Our fashion feature focuses on fabric.

In bridal attire, what an outfit is made of plays a major role in its overall look and feel—both literally and figuratively. The staff at Henri's Cloud Nine helped us pick out eight gowns (and one suit ensemble) that each feature a specific fabric. You'll find seven of the looks, designed with winter or spring weddings at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in mind, on the following pages; the other two, plus extra photos we couldn't fit here, are at cbuswedmag.com/gowns.

PHOTOS: Tim Johnson

STYLING: Josh Vietmeier and Chris Adams of Henri's Cloud Nine

HAIR AND MAKEUP: Kat Sasfy of Max the Salon and Monroe Beninghof of Charles Penzone Grand Salon

MODEL: Emilija Papic of Found Model Management

FLOWERS: DeSantis Florist

RINGS: Model's own


Heavier fabrics like satin work best in the winter, when they won't cause you to overheat.

Morilee No. 5563 “Merci” gown, $775; Giselle No. SP331 veil, $328; Stefanie Somers “Austin” earrings, $278; Jim Ball No. CZ1314 bracelet, $72


Tulle often means lots of layers; the glittery thread woven through this fabric has “winter wonderland” written all over it.

Calla Blanche No. 17244 “Raine” gown, $2,157; Richard Designs No. AF009 veil, $470; Stefanie Somers “Casbah Two” earrings, $138


When it comes to fully-beaded gowns, you'll want to stick to cooler months, as the embellishments add a great deal of weight to the garment.

Stephen Yearick No. 14196 gown, $5,489; Richard Designs No. TR1376A crown, $734; Renaissance Enterprise No. JE-XY016 earrings, $25


Crepe is a versatile fabric and can range in weight, making this ensemble suitable for most seasons.

Stephen Yearick No. 14133 three-piece suit, $3,069; Giselle No. H185 hairpiece, $192; Stefanie Somers “Casbah Linear Two” earrings, $118; Johnathan Kayne “Suntan” pumps, $112


Choose a light, airy organza for spring and you'll be dancing the night away in comfort and style … no matter how voluminous your gown might be.

Morilee No. 8128 “Maritza” gown, $2,600; Giselle No. SP308 veil, $276; Renaissance Enterprice No. JE-xy016 earrings, $25


Lace was made for spring, and this gown has it in spades.

Calla Blanche No. 17112 “Leia” gown, $2,757; AA Bridal No. S-2700M hair accessory, $116; Stefanie Somers “Norma” earrings, $138


Guests will be thinking, “Yes, khaleesi!” as you strut down the aisle in this sexy, floral, embroidered gown that's perfect for spring.

Stephen Yearick No. 14245, $6,809; Stefanie Somers “Tara” earrings, $194