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Unexpected Dresses That Are Perfect for Your Beach Wedding

You'll make waves on your wedding day if you wear a stunning gown worthy of an oceanfront ceremony.


Aphrodite stepped out of the sea foam. Slip into any of these wedding dresses and you'll look like you did, too, as they sparkle, flow, and stun like the ocean itself. After all, on your wedding day, why shouldn't you feel 
like the goddess of love? From dresses with embellished lace and shiny gem details, to light tulle skirts and starfish-inspired sequined tops, these looks put an even more romantic twist on traditional.


Glitter like moonlight on the waves in Hayley Paige's "Lumi" ivory ball gown, above, complete with dreamcatcher sleeves, a V-neck bodice, and a tulle skirt scattered with sequin stars. It's just the thing for a love
story written in the stars.


The Details: Hayley Paige "Lumi" ball gown, $5,350, Alexis Bittar crystal-encrusted chandelier clips with briolette drops, $395, Scott Kay Heaven's Gates Collection ring, in 14k rose gold, $3,195 (for setting only),

Go Undercover

Odylyne the Ceremony's "Morgan" cape paired with Judy&Madeleine's "The Glaceon" crown in crystal quartz gives a bride a regal air and is as fitting for a ceremony on a rooftop as for one on a rocky shore. At the reception, pass the coat to a handmaiden (or a bridesmaid) to reveal the slinky "Angeline" gown worn under it.


The Details: Odylyne the Ceremony "Morgan" cape, $5,525, Judy&Madeleine "The Glaceon" crown, $48, Odylyne the Ceremony "Angeline" gown, $2,500, Tacori "RoyalT" engagement ring, $11,990 (for setting only),

Subtle Reveal

A lot of loveliness is found in the balance between what you reveal and what you conceal. Embellished with Venice-lace flowers, Ian Stuart's "Beltane" coat lends romance to whatever lies beneath.


The Details: Ian Stuart "Beltane" coat, $1,000,

Dip a Toe In

You might not wear embroidered organza or silver paillettes often—but this is your wedding day. Honor your most dramatic style persona, whether it's the hopeless romantic, in Claire Pettibone's fitted "Solstice" gown—or, right, the dazzling, bohemian diva in Maria Korovilas's "Isadora" dress and cap.


The Details: (Left) Claire Pettibone "Solstice" gown, $3,750, Ted Muehling small Queen Anne's lace earrings, in 14k gold, $3,400, (Right) Maria Korovilas "Isadora" dress and cap, $1,215 for both, Ted Muehling bangles, in 14k gold with pink freshwater pearls, $2,800; and in 14k gold with black Tahitian pearls, $3,800, Gabriella Kiss small quartz lens pendant, $2,400, Karl Lagerfeld Perspective platinum ring, $7,600 (for setting only),

Splash Out

Love, we know, is the most precious treasure. But shiny gems sure help you make an entrance. On the left, exhibit A: the "Alexandra" lace gown from Alon Livné White, embroidered with shimmering beads. And, on the right, exhibit B: Vera Wang's ivory-beaded "Adrianna" gown, paired with Mordekai by Ken Borochov's pearl-studded birdcage veil.


The Details: (Left) Alon Livé White "Alexandra" lace gown, $7,820, Ted Muehling necklaces: 14k gold, pearl, and opal, $3,000; and 22k gold, akoya pearl, and moonstone, $4,500, Rosanne Pugliese cage-set ring, in 18k gold, $1,900, Tacori "RoyalT" engagement ring, $11,990 (for setting only), (Right) Vera Wang "Adrianna" gown, price upon request, Mordekai by Ken Borochov pearl-studded birdcage veil, $895, Karl Lagerfeld Pyramid collection ring, in 18k white gold, $5,600 (for setting only),


Go Long

Go with the flow in Ines di Santo's Chantilly-lace "Lisette" sheath, which has an elegantly elongated sleeve that will trail you down the aisle. The aqua flowers it's embellished with are a built-in something blue.


The Details: Ines di Santo "Lisette" sheath, $8,990, Gabriella Kiss freshwater Baroque pearl earrings, $1,600; and Australian opal ring, $1,200,

Dive In

For a briefer, breezier something new, try this sweet number from David's Bridal, with 
an embroidered-lace bodice and a short tulle skirt that's as light and cool as the sea air.  


The Details: David’s Bridal gown, $299, Lizzie Fortunato "Lemonade" daisy earrings, $210,

Take It Easy

Structured mermaid and ball gowns aren't the only way to dress like a bride. Just look to the left at Persy's "Alice" gown: Its sheer, starfish-sequined top and soft tulle skirt say "beachside ballerina." On the right: Equally romantic is Allure Couture's "C145" lace-and-charmeuse-satin gown, which skims the body and then drifts into a flowing train. Finish with Gigi Burris Millinery's "Firefly" veiling, worn as an ethereal headband.


The Details: (Left) Persy "Alice" gown, $2,640, Alexis Bittar "Archive Collection" crystal-encrusted clip-on earrings, $275, Karl Lagerfeld Perspective Collection ring, in 18k white gold, $6,600 (for setting only), (Right) Allure Couture "C145" gown, $2,800, Gigi Burris Millinery "Firefly" veil, $310, Nicole Landaw flower studs, in 14k gold and white diamonds, $910, Karl Lagerfeld Pyramid Collection ring, in 18k white gold, $5,600 (for setting only),

Subtle Smolder

If you prefer a subtle smolder, take a look at Savannah Miller's slinky sequin-and-silk "Tara" gown.


The Details: Savannah Miller "Tara" gown, $3,750,
 Mary Macgill Baroque pearl cuffs, $125 each, Tacori "RoyalT" ring, $11,990 (for setting only),

Find Your Glow

Whether you wed at sunrise or by the flicker of candles, you'll be lit with inner radiance. Play up that flush with face-highlighting details like the sheer-lace cap sleeves of Catherine Deane's silk tulle gown. And yes, angel, it's fine to supply your own halo; we fashioned this one from fern fronds and leaves.


The Details: Catherine Deane silk tulle gown, $1,500, 646-870-0189.

Gild the Lily

When it comes to the best things in life, too much is never enough. Slay guests with a single (back) stroke 
of genius: the elaborate hand beading on the "Obsessed" gown from Rivini by Rita Vinieris. Or top off
 Jenny Packham's sequin-studded "Dottie" wrap tulle gown, left, as a mermaid queen might, with Magnetic Midnight's gold-dipped woven palm-leaf "Flores" crown.


The Details: (Left) Jenny Packham "Dottie" wrap tulle gown, $4,499, Magnetic Midnight "Flores" crown, $685, to order. Tacori "RoyalT" ring, $6,390 (for setting only), Rosanne Pugliese cage-set ring with rutilated-quartz cabochon, $900, (Right) Rivini by Rita Vinieris "Obsessed" gown, $9,100, Bounkit pink mother-of-pearl and amethyst earrings, $110, Tacori "RoyalT" ring with diamond band, $6,890 (for setting only),

Sail Away

Set off into the sunset in Watters's "Copeland" beaded espalier-lace gown, made even more drop-dead dramatic by the tulle "Raphaela" overskirt with satin ribbon. It slips off for the reception, should you prefer to shimmy away.


The Details: Watters "Copeland" gown, $4,475, Watters "Raphaela" overskirt, $1,415, Bounkit freshwater-pearl earrings, $418, Gabriella Kiss 18k and lavender-jade ring, $650,