When you think of designer Monique Lhuillier, you think of delicate lace, exquisite embroidery and layers of tulle, a romantic look that brides and ladies around the world naturally gravitate to for their weddings and ready-to-wear looks. You’ve seen her couture dresses worn by A-listers on the red carpet. She’s a favorite among fashion-forward celebrities like Emma Watson, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift and even former first lady, Michelle Obama. Her dresses make women feel elegant and embrace their inner femininity. You’ve seen her create one-of-a-kind wedding dresses for Reese Witherspoon, Britney Spears, Lea Michele, Carrie Underwood, Jamie Chung and Dakota Johnson in that iconic Fifty Shades of Freed wedding scene.
Monique Lhuillier designs gowns to make women feel confident and truly herself, to embrace her inner femininity while accentuating all her curves. The attention to little details and use of high quality fabric on every Monique Lhuillier dress ensures that a bride feels like she’s wearing luxury on the most special day of her life. It is no surprise that brides who love our exquisite shoe design also love Monique Lhullier’s wedding dresses. It is easy to love the poetic combination of lace, tulle, and embroideries found in both Bella Belle shoes and Monique Lhullier’s dresses. Both designers’ creations are dreamy, exquisite and romantic.
Iconic Monique Lhuillier Bridal Gowns
Monique Lhuillier has dominated the bridal and evening wear market for the past 24 years and her dresses are nothing short of iconic. From the very first dress she ever designed that set the trend for minimalism to her recent collection that features gowns that make brides feel like they are floating down the aisle, these are some of the most iconic Monique Lhuillier wedding dresses of all-time.
Monique Lhuillier Laura Gown
Monique Lhuillier ‘Laura’. Shoes recommendation: Carolina, Photo: Laura Gordon.
The first ever dress that Monique Lhuillier ever designed, the ‘Laura’ dress is anything but simple and is still trendy today. The silk and satin spaghetti strap dress with a plunging low back started the trend for minimalist bridal gowns, which makes this one of Monique’s most iconic designs. A trendy bride who loves the ‘Laura’ dress will love the Carolina T-strap wedding heel with pearls and crystals encrusted on the T-strap.
#bellabellebrides Kirstin review of Carolina, “Perfection! I almost bought Louboutins for my wedding, but I'm glad I didn't. Bella Belle shoes designs are unique and delicate, and the materials are very high quality. The best part is they are comfortable! I wore my shoes all day and danced all night with no problems. They were still in great shape the next morning, and I even got to wear them on my honeymoon” - Kirstin
Monique Lhuillier Candy Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier ‘Candy’. Shoes recommendation: Matilda. Photo: Laura Gordon
For Monique Lhuillier’s 2012 collection, she designed this Monique Lhuillier blush wedding dress in a strapless ball gown silhouette. This beautiful blush color with rock crystal embroidery looks like candy dripping off the dress, hence the name ‘Candy’ for this tulle wedding dress. The blush stunner is still one of Monique’s best sellers because the silhouette flatters all body types. Complementing the candy-like beadwork, Bella Belle Matilda wedding heels in a slingback shape with the same whimsical oversized tulle bow and polka dot embroidery. What an incredibly romantic combination, don’t you think?
#bellabellebrides Kaitlyn review of Matilda, “What a beautiful shoe! Very comfortable!” - Kaitlyn
Monique Lhuillier Belle Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier ‘Belle’. Bella Belle Shoes recommendation: Belle. Photo: Jeremiah and Rachel
Made for a charming Belle, this ‘Belle’ Monique Lhuillier lace wedding dress has a dramatic skirt that is anything but heavy. In fact, the skirt is actually weighless, allowing the bride to feel like she is floating down the aisle. Wear the ‘Belle’ dress with Bella Belle bootie from the designer collaboration with Joy Proctor, also fittingly named ‘Belle’. This comfortable and trendy bootie has handcrafted floral beadwork with a peep toe to show off your pedicure and a zipper at the back for easy wear. Who says booties can’t be romantic?
#bellabellebrides Karen review of Belle bootie, “It was love at first sight with Belle. Pinned this years ago before I even met my husband and I didn’t let go of that dream. I purchased it weeks after he proposed. Would love to purchase another Bella Belle pair!” - Karen
Monique Lhuillier Blossom Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier ‘Blossom’. Shoes recommendation: Flora. Photo: Alicia Mink.
Besides delicate lace, Monique Lhuillier is also known for playing with embroidery and textures. The ‘Blossom’ ball gown is an iconic Monique Lhuillier wedding gown that has 3D hand-painted flower applique on a classic mermaid ball gown silhouette. To complement the flower embroidery, wear Bella Belle blush flower embroidered wedding heel from the designer collaboration with Claire Pettibone. These embroidered flowers are hand-embroidered delicately to create a beautiful flower-like blush pattern. Truly a floral heaven.
#bellabellebrides Maria review of Flora, “Not only are the shoes beautiful, they are comfortable to wear as well” - Maria
Monique Lhuillier Theodora Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier ‘Theodora’. Shoes recommendation: Kate. Photo: Ry Photo
One of Monique’s most dramatic wedding dress designs, the ‘Theodora’ bridal gown has a detachable puff sleeve with jacquard fabric and a drop waistline. A dramatic gown like ‘Theodora’ pairs beautifully with the Kate ivory wedding heel with a criss cross silk ribbon that ties beautifully at the back of the heel. The combo is chic to the max!
#bellabellebrides Nicole review of Kate, “These shoes are beyond stunning. I wore them for my outdoor wedding in July of 2020. They were completely comfortable during the ceremony and I have no regrets going with these. They made me feel like Cinderella” - Nicole
Monique Lhuillier Daydream Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier ‘Daydream’. Shoes recommendation: Elise. Photo: Sally Pinera.
Monique’s latest Fall 2021 collection features the ‘Daydream’ wedding dress in her iconic ball gown silhouette, elevated with a puffy tulle skirt. A Monique Lhuillier bride dress that is perfect for a ballroom wedding or if you want to still feel glam for your intimate wedding. Pair the bridal dress with these dreamy shoes. This Bella Belle Elise wedding heel is a classic stiletto silhouette with an oversized tulle bow at the side. Dreaminess personified.
#bellabellebrides Laura review of Elise, “These shoes are the most beautiful shoes, hands down! I found Bella Belle on instagram and I'm so glad I did. The shoes are the perfect ivory color, so delicate, and the bow makes the cutest statement” - Laura
Monique Lhuillier Easton Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier ‘Easton’. Shoe recommendation: Dorothy. Photo: Laura Gordon
The Easton wedding dress from Monique Lhuillier is a favorite amongst real brides and it’s easy to see why. Delicate white lace in flower shapes is sewn onto a nude tulle fabric. The result is a stunning sweetheart ball gown wedding dress with a sculpted waist. Brides who love Easton will also love Bella Belle Dorothy wedding pump. An elevated and modern version of a D’Orsay wedding shoe with the beaded bow at the front. What a perfect finishing touch.
#bellabellebrides Priscilla review of Dorothy “They are so beautiful and comfortable! They are my Cinderella dream shoes” - Priscilla
Monique Lhuillier Maeve Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier ‘Maeve’. Shoes recommendation: Viola. Photo: Laura Rose
Perfect for a Spring wedding, Maeve from Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2019 wedding dress collection is a stunner. Lavish lace is beautifully embroidered onto a V neck ball gown with illusion sleeves. Ethereal, romantic and whimsical, perfect for a romantic at heart. Wear Viola with something-blue beads to complete your romantic wedding outfit.
#bellabellebrides Mary review of Viola, “The shoes are incredible. I’ve never had a more elegant shoe. The fit is perfect, the color is fantastic and overall you feel like a princess in them, and so comfortable. It truly makes you feel so elegant and so special” - Mary
Monique Lhuillier Alexandra Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier ‘Alexandra’. Shoes recommendation: Giselle. Photo: Amanda Lane
Marrying your high school sweetheart? This sweetheart wedding dress with a corset dropped waist ball gown is perfect for you. A strapless lace wedding dress like Monique Lhuillier’s Alexandra deserves an equally sweet lace wedding shoe like Giselle. This lace wedding pump from Bella Belle’s designer collaboration with designer Claire Pettibone has a ballerina ribbon at the back of a classic lace wedding shoe.
#bellabellebrides Roselina review of Giselle, “Love them! The lace is exceptional and the fit is perfect and stretchy. Danced all day and didn’t take the shoes off for a sec” - Roselina
Monique Lhuillier Etoile Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier ‘Etoile’. Shoes recommendation: Rosa. Photo: Laura Gordon
A favorite from Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2019 collection is Etoile. A breathtaking embroidered wedding dress with a trumpet skirt and plunging v-neck marries classy and sexy beautifully. The velvet sash cinches the waist to give brides an hourglass shape. A shoe that is both sexy and classy is Rosa from Bella Belle. Classy at the front with beautiful floral beads and sexy at the back with the exposed heel.
#bellabellebrides Rosalind review of Rosa, “I wore these shoes for my wedding and they were absolute perfection. They are beautifully elegant, well made, and extremely comfortable. I don't often wear heels and when I do I get blisters and sore feet. Well not in these shoes! I wore them all day long and no blisters!” - Rosalind
Monique Lhuillier Sistine Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier ‘Sistine’. Shoes recommendation: Candice. Photo: ML Photo Film
Brides who want glamor without going over the top will love Monique Lhuillier Sistine wedding dress. The Sistine ballgown features a circular skirt with illusion lace long sleeves. The illusion lace of the Monique Lhuillier dress is the perfect pairing with the lace in Bella Belle Candice. This beautiful low heel wedding shoe has a similar illusion lace design on comfortable and breathable mesh. A perfect winter wedding outfit inspiration.
#bellabellebrides Magda review of Candice “Absolutely gorgeous shoes that stayed comfortable from when I first put them on a few hours before the wedding to when I took them off late that night. I basically never wear heels and expected to be sore the next day, but I wasn't!” - Magda
Monique Lhuillier Willow Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier ‘Willow’. Shoes recommendation: Charlotte. Photo: Jennifer Fujikawa
A favorite from Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2019 collection is the Willow wedding dress. A strapless trumpet gown wedding dress with sheer lace bodice and removable off shoulder cap sleeves. Enchanting describes this Monique Lhuiller gown beautifully. To finish off the enchanting look, wear the Bella Belle Charlotte T-strap wedding heel that has hand-beaded floral pattern blooms with swiss dots.
Bella Belle And Monique Lhuillier Bridal Looks
Bride: Caley, Photo: Molly Carr. Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier. Bella Belle Shoes: Frances Gold
Monique Lhuillier wedding dresses and Bella Belle shoes are often seen together as the perfect bridal look among our ladies. Monique Lhullier bridal gowns accentuate a bride’s best assets and camouflage any challenging areas, so women can feel confident and beautiful. Bella Belle shoes are made by women for women. The designs are crafted to celebrate the inner femininity of a woman, while embracing her modern and confident personality. It’s no wonder both brands are a favorite amongst brides.
Caley gravitated towards the designer's signature traditional yet modern look and feel. She chose to pair her elegant Monique Lhuillier dress with Bella Belle Frances Gold. A pop of color with sparkles added glamour to the elegant wedding look. Christine, a bride who wore Frances loved how comfortable they were, “They were perfect. The low heel meant I stayed comfortable all night through dancing.
Bride: Taylor. Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier. Bella Belle Shoes: Willow
Real bride Taylor loves the romantic and traditional lace design of this Monique Lhuillier wedding dress paired with a modern and playful off-shoulder cut. She complemented the look with an embellished sparkly wedding flats from Bella Belle, Willow. The Willow flats have a ‘something blue’ sole, a truly special element for bride Hailey, “The soft blue and ivory is truly the best Combo! I truly felt like a princess in these shoes and they provided comfort all day and all night on my wedding day!” - Hailey
Photo: Jasmine Lee, Ryann Lindsey. Wedding Gown: Monique Lhullier. Bella Belle Shoes: Nikki
When a Monique Lhuillier lace ball gown meets Bella Belle ‘Nikki’ lace embroidered bootie, it creates the perfect glamorous and romantic bridal look. A ball gown like this is perfect for a glamorous bride who wants volume while the lace adds an abundance of romance. Nikki is often compared to as equal in quality, design and comfort to other couture bridal shoes in the market, as reviewed by #bellabellebrides Caterina. “I had shopped many stores seeking the perfect bridal shoes including Stewart Wietzman, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, etc… but none of them had what I was looking for, until I found Bella Belle. The shoes are beyond comfortable and of equivalent quality to the bridal shoes offered at any of the previously mentioned designers. I would recommend these shoes to any future bride.” - Caterina
Photo: Elizabeth Messina. Wedding Gown: Monique Lhullier. Bella Belle Shoes: Peony
Monique Lhuillier is not just known for the traditional ivory wedding dress, she also designs breathtaking nude bridal gowns. Equal parts sexy and romantic, this nude dress with ivory lace looks beautiful with Bella Belle Peony bootie. This bootie has embroidered whilte flower french motif with a side slit. The perfect pair of winter wedding shoes with a mix of old world elegance and a modern flair. “Amazing amazing amazing!!! The most comfortable shoes ever! I had them on the whole night right through the after party. And gorgeous! Post wedding, I still wear them with jeans on a bright summer day!” - from #bellabellebrides Lisa
Photo: Donny Zavala. Wedding Gown: Monique Lhullier. Shoes: Alexa
Another nude stunner is this long sleeve wedding dress from Monique Lhuillier with intertwined white flower lace embroidery. This utterly romantic bridal look is complete when accessorized with Bella Belle Alexa blush bridal heels. Ladies often say that pictures don’t do these heels justice as the handmade beaded details are truly stunning in real life. “I truly think that photos don't make them justice. The sandals are the most beautiful, confortabil, stunning heels I have ever seen/wear. I find the cushions to be a lifesaver, making wearing them comfier. I'm going to be a very happy, comfy bride” - from #bellabellebrides Ionela
Photo: Hunter Berry, Liz Andolina. Wedding Gown: Monique Lhullier. Bella Belle Shoes: Lisbeth
A Monique Lhuillier wedding dress that gives off a bohemian vibe. Ladies love to wear this relaxed ivory wedding dress with a ribbon tied around the waist with Bella Belle Lisbeth wedding pearl shoe. The hand strung pearl is traditional while the ribbon at the back adds a modern and classic twist. “The Bella Belle shoes are absolutely beautiful. The shoes look better in person. The simple detail of the satin material, the pearls and the satin bows make the shoes look classy.” - from #bellabellebrides Sonia. Bohemian brides who want a tradition element will love this bridal look.
Photo: Mon Soleil Weddings, Laura Gordon. Wedding Gown: Monique Lhullier. Shoes: Bridget
A bridal look doesn’t have to only be ivory or white. Non traditional brides love to add color into their bridal look, as seen by this polka dotted look. This pink tiered Monique Lhuillier dress with ruffles on the neck is a crowd stunner and the polka dot embroidery adds a fun element. A fun finishing touch for this blush look is Bella Belle Bridget black heels. These little black heels have a similar polka dot pattern on hand-pleated ruffles - a little fun and a little flirty. “I love these unique and chic heels with polka dot tulle! They are great quality, elegant shoes.“ - reviewed by #bellabellebrides Brigid.
Photo: KT Merry, Laura Gordon. Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier. Shoes: Rita
If pink isn’t your color, opt for this lavender ball gown from Monique Lhuillier. This dress is both soft and romantic, and glamorous, as seen from the draped corset bodice and feather skirt. Make a statement with this bridal look with Bella Belle Rita heels. Equal parts glam and romantic, Rita T-strap heels hugs your feet with a sexy caged look, juxtaposed with tiny bows and polka dot chiffons.
Celebrities Who Wore Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier wedding gowns are popular among many A-listers and celebrities for their wedding day. Celebrities like Dakota Johnson, Jamie Chung, Lauren Conrad love a classic Monique Lhuillier lace wedding dress while Monique Lhuillier mermaid wedding dress was Bachelor Alum Catherine Giudici’s choice for her nationally televised wedding ceremony.
Get inspired by these celebrities' wedding dress looks and our recommended Bella Belle shoe pairing. The romantic details in the Bella Belle shoes is the perfect complement to Monique Lhullier’s dreamy dresses. Further, Bella Belle shoes are engineered for comfort, which enables you to spend all day and night on them without any worries. Which of these wedding styles best fits you?
Dakota Johnson. Recommended shoes: Sylvia. Photo: Anya Kernes
Mrs. Grey will see you now, in this stunning off shoulder lace wedding dress. Monique created a bridal gown for the hit movie that is timeless and traditional with a modern twist that captured Anastasia's personal style, romantic and modern. The wedding dress is form fitting with delicate and demure lace, elegant yet sensual. Pair this Fifty Shades of Grey wedding dress with Bella Belle Sylvia lace wedding shoe that has a secure ankle strap and a similar lace design pattern. Even Mr. Grey will approve the wedding look.
#bellabellebrides Bea review of Sylvia, “They are lovely! Fit comfortably and they are made nicely and beautifully” - Bea
Catherine Giudici. Recommended shoes: Bridget. Photo: Rogue Wedding
Catherine stole the heart of Bachelor Sean Lowe in Bachelor Season 17 and they quickly became one of America’s favorite couples. So it’s no wonder people tuned in to watch the live broadcast of their wedding. Catherine wore a romantic mermaid gown with delicate lace embroidery that was classic and sexy with the cinched waist. A wedding shoe that is both classic and sexy to complete her Monique Lhuillier wedding dress is the Bridget wedding heel in a sexy stiletto shape.
#bellabellebrides Audrey review of Bridget, “So comfortable. These shoes are just perfect with the comfy paddings at the bottom of the shoes. So you can have Couture looking shoes without the pain.” - Audrey
Jamie Chung. Recommended shoes: Gardenia
A plunging neckline on a classic long sleeve Monique Lhuillier lace wedding dress was the choice for actress Jamie Chung when she married actor Brian Greenberg. We love the front slit and the gorgeous lace detailing, a signature Monique touch. A wedding shoe worthy of the fashionable actress is the Bella Belle Gardenia wedding heel with handmade floral beaded pattern at the back. Classic at the front, and a fashion surprise at the back. This 3D beadwork is spectacular, as floral beadwork is constructed one bead at a time.
#bellabellebrides Sophie review of Gardenia, “Beautifully detailed and incredibly comfortable. I wore them all evening and did a photo shoot in them. They look very delicate but are so strong and well made, I absolutely adore them” - Sophie
Lea Michele. Recommended shoes: Olivia. Photo: Anya Kernes
The Glee star walked down the aisle in a custom Monique Lhuillier bridal gown that was timeless and elegant. The strapless gown has a structural sweetheart neckline with a voluminous skirt and a cathedral-length veil made for a Princess. A classic wedding look like this needs a classic wedding heel such as the Olivia heel from Bella Belle designer collaboration with Liv Hart. This wedding shoe is trendy with the bow and crystal embellishment, but classic in ivory to be able to stand the test of time.
#bellabellebrides Alexa review of Olivia, “The moment I saw these shoes I knew I HAD to have them for my wedding. They are a timeless shoe with a modern flare and are perfect for the classic bride! They weren’t just cute but comfortable too.” - Alexa
Monique Lhuillier Best Red Carpet Looks
It’s no surprise that Monique Lhuillier is a favorite among A-listers for their red carpet look. Her gown designers allow them to feminine, elegant, refined and beautiful. Monique Lhuillier dresses has a way of accentuating their best assets and hiding the not-so-flattering ones through her play of textures and fabric. From dressing the former FLOTUS to making an appearance on the Golden Globes red carpet, these are our favorite Monique Lhuillier red carpet looks.
Check out these romantic Monique Lhullier dresses worn by celebrities, and the recommended Bella Belle shoes that complete the feminine and elegant look.
Blake Lively. Recommended Bella Belle Shoes: Nikki. Photography: Lynn Dunston
Blake Lively walked the red carpet of the Age of Adaline movie premiere in a Monique Lhuillier dress that looked like it was made for her. The red ruffled gown is refined, glamorous and sexy, a timeless red dress. We love Monique’s signature delicate lace with a sexy leather bustier and a full taffeta skirt. A sexy and glamorous black bootie like Nikki with a sexy and elegant floral lace design perfectly complements this red carpet look.
Heidi Klum. Recommended Bella Belle Shoes: Anita. Photography: Sposto
It’s no wonder Heidi Klum chose this stunning Monique Lhuillier gown to walk the Golden Globes red carpet. Featuring Monique’s love for textural flower embroidery on a tulle skirt with a corset bodice, this black beauty pairs beautifully with Bella Belle floral lace black heel, Anita. Best part? The lace up ankle strap is very on-trend and one the supermodel would totally wear.
#bellabellebrides Isabella review of Anita, “I love these shoes and am so happy I purchased them! They're gorgeous and so comfortable! Definitely worth it and definitely recommend them!” - Isabella
Emmy Rossum. Recommended Bella Belle Shoes: Valentina. Photography: Anya Kernes
If there’s one thing (among so many others) that Monique Lhuillier does right, it’s to allow women to embrace their inner femininity in a refined and elegant way. This red carpet look that Emily Rossum wore is stunning with rosy-pink tulle - a whimsical and fairytale look. Bella Belle Valentina ivory heel has the same feminine and elegant feel, with pleated tulle and tiny scattered pearls.
#bellabellebrides Pamela review of Valentina, “The shoes were beautifully made! They were well packaged and fit like a dream. Also, they were comfortable for such high heels.” - Pamela
Michelle Obama. Recommended Bella Belle Shoes: Edna. Photography: Laura Gordon
Very fitting for the holiday spirit, Monique Lhuillier dressed the former FLOTUS, Michelle Obama in this sparkly asymmetrical silver sequined Monique Lhuillier gown in a light blush color. The perfect finishing touch for the holiday-worthy dress is the equally magical Bella Belle Edna slingback pump with an oversized tulle bow and handmade floral beadwork.
#bellabellebrides Roberta review of Edna, “Gorgeous, high quality shoes. Love the shoes. Will definitely continue to buy from Bella Belle.” - Roberta
Behind The Designer Monique Lhuillier
Monique, a daughter of a French diplomat in the Philippines, grew up surrounded by glamour through the many events and parties that her family would have to attend and throw. She loved seeing her mother dress up in glamorous dresses and seeing what looks the guests would wear to those parties. That planted a fashion seed in Monique and ever since then, she’s been interested in fashion and style.
To pursue her passion for fashion, Monique went to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles to study evening and formal wear. From there, she began to develop her craft in delicate embroidery and fabrics. It was also during this time in FIDM, that she met her husband Tom (who would end up being her business partner and CEO in creating the iconic label, Monique Lhuillier).
In 1995 when she was searching for her own bridal gown, she was surprised to discover the lack of fashionable and elegant wedding dresses - everything then was very generic. Because of the void for fashionable bridal gowns, it spurred her to create her own line of couture, feminine and trendy wedding dresses so brides alike can find their dream wedding dress.
BLISS by Monique Lhuillier
Once Monique established her Monique Lhuillier Bridal Collection, she started a diffusion line, BLISS Monique Lhuillier which features her signature romantic wedding dresses at a more accessible price point. For brides who want to have a minimony or to elope, she created the Ready To Wed collection that has short wedding dresses with her well-known lace aesthetics.
If you think juggling three collections is a lot, it isn’t to Monique. Monique didn’t just stop there. She expanded her iconic line to ready to wear and created evening wear gowns so women can wear her unique creations throughout her lifetime.
It’s no surprise that Monique Lhuillier is one of the most respected designers of all-time. She is a talent with embroidery, mixing textures with prints and lace. Her designs are beloved by women because it helps them feel confident while embracing femininity. The same couture-like work that Monique is known for is also seen with Bella Belle shoe designs. Every shoe takes over 19-hour of craftsmanship, from the embroidery details to hand-beaded sequins and beads.