We unveiled the winner of Operation Dream Dress this morning, live on Good Morning America. It was a tough decision—the five final designs were both unique and inspired. According to Diane Sawyer, each of the gowns was “dazzling”–and we have to agree! After the on-air fashion show, editor in chief Millie Bratten revealed that Amy Wong Micucci from Beverly Hills, CA, would go home with $10,000—and the distinction of having her dress photographed for the cover of our November/December issue. If you love it, you’ll be able to wear it for your wedding, since it will be manufactured by David’s Bridal this fall. Best of luck to all of our contestants, and we look forward to seeing all of your entries next year. –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

(sketches and corresponding dresses from left to right: Johnny Corona, Jennifer Allen, Haley Badenhop, Amy Wong Micucci, Claire Thompson.)

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ODD Intro SlideBack in February we asked designers all over the country to submit original sketches of a wedding dress that exemplified the idea of “visionary romance” for our Operation Dream Dress contest. Tonight, the five finalists will  appear alongside their creations in a private showing for our editors and VIP panelists; tomorrow, our editors will announce the grand prize winner on Good Morning America. Tune in tomorrow morning, June 25th, to see a live runway show of the finalists’ dresses and find out who will go home with $10,000–and their dress on the cover of BRIDES! –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

ODD Image for blogRemember to vote for the most beautiful wedding dress in America, created by up-and-coming designers, fashion students, and wedding dress aficionados. Will ruffles trump ostrich feathers?  Will color win out over traditional whites and creams? Will America favor trendy and short or a truncated train? Staffers here have already voted for their favorites, and our office debates are getting intense! We’ll announce the top five winners in June. Remember to cast your vote from now until May 26th at brides.com/dreamdress. –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

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In February, we put out the call for fashion enthusiasts to submit sketches of an original wedding dress that embodied the theme of “visionary romance.” We received hundreds of amazing entries from college students, seamstresses, and newbie designers. Our editors narrowed the selection to a pool of semi-finalists, and now it’s your turn to choose a favorite! Voting starts at midnight at brides.com/dreamdress, your chance to select the top finalists who’ll be coming to New York to take part in a fashion show—and possibly go home with 1st prize—$10,000 and their dress on the cover of BRIDES! –Jackie, Cubicle Chat