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Whether you’re looking for a last minute summer wedding dress or planning for your cozy fall wedding, whimsical winter wedding, or next spring’s blossoming big day, these Latina fashion designers have an array of garments for you. 

Blending styles and drawing inspiration from Latin American culture, these designers capture the aesthetics and artistic flavors Latina America in their designs, offering a unique twist to the traditional bridal gown.  

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Bridal minimal jumpsuit with overskirt. (Photo source: portzienna.com)

Francesca Canepa

Designer Francesca Canepa is the founder of Port Zienna, a personal project that grew to become the sustainable ready-to-wear brand it is today.

Born in Lima, Perú, her career started at Istituto Marangoni London, following a BA in Fashion Design and Patternmaking from Mod’Art International in Paris. After working in the industry for several years, she obtained a postgraduate degree in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, earning further design experience at premier fashion houses, such as Oscar de la Renta and J. Mendel. Francesca later became an Embroidery Designer for Finesse, where she created detailed embroideries for Burberry, Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhuillier. 

After years of working for inspiring mentors, she began exploring how to best minimize waste in the manufacturing of garments, while ensuring equitable work practices and her brand Port Zienna  was born. 

Her pieces are characterized by sleek, minimalist designs. Recently, Port Zienna launched a new bridal collection in collaboration with Elha Novias

On naming her business, Francesca said, “My main source of inspiration has always been my mother, born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Her maiden name starts with “Z”. I’ve also always dreamed I would name my first child Sienna, yet in time, I embraced this business as my true firstborn.”

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MANON: Regal long sleeve high neck illusion Aline gown with pockets. (Photo source: inesdisanto.com/)

Ines Di Santo 

Designer Ines Di Santo has been making dreamy wedding dresses for over 30 years. Her designs are “fueled by the eternal fantasy of the ‘perfect’ wedding gown” and draw inspirations from the many cities she has lived in throughout her life. Each dress is infused with “the essence of her passion for beauty, love, and desire.”

Today, she works with her Veronica out of their atelier in Toronto. Her newest bridal collections draws inspiration from her formative years and the integral cities around the world that nurtured her growth as a designer. 

“Join me as I look to my childhood in Buenos Aires, reflect on my time studying couture in Paris,and see how I discovered opulence in Dubai. Follow my explorative years and discover how my travels led me to collect the skills I have spent my career trying to perfect,” she writes. 

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LAKIA: Sleeveless Embellished V-neck A-line gown with shoulder detail and tattoo illusion back. (Photo source: inesdisanto.com/)

Her whimsical, dreamy, and elegant gowns are perfect for the bride looking for something glamorous that still feels natural. “Ines Di Santo brides follow their heart and are in-tune with their limitless feminine energy,” Brides.com writes. 

“We dress brides who want to express their sensual side, ones who want a ball gown with presence, ones who want a glamorous event with a gown that makes a dramatic statement, and ones who dream of a modern, clean look,” Inez tells Inside Weddings.

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Elle Woods Midi Dress in White Modal (Photo source: carmenllaguno.com/)

Carmen Llaguno

Founded while living between New York and México, Carmen Llaguno launched her label aiming to redefine the New Feminine by creating beautifully rich yet minimalist pieces that light up the room. Subtle drama, timelessly feminine with an edge. Simplicity made with exceptional attention to detail.

Carmen completed her BFA in Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City while mastering her skills at several fashion houses, from luxury brands to emerging labels. In 2019, she launched her eponymous label and in 2021 started to work as a multi-disciplinary creative consultant.

Her multidisciplinary approach to design allows her to not only create garments but also stories that take her vision even further, breaking the murals between lifestyle, art and fashion. 

Her brand is committed to sustainability, with season-less made to order pieces. 

“We focus on designing pieces that can last forever, pieces that can stand out on their own or complement the client’s existing wardrobe.  ‘Newness’ never outshines quality and elegance,” says the brand. 

“When creating our pieces we don’t overproduce. We supervise every order so when we’re cutting there’s minimal fabric waste and we can get the most out of our yardage.” 

Carmen Llaguno’s wedding dresses are characterized by beautifully rich yet minimalistic pieces that exude femininity. These are pieces made to last forever, timeless and classic.

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  • Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. In 2017, she received her Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing from Brookdale Community College. Now, she is working toward her Bachelor's in English Literature at Montclair State University. Along with literature, Victoria is interested in Gender and Sexuality Studies, which she is pursuing as a minor, focusing closely on women's issues, gender inequality, and LGBT issues. These studies provide her with a feminist lens, which influences her work from both fiction to academic writings.

By Victoria Arena

Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. In 2017, she received her Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing from Brookdale Community College. Now, she is working toward her Bachelor's in English Literature at Montclair State University. Along with literature, Victoria is interested in Gender and Sexuality Studies, which she is pursuing as a minor, focusing closely on women's issues, gender inequality, and LGBT issues. These studies provide her with a feminist lens, which influences her work from both fiction to academic writings.

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