Finding you a wedding dress that you love almost as much as your fiancé is Gabrielle’s day job. We talk wedding fashion, bridal styling, and finding her calling.

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Gabrielle Hurwitz is a bridal stylist, but after our Q-A with this talented, bubbly wedding pro we’re thinking she's better described as the creative director of your wedding day fashion. This Style Me Pretty alumni has a passion for romance, a sharp eye for fashion, and years of experience working with principal wedding fashion brands and photographers. In our Q-A Gabrielle divulged everything from dress shopping must-do’s to transforming your wedding look without an outfit change!

Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling Q-A on OccasionLab.com

OL Let’s kick off with your approach to bridal styling.

GH “I’m your bridal fashion fairy-godmother. Your personal shopper, stylist, advocate, and friend for all things bridal fashion. I make sure that you look and feel your most confident and beautiful on your wedding day while staying true to your personal style, overall wedding vision, and budget. Whether that’s finding a silhouette that makes you feel amazing or the perfect accessories to complete your look. I help brides bring their vision to life by leveraging my connections with some of the best designers and vendors in the industry.”

Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling Q-A on OccasionLab.com

OL Love it! So, what does that look like when you’re working with a client?

GH “We work together to determine your unique bridal fashion style. I book your bridal appointments and work with boutiques to deliver the ultimate experience. My job is to help you find a wedding dress that you love almost as much as your fiancé. After I help you say yes to the dress of your dreams (not someone else’s) I attend every fitting to make sure the dress fits in all the right places. Meanwhile, we pull the whole look together with finishing touches that speak to your personal style and wedding design.”

Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling Q-A on OccasionLab.com

OL How about on the big day?

GH “On the big day I’ll be by your side to make sure no stitch is out of place. I’ll also work with your photographer and planner to make sure every fashion detail looks magazine-worthy throughout the day from portraits to your first dance, and beyond.”

Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling Q-A on OccasionLab.com

OL What advice do you have for readers currently deciding their wedding look?

GH “It’s cliché but stay true to yourself and your vision. The easiest way to avoid wondering what you were thinking when you look back at your wedding photos is to tune out the opinions of others and focus on the look you want. Try to avoid strong trends and if you’re in doubt keep to classic styles.”

Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling Q-A on OccasionLab.com

OL And, for readers with untraditional personal style?

GH “Every bride has a style all her own. While I think a bride should embody romance, timelessness, and beauty on their wedding day, those words mean different things to different people. Wear whatever makes you feel beautiful and confident when you walk down the aisle! If you don’t wear dresses your wedding day doesn’t have to be the day you start. Consider a chic tuxedo or stylish jumpsuit. At the end of the day your wedding isn’t about a dress, or a centrepiece, or a sparkler send-off, it’s about marrying the love of your life. I think it’s important to keep that perspective.”

Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling Q-A on OccasionLab.com

OL What elements are involved in a complete wedding wardrobe?

GH “Gosh, there are so many things to consider when it comes to your wedding wardrobe. It’s like a puzzle to be put together. There’s the silhouette, the fabric, the budget, the season, the venue, the style. It can be completely overwhelming! The right bridal stylist will help you navigate all these decisions so that you end up with the perfect wardrobe for you and your wedding vision.”

Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling Q-A on OccasionLab.com

OL How about bridal accessories.

GH “There’s nothing I love more than a fabulous accessory moment on a bride. My signature is a statement earring, but it might be a to-die-for shoe, a gorgeous veil, or a bold beauty statement. Accessories are the perfect place to take a fashion risk and embrace trends on your wedding day. Consider taking photos with and without them for timeless wedding photos, and switching accessories between the ceremony and reception to achieve a completely different look without an outfit change.”

Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling Q-A on OccasionLab.com

OL Can a bridal stylist assist with the celebratory events surrounding the big day as well?

GH “From the engagement party and bridal shower to your welcome party, rehearsal dinner, after-party, post-wedding brunch, and honeymoon, there are several wedding events where you’ll be the centre of attention. I give these the same care and attention to detail as I do your wedding day look. All you need to do is enjoy the time with your friends and family.”

Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling Q-A on OccasionLab.com

OL Lastly, what do atelier and boutique-ready brides need to consider?

GH “Be really thoughtful about who you invite with you to try on dresses. It’s also important to think about what to bring with you. Always wear or carry a nude strapless bra, nude undies (if not Spanx), and bring a pair of heels if you plan on wearing heels on your big day.”

Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling Q-A on OccasionLab.com

 

I have been obsessed with weddings since my first Barbie doll. While I love everything about the world of weddings, bridal fashion has always been my favorite. When I'm not writing about the latest fashion trends I'm working with brides, photographers, and planners to find the wedding look of their dreams. My job? To be your advocate and stylist, taking the stress out of finding your perfect wedding dress so that all you have to focus on is feeling radiant on your big day.

https://www.gabriellehurwitz.com

 

CREDITS (in order of appearance)

Header: Photography: KT Merry Photography // Design: The Nouveau Romantics // Wardrobe Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling // Wedding Dress: Elie Saab Bridal // Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier // Earrings and Engagement Ring: Lauren Addison Jewelry // Hair and Makeup: Facetime Beauty Concierge

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Photography: Laura Gordon Photography // Creative Direction and Design: Joy Proctor Design // Wardrobe Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling // Floral Design: Tulipina // Wedding Dress: Lee Petra Grebenau // Veil: Daphne Newman Design // Bridal Boutique: SPINA Bride // Earrings: Jennifer Behr // Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes // Hair: Vivian Hu // Makeup: Niko Lopez // Venue: Jardin de Buis

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Photography: Sally Pinera Photography // Planning and Design: Chloe & Mint // Wardrobe Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling // Floral Design: Of the Flowers // Dress: Marchesa // Earrings: Oscar de la Renta // Hair and Makeup: Sharon Y Park

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Photography: KT Merry Photography // Cinematography: Zen Filmworks // Design: Joy Proctor Design // Wardrobe Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling // Dress: Marchesa // Hair and Makeup: Harold James

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Photography: KT Merry Photography // Design: The Nouveau Romantics // Wardrobe Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling // Wedding Dress: Elie Saab Bridal // Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier // Earrings and Engagement Ring: Lauren Addison Jewelry // Hair and Makeup: Facetime Beauty Concierge

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Photography: Laura Gordon Photography // Cinematography: East West Production // Creative Direction and Design: Joy Proctor Design // Wardrobe Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling // Wedding Dress: Isabelle Armstrong // Earrings: Tuckernuck // Hat: Zimmermann // Hair and Makeup: Anna Breeding // Venue: Park Hyatt St. Kitt's

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Photography: KT Merry Photography // Cinematography: Zen Filmworks // Design: Joy Proctor Design // Wardrobe Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling // Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Earrings: Jennifer Behr // Hair and Makeup: Harold James // Venue: The Ritz Paris

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Photography: KT Merry Photography // Design: The Nouveau Romantics // Wardrobe Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling // Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera // Engagement Ring: Lauren Addison Jewelry // Hair and Makeup: Facetime Beauty Concierge

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Photography: Laura Gordon Photography // Cinematography: East West Production // Creative Direction and Design: Joy Proctor Design // Wardrobe Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling // Swimsuit, Scarf and Hat: Zimmermann // Earrings: Tuckernuck // Hair and Makeup: Anna Breeding // Venue: Park Hyatt St. Kitt's

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Photography: Judy Pak Studio // Wardrobe Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling // Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero // Hair and Makeup: Facetime Beauty Concierge // Venue: Metropolitan Building

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Photography: KT Merry Photography // Creative Direction and Design: The Wedding Bliss Thailand // Wardrobe Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling // Floral Design: IAMFLOWER // Wedding Dress: Liz Martinez // Veil: Daphne Newman Design // Bridal Boutique: SPINA Bride // Hair and Makeup: Jinjutha Makeup // Venue: Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

 

 

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