Thursday 27 April 2017

And the bride wore...? Ahead of the Big Day this weekend, we predict Erica Stoll's wedding dress style

A chic, minimal and classic style is favoured by the New Yorker

Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll have sent out their wedding invitations Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll have sent out their wedding invitations Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Erica Stoll follows the play of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the third round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 7, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland arrives at the course with new girlfriend Erica Stoll during the fourth round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 31, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Erica Stoll looks on from the fifth hole during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy and his fiancee Erica Stoll. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll at the Excellence in Sports awards. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Rory McIlroy and fiancee Erica Stoll Picture: Darren Kidd /Press Eye
Rory McIlroy and fiancée Erica Stoll seen returning to The Westbury Hotel after a stroll around Grafton Street in the sunshine
Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy of Europe look on during afternoon fourball matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Erica Stoll looks on during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Erica Stoll looks on from the first tee during singles matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 2, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Karen Birney

The designer may have been kept under wraps, but if bride-to-be Erica Stoll's daily attire is anything to go by, we're in for something clean, chic and classic.

As the elite of the sports world flock to Mayo for Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll's Big Day, all eyes are on the couple of the moment, and tongues are wagging about just what the beautiful bride-to-be might wear for her highly anticipated walk up the aisle.

Rory McIlroy's fiancée Erica Stoll seen returning to The Wesbury Hotel after a stroll on Grafton Street
Rory McIlroy's fiancée Erica Stoll seen returning to The Wesbury Hotel after a stroll on Grafton Street

The American, who famously got McIlroy to his tee-time at the 2012 Ryder Cup when he reportedly overslept, favours a chic, minimal style for her day-to-day wear. When it comes to dressing for more formal affairs usually opts for something clean, elegant and unfussy.

Her designer accessories are subtle and classic, as is her jewellery, reflecting an appreciation for high fashion that fits with her understated style.

Wendy Honner and Erica Stoll at the Irish Youth Foundation Excellence in Sports Awards 2016. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Wendy Honner and Erica Stoll at the Irish Youth Foundation Excellence in Sports Awards 2016. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM

Fashion for Formals

The New Yorker cut a subtle yet sexy figure when she was was photographed in a long sleeved, floor-skimming plum gown at the Irish Youth Foundation Excellence in Sports Awards in December last year. The dress may hint at the silhouette the bride-to-be was favouring during those all-important wedding dress fittings, which can often occur five-six months before the Big Day, depending on the designer. The stylish 29-year-old paired the Grecian style wrap-around dress with a simple black clutch and strappy sandals.

'Natura' from Rosa Clara's 2017 Collection
'Natura' from Rosa Clara's 2017 Collection
Sarah Seven
'Naolin' by Rosa Clara
Sarah Seven
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Grace Loves Lace
Carolina Herrera
Stephanie Allin

Read more: Nine things we expect from Rory McIlroy's lavish Mayo wedding this weekend

At the Christmas gala for autism at Titanic Belfast the year previous, Erica pulled off winter fashion perfection with a one-shoulder tea-length black number, the A-line silhouette adding a flirty feel to the elegant style. Her classic chignon and sultry make-up gave off a true wedding feel as she flashed her sparkly oval-cut engagement ring for the first time - another hint perhaps towards her Big Day look?

Rory McIlroy and fiancee Erica Stoll Picture: Darren Kidd /Press Eye
Rory McIlroy and fiancee Erica Stoll Picture: Darren Kidd /Press Eye

No designer has been linked with the wedding thus far, but we're tipping a Temperley London or Stephanie Allin (Amy Huberman's bridal designer of choice) in-keeping with a classic yet contemporary style with a UK-edge. Alternatively the bride could look to represent her New York roots with a designer native such as Sarah Nouri or Sarah Seven, amping up the glamour but still staying true to her modern style.

As for Rory, as an Omega and Nike ambassador we're expecting the world No. 2 to don a bit of bling on his wrist, and maybe a secret Swoosh or two beneath a crisp dark three piece (we've really gone all out here haven't we?!).

Whatever the two turn out in on Saturday they're sure to look every inch the winning couple. 

Erica Stoll with fiancé Rory McIlroy at the Ryder Cup
Erica Stoll with fiancé Rory McIlroy at the Ryder Cup

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