Perhaps only the edgiest girl would be a Mad Hatter on her special day. But any stylish bride can bring a little whimsy to the ceremony.

Hold the flounces, fripperies and frou. For spring 2009, some designers have taken the looks in their bridal collections down a notch in terms of fantasy and drama. Certain understated gowns have slender shapes and make up in elegance for what they lack in ornamentation.

PHOTOS BY PASHA ANTONOV, JOHN AQUINO, GEORGE CHINSEE, STEVE EICHNER AND KYLE ERICKSEN

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