11 Offbeat Wedding Dresses to Spice Up Your Eco-Friendly Nuptials

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IN THE BAG

Stephanie Watson had her wedding gown in the bag—the bread bag, that is. The Australian fashion designer whipped up her gown using 10,000 bread tags that she collected over the years.

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BY ANY OTHER NAME

A dozen long-stem roses wasn’t enough for one man on Valentine’s Day. Xiao Fan opted for a wallet-stretching 9,999, which he fashioned into a lavish gown before proposing to his girlfriend, Yin Mi, at the Guangzhou amusement park where they met three years ago. (Yin had just been crowned Miss Bikini 2009 when they first locked gazes.) Dressmakers toiled unceasingly to create the remarkable garment, which includes delicate rose-petal shoulder straps and a sweeping five-foot train made from individually stitched blooms.

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HAVING IT ALL

Why settle for one wedding dress when you can have 10? Upcycling maestro Gary Harvey whipped up his matrimonial confection from nearly a dozen secondhand dresses.

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PAPER DOLL

Dana Jasinkevica and Dita Enikova’s wedding dress is a page from a gothic fairy tale come to life. The two Latvian fashion students created Swan in Oil.Before and After from more than a thousand paper ovals, artfully cobbled together to resemble the plumage of an elegant bird. The photo series juxtaposes images of the dress in its pristine glory with its double splattered in black paint. The emerging narrative, the designers say, encapsulates the “painful question of birds suffering from oil pollution in their natural habitat, with swans frequently among the potential victims.”

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