All of this month we’ve been talking tropical weddings, and a tropical (or any beachy) wedding deserves a beautiful gown that’s perfect for sand and sunshine. And, while a girl can pretty much rock whatever she wants as far as I’m concerned, the practical aspects of a beach wedding (sand, heat, humidity) definitely lend themselves to a gown that’s lighter as well as less formal. I love the way that soft textures (which happen to be light and perfect to wear) look in photographs, especially in beautiful beach portraits with the setting sun or the wind ruffling out layers of sheer fabric, so that’s what I’d personally opt for, and while simple shapes work well, there’s no lack of creativity you can apply when adding touches like portrait backs or lace or beading. I’ve rounded up 20 shut-the-front-door-that’s-amazing wedding gowns from beach editorials and real weddings, each dreamier than the last, to inspire.
Image credits (top to bottom, left to right): 1- Maxeen Kim Photography/Bridal Path on SouthBound Bride; 2- Sarah DiCicco/Dennis Basso via Junebug Weddings; 3- Landon Jacob/Nicole Miller via Style Me Pretty; 4- Greer Gattuso Photography/Erich McVey Workshop/Elizabeth Dye via Wedding Sparrow; 5- Wendy Cooper Photography/Erich McVey Workshop/Ginny Au/Emily Riggs via Bajan Wed; 6- Jeremiah and Rachel Photography/Goldfinch Events and Design/BHLDN via Wedding Chicks; 7- Wendy Laurel/Pacific Weddings magazine via 100 Layer Cake; 8- Jose Villa Photography/Joy de Vivre/Samuelle Couture/Sarah Janks on SouthBound Bride; 9- Jen Wojcik Photography/Erich McVey Workshop/Ginny Au/Houghton NYC via Wedding Sparrow; 10- Ishani Gowri Photography/Houghton Bride via Wedding Sparrow; 11- Love Is My Favorite Color/Claire Pettibone via Style Me Pretty; 12- Dixie Pixel/Whimsical Gatherings/Badgley Mischka via 100 Layer Cake; 13- Patric Shaw/Monique Lhuillier via Brides; 14- Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography/Isla And Smith Wedding Design/Halfpenny London via Style Me Pretty; 15- dna photographers/Evention/Francois Vedemme on SouthBound Bride; 16- Amy Lynn Photography/Beau & Arrow Events/Jenny Packham via 100 Layer Cake; 17- Ana Lui Photography via Style Me Pretty; 18- Joyelle West/Jamie Bohlin/Reem Acra via Style Me Pretty; 19- Milk & Honey Photography/Mira Mandic via Polka Dot Bride; 20- Feather & Stone/Paper Diamonds/MXM Couture via Once Wed