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The Perfect Day 

Dressing for the wedding of your dreams

(Long gold bustier dress/ Ballin's)

Make an impression in a strapless gold silk V-waist gown with vertical stitching on the bodice, a black ribbon under the bust and a bell-shaped skirt by Vera Wang, $330, from Ballin's Ltd. (721 Dante St., 866-4367; 2917 Magazine St., 891-4502; 806 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-892-0025).

(pink dress/ Ballin's)

A lilac net dress has a shirred, strapless top that's outfitted with a retro brooch and a round skirt by Dessy, $220, from Ballin's Ltd. (721 Dante St., 866-4367; 2917 Magazine St., 891-4502; 806 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-892-0025). The white silk sandals have a rhinestone embellishment on the front bow by Grace, $130, from Sisters Bridal & Dress Salon (3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7477).

(purple long dress/ Humbug)

This purple empire-waist gown has a gathered shoulder strap and a scoop neck by Alfred Angelo, $139.99, from Humbug/Brides By Liz (2707 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-3339). The necklace is an extra-long chain of 14-karat gold with freshwater pearls by Natalie B, $138, from Rouge Beauty (901 Chartres St., 525-8686).

(Black stitched gown/ Linda Lee)

Spice things up with a white satin strapless wedding gown with black embroidery, pearls and beading on the neckline, skirt and hem and a small train in the back, $758 (it comes with an embroidered and beaded wrap); made even more majestic with a sparkling crown-shaped rhinestone tiara, $358, both from Linda Lee Bridal & Boutique (3829 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1889).

(beige beaded gown w/ veil/ Sisters)

This champagne satin strapless wedding gown (also shown on the cover) has horizontal beading on the skirt and beading and crystals on the bodice, plus a lace-up back with a train, $1,360. It's matched with a wide-band tiara with silver flowers and beading, $120, and a plain veil, $70, all from Sisters Bridal & Dress Salon (3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7477).

(teal bridesmaid dress/ With This Ring)

Iridescent aqua taffeta is striking in a strapless gown with a circular skirt and boning on the fitted bodice by Lazaro, $300, from With This Ring Bridal (3230 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7090).

(White gathered gown/ With this Ring)

Candlelight silk taffeta is gathered into a drop-waist, strapless gown with an ultra-shirred bodice and small train by Paula Varsalona, $1,200. The updo is made spectacular with a gold tiara with champagne and gold freshwater rose pearls and iridescent crystals by Malais-Henderson, $192; both from With This Ring Bridal (3230 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7090).

(beaded lace gown with veil/ Yvonne LaFleur)

Beaded lace brings to mind wedding bliss in a fitted gown with a sweetheart neckline, cap sleeves and a long train, $1,199; topped with a traditional chapel veil with ribbon edging and a row of pearls on the front, $229; both from Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666).

ACCESSORIES SHOTS

(silver necklace w/ medallion/ Rouge Beauty)

A delicate sterling silver link chain holds a vintage 1940s pendant that originally decorated an Austrian ball gown in this necklace by Malibu artist Natalie B, $198, available exclusively at Rouge Beauty (901 Chartres St., 525-8686).

(garnet necklace/ Rouge Beauty)

Ruby-colored rectangular cubic zirconia beads are spaced on a 14-karat gold-filled chain by Natalie B, $138, from Rouge Beauty (901 Chartres St., 525-8686).

(clear shoe with purple bow/ Humbug)

Versatile mules have silver soles, a clear top and interchangeable ribbons in a range of hues by Touch Ups, $39.99, from Humbug/Brides By Liz (2707 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-3339).

(white wed shoe/ Humbug)

White stain heels have an ankle strap and silver-and-pearl beads around the front of the shoe and can be dyed to match any color of dress by Touch Ups, $48.99, from Humbug/Brides By Liz (2707 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-3339).

(white strappy sandals/ Sisters)

White satin sandals have pearls and crystals on a thin silver strap across the toes by Grace, $110, from Sisters Bridal & Dress Salon (3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7477).

THE ARTISTS:

MODEL: Heddy Kraft for Model Lynx (366-1808)

MAKEUP AND HAIR: Gina Miller for Rouge Beauty (901 Chartres St., 525-8686) PHOTOGRAPHY: Romney Photography (By appointment, 366-1808)

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