Top 10: Portrait Backs from the 2013 Wedding Runway

Old-school glamour came back in a big way on the spring runway at this years Bridal Market. Portrait Backs, too. And are they ever a fabulous surprise!

Their unexpected attention to detail is captivating—at once classic and yet thoroughly modern. Not to mention practical, because you will likely spend a fair amount of time at your wedding with your back to your guests. Truly. There’s the big walk down the aisle, all the dancing, and the delightful doling out of giant hugs willy-nilly, leaving your beautiful back on display for everyone else.

So when they’re not basking in your bright-eyed bridal glow, you might as well give your guests something to look at right?

Here are ten we can’t get enough of:

1. So Elegant:

Photo by: Thomas Kletcka for Amsale via

2. Sheer Perfection:

3. Modern Romance:

Photo by: Elizabeth Messina for Kirstie Kelly via

4. Short & Sweet:

Photo by: Thomas Kletcka of Amsale via

5. Shoulder & Sash:

Photo by: Dan Lecca of Alfred Angelo via

6. Delightfully Delicate:

Photo by: Thomas Kletcka of Christos via

7. Classic Keyhole:

8. Simple & Stunning:

9. Captivating Classic:

Image via Watters on

10. Sparkle & Fluff:

Portrait backs can be as subtle or dramatic as you like, but whichever you choose, one thing is certain—it’s easy to get lost in their timeless beauty.

Pretty and practical, just the way we like it around here.

What do you think? Will you dare to bare (or get fancy) with your back on your big day?

See entire series of the 2013 wedding gown trends


Mrs. Penguin

Northern California
Wedding Date:
June 2008
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  1. msdragon Bee
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 11:53 am

    Love #2 and #5!

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    lolo7835 645 posts, Busy bee @ 12:33 pm

    I’m just so happy to see all these dresses with straps. 😀

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    TwoNerds 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:11 pm

    I totally would have gone for a dress like this if they were out when I was shopping. I only saw a couple and didn’t like them. 🙁

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 1:15 pm

    I would have sworn that #7 was a Romona Keveza – it definitely could have been her design!

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    MrsFutureG 1696 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:37 am

    SO pretty. I wish I could have worn a dress like that, but anything with sleeves made me look like a linebacker. 🙁

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    Red Poppy 31 posts, Newbee @ 6:51 am

    I love the Kenneth Pool gowns!

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