Wedding Dresses

The latest daring bridal collection from Israeli designer BERTA will take your breath away

BERTA pushes the boundaries of bridal yet again with low backs and plunging necklines.

It's fair to say we've come a long way from traditional wedding dresses in recent years.

And while the majority of Irish brides tend towards the more conservative styles of gown for what is essentially a formal occasion, many are becoming more and more interested in the more 'daring' silhouettes currently on the contemporary side of the bridal market.

One particular batch of modern designers catering for those with a penchant for skin-skimming silhouettes and ultra luxe detailing is the current crop of daring couturiers coming out of Israel.

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Berta Balilti, whose bridal label BERTA is based in Ashdod on the Mediterranean coast, is one such designer joining the likes of Inbal Dror, Zahavit Tshuba, Galia Lahav and Liz Martinez in shaping modern wedding fashion for style-conscious brides.

Read more: Plunging necklines and lashings of lace - the best bridal trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week 2017

Since forming her namesake design house in 2004, Baliti has pushed the boundaries of bridal, and created a dedicated following of fans of bold, fashion-forward occasion wear with a hint of the vintage.

In recent years BERTA has become one of the most highly anticipated shows at bridal market, with many looking to the designs for inspiration on current bridal trends.

BERTA's designs are among the most shared wedding gowns on social media too, and in a the relatively short space of time the brand has gone international it has accrued an eye-watering following of over 1.6 million followers on Instagram alone.

The designer's breathtaking lookbooks certainly have a hand in propelling the label forward; their exquisite collections often photographed in juxtaposing settings to further accentuate the ultra glamorous vintage styles in a contemporary setting.

These are designs for the statement-makers who are looking for a wedding dress that's romantic yet fierce and completely of its time.

BERTA is stocked in Verona Bridal, Derry, Nothern Ireland, and has several stockists elsewhere in the UK. Visit berta.com for a full list of stockists and for more information.