Designer Spotlight: Elizabeth St. John

There is so much to love about Elizabeth St. John wedding gowns!

Not only are her gowns amazingly feminine and beautiful, they are also unbelieveaby eco-friendly.  I really admire Elizabeth’s commitment to creating sustainable bridal gowns and was beyond thrilled when she listed some of her gowns on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com.

She even took a moment to share some of her thoughts on wedding gowns and design with us…

 What type of bride wears an Elizabeth St. John wedding dress?  Confident, feminine and a little bit flirty.  Brides that are looking for a dress that’s classically elegant that serves as a canvas for them to build their unique style around rather than overwhelm them with “too much.”  Many of our brides are able to personalize our dresses with their own unique touches – sashes, accessories, jewelry or simply keep the clean silhouettes intact.

What are the signatures of your Bridal Collection?  
Pretty, feminine, and elegant designs often with playful twists on classic silhouettes.  We focus on creating beautiful dresses and hope to dispel the notion that 
eco-friendly fashion can’t be beautiful!


L to R: Talia, Cadil, Calixto

Do you think there is a “THE ONE” wedding dress for every bride?  Yes!  I feel that dress shopping can be a daunting experience to many brides- after a while, all dresses start to look the same.  Despite that, something magical happens when they find THE dress, and they know instantly.   When I was deciding on my own dress, I was lucky enough to have been able to try on so many styles – and after weeks and weeks of indecision, trying on dress after dress, it took me less than a minute to decide when I found my dress…. it was magical..

Please tell us more about the eco-friendliness of your wedding dresses.  Many people are surprised to know that our entire collection is eco-friendly.  This makes me happy – as I hope to create beautiful gowns first, and then go about making them in ways that are less harmful to the planet.  Like the true Parisian Couture houses, all of our gowns are cut by hand specifically for each bride and we use hand finishing techniques to ensure  that it’s not only a beautifully designed dress but that it is also beautifully constructed.   We do not overproduce on assembly lines so we dramatically reduce waste and energy consumption.  Our dresses are all made in the US – locally in the Washington, DC area.  We carefully select our fabrics to be sustainable –  natural silk, cotton, and linens – and use PET satin linings, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles on our gowns.  We also offer cruelty free alternatives in fabric selections for our vegan brides that prefer alternatives to natural silk.   We pay all our employees fair living wages and only buy from suppliers that do the same.  We recycle, reuse and refashion everything possible both in our production and in our offices and finally, we run our entire production & offices on 100% wind power so we are completely carbon neutral.  We’re the only bridal manufacturer that has such a small carbon footprint.


L to R: Josephine, Tahiti, Jayne



What is your favorite thing about designing wedding dresses?  I love the idea of being able to play a small part making one of the most important days of someone’s life just a little bit more beautiful.  I love the thought of having my brides’ children or grandchildren look back at their mothers or grandmothers bridal portraits and know that I had a tiny hand in making those beautiful memories….

Take a peek at all of the Elizabeth St. John wedding dresses listed here. And sign up for a New Dress Alert if you’d like to be notified when additional ones are listed!