladylike look.
“I wore Aveda Love, which they call a ‘pure-fume’ since it’s a blend of essential oils and not technically perfume. It smells warm and rich and isn’t overpowering at all, and every time I catch the scent of sandalwood I think of our wedding day.” – Regan, Philadelphia
“I got married on a beach in August, which is why I chose is why I chose this fragrance — the light floral scent perfect for the summer.”-Carli, Ohio
“I wanted a familiar scent that I’d worn before that grounded and calmed me on a day when there were a lot of unknown circumstances. This neroli flower and white musk oil perfume is potent and alluring but not overtly feminine or sweet.” – Carina, Brooklyn
“I’ve been wearing Annick Goutal “Petite Cherie” on special occasions for years. I love that Annick made it especially for her daughter—it felt like an extra sweet omen to have on the big day!” -Sara, N.Y.C.
“I thought this scent was bright and fresh, and a good complement to the Caribbean sun and sea!” – Kate, St. Thomas