The cool-factor of boho weddings is fading fast. Gone are the days of Coachella-inspired flower crowns, ill-fitting slip dresses, and weddings without polish. But, the modern brides’ desire to wed on an island, in tropical climates, and barefoot in the sand is going nowhere–trust us.
Effortlessness, irreverence, and a laissez-faire attitude towards dressing is never out of style–especially for the aisle. And on the shores and cliffs of Turks & Caicos, nestled in the coves and private shores of AMANYARA–where you’ll want to find yourself on the island–BAZAAR Bride is reconsidering what it means to wed seaside. Consider coverage, sheer looks that are more subtle than sexy, and very plunging necklines. With 14 new looks and 25+ ways to wear them, this is the beach bride–redefined.
Choose gossamer tulles, see-through laces and illusion textures that hint at your beach-worthy body beneath–but keep it classy. Keep your backdrop in mind; embroideries with organic, natural motifs feel at home on the shore.
Hermione de Paula gown, $7,900, hermionedepaula.com; Rosie Assoulin cameo shell earrings, $295, rosieassoulin.com.
Rethink standard bridal shapes when dressing for hot, hot, heat. Shift dresses feel cool and current–especially in warm weather.
Viktor & Rolf Mariage “Lily Garden” sheath gown, price upon request, markingramatelier.com.
MAD for MONOCHROME
Corsetry, full-skirting, drapery, and a dramatic train still feel effortless when they share the color palette of their setting.
Vera Wang Bride “Alexandria” gown, $6,500, verawang.com; Emily P. Wheeler “EX” earrings, $16,200, emilypwheeler.com.
Strapless has become standard–and we’re not quite sure why. Off-shoulder is undeniably more modern, and offers far more visual interest. Plus, details like flamenco-style ruffles and soft pleating feel just as tropical as they do ethereal.
Naeem Khan gown, $9,995, markingramatelier.com; Stephen Russell diamond and platinum Art Deco shell earrings, $22,000, and platinum and diamond round, brilliant-cut engagement ring (pictured throughout), $85,000, stephenrussell.com.
Death to overly-coiffed bridal hair and heavy-handed wedding makeup. When you wed in the tropics, give in to your hair’s natural, salt-kissed texture, and use color where it counts. Soft hues on your eyes and lips will pop against dewy, just-bronzed skin.
Zimmermann “Laelia” one-piece swimsuit, $425, us.zimmermannwear.com.
ON the EDGE
You’re not a basic bride–go bold and opt for daring details. Finish the look with organic adornments, like pearls and old mine stones, that nod to pirate-level treasures.
Danielle Frankel “Maeve” empire-waisted gown, $5,900, markingramatelier.com; Stephen Russell antique silver and diamond earrings, $150,000, stephenrussell.com.
CAUTION to the WIND
Who said every bride has to wear a dress? You came to the beach for a reason. Stick to a wow-factor suit–but make it bridal.
Zimmermann “Laelia” one-piece swimsuit, $425, us.zimmermannwear.com; Danielle Frankel handkerchief veil, $1,990, markingramatelier.com.
WED in WATERCOLOR
Washes of soft (or bold) color elevate beach bridal looks to enviable heights. Choose a gown with touches of your favorite hue, and mimic it in your beauty look in big ways.
Oscar de la Renta dip-dyed ballgown, $8,990, oscardelarenta.com; Emily P. Wheeler “Lines” earrings, $3,800, emilypwheeler.com.
Sparkle & SHINE
It may seem too glamorous, but you can wear all-over beading on the beach. Choose semi-sheer sheaths with scattered embroidery rather than anything too fitted or densely encrusted.
Cucculelli Shaheen “Constellation” hand-embroidered tulle gown, $14,400, cu-sh.com.
Hand-pleating, soft draping, and romanesque necklines are the objects of myths for good reason–they’re elegant, effortless, ethereal, and foolproof for beach nuptials.
J.Mendel hand-pleated silk mousseline gown, $5,490, jmendel.com; Stephen Russell earrings, $6,800, stephenrussell.com.
Don’t give up on full coverage fashion simply because you’re on the shore. Dazzle on the rocks in Illusion laces, especially those that come with sea creature-like draping in tow.
Brock Collection gown, $4,990, brock-collection.com; Wendy Yue earrings, price upon request, wendyyue.com.
TAKE the PLUNGE
Deep V-necklines open up fuller dress shapes and make even the most ornate styles feel effortless.
Valentino embroidered silk gown, $25,500, valentino.com; Oscar de la Renta pavé bird earrings, $390, oscardelarenta.com; Stephen Russell rings, $7,500 each, stephenrussell.com.
Just like beadwork, head-to-toe sequins–and smoky shades of tulle–look their best in natural light. Time your ceremony and cocktails when the light is at its best, golden hour, to make sure you twinkle, rather than reflect the light.
Dior grey sequin evening gown, $22,000, dior.com.
Beach weddings don’t require slim shapes, all-white, or soft color. Dare to be bold–take risks.
Vera Wang Bride “Verushka” gown, $6,200, verawang.com.
Created & Styled by Carrie Goldberg; Photography by Christopher Ferguson; Cinematography by Roberto Dumé; Digital Design by Perri Tomkiewicz; Makeup by Victor Henao; Hair by Timothy Aylward using Oribe Hair Care for Atelier Management; Styling Assistant Stephanie Alexandris; Photo Assistant Henry Leung; Model Elena Azzaro for Muse Model Management. Special Thanks to AMANYARA.
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