Bridal Bliss: Best Gowns of 2009

Bridal Bliss: Best Gowns of 2009
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 28, 2009

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When singer Eric Roberson met his bride to be, Shawn, she told him that his first album was “esoteric.” They’ve shared a deeper love ever since.

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Shawn’s Matthew Christopher strapless, pleated gown with floral applique is one of a kind.

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Model Andre Brown and model agent Latoya Scott tied the knot in New York City over Memorial Day weekend 2009.

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We can’t stop staring at the the deep V and spaghetti straps on Latoya’s wedding dress as she struts her stuff down the streets of Manhattan from her hotel to her wedding site.

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Magazine Editor Jessica Cumberbatch and Teacher Matthew Anderson struck up stimulating conversation at a lounge in NYC’s West Village in 2004. Five years later, Jess and Matt are still interested in what each other has to say. They said forever with an outdoor ceremony in Brooklyn on August 22, 2009.

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The ruching that gathers at the elegant details at Jessica’s waist is just darling.

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Dana and Matt Ware were featured in Bridal Bliss on November 18. The two met at a track meet back in high school. They got hitched in LA on April 7, 2007.

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Dana dreamed of a fairy tale wedding, and this Reem Acra dress with bows and a long train fulfilled her fantasy.

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Actress Essence Atkins and financial executive Jaime Mendez met through on Valentines day 2008. On September 26, 2009 they got a lot closer together when they said “I do” in a star-studded outdoor ceremony.

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The beading detail on Essence’s sweetheart dress is absolutely stunning.

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Brooklyn couple Alysha Cassis and Dwayne Shaw made their love official July 4, 2009, at The Belvedere Mansion in Rhinebeck, New York.

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The bow on the back of Alysha’s straight, white, strapless dress, made a big statement.

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After his wife passed, Bishop Joseph Walker found love again in Stephaine Hale, M.D. The two pledged their love before his congregation, at his Nashville base, Mount Zion Baptist Church, on May 23, 2009.

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Stephanie looks ready for the royal ball in her Cinderella-style wedding gown.

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Michae and Koran Godwin tied the knot in beautiful St. Thomas on July 18, 2009 and vowed to keep each other super close.

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Michae’s elegant dress flatters her shape with ruching that shows off her curves.

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Actress Joy Bryant met stuntman Dave Pope on the set of “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins." They got married in an intimate ceremony in the Hamptons, NY on June 28, 2008. We celebrated The screen sweethearts’ first anniversary with a Bridal Bliss feature on June 17, 2009.

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Joy’s pretty non-traditional. It’s no wonder that she chose this blush pink Missoni gown instead of the more customary wedding dress.

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Lori Beth Holden and Paul Garfield Hawthorne had their nuptials in an outdoor ceremony at the Aldie Mansion in in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, on June 21, 2009.

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Lori found this beautiful tulle princess-inspired creation at a sample sale. What a find.

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Nicole met Ezra in New York City and the two traveled to the groom’s native South Africa for their wedding, which we featured in Bridal Bliss on December 16.

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Nicole’s dress was made by a local Xhosa seamstress in Ezra’s town. We love the incorporation of bright colors.

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ESSENCE Beauty Editor Pamela Edwards and her sweetheart Nigel Christiani got hitched at the gorgeous Omni Royal Hotel in New Orleans’ French Quarter on April 11, 2009.

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Pamela found her fifties-style gown in a consignment shop in New Orleans and had it altered in NYC by her tailor Johnny Lewter.

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Ghanaian Nana Eyeson and Nigerian Akinola Akiwowo jumped the broom on July 18, 2009 at the Mezzanine in Newark, New Jersey.

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This gorgeous piece, pinned to the side of Nana’s gown takes it from brilliant to breathtaking.

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Visual artist Radcliffe Bailey and actress/author Victoria Rowell got married in Dublin, New Hampshire in front of 200 guests. Former Boston Television news anchor Reverend Liz Walker presided over the couple’s nuptials.

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Victoria glows in her non-traditional Jane Wilson-Marquis champagne gown with periwinkle belt.

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Financial analyst Kristen Jones met her accountant husband Landon Stone at the airport, while they were both still in college. Love flew into their hearts and the couple wed July 3, 2009, in Los Angeles.

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The deep reaching v, the beading and the train details make Kristen’s dress a show stopper. She had the gown custom made at Baracci in Beverly Hills, which also made Beyonce’s wedding gown.


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